After winning their first two games over the weekend the Toms River Little League All Stars have a day off in Bristol, Connecticut today. 

Toms River Little League celebrate winning New Jersey's Little League championship (Tome River Little League)

Sunday they jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on to beat Colonie, New York 6-4.  Jason Kapp’s three-run homer and the pitching of Jonathan Giordano and Nick DeRose led the winning effort although three errors allowed the New York State champs to make a game of it. Afterwards manager Pete Avallone texted me “ugly wins beat pretty losses” and he added that the team has not yet played well in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament. 

Next up for the Mapletree Road Gang is a Tuesday morning game against West Salisbury, Maryland who has allowed 24 runs in losing its first two games.  A victory would clinch a spot in Friday’s semifinals and it does appear that Toms River’s main competition will be a team from Philadelphia.

National League All-Star Todd Frazier (Elsa/Getty Images)

It may not be hockey season but they laced up the skates Sunday night for the 17th annual Jim Dowd Shoot for the Stars Shore All Star game at the Red Bank Armory.  Monmouth County continued its dominance of the event with a 10-6 victory as recently-graduated CBA star Brendan vanRiemsdyk scored 3 goals and became the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards. 

Headed for the University of New Hampshire, Brendan is the youngest of the hockey-playing vanRiemsdyk brothers with James playing for the NHL’s Maple Leafs and Trevor under contract to the Chicago Blackhawks.  All three have been MVP’s in the All-Star game which Dowd started in 1998 and uses as a fundraiser for worthwhile causes.  Last night’s game benefitted Hometown Heroes.

A couple of quick-hitters on a Monday morning:

  • For the first time I’m starting to think that Tiger Woods days as a dominating force on the PGA Tour may be over.  As he approaches his 39th birthday and with a bad back Woods is about to go six straight years without winning a major.  His 14th came at the 2008 US Open and it may be his last.
  • Good to see Toms River’s Todd Frazier break out of a slump with four hits and an RBI as the Reds beat Miami Sunday.  Frazier boosted his batting average to .282.