Game EIGHT
U.S. Central
vs. U.S. East

Tuesday, August 24, 1999

They're in again!

For the second year in a row Toms River, New Jersey will play in the United States Championship game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

With their 3-1 victory over Brownsburg, Indiana in front of 15,300 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, they finish with a record of 3-0 in U.S. pool play. They must now wait to see who they will play in Thursday night's showdown.

The East took advantage of four walks, an error, and two costly wild pitches. All three runners that scored got on base via the walk. They scored two in the second and one in the third and then went on to hold off a late-inning rally by Indiana.

Chris Fontenelli started on the hill for the East. He went four strong innings without allowing a run. Eric Campesi came in for the fifth and got out of the Indiana rally. Going into the sixth, East coach Mike Gaynor asked his boys who wanted to pitch. Steve Bernath raised his hand and Gaynor granted him the opportunity. Bernath worked a perfect sixth.

"Chris did an unbelievable job," Gaynor said. "He had looked really good in practice and it continued in the game. He kept their hitters off-balance."

The big question for Gaynor was whether or not to use his son Casey to close out the game. "It was never an option because even if we had lost, we still would have advanced."

 

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Fontenelli struck out eight hitters in his four innings of work. He struck out the side in the third. "It was pretty fun out there," he said. "It was just great to have the opportunity to start a game here. This has been a real thrill for me."

For the Central, they fall to 0-2 and their chances of advancing are very slim. They were in both games the whole way, but couldn't put it away. "It would be a miracle to get in," said Central manager Gary King.

--Mark Rogoff
   Special Correspondent

 

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GAME SCORING
- Games Scores by Inning

BOX SCORES
-Home Team Box Scores
-Visiting Team Box Scores

PITCHERS
- Winning and Losing Pitchers

CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
- U.S. Central
- U.S. East

Game Scoring By Inning:

1
2
3
4
5
6
R
H
E
US CENTRAL
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
7
1
US EAST
0
2
1
0
0
x
3
2
2

Home Team Box Score:

US EAST
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Campesi, Eric
cf-p
2
1
0
0
3
0
0
0
Gaynor, Casey
ss-c-1b
1
0
0
0
2
1
2
0
Burgdorff, Jeff
lf
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Fontenelli, Chris
p-ss
1
1
0
0
2
0
1
2
Cappello, Dave
3b
1
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
Bernath, Steve
1b-p
2
0
1
0
2
1
3
0
Casale, Mike
2b
2
0
1
1
2
0
1
0
Cunningham, Chris
c
1
0
0
0
1
0
10
0
Del Vento, Zack
rf
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
Jones, RJ
rf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Cummings, Bobby
rf-cf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Egan, Derrick
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
15
3
2
1
19
2
18
2

Visiting Team Box Score:

US CENTRAL
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
King, Gary
rf-lf
4
0
2
1
4
0
1
0
Koontz, Zach
2b-ss
3
0
1
0
3
1
0
0
Veza, Sean
cf
3
0
0
0
3
1
2
0
Lynn, Lance
1b
3
0
2
0
3
0
4
1
Nickol, Austin
c
3
0
1
0
3
1
5
0
Farley, Justin
lf-3b
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Dragstrem, Cory
3b-2b
3
0
0
0
3
1
2
0
Steele, Collin
ss-p
2
0
0
0
2
1
1
0
Mills, Zach
p
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Hendrickson, Alex
rf
1
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
Bartlett, Adam
ph
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Shipley, Nick
ph
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Snyder, Matt
ph
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Totals
26
1
7
1
28
5
15
1

Pitchers

Winning Pitcher: Fontenelli, Chris

Losing Pitcher: Mills, Zach

US EAST
IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
Fontenelli, Chris
4.0
0
0
0.00
4
8
0
0
68
46
22
Campesi, Eric
1.0
1
1
6.00
3
0
0
0
28
18
10
Bernath, Steve
1.0
0
0
0.00
0
2
2
0
22
9
13
US CENTRAL
IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
Mills, Zach
2.0
3
2
6.00
2
2
4
0
52
24
28
Steele, Collin
3.0
0
0
0.00
0
3
0
0
34
20
14

ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game


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