After rain delayed the game 24 hours, Toms River East Little League avenged their only loss in pool play by defeating Holbrook Little League 4-1 in the 11 Year Old District 18 Championship Game.
Holbrook entered the game undefeated, but the team from Toms River East would not be denied their chance to raise the championship banner. Toms River East’s Daniel Nafziger silenced Holbrook’s bats all game, earning a complete game victory and throwing only 64 pitches. After a quick top of the first inning, Toms River East took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
After a lead off hit by Gavin Toth and a bunt single by Brayden Cimorelli, Toth used aggressive baserunning to score from second on a groundout by Brandon Safoschnik. Nafziger settled into the game, and his defense helped retire Holbrook quickly in the top of the second.
Toms River East would score 3 more in the bottom of the 2nd. Anthony Roma and Zachary LaBarca led off with back to back singles before Cooper Maley and Logan Bucci worked back to back walks to increase the lead to 2-0.
A passed ball allowed LaBarca to score and make the lead 3-0, and Maley scored on a groundout for the 4th run. That was more than Nafzinger would need, as he continued to chew up the talented Holbrook lineup. Holbrook got on the board with a long home run to right center from Jack Osmond in the 4th inning, but that was all they would be able to manage, as Toms River East Little League secured the victory and celebrated in front of cheering family and friends.
Toms River East advanced as the District 18 Champions to play in the Section 3 tournament in Sayreville.