Essex-Union Underclassemen All-Star Baseball Game includes pitchers Doren of GL and Geissel of SP; June 20 event to take place at Kean

Union County seeks first win since 2012

The 7th annual Essex-Union Underclassmen All-Star Baseball Game is set to be played tonight – Monday, June 20 – at Kean University’s Jim Hynes Class of 1963 Stadium in Union.

Two players have been added to the Union County roster, including pitchers Vin Doren of Governor Livingston and Tim Geissel of Scotch Plains.

Doren, a junior righty, defeated top-seeded Scotch Plains 3-2 in the Union County Tournament final at Kean, going the distance. That was GL’s first UCT title in its sixth appearance in the final.

Geissel, a junior lefty, was the winning pitcher against Cranford in the UCT semifinals. Pitching in relief of starter Jake DeFouw, a senior right hander, Geissel – in a 36-pitch performance – allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out three and walking none.

“Not a lot affects Tim,” Scotch Plains head coach Joe Higgins said. “He leads the team in appearances. He has ice in his veins and it showed today. He was unflappable.”

Doren was equally as effective for GL in the championship game.

Doren, gave up two runs while scattering 10 hits. He struck out five, including two in the seventh inning that included the game’s final batter, walked only one, hit a batter and threw one wild pitch.

Doren was in control for the entire 98-pitch complete game, mixing his pitches well enough to get crucial outs at times when Scotch Plains had opportunities to produce big innings.

“I had trouble with my secondary pitch at the start, but found my curve late,” said Doren, who attended St. Peter’s Prep his freshman year. “I also found my changeup, which was huge, late in the game.”

“He did a great job, throwing his curve and change at any point in time, with both pitches coming off a fastball he had command of,” said GL pitching coach Matt Rago, a 2008 GL grad. “He established his off speed pitch early in the count and in the last two innings got out of jams while not being afraid to pitch to contact.”

“He manned up,” said GL head coach Chris Roof, a 1992 GL grad, of Doren’s performance. “He just competed. He has to get his curveball over.

“He wasn’t afraid of this stage, which is why I went with him. The key was him getting his off speed pitch over. Once he did that I knew we were in good shape.”

Rago pitched a scoreless inning in the first of two Watchung Conference vs. Mountain Valley Conference All-Star Games. They took place in 2008 and 2009 at Elizabeth’s Williams Field and included seniors. The Watchung Conference won the first game 5-4 and the Mountain Valley Conference the second game 7-4.

In the 2008 game, Watchung Conference starting third baseman Evan Shapiro was 2-for-2, with a walk and drove in four of the team’s five runs. Shapiro was a senior who continued to play on the collegiate level at Quinnipiac.

In the 2009 contest, Johnson senior left hander Rob Smorol was the winning pitcher for the Mountain Valley Conference. He pitched the first three innings, retiring all nine batters he faced, six on strikes.

Smorol went on to star at Rutgers and also pitched in the Boston Red Sox organization for three years. He is now an assistant coach at Rumson.

 

7th ANNUAL ESSEX-UNION UNDERCLASSMEN ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAME

MONDAY, JUNE 20 AT KEAN UNIVERSITY

 

2016 UNION COUNTY ROSTER (updated):

1-Gordon Graceffo, Cranford, (6-1, 165), sophomore, pitcher
2-Waldy Arias, Plainfield, (5-18, 155), sophomore, infielder
3-Quincy Bryant, Union, (5-10, 155), junior, infielder
4-Will Faucher, New Providence, (5-11, 155), junior, infielder
5-Jesse Goncalves, Brearley, (5-11, 165), junior, outfielder
6-Nick Cocchia, Gov. Livingston, (5-10, 175), junior, LHP
10-Eddie Torres, Elizabeth, (5-11, 185), junior pitcher
11-Will Schaffer, Summit, (6-0, 185), junior, LHP
12-Dan Baroff, Gov. Livingston, (6-0, 190), junior, catcher
13-Drew Compton, Gov. Livingston, (6-1, 175), freshman, third baseman
14-Victor Cruz, Westfield, (6-0, 195), junior, third baseman
15-JoeTurek, Johnson, (5-11, 195), sophomore, first baseman
16-Max Rivkees, New Providence, (5-11, 170), junior, outfielder
17-Joe Kastner, Dayton, (6-0, 180), junior, outfielder
18-Vin Crisafi, Johnson, (5-10, 180), junior, designated hitter
19-Matt Fox, Scotch Plains, (6-1, 200), junior, first baseman
20-Jake Vall-Llobera, Westfield, (6-2, 210), sophomore, catcher
21-Ryan Bakie, Cranford, (6-3, 205), junior, outfielder
23-Peter Yarem, Scotch Plains, (6-2, 190), junior, catcher
Vin Doren, Gov. Livingston, junior shortstop-pitcher
Tim Geissel, Scotch Plains, junior LHP
COACHING STAFF:

