Stan’s Little League baseball team defeated the Young Dems 7-0 and took home the trophy during the Wednesday, June 20 championship game in Hoboken’s Little League season.
The final game was the culmination of a rivalry during the season between the two teams. On June 15 Stan’s lost to the Young Dems 5-3 but they persevered and on the following day, June 16, 13-9 before going head-to-head.
Douglas Bauman, Luca Blake, James Bubkley, Nick Gallucci, Stanley Gettens, Jack Kelly, Jared Lee, Jayden Pagan, Renaldo Pequero, Ramon Perez, AJ Ranieri, and Wilde Trinidad played for Stan’s, led by Manager Victor Chirichella and Coaches Angel Pagan, Andrew Lee, Ed Madigan, Brian Blake, and Sean Kelly (Kelly sadly passed away earlier this month).
Of Kelly, Chirichella said, “He volunteered three years and I couldn’t have done it without him. He took care of the practices, managing the scoreboard, batting order, and making substitutions.”
For the Young Dems, players Isiah Blanks, Mark Boyd Jr., Maximus Casazza, Michael Casazza, Brennan Cooper, Brandon Gomez, Rayqua Jones, Jackson Lore, Mason Lore, Zach Peterson, Jayden Swinton, and Camden Van Horn fought hard and were led by coaches Jerry Lore, Jay Blanks and Manager Mike Casazza.
“[Sean Kelly] volunteered three years and I couldn’t have done it without him.” –Victor Chirichella
Game of champions
In the June 20 game, Stan’s took the lead early in the first inning when Jared Lee scored one run. During the second inning, with the bases loaded, Reynaldo Pequero scored three runs and Lee then reached on an error that scored Pequero, giving Stan’s a 5-0 lead.
In the third inning, Douglas Bauman reached on a single. Then Luca Blake hit into a fielder’s choice, and James Buckley singled to the right, scoring Blake to make the score 6-0. At the top of the fourth, Jared Lee and Douglas Bauman both walked. After Lee stole third base, he scored to bring the game to 7-0.
Jayden Pagan was the winning pitcher for Stan’s. He lasted almost five innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out 12. Luca Blake threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Max Casazza for the Young Dems went three and a third innings, allowing seven runs on four hits and striking out six. Casazza went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead young Dems in hits.
This is the 38th year Stan’s Sport Center located at 528 Washington St. has sponsored a little league team and their sixth championship overall. Stan’s Sports Center is owned by Dan DeCongelio.