Freeholders Honor Randolph Baseball and Dover-Rockaway Softball State Champions
Posted: September 3, 2019
The Morris County Board of Freeholders recently honored two outstanding Little League teams from Morris County, both state champions who battled to the Eastern Regional semi-finals this summer in bids to make it to their respective Little League World Series.
Congratulations to the Randolph Boys Senior League Baseball State Champions and the Dover-Rockaway Girls Senior League Softball State Champions!
The boys’ baseball team from Randolph represented New Jersey as state champions at the East Regional Senior League Baseball Tournament in Bangor, Maine after winning the 2019 Senior League State Championship. The Randolph boys defeated teams from around the state, including Secaucus, Buena and Freehold, after beating Vernon in the sectional tournament, to advance to the regional competition.
The Randolph boys finished 2-2 in the regional competition, defeating New York and Maryland, while losing to Delaware and then to Pennsylvania in the semi-finals—that one a heartbreaking 11-10 loss in extra innings.
Making the regional tournament was quite a noteworthy achievement for the Randolph players, coaches and manager since this is the first recreational level team from North Jersey to represent the state in this double-elimination tournament in more than 20 years.
The Randolph team included Matia Clement, DJ Della-Badia, Christian Guarente, Niko Floris, Dylan Haun, Danny Kaiser, Brendan Laqui, Aidan Lavin, Mitch McKechnie, Eric Recchia, Paul Recchia, Joe Reed, Mickey Swenson, Jason Tamres, Mason Torster and Jonah Tullman.
All of the players on both teams received county and sheriff’s certificates of congratulations for their excellent play and sportsmanship.
Randolph Manager Dave Tamres and coaches Dan Toscano, Eric Haun and Dave Della-Badia, and Dover-Rockaway coaches Johanna Bizub-Smith, Tony Moran and Patsy Feola received county resolutions of congratulations from the freeholders for their efforts in leading their young charges to excellence.