Little League state champions return to Bristol for regional tournaments

Published on Thursday, 5 August 2021 17:18
Written by MATT HORNICK

@MNHornick

Four spots in the Little League World Series are on the line in Bristol starting this weekend as the A. Bartlett Giamatti hosts the New England and Mid-Atlantic regional baseball tournaments beginning Aug. 8.

The New England regional will feature Manchester Little League (Connecticut), Saco/Dayton LL (Maine), Peabody West LL (Massachusetts), North Manchester-Hooksett LL (New Hampshire), North Providence LL (Rhode Island) and Essex Town LL (Vermont).

Competing in the Mid-Atlantic tournament will be Canal LL (Delaware), Montgomery County-Lower County LL (Maryland), Toms River East LL (New Jersey), Colonie LL (New York), Upper Providence LL (Pennsylvania) and Capital City LL (Washington D.C.).

The tournaments run for a week, concluding Aug. 14 with both of the regional finals playing that Saturday. The opening day of the tournament start with New Jersey taking on Delaware at 10 a.m. in the Mid-Atlantic region and then Rhode Island facing Vermont at 1 p.m. in the New England region.

Manchester LL earned its chance to play in Bristol with a 10-1 postseason record, which it capped off with a 10-0 thrashing of Wilton in the state final. The team’s one loss came against Jewett City in the sectional tournament, but Manchester came back to beat that team in its next game. Manchester will open its tournament Aug. 9 against the winner of Rhode Island and Vermont.

Saco/Dayton LL of Saco, Maine rebounded from losing its first state tournament game to win its next three matchups by a combined score of 31-0. When faced with needing two wins over Cumberland/North Yarmouth, the team it lost to at the start of the tournament, Saco/Dayton won its first game 5-1 and then grinded a 7-6 win in the second game to punch its ticket to the New England regional. Maine’s first regional game is against New Hampshire at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Peabody West LL from Peabody, Massachusetts will arrive in Bristol with a 9-3 postseason record after surviving two losses in its state tournament. Peabody West entered its state tournament winning seven of eight playoff games, but then lost its first two games in the state tournament. An 8-0 win over Needham National booked Peabody a rematch with Pittsfield American, which Peabody won 6-5. Massachusetts opens its slate of games in Bristol on Aug. 9 against the winner of Maine and New Hampshire.

North Manchester-Hooksett LL of Hooksett, New Hampshire only played two games in its state tournament, both against the same team, and won them by a combined score of 12-0. North Manchester-Hooksett ran through an 11-game gauntlet to escape its district tournament and earn the right to play a two-game state tournament. New Hampshire faces Maine on Aug. 8 to begin its regional tournament run.

North Providence LL from North Providence Rhode Island lost the first game of its district tournament before winning nine games in a row to take its state’s spot in the New England regional. Outscoring its opponents 54-8 in its district wins, North Providence picked up three quick wins in its state tournament to reach Bristol. Rhode Island takes on Vermont on Aug. 8 in its first game of the tournament.

Essex Town LL of Essex, Vermont enters the New England regional with a 10-0 postseason record after not allowing more than three runs in any of its state tournament games. Essex edged out Addison County 2-1 in its state championship game to earn its spot at the regional. Vermont starts its tournament against Rhode Island on Aug. 8 at 1 p.m.

In the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament, Canal LL of Newark, Delaware will puts its 7-0 postseason record on the line when it faces New Jersey in the first little league regional game in Bristol since 2019. Canal won six of its seven games by at least four runs, with the seventh being a 2-0 shutout.

Montgomery County-Lower County LL from Bethesda, Maryland enters the Mid-Atlantic regional with a 10-1 postseason record. Montgomery County-Lower County rebounded from an early state tournament loss to Berlin by beating that team 6-0 and 11-3 to win a state championship and grab Maryland’s spot in the regional tournament. Maryland’s first game of the tournament will be on Aug. 9 against the winner of Delaware and New Jersey.

Toms River East LL of Toms River, New Jersey breezed through most of its in-state games on its way to a state championship and a 14-0 playoff record. Outside of a 1-0 win in its first state tournament game, Toms River East piled on the runs in all of its other games to firmly establish supremacy over all other little league teams in New Jersey. New Jersey takes on Delaware at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8 for its first regional game.

Colonie LL from Colonie, New York brings a 16-game winning streak to Bristol, tearing through a slew of in-state contests just to reach the Mid-Atlantic regional. Colonie won each of its games by at least three runs and scored more than 10 runs in 12 of 16 wins. New York’s first game will be against the winner of Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. and will be played Aug. 9.

Upper Providence LL of Oaks, Pennsylvania will face Washington D.C. in the tournament’s first round Aug. 8. Upper Providence completed its state tournament run with a win over Greencastle-Antrim by a score of 2-1. Surviving the Mid-Atlantic regional would allow Upper Providence to play in the Little League World Series in its home state.

Capitol City LL will represent Washington D.C. in Bristol after winning all of seven of its state tournament games. Capitol City outscored its opponents by 65 runs on its way to the Mid-Atlantic regional and will open its time in Bristol against Pennsylvania at 4 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Bristol is welcoming little league teams to the city for the first time in two year and after hosting a successful softball tournament in July, Corey Wright, operations managing director for the east and central regions of Little League International, is excited to do the same with baseball.

“The little league program is all about [being] community-based, kids playing sports and that ultimate dream of getting to a World Series,” Wright said. “When you see it play out in front of you it’s obviously very rewarding.”

Matt Hornick can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or mhornick@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Thursday, 5 August 2021 17:18. Updated: Thursday, 5 August 2021 17:21.