Lyndhurst Little League repeats as 12-year-old All-Star District 5 champs

Photo by Jim Hague/The Lyndhurst Little League 12-year-old All-Stars captured the District 5 championship for a second straight year. Front row, from left, are Joseph Papamarkos, A.J. Kawalek, Vincent Dorio, Nic DiTommaso, Anthony LiSanti, Anthony Caporrino and Paul Marranzino. Back row, from left, are assistant coach Anthony Caporrino Sr., Raymond Conley, Jose Rivera, Matt DeMarco, Michael Carrino, Evan Kelly, assistant coach Mike DiTommaso and manager Rob DeMarco.

By Jim Hague

Maybe it’s becoming a ritual of summer, a habit of sorts. But Lyndhurst’s Little League won another District 5 12-year-old All-Star championship Friday night, the second straight for the league and the third District 5 crown in the last six years.
Lyndhurst defeated Kearny, which made a solid return to local Little League All-Star action this year, in the title game Friday night.
Part of the reason why Lyndhurst was able to repeat as district champions is that six of the current players were on the team last year.
“It was a tremendous help,” said team manager Rob DeMarco. “They understand the teamwork it takes to be a champion and to complete the task at hand. A lot of them had been there before.”
Because of the team’s experience, DeMarco had a sense that Lyndhurst had a solid chance to repeat.

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The Observer Staff