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Par-Troy East Heads to Williamsport

Emil Matti hurls two-hitter, Bener Uygun connects on home run to power Parsippany past Delaware, into Little League World Series.

BRISTOL, Conn.—Par-Troy East Little League pitcher Emil Matti and his Delaware counterpart Clayton Hansen settled into a taut pitchers' duel right from the start.

Hansen featured a sharp-breaking curveball that had the boys from Parsippany reaching. Matti used his fastball to dazzle the Delaware champions. With the pitching virtually even, the decision was clearly leaning toward defense and one clutch hit, and Par-Troy's Bener Uygun contributed both.

Uygun turned two glistening plays at shortstop to prevent a run in the second inning and drove the first pitch of the fourth frame for a home run Sunday to back Matti's two-hit hurling and send Par-Troy to the Little League World Series with a scintillating 1-0 victory over Newark in the Mid-Atlantic Tournament championship before an estimated 2,900 at the A. Bartlett Giamatti complex.

Par-Troy (5-1 in the tournament, 17-2 overall in all-star play) will play the Southwest regional champion San Antonio Friday in Williamsport, Pa. Newark (4-2) was ousted from the Mid-Atlantics by a New Jersey team for the second straight year.

Uygun was sure Hansen would start him out with a curveball in the tell-tale fourth.

"He left it up and my eyes opened real big," Uygun said. "Throughout the lineup he was throwing lots of curveballs and in my [previous] at-bat, he got me out with a curveball so I was focused on the curveball."

Matti retired the first two hitters in the sixth when Joe Silan, who authored a no-hitter in the semifinals against Maryland, drilled a shot to left center that caromed off the fence just three feet from the top. But Matti bore down and struck out Hansen for the final out.

"I thought it was going out, but when I saw it hit the fence, I breathed a sigh of relief," Par-Troy catcher Anthony Scannelli said.  

Matti didn't walk a batter and struck out five. He got 11 outs on groundballs, and of the 72 pitches he threw, 59 were strikes. He said he felt that he had great command of his fastball while warming up before the game.

"I tried to stay focused and hit my spots. If they hit the ball, I looked to my fielders to make the play," he said. "Most of my pitches were fastballs [and I didn't throw breaking balls] until I got ahead in the count."

Hansen pitched around a single by Daniel Ruggiero in the first. He issued a one-out walk in the second but started a 1-6-3 double play to keep his ledger clean.

Matti retired the side in order for starters. Danny Miller reached on an error but was stranded at second when Uygun twice ranged deep in the hole to throw out hitters by a step at first. Matt Theodorakis laced an opposite-field double with two out in the third, but Silan made the mistake of hitting a grounder to Uygun.

"These guys rise to the occasion," Par-Troy manager Mike Ruggiero said. "The glove's on the ground with the pitch. They were sharp and came ready to play today."

Alex Cavaluzzo poked a one-out single out of the nine hole in the New Jersey third, but Hansen fanned Matti and Ruggiero to leave the runner stranded at second.

Uygun's difference-maker—his second homer of the tournament—clipped leaves from the trees 20 feet beyond out the outfield fence as it descended to earth.

Hansen yielded three hits, walked one, fanned seven and threw 67 pitches, 48 for strikes. Delaware manager Nick DiMartine said they handled New Jersey's top four hitters, responsible for all but five of the team's 42 hits during the tournament, in different ways.

"We saw things in games during pool play so we went with tendencies," he said. "We thought they didn't see many off-speed pitches throughout the tournament."

Par-Troy coach Ed Phillips described the emotional roller coaster ride he took over the course of the contest that lasted 1 hour, 19 minutes.

"I was losing it," Phillips said, thinking about the wing and miss that confirmed his late-summer travel plans. "I thought I would lose it somewhere along the line. I love these boys. I've been with some of them since they were 8 years old, some of them earlier than that. 

He fought back the tears and said, "I was on a baseball field with them from April to the end of August. They're our kids."

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated David Ton was Par-Troy's starting pitcher.

