Saturday, April 19, 2014

Baseball: Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex seeds (official)

Pairings and seeds for the fifth annual Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament were released on Saturday.

The tournament gets underway on Wednesday, April 23 with preliminary round games. Winners advance to first-round action on Saturday, April 26.

Quarterfinals will be played Saturday, May 3 and the semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, May 10. The championship game will be contested at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Diamond Nation in Flemington.

Hunterdon Central is the defending champion after a 10-0 win over Vernon in the 2013 final. Coach Mike Raymond's Red Devils also won the title in 2010. Pope John (2011) and Phillipsburg (2012) are the other schools to win the tournament.

The official seeds and pairings for this year' tournament were determined using a team's power points through only its first nine games or by Friday's cutoff. According to sources, a last minute use of the head-to-head criteria was also used to construct the brackets, unbeknownst to some coaches.

Preliminary and first-round pairings pit Sussex vs. Hunterdon-Warren in the split brackets. Sussex teams are seeded 1-10 in one pool and Hunterdon-Warren teams are seeded 1-10 in another pool. The groupings are then combined in the two brackets (example: Sussex No. 7 plays Hunterdon-Warren No. 10, etc.).

Pairing and seeds

(Current records in parentheses)

A-Hunterdon-Warren
B-Sussex

Top bracket

9A-Belvidere (4-3) at 8B-Hopatcong (1-8), winner to meet 1A-North Hunterdon (6-5)
5A-Delaware Valley (5-3) at 4B-Newton (4-4)
6B-Wallkill Valley (3-4) at 3A-Hackettstown (4-4)
10B-Vernon (1-4) at 7A-South Hunterdon (3-5), winner to meet 2B-Lenape Valley (7-0)

Bottom bracket

9B-Sussex Tech (1-7) at 8A-Phillipsburg (1-9), winner to meet 1B-Pope John (7-1)
5B-Kittatinny (3-3) at 4A-Warren Hills (7-4)
6A-North Warren (5-1) at 3B-Sparta (6-3)
10A-Voorhees (0-8) at 7B-High Point (1-4-1), winner to meet 2A-Hunterdon Central (9-1)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Baseball: Projections for HWS Tourney (UPDATED)

The fifth annual Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament gets underway on Wednesday, April 23 with preliminary round games and the winners advance to first-round action on Saturday, April 26.

Quarterfinals will be played Saturday, May 3 and the semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, May 10. The championship game will be contested at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Diamond Nation in Flemington.

Hunterdon Central is the defending champion after a 10-0 win over Vernon in the 2013 final. Coach Mike Raymond's Red Devils also won the title in 2010. Pope John (2011) and Phillipsburg (2012) are the other schools to win the tournament.

The official seeds and pairings for this year' tournament will be released in the next few days, using a team's power points through only its first nine games or by today's cutoff. No games are scheduled for Good Friday.

Using the teams' current points, let's take a look at the 20-team field. Preliminary and first-round pairings pit Sussex vs. Hunterdon-Warren in the split brackets. Sussex teams are seeded 1-10 in one pool and Hunterdon-Warren teams are seeded 1-10 in another pool. The groupings are then combined in the two brackets (example: Sussex No. 7 plays Hunterdon-Warren No. 10, etc.).

Top seeds


North Hunterdon and Pope John should be the No. 1 seeds in the H-W and Sussex groupings.

North Hunterdon (5-4), which has made back-to-back trips to the semifinals and in three of the four previous events, had won four in a row, but has since dropped its last three games -- 9-6 to Red Bank Catholic and 4-2 to Watchung Hills and 2-0 to Immaculata in Skyland Conference Delaware Division matchups. Outfielder Marc Monks leads the offense, while John Wilson is 2-0 on the mound.

Pope John (7-1) won its first six games before a 17-5 loss to Bergen Catholic last weekend. Coach Vin Bello's Lions, who lost to Hunterdon Central in last year's semifinals, have the deepest pitching rotation among the field with Dan Cunico (3-0, 1.17 ERA, 25 K's, 18 IP), Ethan Collins (2-1, 2.33 ERA) and Jack Nelson (2-0, 0.82 ERA). The staff had yielded a total of five runs in six games before the loss to BC. Second baseman Axel D'Addario is on fire at the plate -- batting .321 with 15 RBIs -- while shortstop Jay Sanford (.423) and outfielder Kyle Malejko (.452) have been major contributors. Outfielder Mike Young is batting a robust .478 with a team-high 11 hits.

Lenape Valley and Hunterdon Central are in line to be the No. 2 seeds.