Chris Roof, Gov. Livingston head coach

Joe Higgins, Scotch Plains head coach

Mike Abbate, Dayton head coach

Chris Brodeur, New Providence head coach

Dan Mondelli, GL assistant coach

SCORES, MVPS, DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

2016: Essex County vs. Union County – at Kean University

2nd DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Mike Sheppard Sr., Seton Hall

2015: Essex County 12, Union County 7 – at Kean University

ESSEX MVP: Anthony Condito, Nutley, junior outfielder

UNION MVP: Matt Meola, Union, junior first baseman

1st DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Fred Hill, Rutgers

2014: Essex County 7, Union County 2 – at Snyder Park, Berkeley Heights

MVP: Anthony Maldonado, North 13th Street Tech, junior infielder-pitcher

2013: Essex County 8, Union County 6 – at Kean University
MVP: Tyler Brandon, Seton Hall Prep, junior pitcher from New York City

2012: Union County 7, Essex County 1 – at Kean University
MVP: Luis Amaro, Roselle Park, junior pitcher

2011: Essex County 12, Union County 1 – at Kean University
MVP: D.J. Link, Seton Hall Prep, junior catcher from Clifton

2010: Union County 4, Essex County 4 (tie) – at Kean University
MVP: Rob Fonseca, Seton Hall Prep, junior first baseman from Madison

I covered the Watchung vs. Mountain Valley games at Elizabeth’s Williams Field.

Here’s a look at my stories from the 2008 and 2009 Watchung vs. Mountain Valley games:

2008: Watchung Conference 5, Mountain Valley Conference 4 – at Elizabeth

By JR Parachini

ELIZABETH – Hits flew out of the ballpark, a total of 10 pitchers were used and a large showing of fans were treated to a nine-inning, one-run ball game that came down to the last play. All in all, not a bad beginning for what hopes to be an annual event.

