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Kevin McDermott’s three-run double with one away in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the undefeated Bridgewater-Raritan High School baseball team to a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over Phillipsburg on Wednesday.
The Panthers (8-0), who have won two other games in their final at-bat, including a three-run rally in Tuesday’s 7-6 victory over Westfield, have displayed a flair for the dramatic this season.
McDermott, who went 2-for-4 against Phillipsburg, helped Conlan Farrell (4-0) remain undefeated on the mound.
Farrell pitched two scoreless innings of relief after starting pitcher Jeff Praml allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, over five frames. Praml fanned six, allowed six hits and walked one in his varsity debut.
John Capra singled and scored a run for the Panthers (8-0), who were outhit 8-5. Teammate Eric Schnepf also scored a run.
The teams combined to strand 13 runners with the Stateliners (2-6) leaving six on base.
Bridgewater-Raritan has won three of its last four games by a single run and has won six games by a total of 11 runs this season.
Immaculata 4, Ridge 3: Alec Sames’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Spartans (5-4) over the previously undefeated Red Devils (4-1).
After Ridge took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Immaculata chipped away at the deficit, scoring single runs in each of the first three innings to take a 3-2 advantage.
The Red Devils evened the score in the top of the seventh off winning pitcher Colin Donnelly, who scattered four hits, walked three, fanned one and allowed one earned run over four innings.
Drew Walker went 2-for-5 for the Spartans, while teammates Nick Egnatuk and Storm Parish each went 2-for-4. Mike Maguire scored twice for Immaculata.
Pete Matarazzo, Ryan Pavlik and Liam McArthur had two hits apiece for Ridge.
Middlesex 5, Carteret 1:
Stewart Lester hurled a complete-game one-hitter and helped his own cause with a single and two RBI.
With the win, the five-time defending Blue Division champion Blue Jays (2-6) snapped a three-game division losing streak.
Nick DiNizio went 3-for-3 and scored twice for Middlesex, while teammate Matt Carovillano plated two runs.
Alex Slawinski’s fifth-inning RBI double was the lone hit for Carteret (4-5).
The Blue Jays scored two runs in the third, two more in the fourth and added an insurance tally in the sixth.
Lester struck out three and walked one.
Morristown-Beard 6, Pingry 4: Bryce Weisholtz went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases for the Big Blue (5-2), whose three-run rally in the home seventh fell short.
David Braverman went 1-for-4 with two RBI for Pingry, while teammate Josh Lebowitz scored and plated a run.
Losing pitcher Brian Miller allowed five earned runs, including a pair of solo homers to counterpart Pat Davis, over four innings.
Pingry was outhit 9-5.
Hillsborough 6, Franklin 0: During a three-run rally in the first inning, Kyle Sluka and Matt Yeager each had an RBI single, while Jim Suseck stole home.
Winning pitcher Mike DiAlfonso fanned eight, allowed two hits and did not walk a batter over five innings.
Hillsborough scored twice in the top of the seventh on Ryan Roberts’ sacrifice fly and Sluka’s RBI single.
Sluka finished with three hits, while teammate Mike Engelhardt scored a run.
Dunellen 21, Cardinal McCarrick 0: Kenny Tunison went 3-for-3 with three doubles, a walk and was hit by a pitch.
David Johnson also went 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBI.
Winning pitcher Alex Dornbierer went the distance and helped his cause with a solo homer. He struck out six, scattered two hits and walked one.
Dunellen (7-1) registered 15 hits. The Eagles (2-5) committed six errors.
Wardlaw-Hartridge 14, Perth Amboy Tech 2: Rocco Haborak and John Anderson-Schmitt each went 2-for-2 and combined for five RBI to back winning pitcher Abe Golding.
Golding allowed one hit, one walk and fanned six over four innings. Brian Arocho had the lone hit for the Patriots (2-4).
TC Weber went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, while teammate Mike Jesionka collected two hits and an RBI.
The Racz twins, Garrett and Alden, combined to score three runs for the Rams (4-4).