Massapequa’s Joey Lionetti ready for Little League World Series

Most 12-year-olds head into Williamsport looking to make a name for themselves for the first time. But not Joey Lionetti, the Massapequa Coast ace pitcher who already achieved star status by tossing a Little League World Series-clinching no-hitter to secure MCLL’s first trip to Williamsport.

That do-or-die game against mighty Toms River East for the Metro Championship last Friday — one Lionetti said he never thought he’d reach — proved to be a major coming-of-age moment for the modest Long Island middle schooler. It made Lionetti see what’s possible as he sets to play some of the most exhilarating baseball of his life.

“Because I know that Toms River was a great team. If they made it [to Williamsport], they probably would have been one of the better teams,” Lionetti told The Post. “So I know it’s the same against any team here.”

Joey Lionetti (13) pitches in the first inning of his no-hitter against Toms River.
Joey Lionetti (13) pitches in the first inning of his no-hitter against Toms River.
Robert Sabo/New York Post

The newfound confidence comes at the ideal time for Lionetti and his Massapequa miracle bunch. On Friday (7 p.m., ESPN), they gear up to take on Honolulu, the 2018 LLWS champs who Massapequa manager Roland Clark said are favored to win it all again.

Lionetti, who was congratulated by perfect-game pitcher David Cone during a Yankees broadcast and Scott Mayfield of the Islanders, said he’s ready to roar again on the mound should his number be called.

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