Old Bridge 12s enjoy a solid summer season

first_imgIt has been a summer of seconds for the Old Bridge Little League 12-year-old All-Stars. The Little Leaguers recently completed a highly successful summer season by placing second in the South Amboy YAA 12-year-old tournament — after also placing second in the District 10 tourney. Old Bridge finished the all-star season at 14-4, with losses only to District champion Woodbridge and to St. Joseph’s of Keyport. Old Bridge boasted a team batting average of .405, led by first baseman George Gonzalez (.654, four home runs, 25 RBIs), center fielder Matt DiPaolo (.636, two home runs, 28 RBIs), right fielder Robert Orrechio (.454, 12 RBIs) and third baseman Joe Caria (.318, four home runs, 12 RBIs). The pitching staff was led by Nick Panos (5-2), Gonzalez (5-2), Dan Avella, Jim Yacabonis, Jeremy Rusakowski and Jeff Jacobs. The team’s defense was anchored by the solid play of center fielder Matt DiPaolo, shortstop Nick Panos, Gonzalez, catcher Greg Padin, third baseman Matt Kondratyk and second baseman Ray Cruz. Other players making significant contributions included Joe Russo, Austin Tomasiewicz, Kyle Naples and Kevin McLaughlin. Although the summer was filled with many memorable moments for the Old Bridge squad, perhaps the most significant included Gonzalez’s two home runs in one inning against Laurence Harbor; Joe Caria’s same feat against South River; Nick Panos’ 6-0 shutout of Franklin; and Matt DiPaolo’s tape-measure, three-run home run against Franklin. The team was coached by Vinny Perchill, Bill Keebler, George Gonzalez and Dan DiPaolo.last_img

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