Last Wednesday afternoon’s inaugural Mountain Valley Conference vs. Watchung Conference Seniors All-Star Baseball Game at Williams Field went to the home team Watchung squad, which took the lead for the second time in the bottom of the fourth and held on for a 5-4 triumph.
If an MVP was selected, the honor would have gone to WC starting third baseman Evan Shapiro. He was 2-for-2, with a walk and drove in four of the team’s five runs.
“It was a lot of fun and I thought it was a good idea to just have seniors so everyone could play together their last year,” said Shapiro, who will attend Quinnipiac University and attempt to make the baseball team at the Division 1 Hamden, Conn. school as a walk-on. “My brother went there a couple of years ago and graduated last year. It’s a really nice play. I like it.”
Shapiro, who starred at shortstop for the Blue Devils this year and batted over .400, drove in the game’s first two runs when he smacked a two-run single to left-center in the bottom of the first. Elizabeth’s Roberto Ramos, who walked, and Westfield’s Evan Einstein, who reached on catcher’s interference, scored on the hit.
In the third, Shapiro belted another shot to left-center that went for an RBI-double, driving in Einstein, who led off the inning with a single. Einstein, who played well his only year on the varsity for the Blue Devils, will attend the University of Michigan.
Shapiro’s final at-bat came in the fourth with the bases loaded and the game tied at 4-4. The batter before him, Union’s Julio Castro, walked with the bases loaded to tie the game. Shapiro then walked on four pitches, which was the fifth and final bases on balls that righty Chris Laudati of Brearley allowed in his only inning of mound work.
Shapiro’s bases-loaded walk – with Kearny’s Paul Haubster scoring – proved to be the game-winning RBI as the WC team came back to tie the game and then take the lead for the second time and for good after the MVC squad scored all four of its runs in the top of the fourth.
“It was interesting to sit in the dugout with everybody who you’ve been playing against all year,” Shapiro said.
Westfield challenged for the WC title, reached the Union County Tournament championship game for the second time in three years and reached the North 2, Group 4 quarterfinals after a marathon first-round win over Columbia that took two days to complete.
“Even though we didn’t get to win states or counties, we had two great wins against Cranford (one regular season and one in the UCT semifinals) and we beat Scotch Plains twice, which is our big in-town rival. We had a lot of seniors on the team and it was a lot of fun.”
Elizabeth right hander and WC starter Gio Caraballo, who went the distance in beating Westfield 4-2 in the UCT final right here at Williams Field, allowed just one hit in three shutout innings. He struck out four and was able to end the second inning with a 6-3 double play and the third with a line out double play to first where Westfield’s Mike Cappiello caught the ball and stepped on the bag.
Tall righty Frank Szczepanik of Linden entered in the fourth and immediately tried to sneak a fastball past MVC leadoff batter Andrew Ciencin of Cranford. The North Carolina State-bound player smacked the belt-high pitch over the left field fence for a solo home run, cutting the WC lead to 3-1.
Five batters later, Roselle Park’s Steve Tansey blasted a shot over the same part of the left field fence that went for a three-run homer, giving the MVC squad its only lead at 4-3.
Teammates Mark Garcia of Roselle Park and James Thornton of Union Catholic scored ahead of Tansey. Garcia reached on an infield error and Thornton, a Rahway resident, on a single.
Newark East Side lefty Edwin Cruz allowed only one hit in three shutout innings after Szczpenik, while Elizabeth righty Jean Caro did not allow a run in the eighth and ninth.
Steven D’Angelo of Union Catholic, a Scotch Plains resident who started on the mound for the MVC squad, allowed two runs on two hits in two innings.
Tansey, a righty, allowed one run on two hits in the third and Laudati two runs on no hits in the fourth. All five baserunners that Laudati allowed reached on walks.
Matt Rago, a righty from Governor Livingston, allowed no runs on one hit in the fifth as did lefty Dustin Berry of Johnson in the sixth. Righthander Dan Moreno of Cranford allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth.
“Coach (Ray) Korn (of Elizabeth) and coach (Dennis) McCaffery (of Cranford) came up with the idea and I think it’s a great one,” said MVC coach Chris Roof, who just completed his fifth season as the head coach at Governor Livingston. “No matter what happens, it will stay the Mountain Valley vs. the Watchung as long as it stays together.
“Elizabeth is a great place to have the game. We were actually talking about what Mountain Valley Conference team could host if we go back and forth. Then we thought of a neutral site like Kean University. I thought that would be outstanding.
“This kind of game gives the kids a chance to really showcase their talents in front of the college coaches of where they’re going or for those that are still undecided at this point.”
NOTES: The MVC team had the edge in hits, 8-7. Ciencin was 1-for-2, with a walk after his solo home run. Starting third baseman Adam Bergman of GL was 1-for-3 with a single, Thornton was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run, Tansey was 1-for-3 with his three-run homer, starting second baseman David Steinman of Dayton – the only MVC player with two hits – was 2-for-2 with two singles, Moreno was 1-for-3 with a single and Laudati was 1-for-2 with a single off the right field fence on the last play of the game.
Laudati was thrown out at second attempting to stretch the hit into a double. MVC first base coach Dave Kennedy, who just completed his first season as the head coach at Johnson, might have been a bit too ambitious in sending Laudati on the hit.
In addition to Shapiro’s two hits and Einstein’s 1-for-2 day at the plate that also included reaching on an error and on a walk in three trips, reserve shortstop Jose Martinez of Linden was 2-for-2 with two singles and also made a nice leaping catch of a line drive. The other two WC hits came from Mike Cappiello of Westfield, a double in the second, and from Rick Martinez of Newark East Side, which was a double in the fifth.
The WC turned three double plays and the MVC one. The MVC also ended a WC threat when a runner was called out at third for not properly tagging up on a fly out to center.
FIRST MVC VS. WC ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAME AT ELIZABETH’S WILLIAMS FIELD
MOUNTAIN VALLEY CONFERENCE (0-1)                  0 0 0    4 0 0    0 0 0 – 4 8 3
WATCHUNG CONFERENCE (1-0)                                 2 0 1     2 0 0     0 0 x – 5 7 2
SCORING:
Bottom of the first: WC takes 2-0 lead on two-run single by Evan Shapiro.
Bottom of the third: WC takes 3-0 lead on RBI-double by Shapiro.
Top of the fourth: MVC cuts lead to 3-1 on leadoff solo home run by Andrew Ciencin. MVC takes lead at 4-3 after Steve Tansey blasts a three-run homer.
Bottom of the fourth: MVC ties the game at 4-4 when Julian Castro walks with the bases loaded and Rick Martinez scores. MVC takes the lead for good at 5-4 when Shapiro walks with the bases loaded and Pau Haubster scores.
MOUNTAIN VALLEY CONFERENCE PITCHERS:
Righthander Steve D’Angelo of Union Catholic: 2 innings, 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk.
Righthander Steve Tansey of Roselle Park: 1 inning, 1 run, 2 hits, 1 strikeout, 1 walk.
Righthander Chris Laudati of Brearley: 1 inning, 2 runs, 0 hits, 0 strikeouts, 5 walks – LP.
Righthander Matt Rago of Governor Livingston: 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, 0 walks.
Lefthander Dustin Berry of Johnson: 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks.
Righthander Dan Moreno of Cranford: 2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks.
WATCHUNG CONFERENCE PITCHERS:
Righthander Gio Caraballo of Elizabeth: 3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, pitched to minimum nine batters.
Righthander Frank Szczepanik of Linden: 1 inning, 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, 0 walks, 1 hit batter.
Lefthander Edwin Cruz of Newark East Side: 3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks.
Szczepanik was the pitcher of record when the WC came back to take the lead at 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth before Cruz took the mound in the top of the fifth. Cruz then pitched three shutout innings, so an official scorer might give the win to Cruz.
Righthander Jean Caro of Elizabeth: 2 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks. Caro earned a two-inning save.
You could give the win to Szczepanik, which would be ironic since he allowed the only four runs the MVC team scored, the hold to Cruz and the save to Caro.
AT-BAT OF THE GAME: Steve Tansey proved to be a quality player for Nick Agoglia at Roselle Park, but many were a bit surprised to see him take Frank Szczepanik deep over the left field fence for a three-run homer in the top of the fourth that gave the MVC team its only lead at 4-3. Tansey hit a belt-high fastball on a 2-2 count, with two runners aboard.
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME: Reserve shortstop Jose Martinez of Linden, who was 2-for-2 at the plate with two singles, made a nice leaping catch of a line drive. The ball was hit by Chris Laudati leading off the top of the seventh.
JR’s MVP: Evan Shapiro, WC.
He went 2-for-2, with a walk, four RBI and game-winning RBI.
JR’s MVP PITCHERS: Gio Caraballo and Edwin Cruz of WC.
Both pitched three innings of scoreless baseball, with each allowing just one hit.
MOUNTAIN VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-STARS STARTING LINEUP:
Ciencin, Cranford, shortstop
Bergman, Governor Livingston, third base
Garcia, Roselle Park, center field
Thornton, Union Catholic, catcher
Moreno, Cranford, first base
D’Angelo, Union Catholic, pitcher
Steinman, Dayton, second base
Della Serra, Cranford, left field
Fullowan, Governor Livingston, right field
Coaches: Chris Roof of Governor Livingston, Dave Kennedy of Johnson,
Jim Reagan of Union Catholic, Joe Kropa of Roselle Catholic.
WATCHUNG CONFERENCE ALL-STARS STARTING LINEUP:
Ramos, Elizabeth, shortstop
Einstein, Westfield, center field
Castro, Union, left field
Shapiro, Westfield, third base
Olsen, Westfield, catcher
Dinizio, Scotch Plains, designated hitter
Caraballo, Elizabeth, pitcher (did not bat)
Cappiello, Westfield, first base
R. Martinez, Newark East Side, second base
Haubster, Kearny, right field
Coaches: Bob Brewster of Westfield, Tom Baylock of Scotch Plains,
Frank Napolitano of Union, Chris Van Vliet of Elizabeth.

