By Dylan Mannon
Blue skies, puffy white clouds and a slight breeze combined with live baseball was the perfect recipe for everyone gathering at the fields Tuesday afternoon. The day had many highs and lows. If you were the Lawrence Road Irish, you finished early with a 10-0 win over the Princeton Tigers. On the other hand, you have the Mercer Stars who ended their day full of errors in a 7-0 loss handed to them by the Hamilton Spartans. If you weren’t one of the 100+ fans in attendance to watch the Dirty Boyz take on Bordentown, then I strongly recommend checking out the excitement on our website. www.wbcbsports.com you won’t be disappointed.
Lawrence Road Irish vs. Princeton Tigers:
The Irish came out swinging just like they always do. After all, they seemingly mercy rule every other team they face. As if their offense wasn’t strong enough, their defense and pitching is as good as it gets. The Princeton Tigers made some solid defensive plays in this game, but weren’t able to get runs to pass the plate.
Lawrence’s first run came with a runner on second and a dribbler up the first base line. Tigers pitcher Patron air mailed the throw to first allowing Thomas Mills to score from second base. The Irish continued to put the ball in play while the Tigers continued to make errors. With two outs the Irish racked up 6 runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The Irish continued to pick apart the Tigers defense for the remainder of the game, eventually tallying the final 4 runs needed to mercy rule by the bottom of the fifth inning.
Hamilton Spartans vs. Mercer Stars:
With a huge crowd behind them, and I mean huge… the Mercer Stars were unable to complete the routine plays, while the Hamilton Spartans did everything coach Brian Giallella asked of them. This one ended 7-0 after sloppy plays led to one run after another.
Jordan Nitti led off for the Spartans and promptly was hit by a pitch. The first action of the game came when shortstop CJ Pittaro roped an RBI double to left center that allowed Nitti to score easily.
Jack Wiegartner, the spartans pitcher, started this game off strong. He and catcher Gio Sciarrotta maneuvered a strong Mercer lineup until the fourth inning when center fielder Torin Mckenzie gave the Stars their first hit of the game.
The Spartans turned Mercer errors into runs all game, and because of their timely hitting, they were able to take a sizable lead before the sixth inning.
The final run of the game was scored in as strange a fashion as they get, when Mercer catcher Cole Given overthrew his pitcher allowing the runner at third to advance and score.
Bordentown vs. “The Dirty Boyz”:
On paper this game seemed to stand out more than others. Both teams are powerhouses when it comes to swinging the bat, running the bases and pitching the baseball. These two teams certainly did not disappoint, and we wound up with one of the most exciting games you’ll see throughout the whole Last Dance Tournament.
The Dirty Boyz lived up to their name and came out swinging and stealing bases. They took the lead in the bottom of the first after Kiefer Goss stole second and was knocked in off a double from Nate Rodriguez.
Bordentown quickly responded with a double of their own early in the second. They showed off their small ball ability and advanced the runner the third. Connor Wood hit an RBI chopper to the shortstop but was thrown out at first.
For the next 3 innings Jack Angelini, Nick Nemes and Matt Greenmier did not allow a single run.
In the bottom of the fifth, Dirty Boyz’ Zac Brown stole second and third. Keifer Goss promptly hit a slow ground ball to the third baseman that allowed Zac Brown to cross the plate. As if Goss hadn’t done enough damage, he would later steal second and third as well. David Zamora got the job done this time with a single up the middle to give the Dirty Boyz a 3-1 lead.
Bordentown managed to score another run in the top of the 6th inning, but ultimately left runners stranded and would lose this one 3-2.
The Stars and Bordentown will continue their pool play at Glider Park, while the Spartans will take on the “Dirty Boyz” tonight at Arm and Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder.