The Millstone Times July 2021

KIDS Central Jersey Aces 8U Travel Baseball Team

We played in the Medford John Cobb Memori- al Killer B Tournament in Medford, NJ this past weekend. The Aces opened the 5 team tournament on Saturday with a 12-11 win over Moorestown, behind great pitching from Brayden Childs, Shane Roth, Brayden Gietka and Jackson Stives. Timely hitting from Chase Miller, Ryan Zolnowski, Mikey Kearney and Francesco Giampa, along with excel- lent defensive play from Andrew Bartony, contrib- uted to the victory. In the second game Saturday, the Aces dropped a close game 9-8 to Cinnaminson. On Sunday, the Aces drew the #3 seed and faced #2 seed Moorestown again in the semi-final, this time winning by a score of 7-4. After 2 shutout innings from Brayden Childs, Joseph Masters stepped up pitching 2 solid innings for the first time, while Jackson Stives closed the game out for the Aces. In the tournament championship, the Aces again faced #1 seed Cinnaminson. Again, the Aces got two shutout innings from Brayden Childs, and 2 more innings out of Shane Roth on the mound. The Aces got out to an ear- ly lead, but saw Cinnaminson re-take the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning. Down 7-6 with three outs to go, Brayden Childs led off with a single and quickly stole second base. Ryan Zolnowski fol- lowed with a groundout that scored Childs from second to tie the game. After Shane Roth singled, John Stefani came up to bat with the game tied and two outs. He blasted a ball down the left field line for an RBI triple, scoring Roth from first base with

Front: Brandon Zolnowski, Andrew Bartony, Noah Masters, Jackson Stives, Chase Miller, Shane Roth, Vince Salvo, Joseph Masters, John Stefani, Brayden Gietka Middle: Mikey Kearney, Ryan Zolnowski, Brayden Childs, Francesco Giampa Back: (Coaches) Pete Salvo, George Roth, Mike Kearney, Eric Stives

the go-ahead run. The Aces went on to add another insurance run on Vince Salvo's clutch RBI single, to make it a 9-7 game. Jackson Stives came in and got the save, fielding his position well, along with help from Andrew Bartony at second base, stranding runners on second and third with no outs to close the game.

The team was just started back in late April, and this was our first time playing together. We are hosting the Princeton 8U travel team next Wednesday at 6:00 PM at the MRLL fields and will be playing in the Monroe Twp. Make-A-Wish Fundraiser Tournament July 8-11 coming up next.

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