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held here will send two teams into that final round of 16 in This summer, some 7,000 all- Pennsylvania, as games take place star teams in nearly 80 countries over the next 10 days. around the globe began competFor the 27th straight year, ing for the chance to claim the Bristol is the final step for teams most prestigious prize in all of seeking a spot in that annual touryouth sports: the Little League nament for 11- and 12-year-old World Series championship. baseball players held every year On Friday, 12 of the last 60 or since 1947 in Williamsport, Penn. so teams left standing will begin Bristol is actually hosting two battling in Bristol to clear the last different regional tournaments Mike Orazzi | Staff hurdle toward their ultimate goal over the next 10 days, as it has Fairfield American of Connecticut celebrates after their 14-0 win over New Hampshire in the New England final. — a trip to Williamsport, Penn., since Little League expanded its for the Little League World World Series field from eight to States — in 2001. includes champions from the six After missing out the past two Series. The Eastern Regionals 16 teams — half from the United The New England Regional New England states: Connecticut, years, the familiar Capitol City Maine, Massachusetts, New Little League of Washington, Hampshire, Rhode Island and D.C., is returning to Bristol as the Vermont. The Mid-Atlantic District of Columbia’s champion. Regional includes five state This year will mark the league’s champions from the east coast — 12th appearance here since 1998. Delaware , Maryland, New Jersey, Though the D.C. representative New York and Pennsylvania has traditionally not done well — along with the District of at the regional level, last year FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY District of Columbia Maine vs. District of Columbia Columbia. D.C.’s Northwest Washington District of Columbia vs. Delaware, 11 a.m. Massachusetts, 11 a.m. vs. Pennsylvania, 11 a.m. vs. Maryland, 11 a.m. Each regional sends one repre- Little League handed New Jersey Maine vs. New York vs. Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island vs. sentative to the 16-team World its only loss of the tournament Rhode Island, 2 p.m. Pennsylvania, 2 p.m. Rhode Island, 2 p.m. Vermont, 2 p.m. Series (including eight USA — though that also proved to be Maryland vs. New Hampshire vs. New Jersey vs. Delaware vs. regional champs and eight inter- D.C.’s only victory. New Jersey, 5 p.m. Vermont, 5 p.m. New York, 5 p.m. New York, 5 p.m. national teams), to be played Aug. Almost as familiar to Bristol Opening Ceremonies, 7:35 Delaware vs. Connecticut vs. Connecticut vs. Connecticut vs. Maryland, 8 p.m. Maine, 8 p.m. 15-25. Little League fans as Capitol New Hampshire, 8 p.m. Vermont, 8:15 p.m. The Connecticut representa- City is Rhode Island’s Lincoln tive is Westport Little League, Little League, which is making TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY, AUG. 8 SATURDAY, AUG. 10 a newcomer to the Regionals in its eighth appearance here since New England No. 2 vs. New Maryland vs. District of Columbia Challenger Game, 1 p.m. Bristol. Going a perfect 12-0 in 1999, but first since 2009. Lincoln England No. 3 (NESN), 10 Pennsylvania, 10 a.m. vs. New York, 10 a.m. New England New England No. 1 vs. New district, sectional and state tour- won the New England Regional Maine vs. New Hampshire vs. Championship, 7 p.m. England No. 4 (NESN), 1 Vermont, 1 p.m. (NESN) Rhode Island, 1 (NESN) (ESPN and ESPN3) nament play — including a pair and advanced to the World Series Massachusetts vs. Connecticut vs. FRIDAY, AUG. 9 of victories over Edgewood in twice before, in 2001 and 2004. SUNDAY, AUG. 11 New Hampshire, 4 (NESN) Massachusetts, 4 (NESN) Mid-Atlantic No. 2 vs. Midsectional play that eliminated the Delaware’s Newark National Mid-Atlantic Delaware vs. New Jersey Atlantic No. 3 (ESPN), 11 Bristol team from the tournaLittle League is returning for the Championship, 6 p.m. New Jersey, 7 p.m. vs. Pennsylvania, 7 p.m. Mid-Atlantic No. 1 vs. Midment — Westport has outscored third straight year, and also played (ESPN2 and ESPN3) Atlantic No. 4 (ESPN), 3 its opponents by a combined 63-8. in Bristol in 1992. Last year, Many of this year’s other compet- Delaware advanced to the MidFOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @bradgameday itors may be familiar to Bristol fans. Atlantic championship game, By PAUL ANGILLY STAFF WRITER

