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Toms River East 11-Year-Olds Clinch District 18 Championship

TRE American's 11-year-olds will play tonight in sectionals.

The District 18 Little League is seeing some local victory for the 11-year-old team out of Toms River East.

Toms River East American won the District 18 Championship Wednesday and heading into this evening is 2-0 in the sectionals.

Here's an update from Coach Denny Munson:

"The Toms River East American 11-year-old team won the District 18 Championship Wednesday night. They are now 2-0 in the sectional tournament and resume play tonight in Spring Lake. This is a team who lost its star pitcher due to the league border controversy...and also had two players go on vacation...yet persevere. Truly amazing kids."

"The Toms River East American 11-year-old baseball team continues to roll in the Section 3 tournament defeating Manalapan Thursday night 9-4 and South Wall Fridaynight by a score of 9-5. Playing their seventh game in a row, the boys have shown the guts and determination of champions winning the District 18 title and two sectional games in that span. East won back to back games against cross town rival TRLL National with a decisive victory in the winner-takes-all finale to take home the District 18 banner.


"The team will continue its quest for a state chapionship berth tonight as they take on Robbinsville at 6pm at the Spring Lake/Sea Girt Little League complex."

Ben Danzi July 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Hats off to the coaching staff who are the reason the kids work so hard to win. Keep it going!
Bo Jackson July 29, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I can not understand why it is labeled as the "League border controversy". The Little League International finally stepped in and realized that Toms River East LL has been doing things like this for years. The problem is they are so used to doing things like this that there Board thinks just because they have never been caught it is right. I am glad they were told the player could not play and LL International should look into all the victories over the years they stole from other Little Leagues with this same kid playing on the Team when he should have not been allowed, as well as his Brother who was on a State Championship team. Toms River East LL needs to be exposed. As for the coaching staff, The manager is the low life who got punched in the face last year during All-Stars, and former Vice president for the league who has for the last 3 years made sure all these kids were put in his division to make this team. My hats off to the kids who play there hearts out not the Manager or coach's who think ESPN is going to show up.
Molly July 29, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Bo speaks the truth. There was no controversy. The TRELL Board President failed to submit the proper paper work. Nothing controversial about that. Happy for the kids.
Bob Uecker July 30, 2012 at 01:52 AM
DISTRICT 18 CHAMPIONS! Just rolls off the tongue doesnt it? Sorry "Bo" , TRELL doesnt fix player drafts. That would be TRLL. One year American league gets its turn, next year National league. Ironically, a coach at TRLL said "this is the first year my son is eligible for the majors and they decided not to load up on one side of the draft". Losing badly to Brick 12's and to the TRELL 11's and Holbrook 10's will surely end that "do the right thing philosophy" for sure. GO EAST AMERICAN! Toms River is proud!!
A-Ball July 30, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Welcome to the world of youth competitive sports. Sounds to me like there is plenty of rivalry and backstabbing going on. Where does that leave the kids ? I have seen this many times before in "Toms River World" . Wait till they go off to College and realize there is another "world" outside of this one!
Billabong July 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Washer, like I've always said, the worst thing about kids sports is the adults.
A-Ball July 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Well Said !
Bo Jackson July 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Real names are not needed. I called the guy a low life because he had like 4 altercations with individuals at TRELL complex and was never disciplined for them because he was Vice president of league and when someone finally had enough of his tactics and called him out or punched him out it turns into the other guys fault. I also never sad I was glad the kid could not play I said I was glad the League was told he could not play due to a rule that has not been enforced for years and will finally be looked at. As for you ignorant people who honestly believe that these drafts do not get fixed well sorry to be the one to let you know, but you are all very wrong. TRELL is known for this and has been doing it for years just like the Coach situation unless you are one of the good old Toms River boys you will never manage a team and half of these guys do not even know how to play ball, but they grew up together so yes you can have a team. Like I said in my last post, Happy for the kids and I will satnd by my words and say ESPN is not coming for interviews with these Coach"s.
Bob Uecker July 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Listen Angelo, I mean Bo, the so called "low life" you know nothing about has coached in this town for 15 years and has more class and baseball experience and success than you can ever wish to achieve. Getting assaulted by a mentally deranged lunatic in front of children during a game, and showing the class and restraint to not retaliate is one of the most respectable things I have seen in childrens sports around this town. Its easy to stoop to the level of ignorant, gutless individuals like yourself, who cannot put his name to a comment, but it takes a real man and real leader to show kids to do the right thing in a situation like that. And by the way, you are mis-informed as to the coaches "altercations". He has served as a VP and coach for TRELL and is a highly respected part of TRELL. A few losers like yourself who have no respect for children, the game and cant handle seeing other people be successful while you wallow in your life of mediocrity, cannot tarnish anything he or his coaches or TRELL stand for. Congrats boys, coaches and TRELL.
Bob Uecker July 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Washer and Billabong- I have to sadly agree with you in part, and hope that people like Bozo stop giving TR a bad name. As a parent, I see how much other towns and teams root against us, and try harder to beat us than any other towns. Its respect for our talent, but it is also because of the reputation people like Bozo give us. I live here and I sometimes hate our parents. Its sad that we cant root for our own boys and girls and have to have this "us against them mentality". Head to head its great competition. But when its one TR team left standing, we need to root for our kids.
