The Jackson Little League's World Series dreams came to an end Sunday at the strong bats of Red Land, Pennsylvania with a 12-0 loss.

The Jackson Little League team after winning the New Jersey state championship (Allan A. Goldberg)

It was a close game until the fifth inning when Jackson starting pitcher Sean Slusak came off the mound as he had reached the 85-pitch maximum. Red Land then scored eight runs on two, two-run doubles, a two-run home run and some fielder's choices. Jackson could not come back from such a barrage.

The loss was Jackson's second to Red Land in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament who came back strong on Saturday to shut out Maryland 10-0 and meet Red Land in hopes of continuing onto Williamsport and the Little League World Series.

Jackson Little League President Allen A. Goldberg praised the team for representing the league, township and state with "a dignity and class well beyond their years." In an email, Goldberg singled out manager Evan Glaser and his coaching staff for giving their time to the team "without question or reward" and Glaser for putting the team ahead of his family.

Glaser, meanwhile, said it was "emotional" for his team after their loss but reminded them that in making the mid-Atlantic by winning the state title they did something no other Jackson Little League team "and no one can take that away from you."

The team, which returned home immediately after the game, will get together for a party before school starts .





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