CN baseball: Somerville charges back to knock out Rutgers Prep

CN baseball: Somerville charges back to knock out Rutgers Prep

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CN baseball: Somerville charges back to knock out Rutgers Prep

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Another comeback, another victory for Somerville High School’s baseball team.

Sophomore right fielder Austin Markowski went 2-for-3 and knocked in a run and eighth-seeded Pioneers rallied Saturday to top Rutgers Prep, 3-2, in the second round of the Somerset County Tournament. Somerville, 10-3, which scored seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Rutgers Prep 12-11 April 5, has rallied eight times to win this season.

The ninth-seeded Argonauts (7-6) led 2-0 heading into the fifth inning, but Somerville scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to capture the lead. Sophomore third baseman Erik Rano and senior catcher Adam Roche also knocked in runs for Somerville.

Somerville will play at top seed Watchung Hills Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinal round. Teh winner of that game will advance to the county semifinals May 8 at TD Bank Ballpark. The final is scheduled for May 11 at 7 p.m. at TD Bank.

Michael Coiro and Spencer Diggins drove home Rutgers Prep’s (7-7) runs.

Bridgewater-Raritan 10, North Plainfield 0: Nick Norcia picked up three hits in four at-bats, scored three times and drove in a run as fifth-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan (11-4) rolled to a six inning mercy rule victory. Drew Petillo tossed a five-hitter for the Panthers. No. 12 seed North Plainfield dropped to 6-6. Bridgewater-Raritan, beaten by Hillsborough in last year’s county final, will play at No. 4 Bernards Saturday in a quarterfinal round game.

HIllsborough 10, Gill St. Bernards 0 (6 innings): Defending champ and No. 7 seed Hillsborough (8-6) rolled to a quarterfinal date Saturday with No. 2 Montgomery as junior lefty Matt Hornich led the way with a 3-for-3 day with a double and three RBI and a complete-game three-hitter on the mound. Garrett Ruoff drove in two runs and Brian Cole scored three runs. Gill St. Bernards is 8-8.

Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament, Second Round

Delaware Valley 9, Lenape Valley 6: Nick Perna and Scott Skripko each knocked in two runs and Delaware Valley (5-8) withstood a seventh-inning rally. The Terriers led 9-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh, but Lenape Valley scored four runs to cut the lead to three. Skripko picked up the win in relief, going five innings and allowing just two earned runs.

Hunterdon Central 5, High Point 4: Brett McManus went 3-for-3 with three RBI to boost Hunterdon Central (8-7). Matt Stalter and Matt Toke also knocked in runs for the Red Devils in support of winning pitcher Mike Novello, who tossed six innings. The Red Devils will meet Pope John next Saturday in the quarterfinals.

North Hunterdon 14, Kittatinny 4: The top seeded Lions (9-4) took advantage of several Kittatinny errors to win easily. They will playu host to No. 5 Del Val next Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Union County Tournament, Second Round

Union Catholic 2, Summit 1: Ryan Kahn tossed a complete game, allowing just six hits and one run, and scored a run to boost Union Catholic (11-3). Ryan DePaul picked up an RBI triple for the eighth-seed Vikings, who’ll play Wednesday in the quarterfinals at top seed Cranford.

New Providence 6, Governor Livingston 3: Bryan Sherman went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and Marc Giacalone scored a pair of runs to lead for No. 13-seed New Providence (7-6). Ryan Jennings picked up two hits in three at-bats and collected an RBI for No. 4 Governor Livingston (8-6). New Providence will play at No. 5 Elizabeth Wednesday in the quarterfinals

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 6, Oratory Prep 1: The No. 2 seed Raiders were led by Kevin Maxwell, who drove in two runs and Chris Ciccarino who went five innings, allowing just three hits. They’ll play host to No. 10 Linden in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Westfield 9, Roselle Catholic 2: The defending champions scored six first-inning runs. Quinn Dursee was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI and Jake Greenberg, Mike Ionta and Anthony Perconte had RBI for the Blue Devils (7-8), who’ll play host to No. 11 Al. Johnson in the quarterfinals.

Regular Season

West Windsor Plainsboro-South 5, Bridgewater-Raritan 3: Glen Boehme tripled and knocked in two runs and Mike Fair also plated a run for Bridgewater-Raritan (11-5).

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