Tournament News

Madison Little League Majors (12u) 2020 All-Stars Bring Home Back-to-Back Sectional Titles, Cement Legacy as the Winningest Dynasty in MLL History

Very few Little Leaguers can claim to be State Champions, but a handful of boys from Madison are in that exclusive club, giving them trophies, accolades and stories to tell their grandkids. As this group of 12-year-olds leaves the "small diamond" behind, they do so as the winningest dynasty in Madison Little League history, with a total of six championships on their resume: three District titles (as 10, 11 and 12-year-olds), two Sectional titles (11 and 12-year-olds) and a State Championship (11-year-olds).

As an unusual but enjoyable "regular" Little League season drew to a close in Madison, the 2020 Majors All-Star team was selected and began their quest for a third District title. Although there were fewer teams than in previous years, Madison still needed to face familiar and formidable District 1 opponents. It seems the boys picked up right where they left off last summer, taking first place after rolling through Pool Play with a 5-0 record.

On August 17, Madison defeated Randolph in the first round of the four-team District 1 double-elimination tournament. Subsequent victories on August 19 and 21 against Morristown American and Par-Troy West completed the three-peat, and this Madison team secured their third District title in as many years.

The Section 1 double-elimination tournament began on September 12, hosted at Dotterweich Field in Wayne. In their first game, Madison found themselves behind in the bottom of the final inning against the District 4 champions from Glen Rock. Mustering some baserunners, Madison tied it up and then struck gold with a dramatic walk-off grand slam, securing a 7-3 victory.

September 14 saw Madison take on District 2 champions Pompton Lakes/Riverdale. Madison came out swinging and never looked back, cruising to a decisive 23-4 win. The following day, PLR defeated Glen Rock in the consolation bracket, setting up a rematch with Madison.

On September 16, Madison sought to avenge their 2018 Sectional title loss as 10-year-olds to Pompton Lakes/Riverdale. This is a much-matured Madison team and it showed with quality pitching, timely and powerful hitting, smart baserunning and clean defense. A 4-run second inning got the train rolling for Madison and they rode it to an 8-2 victory.

The NJ Little League State Championship single-elimination tournament began on September 26 at Holbrook LL in Jackson. Madison faced the District 6 champions from Englewood Cliffs. A back-and-forth affair in the early innings ultimately saw Englewood Cliffs come out on top 7-5, helped by a 4-run fourth inning that broke open a 3-3 tie. Although disappointed from their semifinal loss, the Madison boys brought their bats and hammered their way to a 11-8 victory in the consolation game versus District 16 Somers Point on September 27, securing a 3rd-place finish and sealing their Madison Little League legacy.

This history-making team was honored in a ceremony on November 7 with a permanent plaque mounted at Rosedale Field, recognizing their record setting Little League performance and commemorating their 2019 state championship.

The All-Star team is honored with a plaque and banner commemorating their 2019 state title.
The All-Star team is honored with a plaque and banner commemorating their 2019 state title.
The 2020 Majors All-Stars cap off their season at the NJ LL State Championship
The 2020 Majors All-Stars cap off their season at the NJ LL State Championship
NJ Little League 2020 Majors Section 1 Champions
NJ Little League 2020 Majors Section 1 Champions

Madison Senior League All-Stars Compete for Sectional Title

For the first time in quite some time, Madison entered a team into the Senior League (13-16 year-old) tournament. The Senior League typically attracts fewer players than the younger divisions, and because of the smaller number of leagues who actually had seasons this year, the Senior tournament began at the Sectional level.

Madison fielded a team of 16 players, primarily 15 year-olds, many of whom lost their HS baseball season earlier this spring. We faced a team from Par-Troy East in a best-of-five series.

Playing at Dodge Field, Madison won the first game 10-9 in extra innings on August 30 and went up 2-0 in the series with an 11-7 victory on August 31. A long layoff didn't seem to help us, however, as we dropped game three 9-12 on September 9 on Parsippany's home field at Jannarone Park. The win gave PTE the momentum they needed as they won out the series on September 11 and 12 and advanced to the NJ Senior League State Championship Tournament on September 26-27 in Berkeley Township.

Following the loss, Coach Kevin McManus shared some words with his players, "I'm proud of how we played every game. As a team we gave maximum effort to each game and we left it all on the on the field. As coaches, that's all we could ask for." He went on to add this encouragement: "we all have seen the success the [Madison] HS team has had over the past few seasons and every player on this team has the ability to contribute to the continued success of [that] program."

We couldn't agree more. Thanks to all of the players, parents, coaches and other volunteers who made the Senior tournament possible this year.

Williamsport Tournament Titles

State Champions

Seniors: 1979
11 year-olds: 2019

Sectional Champions

Seniors: 2010 (news) / 2009 / 2006
Juniors: 2012 / 2008
Majors: 2020
11 year-olds: 2019

District Champions

Seniors: 2010 / 2009 / 2006
Juniors: 2012 / 2009 / 2008
Majors: 2020 / 2006 / 1959
11 year-olds: 2019 / 2005
10 year-olds: 2018

Mayors' Trophy Champions

The Mayors' Trophy annual match-up of the Divisional Champions from Madison and Chatham was introduced in 2013 to provide a fun season-capping exhibition game between the neighbor-rival towns. The host town alternates with Madison hosting in even-numbered years. The winning town in each Division receives the Mayors' Trophy to proudly display in Town Hall.

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Mayors' Trophy Press Coverage

2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017

2020 MLL Champions

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 season was played later and with fewer players and teams than usual.

Majors

Champion: Mighty Ducks
Runner up: Big Daddy Dingers

Minors

Champion: Crushers
Runner up: Lightning

2019 MLL Champions

Seniors

Champion: O'Donnell Landscape Services
Runner up: Anchor Golf

Intermediate (50/70)

Champion: McKenna Bros Contracting
Runner up: North Jersey Cardinals

Majors

Champion: Alfred's Sport Shop
Runner up: Fire Department

AAA

Champion: McManus Builders
Runner up: Jaeger Lumber

AA

Champion: Boxcar
Runner up: Madison Shell

2018 MLL Champions

Juniors

Champion: Anchor Golf
Runner up: O'Donnell Landscape Services

Majors

Champion: Fire Department
Runner up: Elks Club

AAA

Champion: McKenna Bros Contracting
Runner up: Fischetti Plumbing & Heating

AA

Champion: Dangler Funeral Home
Runner up: Slamwich Scratch Kitchen

2017 MLL Champions

Juniors

Champion: O'Donnell Landscape Services
Runner up: American Legion

Majors

Champion: Elks Club
Runner up: Fire Department

AAA

Champion: Fischetti Plumbing & Heating
Runner up: Daddy Matty's BBQ

AA

Champion: Downtown Salon
Runner up: Hollister Construction