Graham, Christopher & Roach Win 14U National Championship

July 30, 2015

 

“The 14U Perfect Game Classic was not only hot but it was hot.  Every team had a lot of talent and every game was neck and neck.”  said head coach Al Roach “I think with overall talent, this was the most competitive team that I have ever coached.  Every player had something valuable to offer whether it be a knuckleball to keep hitters off balance or roadrunner-like speed to take second and third base.  It was definitely difficult going down to Florida, barely knowing the players and some how strategically put line-ups together to help the team win.” said Roach.

“The Series” took place between July 16th and July 22nd in Thunderstormville, Fort Myers, Florida, where lightning delays and down pours suspended many of the games and events throughout the week.  Luckily all the games were able to be played and the teams which represented different territories and regions throughout the United States went head to head and battled it out until a National Champion was crowned.   And as the title states it was the North East that won the National Championship as they defeated the South East in the finals 4-1.   Overall the team had a 7-1 record in the series.  Other teams the North East faced were, Central, South Texas, North Texas, South East, the Mid-West and the North.

The 14U Team North East consisted of 12 players.  The roster consisted of two of the Jersey State Bombers, Ryan Graham & Matt Christopher, both of which trained at We Drop Bombs since they were seven years old.   Graham and Christopher also both won individual Game MVP Awards in the series.  Graham started two games and Christopher was used as a closer in a few opportunities.  While not on the mound, Graham played centerfield and Christopher 3rd base.

The Roster Below:

Tate Ballestro – Morristown, NJ
Reece Bolton – Wilmington, Delaware
John Caprella – Lima, Ohio
Matt Christopher – Southampton, NJ
Anthony Dagnello – Nesconset, NY
Jake Delaney – Salem, NH
Jacob Denner – Closter, NJ
Ryan Graham – Southampton, NJ
Brett Lepoer – Lowell, MA
Anthony Petrosino – Oakland, NJ
Shawn Rapp – Mendham, NJ
Max Ruffner – East Setauket, NY

Head Coach – Al Roach
Asst Coach – Bill Mottram
Asst Coach – Tom Rapp

 

 

 

 

Graham, Christopher, Matta & Dziuba Selected to Play in “The Series”

May 21, 2015

We Drop Bombs & The Jersey State Bombers are pleased to announce that Ryan Graham, Matt Christopher, Craig Matta & Nick Dziuba were selected by Perfect Game to play in “The Series”.   Perfect Game put together teams from each state to compete against each other in a week long event in Fort Myers, Florida, in what they call the World Series of youth baseball.   Both Graham & Christopher have trained with Al Roach in hitting at We Drop Bombs since they were 7 years old and Nick Dziuba since 9 years old.  All three have played for the Jersey State Bombers for several years and have progressed in to being ranked amongst the top players for their graduating year in the state of New Jersey.  Matta is fairly new to the the program.  He resides in Manahawkin and is rated one of the top catchers for his graduating class.  Matta attends St. Augustine Prep in Buena, NJ and currently trains with our catching coach Jim Best.  Graham and Christopher will participate in “The Series” Classic Event from July 16th to July 22nd.  Dziuba and Matta will report August 4th through the 9th for his graduating year.

The Classic event will consist of teams, or territories, from all over the country as they will be divided up by region.  All teams – will compete until a champion is crowned at each age level.   The Bombers players will represent the North East Region.  This is your World Series of Youth Baseball.

 

 

 

 

Matt Christopher Sets Record in Derby

September 24, 2014

On Sunday July 27th, 2014 The Jersey State Bombers 13-U attended the Wave Rider Tournament at Cal Ripken in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Prior to every tournament that they host, they do a series of competitions.   One of which is a home run derby.   The contestant in the home run derby only gets 8 total pitches thrown to them.   Of the 8 total pitches, Matt Christopher sent 6 of them over the fence and the other 2 just in front of the fence on the warning track.   To this day, he now holds the record for most points scored at any Cal Ripken Home Run Derby.

 

Bombers 12-U finish Fall with 11-3 record in league play.

November 11, 2013

The Jersey State Bombers 12-U squad posted a .370 team batting average this fall, a step up from this past spring / summer season, which ultimately help lead the team to a 11-3 league record. The team also carried an impressive .469 on base percentage.

