Township Council Commends FTBL 12 And Under Team For Cooperstown Tourny Success

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Members of the Franklin Township Baseball League’s 12 and Under team at the Sept. 29 Township Council meeting.

The Franklin Township Baseball League’s 12 and Under team was acknowledged at the Sept. 29 Township Council meeting for its showing in a national tournament in Cooperstown, NY.

The team finished 7-4 and placed 16th out of the 104 teams competing in the Cooperstown National Invitational Tournament at the end of August.

In an email to Councilwoman Shanel Robinson describing the event, team manager Larnie Booker said the Warriors won four games in one day, falling the next day to the tournament’s eventual champions, the Long Island Sharks.

“Despite injuries, sore arms and fatigue the team battled to the very end,” Booker wrote. “They played their hearts out for one another and represented Franklin with pride and distinction. By the end of the tournament everyone knew about the Franklin Township Warriors.”

At the council meeting, Booker said that one thing he noticed about other teams is “that when you look at them, they all look the same.” Booker said that one of the “great strengths” of the Warrior team is its diversity.

Players who went to the tournament were: Anthony Bishop, Larnie Booker, Jason Ferner, Ryan Hanna, Joshua Kuroda-Grauer, Krish Mistry, Danish Nadeem, Nolan Patel, TJ Rivera,Nicholas Rosikiewicz, Shane Shannon, Brian Toczek. Coaches were Patrick Hanna Coach and Rodney Shannon.

Booker wrote that these were some of the team standouts:

  • The combination of Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Danish Nadeem and Brian Toczek formed Franklin version of murder’s row, clubbing 15 homeruns between them.
  • Shane Shannon won two games (2-0) during the tournament on the mound with a 3.60 ERA.
  • Nadell Booker, TJ Rivera and Kuroda-Grauer each pitched the Warriors to complete game victories.
  • Kuroda-Grauer batted .562 with 6 HRs and 21 RBI (all team leads)
  • Danish Nadeem finished tied for third place in the Skills Competition – King of Swat Home Run Derby.


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