Cranford Blue U12 Team Finishes 10-5

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The Cranford Blue u12 B team: Coaches (back row): Steve Shore, Vince Caputo, Rich Gilmartin, and Dave Acocella; Back row of players: Andrew Dolan, Vincent Caputo, Sam DiDomenico, and Jimmy Coleman; Middle row of players: Steven Shore, Tom Gilmartin, Denver Martz, Louie Constable, and Mike McFeeley; Front row of players: David Simpson, Tommy Delmour, Dan Acocella, and Jacob Snover (Photo courtesy of Vince Caputo)

The Cranford Blue u12 B team: Coaches (back row): Steve Shore, Vince Caputo, Rich Gilmartin, and Dave Acocella; Back row of players: Andrew Dolan, Vincent Caputo, Sam DiDomenico, and Jimmy Coleman; Middle row of players: Steven Shore, Tom Gilmartin, Denver Martz, Louie Constable, and Mike McFeeley; Front row of players: David Simpson, Tommy Delmour, Dan Acocella, and Jacob Snover (Photo courtesy of Vince Caputo)

CRANFORD — The Cranford Blue u12 B team competed this summer in the New Providence Green League. They finished the season 10-5, good for second place in their division and second place in the post-season tournament, losing to Chatham in the finals. 

Cranford Blue started the summer 3-0, but then experienced a four-game losing streak. The boys responded by winning their final 5 regular season games to clinch second place, plus their first two playoff games.

On the mound, Cranford Blue was led by Tom Gilmartin, who finished with a record of 6-3 with 2 saves, giving up 4.11 runs per game while recording 56 strikeouts in 42 innings. Andrew Dolan compiled a 2-1 record with 1 save, while striking out 22 in 21 innings. Jimmy Coleman had a 1-1 record with his victory coming in the tournament semifinals win over Mountainside, when he came out of the bullpen to pitch 3 innings of outstanding baseball. Denver Martz also chipped in with a victory on the mound.

On the bases, Cranford had five boys in double digits in steals, led by Jacob Snover with 20, followed by Dan Acocella with 18, Jimmy Coleman with 15, Steven Shore with 12, and Tom Gilmartin with 11.

At the plate, Cranford Blue got contributions from all 13 players. Jimmy Coleman finished with 12 hits (including 3 doubles and a homerun) 8 RBIs, and 11 runs scored. Tom Gilmartin had 10 hits and led the team in runs scored with 15. Dan Acocella led the team in on-base percentage (0.583) and hits (16), and drove in 9 while scoring 11 times. Vincent Caputo finished with 12 hits (including a walk-ff hit vs Chatham in first meeting) and 13 runs scored, and led the team with 15 RBIs and 2 home runs, including one in the playoffs in a first round victory over South Orange. Andrew Dolan finished with 10 hits and 13 runs scored.

Sam DiDomenico had 11 hits (including 3 against South Orange in the playoffs) and 11 runs scored, and was second on the team in RBIs with 13. David Simpson had 7 hits and 8 RBIs. Jacob Snover finished with 12 hits and 14 runs scored. Steven Shore had 9 hits and 9 runs scored. Tommy Delmour led the team with a 0.500 batting average on 12 hits and added 9 RBIs including the eventual game-winner in the semifinals. Mike McFeeely finished with 8 hits and 9 runs scored. Denver Martz finished with 9 hits and 9 runs scored. Louie Constable had 5 hits and 4 suns scored.


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