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The Fighting Irish Win the 2018 Minor's Championship game
by posted 06/05/2018

The Fighting Irish Win the 2018 Minor's Championship game

The girls of the Fighting Irish coached by Scott Cahill and John Simpson faced off against the girls from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Coached by Cristian Campbell and Anthony Francisco Saturday in the NHYBS 2018 championship game! Leading off pitching was Brooke Cahill from the Irish against the girls from the yellow Jackets. She piched a perfect 3 up, 3 down inning! Next up pitching for the Yellow Jackets, was Camryn "Cam" Campbell striking out the first two batters. Tatum Pfuelb started the Irish off by hitting a nice single and getting on first. Unfortunately Cam struck out the next batter, making the score at the end of the first inning 0-0.

During the second inning Cahill pitched another perfect inning with 3 up, and down again. Starting the Irish off in the bottom of the second inning Shannon Simpson got on first with a hit off Cam, but again Cam struck out the next three batters and the girls moved into the third inning, the score still 0-0.

During the third inning, the Yellow Jackets Claire was up at bat and got a walk to first when she was hit with a pitch. Cahill shook it off and struck out the next three batters. Cam pitching for the Yellow Jackets, struck out the first batter. Erin Johnston was next up for the Irish hitting a nice line drive to get on first, but was followed up with another two strikeouts by Cam again, continuing with a 0-0 score at the end of the third inning.

Lilah started the Yellow Jackets off batting in the fourth inning getting a hit off the pitching Machine after four balls were thrown but got out at first when the Irish's second base Bella Pizzone stopped the hit throwing it to Ava Sudol at first base making the out! Then Cahill finished off the top of the fourth inning striking out the next two batters. In the bottom of the fourth Alana Henderson started the Irish off by getting on first hitting a single off of Cam pitching. Following was Shannon Simpson who got another single. Next up Bella Pizzone hit a triple off Cam bringing home Henderson and Simpson scoring the first 2 runs for the Irish! Ava Sudol was the next batter up hitting a single for the Irish bring home Pizzone to score the third run for the Irish. With Sudol on first, Cam struck out the next two batters. Next at bat was Erin Johnston who hit a double for the Irish, and was able to bring home Ava Sudol when the Yellow Jackets made an overthrow trying to get Johnston out. Cam finished off the bottom of the fourth inning making the third strikout, making the score at the end of the fourth inning 4-0 the Irish.

Cahill continued her no hit record in the fifth inning against the Yellow Jackets with 3 up, 3 down again, taking the Irish into the bottom of the fifth inning. Tatum Pfuelb started the Irish off with getting a hit to first, but was out when the Yellow Jackets first base Layla Francisco caught the ball to make the out! Next up for the Irish was Alana Henderson hitting a single to get on first. Cam finished up the inning and the game by striking out the next two batters. The final score of the Championship game 4-0 for the Irish!

The Fighting Irish were the NHYBS 2018 Minors Division 1st place and the 2018 NHYBS regular season 1st place, with their pitcher Brooke Cahill pitching a no hit Champioship game!


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Congratulations to the LSU Tigers 2018 NHYBS Major's Champs
by posted 06/04/2018

The Majors Championship Game was a pitchers duel between two of the best ever produced by the North Hunterdon Youth Softball League.

Tigers Jenna Crampton and Volunteers Ava Triano engaged in a deadlock until the Tigers broke through in the third inning, scoring when Lauren Prata was hit by a pitch, Emily Chapman sacrifice bunted Prata to second, Maggie Hann singled moving Prata to third, Elizabeth Solomine grounded to first scoring Prata and Taylor O’Brien hit a drive over the head of the right fielder for a triple scoring Hann.

The game continued to be a pitching duel through the fifth inning when the Tigers scraped together another run with Shannon Russo reaching first on an errant throw, moving to second on a walk to Gabriella Roldan, another walk to Amanda Zeszotarski moved Russo to third and Roldan to second. Lauren Prata hit a fly ball that was dropped on the infield resulting in Russo scoring but Zeszotarski and Roldan being tagged out making the score 3-0 Tigers.

This is where Jenna Crampton kept the game until the final score. Crampton pitched dominantly pitching 7 innings, allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk and striking out 17 batters. The Tigers were steadied by the battery of Jenna Crampton pitching to Nicolena Crisologo at catcher, backed by the infield of Maggie Linzer, Shannon Russo, Taylor O’Brien and Nuna Markatos. The outfield rotation of Gabriella Roldan, Faith Roll, Amanda Zeszotarski, Lauren Prata, Emily Chapman, Maggie Hann,and Elizabeth Solomine.

