A young Edison High School baseball team stunned defending Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament champion St. Joseph with a doubleheader sweep of the previously undefeated Falcons on Thursday.
The Eagles received outstanding pitching and defense in both games, winning the opener 6-1 and the nightcap 5-1.
Abene credited the left side of his infield – third baseman John Zanfordino and shortstop Mike Fogarty – with making clutch routine plays.
Edison entered the twinbill with a 2-3 record and having been outscored 29-4 in its defeats. St. Joseph entered with a 5-0 mark including a 9-8 comeback win over St. Peter’s Prep, widely regarded as a Top 20 team in the state.
Hernandez went the distance in the first game, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks.
The Eagles took a 4-0 lead in the home first as Greg Toro and Nick Peterson each plated a run during the rally.
Lenin Gomez, who singled in his first two at-bats, extending his hitting streak to 10 consecutive plate appearances, was finally retired during his third trip on a fly out to right in the fourth inning.
He finished 2-for-4, while Zanfordino (1-for-3) and Fogarty (2-for-3) each drove in a run.
Santos Cruz went 4-for-4 with two runs scored for Edison. Pat Geiger accounted for St. Joseph’s lone run with a first-inning sacrifice fly.
Radd went the distance in the nightcap, fanning six, scattering six hits and allowing one earned run.
Zanfordino went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Fogarty and Gomez collected two hits apiece. Radd and Hernandez each had an RBI for Edison.
Nick Johnson, Ross Maertz and Geiger each had two hits for the Falcons, while teammate Brandon Warick plated his team’s lone run in the third inning.
Old Bridge 5, Perth Amboy 2: James Gabriel went 1-3 and knocked in two RBIs to help lead Old Bridge (2-3). Jordan Fetterman plated another and scored a run, adding a stolen base for the Knights. James Gabriel got the win, pitching five innings for Old Bridge. Omar Jimenez drove in both runs in the fifth inning for Perth Amboy (2-3) with a double. Jimenez was 3-4 in the contest.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 9, J.F. Kennedy 2: Zach Lipshitz went 2-3, scored two runs and stole a base out of the leadoff spot for Scotch Plains-Fanwood (5-1). Peter Yarem also scored twice and drove in a run for the Raiders. Jack Defouw took the win with six innings, striking out two. Jonathan Cuzzola and Connor Aston each knocked in a run for J.F. Kennedy (1-4).
J.P. Stevens 3, South Brunswick 0: Alex Zilli pitched a complete game shutout for J.P. Stevens (2-2). Zilli struck out five batters and allowed four hits for the Hawks. Frank LoGuidice went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored for J.P. Stevens. Anthony Sjolung pitched 4.2 innings with four strikeouts and an unearned run for South Brunswick (1-4).
Carolina Academy (SC) 1, Bishop Ahr 0 (10 innings): Donny Fackina pitched nine innings for Bishop Ahr (4-1), earning a no-decision. The junior righty scattered five hits, walked one and struck out four for the Trojans. John Sheedy had two of Bishop Ahr’s four hits, going 2-5 with a double. The Trojans will take on Atlantic Shores (VA) in the fourth game of the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic, in which they are 2-1.
Rutgers Prep 7, Voorhees 1: Jackson Schuetz led off for the Argonauts and went 3-4 with two RBIs. Rutgers Prep (1-3) put together a five-run fifth inning to put them comfortably ahead. Tyler Connell got his first win of the season, pitching a complete game with one unearned run and five strikeouts.
Immaculata 5, Monroe 2: Ryan Kastner clubbed a three-run walk off home run in the 10 th inning for Immaculata (2-3). Kastner took a no-decision, pitching seven innings and striking out six. Edwin Tavarez navigated all three extra innings and earned the win for the Spartans. Chris Savino went 2-5 with a run scored and Steve Cornish drove in a run for Monroe (3-1).