Monroe’s John Rodrigues Edison’s Anthony Hernandez locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers duel and were virtually unhittable throughout most of Thursday afternoon, pushing the game to extra innings in a scoreless tie.
In the end, it was the Edison High School boys baseball team breaking through, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning and defeating Monroe 3-0.
Hernandez finished with the win, pitching all nine innings while surrendering two hits and striking out four.
Rodrigues was the hard-luck loser. Through 8 1/3 innings pitched, he held the Eagles hitless but a one-out double summoned the bullpen. From there the flood gates opened.
After a single and an intentional walk to load the bases, a hit batsman opened the scoring. Following the hit batsman, a run-scoring walk and a sacrifice fly accounted for all of the Eagles scoring.
Rodrigues’ final line read 8 1/3 innings pitched, one hit, four strikeouts and one walk in an economical 86 pitches.
Metuchen 5, Bishop Ahr 4: Brian Eustace (3-0) pitched a complete game six-hitter while striking out six and walking three to power Metuchen (6-2). The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the sixth inning when Mike Hronich blasted a two-run double to right field. Bishop Ahr (2-4) tied the game on a three-run homer by Tom Weiler’s in the fifth.
North Brunswick 6, J.P. Stevens 3: The Raiders took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an error that plated two runs. Next batter Michael Pfeiffer struck a clutch two-out, two-run single. Joe Manley added a sac fly RBI in the bottom of the sixth to provide insurance for North Brunswick (3-6). Steven Boyd (1-2) tossed five innings, allowing zero earned runs to pick up his first career win. Dominick Scialabba recorded the save by throwing the final two innings. Charlie Fallon (1-2) was the hard-luck loser for J.P. Stevens (1-9).
East Brunswick Tech 13, Warren Tech 3: Christian Salvatore and Anthony Forgue lead the Tigers offensively, driving in three runs each. Luis Ramos pitched 6 innings while striking out seven to earn the victory. Kyle Back went 2-for-3 for Warren Tech. East Brunswick Tech advances to the second round of the NJTAC tournament.