WEST WINDSOR — Brooklawn Post No. 72 Red lived up to its reputation in yesterday’s opening game of the District 3 American Legion 19-and-under baseball tournament.
West Windsor-Plainsboro will get another chance to show what it has tomorrow. West Windsor-Plainsboro lost 6-0 at Mercer County Park to last year’s World Series entry. Although out-hitting the club from Camden County, the locals were shut down by fundamentals and heads-up baseball.
The 25-time state champions came up with key defensive plays and timely offense to advance to tomorrow’s winner’s bracket game. It will face Brooklawn Post 72 Blue at 4 p.m. WW-P will face South Amboy, which lost to Brooklawn Blue 17-7, on an adjoining field, also at 4 p.m.
In the double-elimination format, the Mercer County club’s season will end with one more loss.
“They’ll be fine,” manager Don Hutchinson said. “They’re not ready for the season to end, and they know now their back’s to the wall. I think they’ll be set to go. We won’t be the first one out.”
“We have to forget about this game,” said Joe Jensen, a WW-P North grad who will enter his sophomore year at Hamilton College in Upstate, N.Y. “(Brooklawn Red) is one of the better teams, so we’re not gonna face anyone better out here.”
Brooklawn, which has competed 61 years in American Legion ball, last won the World Series in 2001. Comprised primarily of kids who play or have played for Gloucester Catholic, it returned 15 from last year’s roster.
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AMERICAN LEGION: WW-P comes up short against Brooklawn Red
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