Fall Baseball Champs!


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Front row (l-r): Tyler Jackson, Tino Quagliata, Dylan Gallagher, Michael Daggett, Matt Dillane and Brian Feury. Middle: David Festa, Sal Vassallo, Ian Metzger, Nick Vivona, Adam Kazanfer and Dario Spina. Back: Coaches Peter Festa, John Feury, Neal Metzger and bullpen coach Kyle Kazanfer.

On Saturday, October 30, the Verona 5th grade fall travel baseball team won the championship of the Cedar Grove League.

Verona beat North Haledon in the first round 12-4, then Totowa 6-0 in the second round and played a near perfect championship game to beat a powerful South Orange/Maplewood team 6-0.  The game was 1-0 going into the 5th until Verona broke the game open with some timely hitting.  Ian Metzger and Micheal Daggett both pitched terrific and they combined to pitch a one-hit shutout.  The entire Verona defense played an outstanding game to secure the shutout.

Verona finished the season at 11-2 and won nine straight games to finish off the season.  The league consisted of teams with players as old as 6th grade and the league was a 50-70 league with leading and stealing.  Verona was the only team in the league to have a roster of only 5th grade boys.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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