15U All-Stars Sent Home From NJ

ATLANTIC SHORE, N.J. — Although they suffered a 22-16 loss Monday afternoon to West Windsor/Plainsboro, New Jersey, the Jamestown Babe Ruth All-Stars thought they were advancing out of pool play at the Mid-Atlantic 15U Regional anyway.

“They told us before the game that if we gave up less than 27 runs we’d be a No. 3 seed and if we won the game we’d be a No. 2 seed,” Jamestown coach Tommy Tantillo said.

Tantillo was confident enough, in fact, about the All-Stars’ extending their tournament stay that he went over a game plan for today’s expected contest with his team behind the dugout. But tournament officials pulled Tantillo aside and delivered the sobering news — Jamestown had been eliminated via the tie-breaking rules.

“They were very apologetic. They told us they made a mistake (in their pregame instructions),” Tantillo said. “Not much we can do about it now. … The way they showed me (the rule) is written, I understand it now. I don’t agree with it. It’s tough to see a team get in (North Colonie, New York) that you beat pretty handily (15-2 on Sunday) and they ended up getting in.”

Jamestown finishes the tournament 1-2, and as it heads home today it can point to command issues on the mound and defensive lapses for its early departure.

In yesterday’s loss, the All-Stars issued 17 walks and committed seven errors, numbers that couldn’t be offset by 11 hits and seven West Windsor/Plainsboro miscues.

“We tried to save some pitching for the rest of the tournament, and we threw some guys out there we wanted to eat some innings and rely on our offense,” Tantillo said. “Our offense was there, we just couldn’t limit the damage on defense and on the mound.”

Chris Navarro, Ruben DeLeon and Joseph Roehmholdt all had two hits for the All-Stars, while Kameron Melendez and Kyle Smallback both drove in four runs.

Jamestown trailed 10-8 after 3 1/2 innings, but West Windsor/Plainsboro erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for the victory.