S.I. Team Heads to Little League World Series

Next stop: Williamsport, PA.

By Victoria Cavaliere
|  Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009  |  Updated 10:13 AM EDT
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S.I. Team Heads to Little League World Series

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South Shore New York celebrates their win over Somerset Hills New Jersey in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship little league baseball game.

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The fifth borough has come up big once again.

A Staten Island little league team is on its way to the World Series.

The South Shore All-Stars racked up a 4-0 win tonight against New Jersey's Somerset Hills squad in the nationally televised ESPN showdown played in Bristol, Conn.

The Staten Island squad reached the title game with a 7-1 victory over Delaware - its fifth straight win in the regional playoffs.

The winners now move on to the World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The team of 11- and 12-year-olds was selected in mid-June after the local Little League season ended.  Mike Zaccariello, manager for the last 18 years, told the Daily News things clicked right away with his dozen players.

"Camaraderie - everyone gets along very well," he said. "The parents have been very good. It's been a great experience."

In 2006, the Mid-Island All-Star squad from Staten Island reached the World Series. But they lost three straight games and eliminated.

Somerset Hills hoped to become the first New Jersey team to make the World Series since Toms River in 1999.

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