The roster for the West Deptford Little-League 9-10 All-Star team consisted of 13 players Friday night against Gibbstown in the final game of pool play for each of the teams.
All 13 members of the West Deptford team had hits—and most of them had a whole lot more than one.
West Deptford got contributions up and down the lineup in a 27-0 win that wrapped up a dominating series of games for the team. West Deptford's No. 1 squad was never challenged, winning all four games by mercy rule.
“Everybody has been hitting for this team,” said manager Tony Scirrotto. “Even the kids that didn’t hit the first two games were able to get hits tonight.
“A lot of our kids are hitting over .500 for the tournament. Of course, we are expecting a little bit tougher games coming up, but we have played together all year and we play as a tournament team outside of Little League. I think we are ready to do well in this tournament.”
The tone for the game was set early when Vinny Scirrotto hit a three-run double in the first inning, Logan Nichols followed with an RBI hit and TJ Kelly had an RBI groundout to give the team a 5-0 lead.
The floodgates really opened in the second as the team scored eight more runs. Scirrotto, Gavin Shields and Colby Garrison each had two run hits in the frame. Catcher Mike Yates also had an RBI and a run in the second.
West Deptford continued to swing big bats in the third and fourth innings to put the game well out of reach. Even though the team took a station-to-station approach in proper sportsmanship, the runs continued to pour in. Reserves Rick Templeton, Jake McConville, Max Strout and Justin Hahn each got multiple at-bats and contributed with hits.
“When you are only playing 16 innings in four games, you try to get everybody in and they still get to bat two or three times,” Tony Scirrotto said. “It’s fun for all the kids and that’s what is important for us as coaches.”
West Deptford also helped out its brother team in the tournament, West Deptford No. 2. By virtue of Gibbstown's loss, West Deptford No. 2—which also won Friday night, 5-2 over Clayton—clinched second place in pool play, allowing it to move to the next round.
“It’s good for them, because it’s always tough when we play them with all 10-year olds and they have all 9-year-olds,” Scirrotto said. “They are a really good team.”
However, all eyes will be on the group of 10-year-olds who have a real shot at winning a district title. Scirrotto knows they won’t all come as easy as Friday night though.
“I think we are capable of doing very well,” Scirrotto said. “I’m not going to stand here and say we are the team to beat, because we have played most of the teams in this tournament and we know that they are very, very tough.
"We know East Greenwich always has a good team, Deptford always has a good team, Mantua is playing well. We played all of those teams in travel ball and we know they all have good players.”