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EASTERN REGIONAL TEAM CAPSULES CONNECTICUT Westport Little League # / Player Age Bats Thr 18 Harry Azadian 12 R R 44 Matthew Brown 12 R R 1 Christopher Drbal 13 R R 27 Chad Knight 12 R R 32 Tatin Llamas 13 R R 15 Ricky Offenberg 13 R R 3 Max Popken 12 R R 42 Alex Reiner 13 R R 26 Drew Rogers 12 R R 7 Charlie Roof 12 R R 5 Matt Stone 13 R R Manager: Tim Rogers. Coaches: Brett Reiner, Tom Whelan. League President: Carl McNair. District Administrator: Lou Bleggi. Aunts: Maryellen Holden, Eileen Holden. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 12-0 District Bridgeport North End 10-0 Trumbull American 14-0 Fairfield American 3-0 Stratford 16-1 Trumbull National 9-3 Fairfield National 6-2 Fairfield National 5-2 Section Edgewood (Bristol) 8-0 Orange 5-3 Edgewood 5-3

State Coginchaug (Durham) 8-2 Coginchaug 9-1 TEAM NOTEBOOK This is Westport Little League’s first trip to the Little League Baseball Eastern Regional Tournament. Westport outscored its opponents 98-17 on the way to a 12-0 record. Adazian, Knight and Popken have led the way on the mound, allowing a miniscule 1.4 runs per game. Manager Tim Rogers believes Westport is battle-tested and has the depth in the lineup to do some damage. Westport looks to become the fourth Connecticut team since 2008 to reach the Little League World Series.

DELAWARE Newark National Little League # / Player Age Bats Thr 3 Brett Callahan 11 L R 1 Justin Courter 13 R L 8 Joe Davis 12 R R 6 Brian Green 13 R R 11 Jack Hardcastle 11 R R 13 Nathan Hardcastle 13 R R 5 David Hawtof 11 R R 12 Eric Ludman 12 L L 10 Jared Owens 13 R L 7 Ryan Miller 13 R R 9 Brandon Sengphachanh12 R R

2 Nick Sharpe 13 R R Manager: John Ludman. Coaches: Joe Popitti, Matt Owens. League President: Howland Redding. District Administrator: Frank DiStefano. Uncles: Bill Petit, Steve Karvoski. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 6-0 District Wilmington 21-0 Newark American 10-0 Canal 10-2 Canal 3-2 State MOT 14-12 Millsboro 12-0 TEAM NOTEBOOK This is the third consecutive appearance for Newark National Little League in the Eastern Regional Tournament and eighth overall. Speed and defense has been the key, along with solid pitching. Davis, Jack Hardcastle, Nathan Hardcastle and Miller have led a staff that has surrendered 16 runs in six games (2.6 per game). Newark can also score runs in bunches and has failed to score 10 runs in a game just once this postseason. Newark looks to become just the second Delaware state champion to reach the Little League World Series.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Capitol City L.L. — Washington, D.C. # / Player Age Bats Thr 12 Collin Bosley-Smith 11 R R 99 Eli Doroshow 12 R R 25 Rory Friel 11 L R 2 Isaac Frumkin 12 R R 6 Noah Gold 11 L R 7 Duncan Hudson 12 R R 4 Zach Lordan 12 L R 8 Adin McGurk 12 R R 1 Kevin Oakley 11 R R 13 Sofia Ohanian 12 R R 21 Robert Reynolds 12 R R 50 Aaron Rosenthal 12 R R 9 Aiden Trinity 11 R R Manager: Thomas Hudson. Coaches: Seth Rosenthal, Brice Plebani. League President: Scott Gold. District Administrator: Greg Roberts. Uncle: Tom Doyle. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 7-0 State Banneker City 10-0 Southern District 12-2 Capitol Hill 4-0 Northwest Washington 5-0 Satchel Paige Senators 26-5 Banneker City 15-2 Northwest Washington 7-1 TEAM NOTEBOOK Capitol City Little League returns

