The 2017 New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League Champions from Holbrook Little League in Jackson were honored before the BlueClaws game on Friday, September 1st.
The BlueClaws were thrilled to welcome the Holbrook Little League team that won the New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship this summer en route to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
The players and coaches were at FirstEnergy Park on Friday, September 1st and were honored in a pre-game ceremony following their 25-3 season which saw them finish fourth among over 5,000 national Little League teams. The group played together for three years and won three New Jersey state titles and two Mid-Atlantic Regional championships, reaching Williamsport this year.
Their run this year saw the team win the New Jersey state title in Kittatinny and the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Connecticut. In Williamsport, they lost their first game before rallying with back to back wins and ultimately falling two wins shy of the US Championship.
At the game on Friday, manager Rob Grano joined the BlueClaws radio broadcast to talk about their magical summer.
Grano looked back at the whole summer, but said their Regional Championship over Maryland stood out.
"When the line drive goes to Charlie at second, it was special. I had my dad there. The league president is there and I looked at him and said 'It must be the pollen because your eyes are watering.' All the dads were crying. The moms were hugging. For me, it's the moment you don't forget. It's that 'I can't believe we're going to Williamsport.'"
Tony Graham spoke to Grano and several players before Friday's game as well.
Video: BlueClaws Honor NJ Little League Champions
Congratulations to the Holbrook Little Leaguers, New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions, on their great season!
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