The Holbrook Little League team from Jackson has been making a lot of noise since All-Star play began in late June and I would not be the least bit surprised if they are still making noise later this month in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The thirteen 12-year olds who rolled through the state tournament a couple of weeks ago have won their first two games in the Mid Atlantic Regional Tournament by the combined score of 25-6 after blanking New York’s Plainview Little League 9-0 on Monday morning in Bristol, Connecticut.

Tai Mann, R.J. Vashey & Chris Cartnick homered in the win as the team continues to use the long ball to separate themselves from the rest of the competition.  Winning pitcher Garrett Drew allowed just one hit and struck out 5 over four innings and needed just 38 pitches to do so.

The team gets a day off today and will face the other 2-0 team in the tournament tomorrow afternoon when they play the Pennsylvania champion Upper Providence Little League from Oaks, PA.  Should Holbrook win that game they would insure themselves a spot in Saturday night’s championship game and even with a loss they would remain alive but I don’t expect this team to lose in Bristol.

The group of soon-to-be teenagers has known nothing but success in winning the state championship as 10, 11 and now 12-year olds.

Of course it was 19 years ago this month that the Toms River East American All-Stars won the Little League World Series and the Jersey Shore has produced some worthy challengers since 1998.  This group of kids and their families from Jackson better not have any vacation plans for the remainder of summer in which they can’t get their deposits back.

That is unless they were planning to be in Williamsport all along.


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