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EASTERN REGIONAL TEAM CAPSULES Manager: Cameron McDonough. Coaches: Eric Snelsire, Darin Saulsbury. League President: Norman Bunting, Jr. District Administrator: Leo Ehrisman. Uncles: John Flis, Frank Simone. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 10-0 District Princess Anne 28-0 Fruitland 7-2 Pocomoke 15-2 Delmar 19-2 East Wicomico 21-1 West Salisbury 6-2 State Bethesda 4-3 Elkton 12-2 Conococheague 2-0 Brunswick 5-1 TEAM NOTEBOOK Berlin Little League outscored its Maryland opponents 96-9 on the way to its first appearance in the Eastern Regional Tournament. Berlin hammered away during district play, but was able to stay composed and win three close games at the state level to take the title. Berlin boasts 6-7 pitchers who can give the team quality efforts. Berlin has allowed just 1.5 runs per game. Maryland is looking for its first Little League World Series entry since Hagerstown Federal Little League in 2008.

MAINE Saco/Maremont L.L. — Saco # / Player Age Bats Thr 41 Michael Bourgault 13 R R 15 Anthony Bracamonte12 R R 42 Luke Chessie 12 R R 28 Andrew DeGeorge 13 R L 35 Matthew Duchaine 13 R R 11 Landon Heidrich 12 R R 46 Derek Madore 12 R R 44 Daniel McLeer 12 R R 52 Ean Patry 13 R R 55 Hunter Penley 12 L L 34 Brogan Searle-Belanger 13 R R 13 Timmy Smith 12 R R Manager: Todd Duchaine. Coaches: Ryan Chessie, James Searle-Belanger. League President: Daniel Patry. District Administrator: Lin Bowles. Uncle & Aunt: Jim Jankoski, Val Jankoski. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 9-1 District Biddeford 9-4 Lebanon 26-0 York 4-2 Biddeford 11-1 State Brewer 13-1 Acadia 7-2 Bayside (Portland) (L) 2-4 Brewer 15-3 Bayside 12-4 Bayside 14-1 TEAM NOTEBOOK Saco/Maremont Little League returns to the Eastern Regional Tournament for the first time since 1958. This is its third appearance

overall. This group of players has won three state championships, starting at the 9-10 year-old level in 2011. They went on to win states at the 10-11 level in 2012, then followed it up with a title at the 11-12 level this year. Defense and timely hitting has been key for Saco/Maremont so far. They have also stared down pressure and prevailed. Saco/Maremont lost 4-2 to Bayside (Portland) in the state tournament, then proceeded to score 26 runs combined in the next two meetings between the teams with the state title hanging in the balance. If Saco/Maremont wins the New England title, it would be the first Maine participant in the Little League World Series since Westbrook Little League in 2005.

