Middletown Post 25 American Legion baseball team won the first-ever 4th of July tournament in New Jersey over the weekend.

The Middletown Post #25 American Legion team has developed the habit of winning this season, and that habit continued over the 4th of July weekend.

The Firehawks participated in the inaugural West Deptford, NJ American Legion 4th of July Baseball Tournament and brought home the championship trophy.

Firehawks’ General Manager Ed Colaprete said his team won both games in its pool play, then faced and defeated Lynhurst, NJ, by the score of 12-2 to win the title.

 “We really hit the ball well throughout the weekend,” said Colaprete, “And our pitching was also solid when it had to be, especially in a pool game against Washington Township when three of our pitchers combined on a no hitter which we won 1 to 0. Tommy Spagnola pitched very well, and he was relieved by Connor Stevens and then Jake Bertelson.”   Spagnola and Bertelson are from St. Mark’s High School, while Stevens attended Appoquinimink High School.

Colaprete said the first-time event was well organized, and the games were played strictly under American Legion baseball rules.

There were a total of six teams that took part in the tournament including squads from New Hampshire, Connecticut, West Deptford, NJ, Lynhurst, NJ, and Washington Township, NJ., with Post #25 the only team to represent the First State.