2009: Mountain Valley Conference 7, Watchung Conference 4 – at Elizabeth

By JR Parachini

ELIZABETH – You can argue that Rob Smorol was the best baseball player in Union County this year.

His batting statistics back that up.

You can also argue that the Johnson senior left hander was the best pitcher – no disrespect to Westfield senior right hander Chris Jenkins and Scotch Plains junior righty Gary Binkiewicz.

When Smorol was healthy enough to pitch, not many caught up with his fastball or reached base.

Johnson head coach Dave Kennedy shut him down twice during the season because of a sore left arm. Smorol will attend Rutgers on a baseball scholarship and Kennedy, who played minor league baseball, was not taking any chances.

Smorol felt fine enough to pitch at the end of the season and Kennedy gave him the opportunity. He kept on getting batters out and winning games.

Kennedy also gave Smorol the ball to start Wednesday afternoon’s second annual Mountain Valley Conference vs. Watchung Conference Seniors All Star Baseball Game at Williams Field.

In a perfect three-inning stint, he sent Watchung Conference batters back to the dugout shaking their heads. Nine came up and nine went down, including six on strikeouts.

Smorol earned the mound victory in an eventual 7-4 MVC triumph that evened the series at 1-1. The Watchung Conference team won last year’s game 5-4.

“You’ve got the best seniors in the county here, so this was a lot of fun,” Smorol said.

When you’re pitching and not allowing any baserunners and striking out numerous batters, there’s a lot to smile about.

Smorol went 4-0 on the mound with a 1.13 earned-run average this year. He struck out 53 in 31 innings.

Had he been healthy enough to pitch the entire season, who knows what his numbers would have been like? Johnson finished with a winning record of 16-7. That mark might have been better as well.

This is how he described his senior campaing:

“It was a roller coaster, I guess,” Smorol said. “I still got to hit, but I was really disappointed that I couldn’t pitch this year.

“There was nothing I could do about it. I actually think the injury made me stronger, with more flexibility now in my arm.”

Smorol described the injury this way, “it was an impingement in my shoulder. Basically, that came from lack of flexibility in my shoulder. There was some fluid in my arm, so I had to just shut it down for two or three weeks.”

Smorol began the year strong on the mound and was then limited to just batting and playing the outfield. He then came back – on a limited pitch count – to beat Bloomfield 3-1 at Roselle Park April 19, throwing about 75 pitches in an economical six-inning start.

Then Kennedy had to shut him down again because of soreness that was there once more.

Smorol came back on the mound again to pitch against Roselle Catholic and Governor Livingston, beating RC 1-0 on the road May 21 and GL 8-1 at home on May 27.

“Against Roselle Catholic I felt very good and the GL game I didn’t have much arm strength, but my arm felt fine and I didn’t have any arm problems,” Smorol said. “I didn’t have as much strength, but my arm felt good.”

He was strong and unhittable against the Watchung Conference All Stars.

“Today, my arm felt good,” Smorol said. “I would say I’m at 100 percent right now.”

Smorol is now playing for the Toms River-based New Jersey Terminators before his career at Rutgers will begin in September.

“The Terminators goes all the way until the fall and we have seven Division 1 pitchers on the team and 12 Division 1 players,” Smorol said. “After that, Rutgers starts right as soon as school starts.’

Smorol’s fastball was looking pretty sharp Wednesday, with a pop you could hear loud and clear coming from Brearley catcher Roger Marques’ glove.

“Last year I hit 87, but I haven’t been clocked at all this year,” Smorol said. “I would have to say 88 maybe, somewhere around there.”

“We had four pitchers and Tom Mannix pitched on Sunday,” said Kennedy, who along with RC head coach Joe Kropa served as the MVC coaches.

Mannix, who will next play in the North-South All Star Football Game at Kean University in Union June 29 before heading to Holy Cross on a football scholarship, went the distance for Brearley in Sunday’s Group 1 final vs. Park Ridge at Toms River East.

While Mannix was playing shortstop for the MVC squad, the North football team was practicing at Elizabeth’s football field across the way. Mannix will now be joining those practices.

After Smorol pitched his three perfect innings, Brearley righty James Stafford pitched the fourth and fifth, allowing three runs.

Cranford right hander Adam Fanelli allowed no runs in the sixth and seventh and fellow Cranford righty James Knight just one run in his two innings of work, the eighth and ninth innings.

The MVC team scored two runs in the bottom of the second for a 2-0 lead and never trailed. Those runs were given up by WC starter AJ Ortiz of Linden, a lefty who will continue at Keystone College in La Plume, Pa.

Plainfield right hander Joshue Reyes pitched a scoreless third inning for the WC team, while Linden lefty Richard Weber gave up three runs in the fourth.

Union righty Ryan Pascullo, who will play at Rutgers-Newark, allowed one run in his two-inning stint that covered the fifth and sixth innings.

Dason Jones, a righty from Newark East Side, gave up one run in the seventh, while Elizabeth right hander Yilson Herrera pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings.

Although the MVC team was ahead 7-4 after Knight got the third out in the top of the ninth, the coaches allowed the teams to play the bottom of the ninth.

Herrera pitched a 1-2-3 inning and the game was over.

Tom Baylock of Scotch Plains, Bob Brewster of Westfield, Pat Migliore of Linden and Scott Gleichenhaus of Plainfield were the WC coaches.

Smorol was the most dominating player on the field and would have been the most likely MVP candidate had one been chosen.

At the plate this year, he batted .547 with 24 runs and 40 RBI on the season.

In Wednesday’s game, the righty batter got up once in the later innings when he wasn’t pitching. He flied out to right in his only at-bat.

Kennedy will miss having him on the mound and in his lineup.

“He’s got control of his stuff and he’s throwing as hard as I’ve ever seen him,” Kennedy said. “He’s got ability to throw more than one pitch.

“He’s a pitcher and I think he’s going to be ready when he gets to the next level. I hope he keeps improving and has a shot at the weekend and can be a starter for Rutgers. You never know?”

Steve Balboni of Governor Livingston had two hits his first two times up for the MVC squad. His father Steve, a former New York Yankee and Kansas City Royals player and assistant coach at GL, is now a scout for the Yankees.

Balboni’s father was in attendance watching his son play. Both stands were filled with very enthusiastic fans.

“Last year we probably had about 25 in attendance, this year we probably had about 250,” Kennedy said. “This was a pretty good crowd.

“On that side of it you’ve got to think that over time – if we can keep this going – this can be a real nice thing.”

Elizabeth head coach Ray Korn was responsible for putting the game together the first two years to give kids undecided on where they would be going to college exposure to college scouts and coaches.

Like last year, there were local college scouts in attendance.

“Without Ray, it’s going to be difficult, because he did so much to keep this going,” Kennedy said. “I think if the Union County coaches get together and commit to something and have something where you put out a product, people would want to watch it.”

 

 

SECOND MVC VS. WC SENIORS ALL STAR BASEBALL GAME

Watchung Conference (1-1)               0   0   0      1   2   0      0   0   1 – 4

Mountain Valley Conference (1-1)    0   2   0      3   0   1      1   0   0 – 7

 

 

MVC PITCHERS:

Rob Smorol, Johnson lefty: 3 innings, 0 runs (9 up, 9 down, 6 strikeouts)

James Stafford, Brearley righty: 2 innings, 3 runs

Adam Fanelli, Cranford righty: 2 innings, 0 runs

James Knight, Cranford righty: 2 innings, 1 run

Smorol was the winning pitcher.

WC PITCHERS:

AJ Ortiz, Linden lefty: 2 innings, 2 runs

Joshue Reyes, Plainfield righty: 1 inning, 0 runs

Richard Weber, Linden lefty: 1 inning, 3 runs

Ryan Pascullo, Union righty: 2 innings, 1 run

Dason Jones, Newark East Side righty: 1 inning, 1 run

Yilson Herrera, Elizabeth righty: 2 innings, 0 runs

Ortiz was the losing pitcher.

 

SCORING:

 

MVC scored two runs in bottom of second for 2-0 lead.

WC scored on run in top of the fourth to pull to within 2-1. Third baseman Kenny Russell of Elizabeth had the first WC hit, which was an RBI-single that drove in Dashon Jones, who reached on an error and stole second.

MVC scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Cranford’s Mike Gaeta scored his second run of the game after leading off with an opposite field double to right. RC’s Nick Drejaj then brought home Johnson’s Mark DiMaio with an opposite field RBI-single to right. Fanelli drove in Drejaj with an RBI-single to right-center.

WC scored two runs in the top of the fifth to pull to within 5-3. With the bases loaded and two out, Jones drove in a run with a single to left. Alex Espinosa of Newark East Side then walked with the bases loaded, with Elizabeth’s Willy Montas scoring. Russell then flied out to deep left-center, with Brearley’s Cory Stryker making a nice catch for the inning’s final out.

MVC took a 6-3 lead in the sixth on an RBI-single by RC’s John Kropa that scored pinch runner Matt Canales of Union Catholic, who ran for Marques, who singled.

MVC scored its final run for a 7-3 lead in the seventh when Canales smashed an RBI-single to center that scored RC’s Tom Bouck, who reached base on a leadoff walk.

WC scored the game’s final run in the top of the ninth when Montas, who caught for the WC team, brought home Kevin Maroney of Scotch Plains on a sacrifice fly. Maroney, who will continue at Monmouth University, played first base.

NOTES: Brearley players Stryker and Josh Manto replaced the two New Providence players – Max LaPlance and Greg Dinerman – who were originally selected to compete for the MVC team.

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