BRISTOL - The Edgewood Little League team proved its offensive ability by scoring 13 runs in the first game of the District 5 tournament championship round against Berlin.
But the big win didn’t come as a surprise for Edgewood.
In addition to the offense, the pitching and fielding of Edgewood was equally impressive, showcasing a complete team.
On the mound, Oscar Kuzniar and Jake Stringer combined to allow three runs and the Edgewood fielders behind them made the plays needed to limit Berlin to four hits over five innings.
Ben D’Amato’s play at first base stood out most in the field for Edgewood, who will look to replicate what it showed against Berlin in the remaining games of the tournament - a near perfect display of baseball.
“We make most of the plays and we get big hits,” Edgewood manager Bob McMahon said. “I guess the one thing we’ll focus on is to try and keep playing baseball. If we keep winning, we’ll get a chance to do that.”
While Kuzniar heads the pitching staff, its depth is one of Edgewood’s strengths.
“Basically everybody can pitch, to be honest,” Edgewood’s Chase Mendela said. “We have everybody ready, so if we’re in trouble we can just pull somebody out and we got them.”
“Our strength is pitching. Everybody on the team can pretty much pitch,” Stringer said.
No matter the opponent, Edgewood comes to the park with the same mindset.
“I think the kids have a good approach every game,” McMahon said. “They don’t come in expecting anything. They battle one to 13. There’s not a kid we have that takes a bad at bat and our pitching has been really solid.”
Mendela, Kuzniar, Ben D’Amato, Brayden Dauphinais, Preston Guarda, Jonny Montgomery, Anthony Santilli, Connor Cyr, Mikey McMahon, Danny Wilson, Stringer, Mason Harris and Harry Ross all have at least one thing in common - they will all play a role in leading this year’s Edgewood team.
“These guys are pretty much all the same. They come to practice and work hard with each other,” McMahon said.
“Everybody’s in the game in the dugout and I couldn’t point to one kid as a leader out of this bunch, no way.”