MASSACHUSETTS Newton South East Little League # / Player Age Bats Thr 14 Matthew Beckles 12 R R 12 Jackson Danforth 12 R R 3 Adam Freedman 12 R R 1 Jake Freudberg 12 R R 24 Ben Genser 11 R R 6 Brett Goldstein 12 R R 7 Teddy Hoppe 12 R R 10 Jeremy Koven 12 R R 8 Brandon Lee 12 R R 4 Zeke O’Connell 13 R R 13 Dante Taylor 12 R R 2 Jacob Wang 13 R R 5 Ben Zagorianakos 12 R R Manager: John Taft. Coaches: Nick Zagorianakos, Jonathan Freedman. League President: Charles Roberts. District Administrator: Ellen Lipoma. Aunts: Rita Strahowski. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 14-2 District Newton North 3-0 Parkway National 14-1 Wellesley North 1-12 (L) Newton North 6-5 Wellesley South 9-7 Newton Central 6-4 Wellesley North 12-9 Wellesley North 5-3 Section Walpole 4-3 East Boston 1-4 (L) Medford 16-1 Walpole 7-6 State Holden 11-8 Hanover 3-2 Peabody West 5-3 Hanover 5-4 TEAM NOTEBOOK Newton South East Little League is making its first trip to the Eastern Regional Tournament in 2013. The city of Newton, Mass. plays host to four Little League programs. Other Newton leagues have played in the Regional Tournament, but this is the first occurrence for Newton South East Little League. The road to a state championship was long and a bit bumpy for Newton South East. The team suffered an early

defeat to a strong Wellesley North team in district play. However, the squad was able to seek out their revenge to beat the same Wellesley North team two times to claim the district banner. The team suffered another loss in section play, but again was capable of playing solid baseball in order to advance to state play. State play was much different. The Newton South East group certainly played their best baseball without dropping a game to any opponent in the states and now find themselves playing for a chance to claim the New England banner. In all, the squad came from behind to win nine of 13 ball games so far in tournament play. While Massachusetts’ offense does not appear to be overpowering, they certainly appear to play superb defense and pitch well in tight spots.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Rye Little Laegue # / Player Age Bats Thr 7 Dylan Chase 12 R R 6 Willem Gerrish 12 R R 2 Nicholas Guerin 11 R R 3 Raymond Hindle 12 L R 8 Dylan King 12 L R 10 Calvin Kobylinski 12 R R 1 Matthew Leger 12 R R 5 Spencer Leger 12 R R 4 Max Malila 12 R R 11 Joseph Nadeau 11 R R 9 Johnathan Swenson 12 L L Manager: Ron King. Coaches: Chris Guerin, Derek Malila. League President: Ray Hindle. District Administrator: Mary Nyhan. Uncle: Tim Gamache. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 12-1 District Concord National 12-2 Laconia 9-6 Tilton-Northfield 24-1 Portsmouth 6-0 Concord American 12-2 Hooksett 11-2 Somersworth 12-2 Lamprey River 6-4 Somersworth 14-4 Lamprey River 12-2 State Salem (L) 4-8 Salem 2-1 Salem 19-7 TEAM NOTEBOOK Power is the name of the game for Rye Little League, which is making its second trip to the Eastern Regional Tournament (the other one was in 2003). Rye hit at least one home run in each district game and scored 143 runs total in New Hampshire postseason play. Rye reached 10 or more runs in eight of its 13 games. On the mound, Chase, Guerin, Hindle, King, Malila and Swenson can all throw multiple innings. The pitching staff has allowed just 3.1 runs per game so far. If Rye wins the New England Championship, it would be the first

New Hampshire team to reach the Little League World Series since Portsmouth Little League in 2006.

