Toms River East stayed alive with a 3-2 victory against Cumberland (R.I.) in the first elimination game of the Little League Baseball Metro Region tournament in Bristol, Conn. on Sunday night. They’ll take on the loser of Monday’s contest between Massapequa Coast (N.Y.) and Fairfield (Conn.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Toms River worked its way out of multiple, bases loaded jams, including two impressive foul ball catches by catcher Ryan McHugh.
Cumberland took an early, 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Ryan Amaral in the top of the first inning, but Toms River answered with two runs of its own to tie things up heading into the second.
Toms River intentionally walked Amarl in the top of the sixth inning to load the bases on two outs. Tyler Todaro recorded the game-ending strikeout for the save. Christian Mascaro picked up the win in four innings pitched. Logan Macchia had two of Toms River’s four hits.
Toms River dropped into the elimination bracket after a 6-3 loss to Massapequa Coast (N.Y.) in extra innings on Saturday. Cumberland lost to Fairfield (Conn.) in the first round, 3-1.
The newly-formed Metro Region is part of the Little League’s expansion to 20 U.S. and international regions. The winner of the tournament will advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Former MLB and Rutgers star Todd Frazier, who led Toms River East to the Little League World Series championship in 1998, will help with the Metro Region broadcasts beginning Monday. He’ll also serve as an analyst in Williamsport.
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