Bo Jackson July 30, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Bob Uecker obviously you are one of the Toms River Boys, in saying that sorry but mis-informed is something that you are by believing that all the problems and altercations that he was involved in was the other persons fault. I see only one common denominator and that would be him. Putting my name to these statements will not change anything and as far as him being a highly respected part of TRELL I welcome you to ask around about him at the complex. There have been numerous complaints over the years about him in writing as well as verbal to Board members who refused to acknowledge paying members complaints because he was the VP. How convenient it is for Board members to say they never received emails, or written statements about this person or anyone else for that matter. I have all the respect in the world for the kids as well as Adults who deserve respect, This man has made children cry with his words in the past as well as embarrass them on the field with his little I cant loose attitude, and has no respect for woman. TRELL will be exposed and I can not wait, and you will eat your words of support for this guy sooner than later because like he has to so many who have backed him up, eventually he will do something to you which will make you see his true colors. If you wan't to believe that people like me give TR a bad name I could only say people like me speak the truth and like in so many situations the truth is what people like you can not and will not believe.
Concerned July 30, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I have lived in Toms River for most of my life and as sad as it is this whole Little League stuff is only getting worse. I have to agree with all in some way, The parents do make it uncomfortable for the kids playing half of the time and the other half of uncomfortable for these kids is the Coach's. I think some of these guys are trying to relive their childhood through these kids. To agree with Bo or Bozo as some are calling him I unfortunately know of this person he speaks of and sadly he is not far off. My nephews play for TRELL and I hear the same frustration from their parents as well as the little talks you hear from the bleachers at a game about the disappointment in the league from others. I just think and believe that the grass always looks greener on the other side but that no matter what Little League you go to they will be the same if not worse. I would also say that the importance of ones name is not needed to make a statement and that we all have a right to our freedom of speech.
Momma Mia July 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
This has always been the way in TR as far back as I can remember - even in the 60's & 70's when I was in school. It's a shame for the kids that they parents never really grew up - or that they are trying to re-live their childhood through their children. Wait until these kids face a real-life situation and no one is there to protect them. Then what have we taught the children.
Momma Mia July 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I have lived here ALL of my life and this situation is just getting worse and worse. Somewhere along the line we forget about the "lessons" and only worry about winning. Sad that when we grow up we find out that we can't win every time!
Ben Danzi July 30, 2012 at 08:50 PM
GO EAST!!! JEALOUSY IS SOOO UGLY! THOSE WHO KEEP WRITING NEGATIVE COMMENTS CONTINUE TO DEMONSTRATE IGNORANCE AND IMMATURITY. LET THE CHILDREN PLAY BASEBALL WITHOUT YOU AIRING YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY AND HIDING BEHIND PSEUDONYMS TO CRITICIZE A LEAGUE WITH WHOM YOU HAVE NO AFFILIATION. IF YOU HAD ANY CLASS YOUR COMMENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN CONGRATULATORY TOWARDS THE KIDS WISHING THEM CONTINUED SUCCESS SANS THE NEGATIVITY. YOUR KIDS WERE A CLASS ACT WHEN THEY LOST AS THEY LEFT THE FIELD SAYING "GOOD GAME" TO THE TRELL BOYS. YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A PAGE FROM THEIR BOOK AND DID THE SAME. ONE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE BEFORE WE HEAD OUT TO OUR NEXT GAME - DON'T DRINK WINE MADE FROM SOUR GRAPES. GO EAST!!
Bo Jackson July 31, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I love how this turns into being about Jealousy, wait are you on the TRELL board as well. This has nothing to do with Jealousy but like TRELL you are avoiding what it is about and that is there corrupt way of running that League, and yes I do have something to do with the league and that is paying over $300 a season for 2 children which gives me just as much right to speak of there ways that many do not agree with. If airing dirty laundry is what you want to call me speaking the truth than so be it. I have wished the kids the best and never said anything about the kids, this is entirely about the league and those who have ruined it including that great manager and former VP. Your child obviously plays on the team and all the best but negative comments are not what is being spoken, honest, truthful comments are what is being spoken and with that you can have your thoughts and I will have mine and that is why I live in this wonderful country.............
Bo Jackson August 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Parent, you are 100% right. The kid is the one who suffered and I think we can all agree that was messed up. As for being ashamed of what is being said, Sorry can't agree. If he and his older brothers played for 13 years like you say well than that just adds to the incompetence of the TRELL board for overlooking the entire address rules, and it would have been overlooked again this year by all of them if it were not for LL international enforcing the rule. Everyone who responds seem to think that the problem is with the kids as a Team or individual but read the print, the problem is with Toms River East LL and it's incompetent Board of Directors. And when the player was told he could not play they found a spot for him on a non sanctioned tournament team but failed to allow another child to replace him on the All Star team. Why was this done, was there not another child who played his heart out all season who deserved to play on that TEAM or was it because he was not good enough for that Team through there coach's standards. Think about it and see that it is not the kids it is all who think they are running a business instead of a Recreational LL.
parent August 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Congratulations TRELL eleven year olds. You all played great and we are very proud of you.
Doris King August 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Very proud of all of you! It just shows all the hard work you put into the game Doris King
Bob Uecker October 03, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Ive coached along side the manager for several of his 14 years at TRELL. His players, parents and colleagues have nothing but respect for his coaching and conduct. Unfortunately there is always one parent, like yourself, who thinks their "next coming of Derek Jeter" child gets slighted for all-stars or doesnt get to pitch for their own safety sake, who then has to go after the hard working, dedicated coaches instead of taking the time to spend practicing with their child. They call that displacement or transference in psychotherapist terms. You were a failure at baseball, dont spend quality daddy time with Jr. and take that feeling of failure out on others. You are THAT guy. Clearly.

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