Altan Mansur August 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Tremendous accomplishment boys...be proud and enjoy this moment! Continue to Believe in yourselves, your teammates & coaches...Best of Luck in Williamsport!
C Phillips August 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
CONGRATS!!!! Soooooo proud of all of you!
Richard Dean August 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Bring Morris County a World Championship!
Erica Bock Coviello August 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Emil Matti pitched tonight's game...not Ton.
Vince Del Viscio August 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Emil pitched not Davi
Vince Del Viscio August 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Emil Matte pitched not David Ton.
Joanne Fisher August 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Congratulations PTE! it was so exciting watching you win on ESPN! On to Williamsport...we're so proud of you!
Andy Sadowski August 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Great job guys.. Way to make Parsippany shine.. Can't wait till I get to post that Par Troy East are the Little League World Champions!!!!!
Carol Tiesi August 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
What an exciting game!! Congratulations to all of you!! Everyone in Parsippany is extremely proud of you!! Enjoy yourselves in Williamsport and good luck!!
Larry August 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM
As I have saying from day 1 I congratulate the boys,their parents and the entire PTE staff including Todd Finchler and Eric Hubner. I am currently on vacation with my wife and son who played for PTE 13 years ago but I have manged to stay informed through the patch. I hope when I get home we are still alive in Williamsport.
Lynn z August 13, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Great job today! Way to pitch Emil!!!!
Jacqueline Izzo August 13, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Great win! Can't wait for Friday! Best of luck!!
Nancy Schaller Tauriello August 13, 2012 at 01:41 AM
So glad Parsippany can be represented in a positive way. Way to go boys and good luck in Williamsport.
John Depot August 13, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Watched the game on ESPN2 today. Great job, everyone! Brought a tear to my eye!!
CAZ August 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Way to go boys! Our CONGRATULATIONS again!! Keep it up. Prayers for all of the team, coaches and families to travel and play safely! Great accomplishments all along, BE PROUD, VERY PROUD!!
Diane Campbell August 13, 2012 at 03:37 AM
So proud! Enjoy every moment!! We are filled with Parsippany pride.
Lil mama 72 August 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
CONGRATS to this absolutely amazing team and Parsippany community! We have watched these boys play ball since they were 5 and now they are on their way to the BIG series!!!! It was wonderful to be in the stands today cheering them on and to see a SEA OF RED!! GO PTE!!!!!! GO NJ!!!!!!!!! See you in Williamsport!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!
Todd M. Finchler August 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Beyond our wildest dreams! These boys have transcended Little League boundaries! These boys are the new darlings of New Jersey - and how richly deserved it is! Sportsmanship award conferred to Par-Troy East team before yesterday's game followed up with an AMAZING win over an excellent Delaware team. Proud does not even begin to describe how we all feel! You were winners even before the first pitch was thrown! Congratulations to the team, the coaches and the parents! I cannot wait to see you on Friday in Williamsport!
Alison Cogan August 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Great game boys! You are representing Parsippany wonderfully and we are SO proud of you! Hope you are having fun as well!!
James P. Page August 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Gentlemen, Congratulations to each of the players and coaches, enjoy your time out at Williamsport! Best of luck to you all!!!
Carole A. Schwarz August 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Congratulations on your achievement boys!.. It could not be done without your teamwork and perserverence. the whole state of NJ is proud of you!
Susan Kroeger August 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Just want to CONGRATULATE the boys and coaches for receiving the TOURNAMENT sportsmanship award. SKILL and CHARACTER!!! We ALL should feel very proud of this team! What a game! The boys, coaches and fans were INSPIRING. Well worth the ride to Bristol. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!
Maurice Saunders August 13, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Great Game! Congratulations to the boys and coaches on advancing to Williamsport!
Vince Del Viscio August 13, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Folks...if you or you know people that can help. We are not a huge little league. We don't ask parents for a lot of registration money or volunteer fees...just time mainly. Many folks have put a lot of hours into the league and this team. The 11 families will be spending upwards of 20 nights in hotels and need to pay for food and transportation. Plus many are either taking weeks of vacation or in some cases unpaid leave to help coach and take care of the boys on this journey. If you or a business you know can donate to our little league to help defray costs for the families and league....we would really appreciate it. Note from league.... We are looking to raise funds to support the team and their families. All funds raised will directly help defray costs for the 11 players and their families. They just spent 10 days in Bristol CT and are now on to Williamsport PA. You can either go to paypal.com and use this address treasurer@parsippanybaseball.com and include that it is for 11/12 boys at PTE Williamsport fund or you can send your charitable donations to Par Troy Little League East PO Box 163 Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034 Par Troy Little League East is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation, so if you work for a company that does matching gifts, be sure to fill out the form. Thanks. Go PTE!
Daddy'O August 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Congratulation to the all the Boy's on the Team, They are showing what Team work is all about Form Parsippany American Legion Post 249
Jeff August 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I like the idea of individual donations. It would be nice also if the Town Council would get involved and have the town help defray costs. This is free advertising for Parsippany on ESPN, other networks and papers including the NY Post. Since the Mayor and council was willing to pay a crazy sum to have Terry Bradshaw and a florida crew do a short voice over commercial - why not instead support our local team this way. This is a better use of advertising dollars. What do you all think?
Scott Dean August 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
And Im sure other sports groups in town will be more than willing to support one of their own.
Todd M. Finchler August 14, 2012 at 03:11 AM
In addition to direct donations, Modell's is stepping up to support this team. Starting on Wednesday (we think), Modell's in Arlington Plaza will be selling t-shirts to commemorate this team. Modell's is paying 100% of the cost of designing and producing the shirts - and are donating 100% of the sale proceeds to the league. More info on shirt availability and price will be posted shortly, but what a great way to show your support for - and to financially support - this team! Par-Troy East thanks Modell's Sporting Goods for its support!
C Phillips August 14, 2012 at 03:49 AM
That's great, I'll definitely buy a shirt when they are available....and wear it proudly to Williamsport on Friday!! :)

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