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Jul, 2021

Little League District 16 12U Champions!

LINWOOD — Northfield rallied in the bottom of the sixth and final inning to beat Linwood 3-2 for the Little League District 16 12-under baseball championship Monday night at All Wars Memorial Field.

Linwood, in the losers bracket, needed to beat Northfield twice Monday to win the district championship. Northfield, which trailed 2-1 entering its last at-bat of the night, needed just the one victory to advance to the sectional tournament.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Mike Sher, who pitched nearly the whole game for Northfield, doubled in Ben Steinberg and Sean Burke for the walk-off victory.

Sher limited Linwood to two runs before coming out in the sixth inning after he’d thrown 85 pitches. Krish Patel earned the victory in relief, having gotten the last two outs in the top of the sixth.


Northfield will play its first game in the Section 4 tournament on Sunday night in East Vineland against an opponent to be named.


Northfield coach Sean Sutley said, “It feels awesome. We battled through adversity. Linwood’s pitcher (John Trott) was fantastic.”


Linwood took a 2-0 lead in the championship game as Carson Thomas tripled in a run in the first inning and Lucas DeBiaso hit an RBI single in the fourth.

Northfield's Cole Stefano tripled in the bottom of the fourth and scored on Brad Delaney's groundout to second to cut the lead to 2-1.

Northfield's Keith Morgenweck reached on an error in the fifth inning and was on second with one out. But Trott struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Sher's game-winning double went to left field.

"It's fantastic to win it," Sher said. "I am so tired. I wanted to win the first game (in which he played center field), but I thought we could come back and win the second game."

The champions had to put in a long night to advance because Linwood won the first game 9-2, having scored three runs in the first inning and another three in the sixth and final inning.

DeBiaso tripled and scored in the sixth for Linwood. Neo Kirev had a double and two singles in the game. Jack Hickman and Dante Franchini each contributed two hits.

Linwood raced out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Franchini, Hickman and Liam Schulingkamp each singled in the first inning.

Northfield answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, making it 3-2. Stefano doubled in Steinberg and Burke, both of whom had singled.

Luke Odell was the winning pitcher with relief help from DeBiaso.

Odell allowed five hits, walked two and struck out seven. DeBiaso relieved him with no outs in the fifth inning. He gave up no hits and struck out two over the final two innings.

Credit: The Press of Atlantic City
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