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Little League World Series Run Ends for Par-Troy

California's home run in bottom of eighth inning halts Parsippany's successful summer run.

When the California home run flew over the fence at Lamade Stadium to start off the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 3 at the Little League World Series, the summer adventure of the came to a close.

Despite a tough, hard-fought battle, the Parsippany team finally was bested in extra innings by the All-Stars of Petaluma, Calif., 5-4.

But was there sorrow at the ? Not a chance.

"Let's hear it for Parsippany," shouted red-shirted Matt Palmieri, commissioner of the . 

Palmieri was answered by the patrons' wild, enthusiastic cheer for the boys who advanced far in the post-season by winning the , , and championships and a regional sportsmanship award, achieved the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of and made their town proud.

As tweeted quickly after the game: "The boys of PTLLE are coming home, but it took two extra innings to bring 'em down."

On Parsippany Patch's Facebook page, accolades rolled in the moment Game 3 of the World Series came to an end.

"So proud of the boys!" wrote Diana Friedman Cole. "Applauding them from Atlanta."

"They did an awesome job!" shared reader Crystal Ann. "Congrats on how far they made it. It's not every day that you get to make it to the Little League World Series and see yourself play on ESPN!"

"Great job, PTE!" said Lake Hiawatha resident Ellen Runne Petillo. "You made Parsippany very proud!"

"Congratulations to Par-Troy East players, coaches, and families," offered Joanne Bruggeman.

Those sentiments were echoed at the Towne Tavern.

James Torsiello had tears in his eyes.

"They did great," he said, wiping away the moisture. "Imagine: Eighth in the nation, all the way to the second round in the Little League World Series.

"These boys have nothing to hang their heads about."

Matt Palmieri, despite the defeat, wore a wide smile.

"This team deserves to be celebrated," he said.

And when they return home from Pennsylvania, the players, Manager Mike Ruggiero and the coaches will be honored.

Mayor James Barberio said there will be a township celebration next week to thank the Parsippany 11 for their hard work and for representing their hometown with grace both on and off the field.

Torsiello said Towne Tavern will host a pizza party soon for the team, and Palmieri said his fire company will bring out the hook-and-ladders and hoist flags to pay tribute to the All-Stars.

"These boys have made this town proud," said Torsiello. "We want them to know it."

At the end of the day, the Par-Troy Little League East All-Stars may have lost Monday's game, but residents say they are winners in the minds and hearts of the people in their town. 

Patch reader Linda Page Klecak may have spoken for many in her Facebook comment.

"So proud of these boys. [They are] CHAMPIONS."

clyde donovan August 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM
They did a great job. I had a lot of fun watching their games on TV.
Irony Never Sleeps August 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM
What a great game! I was on the edge of my seat right to the end! Fantastic job boys. You finished with Pride and Sportsmanship! All of Parsippany is proud of you!
Mark August 21, 2012 at 02:04 AM
What a great team they are. They went toe to toe with traditional powerhouse states Texas and California and really if not for a bounce here or there could have easily won all three games to this point. They have NOTHING to hang their heads about. Thank you and congratulations to Coach Ruggiero, his assistants, and all of the kids. You gave the whole town something to rally around. You have no idea how many people were watching and rooting for you! What an amazing achievement when you stop to think how many LL teams there are in the country, and they proved themselves to be just as good as any of them.
Susan Bond August 21, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Congrats Par-Troy... you did Jersey proud!
Scott Dean August 21, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Wow just got back from PA, This team and staff deserve the utmost that Parsippany can provide for representing us in such a positive light!! I read about it and now have seen it in person and believe we all should tip our caps for these boys for letting us be a part of the dream!! Great job and thank you for the experience!!
Beth Bluj August 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Thank you boys for brining lots of smiles and prides to Parsippany. Can't wait to see each of you when you come back home. Thank you for showing all of us what good sportsmanship, hard work, and dedication means.
Joanna Bruggeman August 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Congratulations to our Parsippany All-Stars players and coaches for a great season! We enjoyed watching you and making our town proud!
Randy Grauerholz August 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM
As a former Parsippany, NJ resident (my boyhood home), I have to say how much joy Par-Troy East brought to all NJ residents! You did yourselves, hometown and state proud! Congratulations on a fine season and enjoy these wonderful memories!
Chris August 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM
This is something we should all remember for years and years to come. I, as I know everyone else in this town, could not be more proud of these boys and coaches. Every step they took showed poise, pride and class. PTE Board Members, coaches and parents have done a great job of bringing these boys along and getting them to where they are today. To me, it was more than just their amazing skills, but their maturity and unselfish team attitude. What an example for us all. THANK YOU Par-Troy East All-Stars and Mid-Atlantic Champs.
Joanne Fisher August 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM
...words cannot adequately express how overwhelmingly thrilled I am for you and your families...
Maurice Saunders August 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Congratulations to the players and coaches! Their achievements on the field is second to none in my mind and they are truly "Our Champions"!!! It felt good to have Pride back in Parsippany!
Tim Berrios August 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Thank you Par-Troy East All Stars! You guys are great and what a ride! It was so cool looking at the sea of “Red” on ESPN and walking through town with folks wearing their Par-Troy East tee-shirts all because of you guys. Congratulations!
Emily August 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Great job !!! watched it on tv and was cheering you all the way.
CAZ August 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM
What a ride! Congratulations to our Parsippany PTE Champions!! We are all so very proud of you!
Tom Wyka August 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Tough as nails! Great kids and thanks to the coaches and parents as well. We had to leave for football practice in the 5th, but thanks to my wife for texting. I watched on the DVR late last night and the highlights could have made a pro reel. Just amazing - and I agree that if you're going to exit the tournament - extra innings says all you need to about your fighting spirit. Congrats to the whole organization!
Josephine S. Pico August 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
it was a nail-biter into the 8th inning that could have gone either way with one swing of the bat.......the Jersey boys wanted to win and win they did........they won the hearts and admiration of a whole state because of their awesome talent and sportsmanship.......I know we will be hearing a lot more from these boys in the future.....the summer of 2012 was exciting and memorable thanks to Par-Troy East and as Tony the Tiger would say, "They're Great!"
patchitup1 August 21, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Congrats to the Team for a Great Season! You have shown All that the will to win and good old fashion hard work and determination are the key to success! The town and all those who saw you play are Very Proud!
Kathy McNeil August 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Congratulations PTE boys!!!! You were all so amazing!! Fun to watch and great sportsmanship all around...Congratulations to your coach and assistants- their hard work and dedication was well appreciated...GREAT JOB BY ALL...thank you!!!!
gina s. August 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
So proud of you all! A special shout out to the coaches and parents too....you all did a fantastic job! Thanks for bringing so much excitement to so many people...I don't think you realize how many people (not just in Parsippany) were rooting for you all...an entire state was rooting for you! Thanks for making us all smile...you are truly champions!
Mimi Letts August 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Comgratulations to the players and coaches. So proud of our team that not only played great ball but always showed good sportsmanship. They made all of Parsippany proud. And congrats to the parents and families also. Mimi Letts
Adam Gragnani August 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Congrats to all the players and coaches. You made this summer very special. You are winners in every way. Hold your heads high because you have made our town very proud of your accomplishments.
Tracy Pirylis August 21, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Congratulations to Mike and his team for getting to Williamsport - a dream come true. You have made history!! Congratulations!! We will all remember this time.
Madisongirl August 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Great Job! very proud
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