The Vernon Cyclones 10U baseball team defeated the Miners Travel Baseball Club to claim the USABL Central North 50/70 Championship, capping an incredible playoff run and earning their second championship of the 2019 season.
In the quarterfinal, the Cyclones took on the West Milford Bears in an 11 inning pitchers duel with James Curry driving in Dustin Wagner for the game-winning run.
Wagner got the start for the Cyclones and went seven innings before handing the ball to Otto DeJager who threw the final 5 innings, allowing 1 hit while striking out 6 Bears hitters.
In the semifinals, fantastic pitching, errorless defense and timely hitting were key in the Cyclone victory over the Outlaws.
DeJager got the start and went 7 innings, throwing 75 pitches allowing two hits while striking out 10.
The big blow came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jack Tucker worked a walk, stole second and third base, setting the stage for a dramatic finish with two outs. On a 2-1 count, Joe D'Aprile launched a game-winning single deep to left field over the heads of the drawn in outfield capping the thrilling victory.
In the championship game, it was once again outstanding pitching, excellent defense and timely hitting that proved to be key in the victory over the Sussex Miners Travel Baseball Club. The Cyclones came out swinging in the top of the first and plated 3 runs on RBIs by Christopher Perrotta, Tyler Dobrzynski, and Joey D'Aprile.
Wagner once again got the start for the Cyclones going six innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6. With the win, the Cyclones finished 11-1 on the fall season and 20-3 in league play during the 2019 season.