EXTRA INNINGS Clemente softball team wins state championship

first_imgSTATE CHAMPS – The Roberto Clemente Little League All-Stars won the Senior Little League state championship last weekend in Manasquan, the first for the long-standing Jersey City organization. Roberto Clemente Little League has been a fixture in downtown Jersey City for more than 30 years.In 1988, the Clemente Little League baseball team did the unthinkable by capturing the New Jersey State Little League championship, defeating Morristown National, 7-5, in the championship game. ×STATE CHAMPS – The Roberto Clemente Little League All-Stars won the Senior Little League state championship last weekend in Manasquan, the first for the long-standing Jersey City organization.center_img The Clemente All-Stars then went on to the East Regional championships in Bristol, Conn. and were just two wins away from going to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.It had been almost 30 years since Roberto Clemente Little League won a state championship – until last week.Last week, the Clemente All-Star softball team won the Senior Little League state championship, having to battle back in the loser’s bracket to win the crown in the double-elimination tourney held in Manasquan.The Clemente All-Stars lost the opening game of the state tourney to Lincroft, 4-2, then came back to defeat Dover on Saturday, Monroe on Sunday, then had to defeat Lincroft twice to earn the title.The Clemente All-Stars won the opening game, 10-2, setting up the finals against Lincroft, winner take all. Clemente then won the final game by a final score of 5-2.“We came so close in the states before in the states,” said Clemente All-Stars manager Felix Montes. “We finally did it. I’m so happy, super happy for the girls. It was amazing to watch. The girls played hard and never quit. They also never let down. They kept bouncing back. It had been a long time for us, more than 20 years.”Nope, almost 30.“This is the first time for the girls,” Montes said. “They were fantastic. I’m so happy for them.”Once again, Jaylene Sierra was the standout. The Ferris pitcher was outstanding throughout the tournament, both on the mound and with the bat.“She’s a warrior,” Montes said. “She made the pitches, but she had good defense behind her. She was amazing, pitching all the games. She just kept coming back. Like I said, she’s a warrior.”Montes was also impressed with the overall team defense.“They really played great defense,” Montes said. “I think they were willing to put the offense on the back burner. I was happy things went in our favor down there.”Naya Olacio was also clutch at the plate with two hits in the title game. Sierra also drove in a run.The Clemente All-Stars are now headed to the East Regional championships in Boston beginning this weekend. They will face the state champion from New York in the first round of the tournament.EXTRA INNINGS focuses on the best stories that come from local baseball and softball leagues throughout the area, from Little League action through travel leagues.If you have any noteworthy information to contribute to the EXTRA INNINGS, feel free to contact Jim Hague by phone at (201) 303-5792 or via e-mail at [email protected] e-mail would be the best way of getting in touch.Please include a telephone contact name and number, in order to secure further information for a possible story. Also, if you have a picture to be used with the story, that would be a great help….–Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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