The Orange Senior League, including players from Bethany and Woodbridge, has ended its season after a loss to Johnston, RI at the Eastern Regional Tournament this weekend.
Orange vs. Johnston, RI at 2:00 p.m. We'll update box scores as they are received. For more information, or to stream the game yourself, visit the tournament's website.
ORANGE 2 0 0 0 2 2 0
JOHNSTON 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
Update, 5:00 p.m.
Final Score: Johnston 6, Orange 5
It was a close game. With Gerald Farace on the mound, Orange faced a tough going in the bottom of the seventh. In the end, they couldn't keep the top of Johnston's lineup from bringing in four quick runs.
The state champs have a lot to be proud of. In just two years, this team managed to represent their state at regionals. While they didn't make it any further this year, as General Manager Tim Fox has said, "these are kids to watch."
Update, 4:45 p.m.
A great two innings for Orange! In the fifth, wild pitching and errors from Johnston brought Orange two runs curtousy of Zach Chamberlain and Smith. In the sixth, Dan Kruger and Adam Spragg repeated the feat.
Update, 4:00 p.m.
In the bottom of the third, Johnston added another run from first baseman Joe Blonglovanni, giving Johnston a one-run lead. Tim Brown remains on the mound for Orange in the bottom of the fourth with two outs.
Update, 3:30 p.m.
Johnston has caught up to Orange with a run each in the first and second innings.
Update, Sunday 2:45 p.m.
In the first inning, Orange has taken a 2-0 lead over Johnston! Zach Chamberlain and Gerald Farace both scored on RBIs from Tim Fox and Matt Daddio. Chamberlain's advance was aided by two throwing errors in Johnston's infield.
General manager Tim Fox has selected pitcher Tim Brown to start against Johnston. (Brown was responsible for the 9-1 victory that gave Orange the state championship.)
Update, Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Orange's all-stars are facing their last chance to stay in the game after at the hands of host team West Deptford, NJ. Playing to their home advantage, the hosts quickly rotated pitchers and ended the game in the fifth on a mercy-rule call after a five-run first inning and a six-run fifth inning. Nonetheless, Max Hurwitz, Matt Daddio, Tim Brown and Tim Fox each had a hit, and Fox drove in two of Orange's three runs.
The Connecticut team earned the senior little league state championship after just their second year, but faltered in their first game at the Eastern Regionals in New Jersey. The boys play Johnston, RI at 2:00 p.m.
Whether they win or lose, it's a tight-knit team that has come a long way, as last week.
"The majority of these kids have played together since they were 12," General Manager Tim Fox told Patch last week. "They know each other, and they're friends. It's a really cliquey team. I'm not saying we're the best 12 kids in town, but they play hard together and they care about each other."