Patrick’s Baseball Roundup:
The roundup this week highlights the championship games from the Morris County and Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournaments. History was made as the MCT crowned its first ever four-peat champion in Delbarton. Both county tournaments delivered exciting performances from the best players as usual.
Top seeded Delbarton takes down 3rd seeded West Morris to capture its 4th consecutive MCT championship 9-1:
The Delbarton Green Wave faced off against the West Morris Wolfpack in the MCT Final. Delbarton ace pitcher, Aiden Dill, did it all in this championship game. Dill pitched five scoreless innings with a season-high eight strikeouts. He had an RBI single along with two stolen bases. Dill was named the tournament’s MVP. The West Morris lineup was able to elevate Dill’s pitch count by drawing five walks on him. West Morris could not capitalize when they had the bases loaded twice. Junior, Gavin Drown, drove in the only run on an RBI single for the Wolfpack. Breakout Delbarton Freshman, Sal Garcia, had a huge day at the plate. Garcia drilled a massive two run Home Run and used his speed to leg out a triple on a hit to the gap. He drove in three RBI’s. The Home Run was Garcia’s second of the year. With the victory, Delbarton became the first Morris County school to win the MCT Tournament four consecutive times. The championship also marked the Green Wave’s 9th title overall.
3rd seeded Hunterdon Central upsets top seeded Pope John in offensive clinic at the HWS Final 12-5:
The Hunterdon Central Red Devils took on the Pope John Lions in this one. The Red Devils defeated Pope John for the third time in a row in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Final. It is the 7th time overall that Hunterdon Central has won the tournament. Hunterdon Central had an offensive outburst with 19 hits in the Final. Every hit was a single. The Red Devils scored four runs over the first two innings and made Pope John’s pitchers work hard. Hunterdon Central worked the count continually and used a great small ball approach. They were able to bunt successfully when the situation called for it. Pope John had chances to get on the board early. They had loaded the bases twice but could not get the clutch hit. Red Devil’s Junior, Mike Contiliano, was named the tournament’s MVP as he collected four hits and drove in three RBIs. Contiliano scored three runs as well. Senior duo, Kyle Yasunas and Jared Cassella, each drove in three RBIs.
Parsippany routs Parsippany Hills in bragging rights game 12-2:
The Parsippany RedHawks squared off against the Parsippany Hills Vikings. These two teams were playing for the right to hoist the “Mayors Trophy”. The “Mayors Trophy” is awarded to whoever wins this rivalry game. Parsippany dominated early and often. The RedHawks also took advantage of some defensive miscues by the Vikings. Sophomore pitcher, Bryan Sunga, earned the win for Parsippany. He went three innings and struck out eight while allowing just two runs on two hits. Senior Dylan Preston went 3-4 with two singles and a double. He drove in two RBIs. The contest was decided at the end of the 5th inning via the ten-run mercy rule. Parsippany secured its 4th “Mayors Trophy” in a row and have bragging rights for another year.
State Tournament Look Ahead:
Clutch Performances of the Week: