CN baseball: Bumstead's brilliance sends Montgomery into SCT semifinals

CN baseball: Bumstead's brilliance sends Montgomery into SCT semifinals

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CN baseball: Bumstead's brilliance sends Montgomery into SCT semifinals

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Senior left-hander Chris Bumstead was touched up for a first-inning run and that was it as the Montgomery High School baseball team defeated border rival Hillsborough, 5-1, in Saturday’s Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals in Skillman.

The second-seeded Cougars (14-1) will meet third-seeded Immaculata in Wednesday’s semifinals at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. The first of the doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m.

Bumstead tossed a complete-game four-hitter, striking out three and walking none.

The county defending champions and seventh-seeded Raiders (8-7) pushed across their only run on an RBI single by Matt Tackach in the visiting first. Tackach finished 2-for-3.

Montgomery answered immediately in the bottom half of the frame with two runs via Greg Kocinski’s RBI-double and Mike Ippolito’s RBI-ground out.

The Cougars added three insurance runs in the fourth with Ippolito starting the rally.

Immaculata 18, Pingry 0 (5 inn): Immaculata pitchers Eric Bateman, Jack Benham and Andrew Link didn’t allow a hit as the No. 3 seeded Spartans moved into the county semifinal where they will meet No. 2 seed Montgomery Wednesday at 3 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark. DH Luke Bonfield had two hits and six RBI — three coming on a homer in the first off Pingry senior righty Ryan Toomey (3-2). Shortstop Jim Rice had two hits, an RBI and four runs scored and right fielder Micah Harris had a two-run single.

Watchung Hills 10, Somerville 0 (5 inn) : Joey Rochietti threw a four-hitter with two strikeouts and no walks to spark No. 1 seed Watchung Hills, 15-3 , which will face off with No. 4 Bernards in the nightcap of Wednesday’s semifinal at 7 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark. Senior Tom Giaimo was 2-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Frank Uro went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two stolen bases and James D’Annuzio had three RBI. Pete Butrico had two hits for Somerville (12-4).

Hunterdon/Sussex/Warren Tournament

North Hunterdon 6, Delaware Valley 5: The top seeded Lions (11-6) rallied from a 5-1 deficit to move in to the semifinals. Junior shortstop Marc Monks slammed a two-run homer in the fifth to cut the Del Val lead to 5-3 and then C.J. Rasile’s triple and error plated two more runs. Robbie Young’s RBI double in the sixth gave the Lions a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixdth. Shane Brown perserved the lead when he threw a runner out at home in the seventh. Ryan Hann went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a homer, double and RBI and Reed Williams went 3-for-4 with a run scored, RBI and double for Delaware Valley (6-10). North will play host to Vernon in the semifinals.

Hunterdon Central 4, Pope John 2: Senior righty Billy Maier allowed two runs and seven hits and Brett McManus and Matt Toke had two hits apiece for Hunterdon Central (10-8), which moved into the semifinal round to face Sparta.

Regular season

South Plainfield 12, Dunellen 3: Aidan McDermott was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and Nick Muglia went 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI to send South Plainfield (14-5). Justin Marks, Taylor Born, AJ Celentano and Jeff Pellegrino each delivered and RBI for the Tigers, who scored in every inning except the third and mashed out 14 hits. Winning pitcher Kyle Dickerson (2-0) went 6 and 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out 11. Mark Switzer provided a two-RBI single for Dunellen (15-3) in the seventh.

Union 5, Governor Livingston 3: Ian Lynch and Dan Belfer each finished 2-for-3 with a run scored for Governor Livingston (10-7). Belfer (0-2), a sophomore right-hander, was the hard-luck loser. He went the distance, scattering five singles around two earned runs and struck out five. Union is 9-9.

Manville 4, Bound Brook 3: Junior Max Miller pitched six innings allowing three hits and striking out six and junior Anthony Zuhone earned a save striking out the side in the seventh and Manville beat Bound Brook 4-3. Sophomore Erik Warren had a key two -run double in the first inning. It was Manville’s second win of the week and first Skyland Conference win in several years.

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