 The Volunteers played a strong and sound game with the battery of starter Ava Triano, 4 innings, 7 K’s giving up 3 hits, 3 runs and Kiera Spring in relief for 2 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits pitching to Abby Vanderoef at catcher, backed by an infield of Maeve McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Martini, Julia Lacey and Emma Kemprowski and outfield of Leah and Laura Longcor, Apolonia Romanek, Emily Bonilla, Brynn Long and Emma Wunder.

Tigers: Manager - Frank Crisologo
Coaches: Mario Russo, Rei Roldan and Mike Crampton

Volunteers: Manager - Jeff Vanderoef
Coaches: Scott Lacey, Mark Martini, Todd Triano, and Mike Longcor

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Ben Fonseca night at Somerset Patriots Stadium!
by posted 05/23/2018



Flemington, N.J. - Diamond Nation and the Somerset Patriots have partnered for a special event to raise money for a member of their family, former coach and instructor Ben Fonseca.

Fonseca is battling systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder where healthy tissue is being destroyed because the immune system mistakenly thinks it’s a foreign substance or infection. The cause is unknown and there is no current cure.
Diamond Nation and the Somerset Patriots have planned a fundraising event at TD Bank Ballpark for the Wednesday, June 27 game against the New Britain Bees scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are being sold for $10 for the fundraiser by Diamond Nation and online by the Somerset Patriots by visiting Proceeds from the tickets purchased will benefit the Fonseca family and help with medical bills and expenses.

“Ben is and will always be a part of our family,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “It is truly heartbreaking to see everything he and his family are going through. We want to do our part to bring our fans and community together to help them get through this difficult time and hopefully show them they are not alone in the fight.”

At the game, the team will host a 50-50 raffle for the Fonseca family and players, coaches, and members of Diamond Nation teams will be on site and participate in various activities on the field and throughout the ballpark.

The Fonseca family has also set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations with the goal of raising $50,000 to help Ben and his family with all his medical expenses, treatment and medication.

Over the last 10 months, Fonseca has spent five of them in the hospital, missing time with his wife Tonilynn and three young children Ben IV (13), Mason (10), and Sage (6).

Fonseca served as a coach for the Somerset Patriots from 2000 through 2002 and helped the team win their first championship in 2001. In 2002, he also worked as the team’s Director of Baseball Operations. He returned to the Somerset Patriots in 2006 for another season as a coach.

Fonseca has worked as an instructor at Jack Cust Baseball Academy and Diamond Nation from 2004 through 2009 before returning in 2015 to instruct and coach numerous Diamond Jacks teams.

“Ben has been a part of the Diamond Nation family for quite some time and over the years has touched so many lives on the baseball field, not only teaching baseball, but teaching life lessons to today’s youth through the sport that Ben loves so much,” said Diamond Nation President Keith Dilgard.  “It is so difficult to see someone who was so physically strong and tough suffer from this terrible disease.  Our heart goes out to Ben, his wife Toni and three boys - Ben, Mason and Sage.  Hopefully we can bring some awareness and support from the baseball and softball community to help a fellow family member through this difficult time.”

Fonseca has also been a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers and has served in the Atlantic League in several roles with the league office, the Newark Bears, and Atlantic City Surf.

He is currently being treated aggressively with monthly chemotherapy, in addition to oral medications. Since his diagnosis, Fonseca has lost 115 pounds due to his digestive system being unable to absorb nutrients properly.

The scleroderma has also resulted in an overlap of mixed connective tissue disease where his muscles swell, become stiff, painful and weak. This includes his heart, lungs, kidneys and his gastro intestinal system.

“Ben has spent his entire adult life helping others,” said his wife Tonilynn. “He has coached baseball as high as the professional level all the way down to the youth level, and everywhere in between.  He has positively impacted the lives of hundreds. Coaches don't stay in baseball to get rich. They stay in it for the gratification of being an influence on the lives of their players. We are asking everyone to help a man who has spent so much time helping others.”

For more about the fundraiser for Ben Fonseca, please visit



Thank you all in advance for your efforts to help support Ben.  See you all on June 27th for a great night of fun and appreciation!


Nick Massari

General Manager

Diamond Nation, LLC.

