Posted Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Both Teams Made it to the East Regional Semi-Finals
Two Morris County senior league youth teams, the Randolph boys baseball team and the Dover/Rockaway girls softball team, acquitted themselves very well as New Jersey state champions over the past week, battling in regional tournaments for the right to participate in their respective Little League World Series. Both made it to the semi-finals before bowing out.
“The entire county is very proud of these talented young men and women who represented themselves, and their state and county, with strong resolve, impressive teamwork, and a great attitude,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We thank you for that great effort.”
Morris County’s girls softball Little League District 1 All Stars, comprised of players mostly from Dover and the Rockaways, plus a few players from Parsippany and Wharton, went to the semi-finals in the East Regional Tournament before succumbing to the team from Pennsylvania, which will play in the finals.
The Dover/Rockaway girls went 4-2 in the regional tournament, defeating Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Connecticut, and losing only (twice) to a powerful Pennsylvania team, which beat them in the semifinals 11-3.
Pennsylvania and Maryland will play in the finals, with the winner headed to the World Series, which is being played in Delaware starting on July 29.
The Morris County girls, who are coached by Johanna Bizub-Smith, Tony Moran, and Patsy Feola. earned a spot in the regional event as New Jersey Senior League state champions with victories over Northfield and Jersey City/Bayonne.
The boys baseball team from Randolph represented New Jersey as state champions at the East Regional Senior League Baseball Tournament in Bangor, Maine after winning the 2019 Senior League State Championship. The Randolph boys defeated teams from around the state, including Secaucus, Buena and Freehold, after beating Vernon in the sectional tournament, to advance to the regional competition.
The Randolph boys finished 2-2 in the regional competition, defeating New York and Maryland, while losing to Delaware and then to Pennsylvania in the semi-finals — that one a heartbreaking 11-10 loss in extra innings. Delaware defeated Pennsylvania to move on to the World Series, which starts July 27.
Making the regional tournament was quite a noteworthy achievement for the Randolph players, coaches and manager since this is the first recreational level team from North Jersey to represent the state in this double-elimination tournament in more than 20 years.
Congratulations to both teams!