NEW JERSEY East Greenwich L.L. — Clarksboro # / Player Age Bats Thr 18 Zack Brook 12 R R 11 Jonathon Burlingame13 R R 34 Justin Costanzo 12 L R 26 Austin Crothers 11 R R 17 Josh Crowding 12 R R 7 Shawn Dougherty 13 L R 24 Ethan Gill 12 R R 44 Hunter Kelly 12 R R 20 Michael Mackley 12 R R 3 Ryan Mihlebach 13 R S 13 Zack Miller 13 L R 16 Caleb Ritchie 12 R R 8 Sean Szestowicki 13 R R Manager: Jim Szestowicki. Coaches: Dennis Burlingame, Brett Kelly. League President: Charles Lipeles. District Administrator: Jim McGehrin. Uncle: George Klimek. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 12-1 District Swedesboro-Woolwich 14-0 Pitman 15-2 Westville 36-0 West Deptford 6-5 Glassboro 18-2 Section Erial 12-2 Haddonfield (L) 6-13 Ocean City 12-2 Haddonfield 9-6 Haddonfield 14-7 State Nutley East 7-4 Toms River East American 14-4 Toms River East American 4-2 TEAM NOTEBOOK East Greenwich Little League is making its first trip to Bristol for the Little League Baseball Eastern Regional Tournament. In fact, research also shows this is the first time East Greenwich has ever won a Little League Baseball New Jersey District 15 banner. Manager Jim Szestowicki says his team has great defense and solid pitching, but it is the team’s offense that clearly stands out. This squad breezed through district play, with a record of 5-0, while outscoring opponents 89-9. Although East Greenwich was defeated once in sectional play, the team still was able to push a lot of runners across the plate over the course of the sectional tournament to claim the title. While in state play, the East Greenwich group was matched up with perennial powerhouses Nutley East and Toms River American little leagues. While EGLL may have been viewed as the underdog, they took care of business with a perfect 3-0 record in state play and punched their ticket to Bristol. In all the East Greenwich offense averages 13 runs per game and can certainly move runners around the bases quickly. If the seven-man pitching staff can

produce quality starts and quick bullpen work, New Jersey may prolong their summer by traveling to Williamsport, Penn. for the Little League World Series.

NEW YORK Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Little League — Burnt Hills # / Player Age Bats Thr 30 Brenden Bachus 12 R R 24 Evan Bowers 12 L R 48 Ryan Farnum 12 R R 26 Robert Forlano 12 R R 34 Derek Haughey 12 L R 25 Alex Hromada 11 L R 42 Nathan Katz 12 R R 63 Elijah Pinto 12 R R 21 Glenn Ramos 12 R R 14 Cameron Rhodes 12 L R 46 Ryan Stewart 12 R R 15 Hunter Valley 12 R R 23 Jack Wyatt 12 R R Manager: John Wyatt. Coaches: Jay Bowers, Duane Hromada. League President: Mike Morse. District Administrator: Charles Fitzpatrick. Uncle: Ron Fairwood. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 13-0 District Scotia 12-2 Carmen 14-4 Schenectady 12-2 Rotterdam 10-3 Rotterdam 10-2 Carmen 6-2 Section Colonie 8-2 Kingston 13-7 East Greenbush 13-8 Colonie 10-2 State South Shore 4-2 Pearl River 5-4 South Shore 5-1 TEAM NOTEBOOK Burnt Hills Balston Lake Little League can win going away, and it can squeeze out tight games as well. The result is the first appearance for them in the Eastern Regional Tournament. The run wasn’t an easy one as Burnt Hills took on opponents from throughout what is arguably the most talented state in the region. To win the state title, Burnt Hills went through perennial power South Shore Little League (Staten Island) twice at the state level. The pitching staff gives up just 3.1 runs per game and the defense is solid. With continued good play, Burnt Hills could be the first New York champion to reach the Little League World Series since the South Shore National Little League did it in 2009.

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EASTERN REGIONAL TEAM CAPSULES Continued from Page 5 3 Joseph Cestare 13 R R 10 Brian Ibarguen 12 R R 24 Joseph Janick 13 R R 7 Scott Jewett 13 R R 6 Connor Kalten 13 L R 20 Zachary Orris 13 R R 15 Michael Rodriguez 13 R R 28 Ethan Waldbuesser 12 R R 11 Jack Waldbuesser 12 R R Manager: Steve Jewett. Coaches: Todd Waldbuesser, Mike Burton. League President: Frank Giancatarino. District Administrator: Steve Hoffman. Uncle: Ron Russo. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 11-0 District Eastside American (West Chester) 15-0 Eastside National 11-4 Eastside National 16-4 Section Exeter 20-0 South Middleton 12-4 South Middleton 30-4 State Ridley Area 6-4 Warwick Township 8-4 North Pocono/Dandy Lion 11-7 Keystone 8-7 Ridley Area 12-7

TEAM NOTEBOOK Lionville Little League, just outside of Philadelphia, is making its first trip to the Eastern Regional Tournament. Lionville has a very high baseball IQ and players are capable of playing multiple positions, according to manager Steve Jewett. Lionville has a potent offense, which it used to outscore opponents 149-45. The offense averages nearly 14 runs per contest while the pitching staff surrenders less than five. Lionville looks to return to Pennsylvania as the MidAtlantic representative in the Little League World Series. Keystone Little League was the last Pennsylvania champion to do so in 2011.

