Tyler Vella’s double in the top of the ninth scored Andy Powell to lead the Highland Park High School baseball team to Saturday’s 5-4 victory over Wardlaw-Hartridge.
Powell, who reached base safely on all five trips, scored three runs. James Webb pitched eight innings for the Owls (7-6), fanning seven and scattering five hits. He also went 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Mike Anastasio pitched six innings for the Rams (7-5), striking out seven and walking one. Wardlaw-Hartridge’s Cliff O’Brien went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
St. Joseph 4, Steinert 3: Junior third baseman Mike Mohin’s first two varsity at-bats were productive. After knotting the score at 3-3 with a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch in the ninth, Mohin plated the winning run in the 11th with a sacrifice fly on another full-count offering. The Falcons (9-6), who snapped a four-game losing streak, erased one-run deficits in the seventh, eighth and ninth. Matt Woody had two hits including an RBI single in the eighth for St. Joseph, which used 26 players in the game. Mike Ramirez had an RBI single in the seventh for the Falcons. Chris Blades, who scored the winning run, reached base three times. St. Joseph’s Mark Bobko singled twice.
Old Bridge 7, South Plainfield 4: The Knights rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 4-2 deficit. Three walks, two hits and four errors contributed to the last-inning rally. Vin Donofrio had an RBI single during the outburst. Dean Roventini and Brandon Abdul each scored a run for Old Bridge (6-8). The Tigers fell to 10-5.
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Dunellen 9, South River 3: Winning pitcher Tony McGuane struck out eight, walked three and scattered six hits. The Destroyers (12-1) scored three runs in the home first to erase a 3-0 deficit. Mark Switzer followed Casey Wenzel’s RBI single with a two-run single. Dunellen rallied for three more runs in the second, the first of which scored on a balk. The Destroyers produced the final margin in the fourth when Wenzel tripled and scored on Dylan Hoski’s single to ignite a three-run outburst. Rian Markus contributed an RBI single to the victory. Rich Leogrande had a two-run double for the Rams (4-9).
North Brunswick 13, Perth Amboy 4: Freshman Eric Reardon went 2-for-2 with three RBI including his first career homer for the Raiders (6-8).Steven Bloyed went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and teammate Mike Pfeiffer went 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. Bryan Taveras added his first career homer for North Brunswick. Juan Batista had a three-run triple for the Panthers (6-6).
Colonia 15, Bishop Ahr 1: Winning pitcher Tyler Kovalewich received offensive support from Joe Coutinho (three-run homer) and Kyle Pietrapertosa (three-run triple). Coutinho went 3-for-3 with two doubles and Kowalewich fanned seven and walked three over five innings.
Sayreville 5, J.P. Stevens 2: Josh Guarnera had an RBI double and Liam Campbell followed with an RBI single in the fifth for Sayreville (10-4). Winning pitcher Christian Campbell struck out nine and scattered two hits. Chris Lee tripled and scored in the sixth for J.P. Stevens (4-11).
Spotswood 9, New Brunswick 4: The Chargers sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, when they scored seven runs, to snap a 2-2 deadlock. Alex Christian, who was batting .525, singled and walked during that rally. Will Johnson and Corey Brown highlighed the outburst with a two-run single and two-run double respectively. Spotswood (10-4), which has won five of its last six, stole nine bases. Ariel Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI for the Zebras.
Piscataway 9, J.F. Kennedy 7: George Nester, Daniel Blount and Charles Mitchell had two hits apiece for the Chiefs (5-9). The Mustangs fell to 6-6.