The offense was powered by three hole hitter Eric Sabato who led the way with his .538 batting average, three home runs and 20 RBI’S. Not far behind him was Brandyn Pokrass who hit .500 with two home runs and 23 RBI’S. Pokrass also had an impressive 9 doubles. Nick Ettore hit .450 with two home runs and 17 RBI’S and Lloyd McLaughlin posted a .411 average with four doubles and a home run. Austin Kane contributed offensively as well with his .404 batting average, 1 home run and 16 RBI’S.

Lloyd McLaughlin set the tempo on the mound in league play while going 3-0 and holding a 2.85 ERA through 15 innings pitched. Austin Kane was 2-0 with a 5.59 ERA. Mike Ott was 4-1.

13 Red: Better than their Record Shows

June 25, 2012

The 13u Jersey State Bombers Red has played a difficult schedule thus far and are truly better than the record indicates. The product on the field has elevated by immense amounts since the beginning of the season and is/will continue to get better as the season progresses. The motto of the Bombers Red is, “It doesn’t take talent to hustle” and since this team has a lot of talent from top to bottom, this squad could be pretty good.

The team batting average is just over the .300 mark which is perfectly accepted when combined with the team .451 on base percentage.

Here is a breakdown player by player:

Joey Degenova has been a staple in the top of the lineup with a solid plate presence, good speed and the ability to get on base to start things up for the offense. Joey has the ability to hit line drives gap-to-gap and is a smart base runner which allows coach Sasso to utilize fake steals, hit and run’s etc. in order to facilitate things in the order. In the field he plays mostly 2nd base where he is improving everyday due to his willingness to learn and eagerness to get better with instruction and more reps.

Carl Phillips hits 2nd in the order and is a solid player wherever he hits and plays. He has an uncanny ability to hit the ball all over the field which is crucial out of your 2 hole hitter in moving runners and keeping the defense honest. In the field, Carl can play anywhere from catcher to pitcher to infield to outfield, he is a true student of the game and plays it the way it should be played. Phillips is hitting .396 with 13 walks and an on base percentage of .532.

Max Szamreta is in the 3-hole where he has a great approach at the plate, with ability to drive in runs and is a tough out. Once he gets on base he is one of the intelligent/solid base runners as there is for a 13 year old, having the ability to steal bases and reading balls to advance extra bases, In the field he can play every position on the field and is vital to the 13U-Red success on the mound. Szamreta has a solid .400 average on the season with 5 doubles and 12 walks. His .556 on base

Jake Fernandez is primarily our Center Fielder who is fearless in the field, on the bases and at bat. Defensively he is very good and at the plate is producing since he is aggressive early in counts and puts pressure on the defense when he gets behind. Jake is one of our on and off field leaders and does that by example and the heart he plays with day in and day out.

Max Gussen “Goose” has been getting better everyday by implementing instruction into his game and it has been showing. His ability to drive in runs and keep the opposition from scoring has helped our team tremendously. In the field he plays outfield, 3rd base and pitcher and excels at each of those positions. Gussen, is hitting .353 with a pair of doubles through 51 at bats

Travis Guaracino has raw talent and has shown the dedication and hustle needed for the talent to really be displayed. Travis is a pitcher, outfielder and 3rd basemen who has a very good approach at the plate and is getting better each practice and each repetition he gets. Guaracino posts a .326 average on the season.

Robby Koveleskie is an outfielder/pitcher who has a cannon for an arm and when he can harness those strengths is among the best at each position. At the plate Robby has good gap to gap power and is very versatile.

Tommy Robinson is our shortstop but also finds time in the outfield and on the hill. He is versatile in the field and at the plate. Tommy can hit very well, bunt or hit and run and does his job with a smile on his face. He is the type of young man who is always looking to get better and takes in information and instruction and implements that into his game. Robinson’s bat carries a .324 average on the season.

Matt Dziuba plays 1st base and would get coach Sasso’s award for Most Improved Player since he joined the bombers in the fall. He loves the game of baseball and wants to learn more and get better at every chance he gets. At the plate Matt has good power and very fast hands which have contributed to some of his success this year.

Timmy Pasquale can play multiple positions with efficiency (pitcher, outfield, 3rd/2nd). Timmy has some of the best hitting mechanics I have seen in a 13 year old player and if he gets a good swing on the ball it jumps off his bat. He has started to come around on the mound and will be vital to our success moving forward.