RHODE ISLAND Lincoln Little League # / Player Age Bats 21 Stephen Andrews 13 L 13 Connor Benbenek 13 R 8 David Bordieri, Jr. 12 R 14 Braedon Carney 13 L 15 Dominic Cunha 13 L 7 Aaron DeSousa 13 L 10 Marty Gaughan 12 R 1 Patrick Gribbin 12 L 4 Nathan Kumar 12 R 16 Zarek Larisa 12 R 17 Kyle Marrapese 13 L

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11 Tyler Santilli 13 R R 5 Blake Zaniol 13 R R Manager: Matthew Netto. Coaches: Gordon Zaniol, Marty Gaughan, Sr. League President: John Sharkey. District Administrator: Ron Lopes. Uncles & Aunt: Dan Valerio, Paul DeNoia, Donna Papazian. ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 9-0 District Cumberland American 8-4 Scituate 9-0 East Woonsocket 12-1 Smithfield 13-0 Cumberland National 10-3 Cumberland American 13-2 State Cranston Western 13-0 King Phillip (Bristol) 11-0 Cranston Western 13-2 TEAM NOTEBOOK Lincoln Little League returns to the Eastern Regional Tournament for the eighth time, the first since 2009. Lincoln will be looking for its third berth in the Little League World Series, with the other two coming in 2001 and 2004. Lincoln owns two of Rhode Island’s previous five appearances in the Little League World Series. Lincoln has scored double digits in each of its last seven games and didn’t score less than eight in a game

on the way to a perfect postseason record in Rhode Island. Lincoln has outscored its opponents 102-12 and gives up just over a run per game. The pitching staff has four shutouts to its credit, which makes Lincoln a tough out. If Lincoln wins the New England championship, it would be the second Little League World Series appearance for Rhode Island champion in the past three years (Cumberland American did it in 2011).

VERMONT South Burlington Little League # / Player Age Bats Thr 2 Matt Guyette 11 R R 6 Ethan Klesch 12 R R 22 Gregory Knowles 12 R R 9 Nicholas Liscinsky 12 R R 33 Connor McGrath 12 L L 18 Chance O’Connor 12 L L 5 Kevin Paparielo 12 L R 34 Max Plunkett 12 R R 27 Sammy Premsagar 12 R R 4 Ryan Sargent 12 R R 8 Ben Tate 12 R R R R 12 40 John Thibeault Manager: Sean McGrath. Coaches: John Klesch, Greg Guyette. League President: Tim Kaczmarek. District Administrator: Dave Hartnett. Uncle: Terry Lebeau, Henry Couture.

ROAD TO BRISTOL Tournament Record: 10-1 District Burlington 17-0 Williston 5-2 Colchester 9-2 Burlington American 18-1 Colchester 12-2 Williston 9-2 Williston 14-1 State Essex Town 14-4 Bennington 19-7 Essex Town 2-7 Essex Town 11-6 TEAM NOTEBOOK South Burlington Little League is making its second straight appearance in the Eastern Regional Tournament and fourth overall (2001, 2003, 2012, 2013). There are six returning players from last year’s team. This year’s team is very athletic, has great team speed and says its doesn’t have a weak spot in the lineup, according to manager Sean McGrath. South Burlington averaged 11.8 runs per contest and outscored opponents 130-34 in Vermont. The offense has been solid, but South Burlington also wants quality pitching from Guyette, Klesch, Premsagar and Tate. South Burlington is looking to become the first-ever Vermont champion to reach the Little League World Series.

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