BRISTOL â€“ New Jerseyâ€™s Toms River East Little League eliminated Delawareâ€™s Canal Little League Friday night in Mid-Atlantic Regional play, completing a late rally for a spot in the Little League World Series with a 6-3 win.
Also clinching a spot in the Little League World Series from the Mid-Atlantic Region is Pennsylvania (represented by Upper Providence Little League), who beat New Jersey 6-1 on Wednesday.
Six runs by New Jersey in the top of the sixth, led to NJ shutting the door in the bottom half after going scoreless for five straight innings in the game.
A leadoff walk from Cole Garrison to start the sixth inning led to him scoring on a sacrifice fly. A single from Max Mika then scored Chris Tennaro, making it a one-run game at 3-2.
Carson Frazierâ€™s double to center field emptied a bases loaded opportunity, giving NJ a lead at 5-3 for the first time all night with two outs in the sixth. Jason Vonderrosa followed up with a single to right field to score Frazier, completing a six-spot in the sixth inning for New Jersey.
Delaware started the game hot, getting a run in the bottom of the first on a Matt Rice solo homer put the pressure on NJ early. Rice added another run driven in to his linescore with an RBI double to score Logan Waynick, making it 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning.
New Jerseyâ€™s best chance to break into the run column came in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded, but a groundout to short ended the threat and got Delaware out of the inning unscathed.
Delaware added one more for insurance in the fifth on a Waynick on a single into center to score Liam Fresconi, making it 3-0.
New Jerseyâ€™s Frazier was the only player on the team with multiple hits, tallying two. He drove in three runs. Matthew Rice had two hits and drove in two runs for Delaware.
Garrison went the distance on the bump for NJ, striking out six in 73 pitches. He allowed two earned runs.