Mike Dziuba is a raw player and with that comes raw power. He has a solid arm and top of the line with speed. Each practice Mike is getting better fundamentally which helps him display his natural abilities as an athlete. Mike plays in the outfield for the Bombers and is learning the game more and more which in addition to his athleticism could make his 2nd half of the season a great one.

“All in all the u13 Jersey State Bombers Red has a great group of young men who have the ability to play with anyone as long as they trust their abilities and have confidence. We have played upper echelon teams from around the area and have been more than competitive. The last leg of the season will be a great test to see how far we have come and what areas need to be addressed going forward. Personally as the coach, I couldn’t ask for a better group of young men to share my knowledge and expertise in the game of baseball. Be ready when you play the Bombers Red because we will play the game the way it should be played.” Said Coach Sasso

 

Bombers that are HOT

April 11, 2012

The season is underway and some of our Bombers players are off to a real HOT start. Jarrad Dittmer on 11-Red leads the way with a .833 batting average. Dittmer carries 4 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run in 12 AB’s. Right behind him is Derek Thomas who is hitting .600 in 6 AB’s and Matt Bravyak with a .500 average in 10 AB’s.

No one can compare with 11-U Blue, who is 6-0 on the season with a team batting average of .437. Matt Christopher must be God’s best friend as he is certainly blessed with raw talent (And a good hitting instructor, LOL). Christopher tanks balls left and right. No matter what you throw to him, he just crushes the ball. Matt is hitting .600 with 3 doubles and 4 home runs and 9 RBI’s in 15 AB’s. Ryan Graham and EJ Mangione are also making noise in the ball park. Graham has a team lead .615 batting average in 13 AB’s.  Graham has 2 doubles, 2 triples and 1 home run with 8 RBI’s.  Mangione carries the team lead with 11 RBI’s. He is hitting .429 with two doubles and two home runs in 14 AB’s. Lead off hitter Sal Cusumano is doing his job and getting on base with his .667 OBP and .538 average. He is un-stoppable on the base paths stealing just about every base. He is THE ROADRUNNER. Ryan Feig also carries a ding dong on the season.

Josh Knapp is hitting a solid .556 in 9 AB’s for 13 Blue, he leads the way with two doubles. Conall Roberts is 3 for 7 with a .429 average. Mike Christopher and Liam Graham are both hitting .333 in the three games they have played. Things are just starting to kick in gear for the 13U squad and they will look to play the Mayslanding Muck Dogs this Saturday in a double header starting at 1pm Eastern Standard Time. Tucker Byrne, Tyler Herman and Joey Robertson will be down the third base line signing autographs at 12:05pm.

Shawnee Renegade off to hot first half

April 5, 2012

Shawnee Freshmen, Jeremiah Sabo, is off to a hot first half. Sabo carries a solid .561 batting average at almost half way through the season. He has 23 hits in 41 ab’s. Amongst those hits are 14 singles, 6 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs and 20 RBI’s. Sabo also has an on base percentage of .596. Sabo is currently playing third base for the 8-5 renegades.

Rizzo Swings 99 MPH

January 9, 2012

Shawnee High School Junior Andrew Rizzo, a WeDropBombs client for the last few years, has recently achieved something that some professional hitters cannot achieve.

His dry bat swing hit 99 mph which very well may be the highest for any Junior in the state of New Jersey. Rizzo should be an impact player this year for the Renegades as an outfielder.

The mechanics of every swing is what creates the bat speed, contact is more timing, great vision, tracking the ball and a great mental approach. We Drop Bombs teaches how to maximize your bat speed like no other.

Three We Drop Bombs Players Have Blast in Tournament

July 28, 2011

Its Zach Amisano, Tucker Byrne and Jake Guertin who led the way for their team this past weekend at the Old School Challenge in Rehoboth, Delaware. The three combined went 9 for 11 with four home runs and 12 RBI’s with two of the homers coming off the bat of Zach Amisano. The rains came on Sunday and washed out game three keeping them from advancing to the playoff rounds. The winner of the tournament will be left undetermined for now.

“All three players have come along way over the years and if they stay focused and practice more they are all heading in the direction of college scholarships. Amisano has grown a lot in the last year which puts him at an advantage to other players his age. He is sitting at around the 6 foot mark at the age of 13. He will definitely be a future prospect in the eyes of professional scouts” said Roach.

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