908-284-1778 x103

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2018 North Hunterdon High School Summer Girls Softball Camp
by posted 05/19/2018



When: 830am-12pm June 25th-28th

Who: All 2018-2019 3rd grade through incoming 9th grade girls

Where: North Hunterdon High School

Cost: $150.00


Register here:

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Show your Pride- Shop The Store!
by posted 05/19/2018

The 2018 Pride Store is now open get your gear now! Store closes June 24th so act fast!

visit the store here:






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NHYBS 2nd Annual PITCH HIT AND RUN Skills Competition
by posted 05/17/2018

Thank you to all of the volunteers and participants today.  The winners are listed below.  If you are a winner and you where not present to receive your award. Please email me to make arrangements to get your certificate.  I also have a metals for the overall winners. Additionally if your a winner you are eligable to particpate in the sectional to move on to the next round next week.  See below for that information.

Over all

7/8  Girls Ava Figelora

7/8 Boys Quinn Isherwood

9/10 Girls Brooke Cahill

9/10 Boys Holden Hoopes

11/12 Girls Chloe Frommelt

11/12 Boys Nolan Banach


7/8  Girls Ava Figelora

7/8 Boys Mason Roman

9/10 Girls Juliana Figelora

9/10 Boys Dan Canavan

11/12 Girls Chloe Frommelt

11/12 Boys Nolan Banach


7/8  Girls Callen Gellatt

7/8 Boys Quinn Isherwood

9/10 Girls Brooke Cahill

9/10 Boys Holden Hoopes

11/12 Girls Samantha Dougherty

11/12 Boys Wyatt Demeo


7/8  Girls Ava Figelora

7/8 Boys Andrew Loewenstein, Quinn Isherwood, Jeremiah Pires,Liam Rogan, Declan Lynch,Braylon Showalter, Michael Kuglin

9/10 Girls Brooke Cahill, Juliana Figalora, Mackenzie Gilbert, Sage Canavan, Nadia Harris,

9/10 Boys Holden Hoopes

11/12 Girls- Chloe Frommelt

11/12 Boys Nolan Banach


Sectional Website:          
*Sectional Competition details are subject to change. Be sure to check this site frequently prior to your Sectional Competition for any updates *Only Local Competition winners are eligible to advance to the Sectional and all Local winners will be on file with the Sectional host
Your Pitch Hit & Run Sectional Competition will be hosted by: Name:  David Rueger – Teaneck Southern Little League Phone:  Day of Competition Phone – (201) 981-0305 Email:  
Sectional competition will be held: Date:  June 9, 2018 Time:  2:00pm Location:  Teaneck Southern Little League Address:  290 Lindbergh Blvd Teaneck, NJ 07666
Reminders: - Arrive to Sectional site early for registration - All participants must provide a copy of a valid birth certificate for age verification - Registration forms are collected at EACH level of PHR competition. Parent or guardian must sign a registration/waiver form and submit to sectional host (DOWNLOAD HERE) - Each participant will compete in the division in which he/she won in at the Local level. Attempting to compete in multiple competitions, or both divisions, will result in disqualification. - All participants will compete in all three elements of the competition with all scores starting at zero  
Become a Friend of PHR on Facebook : www.Facebook/PitchHitRun






Come for a day of friendly competition.  Put your skills to the test with the hopes of being crowned the winner for your age group.  It’s all free and the registration closes on 5-30-18.  You do not have to be a current NHYBS member to play but you must register so please share this email with anyone you think might be interested.  We had a local player make it all the way to Citi Field last year. 


When: Saturday June 2nd from 830 am till 230 pm

Awards Ceremony at 315pm

Where: Bundt Park Fields 4 and 5

Who: All boys and Girls Age 7-12 (birth date is as of July 17th of the current year) boys and girls born between 7-19-2005 and 7-18-2011 are eligible to participate

What Do I have to do to participate? - Register online at NHYBS Website-

How does it work? – Each child will be given specific drills to perform

Pitch- Each child with throw 6 balls at at a fixed target from a set distance for their age.  Points will be awarded each time the target is hit.

Hit- Each child will hit three balls from a tee at home plate.  The hit that travels the furthest in the air will be awarded points for the distance the ball travels until it lands on the ground.

Run- Each child will be scored based on the amount of time it takes them to travel the distance from 2nd base to home plate. The actual time will be converted to points.

The person for each age group that scores the highest will be awarded a certificate for the best Hit, The best pitch and the best run and the best overall.

The winners of the best overall will be welcomed to compete in the Sectional Competition and if you keep winning you could end up at the national finals.  The sectional competition will be held the following weekend June 9th in Teaneck NJ.  More info can be found on the Pitch Hit and Run Website

We need volunteers to make this successful.  I am looking for (11) 15-18 year olds to earn service hours to help with this competition.  Email Joe Vallely at if your son or daughter is willing to help. 


Stick around for Softball Championship day as the Majors and Minors play their championship games at 4pm!

NHYBS Softabll Board of Directors

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