Coach Bob Klinck's Patriots are currently 7-0 and on top of the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Freedom Division standings. Lenape Valley has never been past of the first round of this tournament and is 1-4 overall in county games. But his this year's squad is doing serious damage at the plate, while getting quality efforts on the mound. Outfielder Nick Sabatini (.400, six RBIs) and David DelSontro (.500, seven RBIs) are pacing an offense that's scored 58 runs in six games. Tyler Rogers leads the club with 10 RBIs and is hitting .421. On the hill, ace Jim Fluke is 4-0 with 38 K's in 23 innings. No. 2 Dan Rafferty is 2-0 and hasn't allowed an earned run 12 1/3 innings.

Central (7-1), which is a tournament-best 14-2 in county games, is seeking its third title. The Red Devils are heating up after a bit of a slow start -- reeling off six straight wins since a 6-1 loss at North Hunterdon on April 3. Matt Toke (.389, six RBIs), Zac Vacca (.385) and Christian Carey (.375, 1 homer, seven RBIs) are enjoying hot starts at the plate, as Central has outscored the last five opponents, 31-9. On the mound, Pat Clare (2-1, 2.57 ERA), Mike Novello (1-0, 2.70 ERA) and Toke (2-0, 0.00 ERA) are all quality arms.

Best of the rest


Rounding out the top five seeds are Warren Hills and Sparta as the No. 3s, with Hackettstown and Wallkill Valley as the No. 4s. Newton and North Warren look like the No. 5s.

Coach Mike Quinto's Blue Streaks (7-3), who reached the quarters in 2010 and '12, had won four in a row since back-to-back losses to North Hunterdon (11-1 on April 7) and Ridge (8-4 on April 8), but dropped a 4-3 decision to Hackettstown on Thursday. Hills scored a big 4-2 win over Watchung Hills last Saturday and the Warriors did the Streaks a favor with Wednesday's 4-2 win over North Hunterdon -- giving Warren Hills a boost in power points. Catcher Christian Stagaard (.435, 12 RBIs) and infielder Craig Lawson (.393, 11 hits) are pacing the offense, while Nathaniel Capone (1-1, 1.50) and Anthony Veneziano (3-0, 1.80 ERA) have been the top pitchers.

Sparta (5-3), which lost to Central in last year's semifinals and in the 2010 title game, had won four in a row before an 8-1 loss to Minisink Valley (N.Y.) last Saturday. Coach Sam Slobodzian's Spartans rely on the top half of a potent batting order with leadoff man Thomas Ruddy (.381, .480 OBP) and second baseman Austin Unglaub (.333, .391 OBP). Shortstop T.J. Estanislau led the team with seven RBIs through the first six games.

Keep an eye on North Warren, which features ace pitcher Alex Hladik. In three wins, Hladik racked up a total of 34 strikeouts, including 13 in the Patriots' 13-0 win over Hopatcong on Wednesday.

Projected seeds


(UPDATE: Records and power point totals through Thursday's games  in parentheses):

A-Hunterdon-Warren
B-Sussex

Top bracket

9A-Phillipsburg (1-8, 44) at 8B-Sussex Tech (1-7, 36), winner to meet 1A-North Hunterdon (5-4, 136)
5A-North Warren (4-1, 67) at 4B-Wallkill Valley (3-4, 68)
6B-Kittatinny (3-2, 55) at 3A-Warren Hills (7-2, 125)
10B-Vernon (1-4, 32) at 7A-Delaware Valley (4-3, 64), winner to meet 2B-Lenape Valley (7-0, 124)

Bottom bracket

9B-High Point (1-3-1, 32) at 8A-Belvidere (3-3, 46), winner to meet 1B-Pope John (7-1, 127)
5B-Newton (3-4, 61) at 4A-Hackettstown (4-4, 93)
6A-South Hunterdon (3-5, 66) at 3B-Sparta (5-3, 97)
10A-Voorhees (0-6, 21) at 7B-Hopatcong (1-8, 37), winner to meet 2A-Hunterdon Central (7-1, 135)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baseball: Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex standings

   (Through Tuesday's games)

Skyland Conference
Delaware Division
Overall
Division
Bridgewater-Raritan
(5-1)
(3-0)
Hunterdon Central
(5-1)
(3-1)
North Hunterdon
(5-3)
(3-1)
Hillsborough
(3-2)
(2-1)
Immaculata
(2-4)
(1-3)
Watchung Hills
(2-5)
(1-3)
Montgomery
(1-5)
(1-3)
Phillipsburg
(1-6)
(1-3)
Raritan Division
Overall
Division
Ridge
(5-1)
(3-0)
Warren Hills
(6-2)
(3-1)
Delaware Valley
(3-2)
(2-2)
Somerville
(3-3)
(2-2)
Franklin
(1-2)
(1-2)
Voorhees
(0-5)
(0-4)
Valley Division
Overall
Division
Gill St. Bernard's
(5-2)
(5-0)
Bernards
(6-0)
(4-0)
North Plainfield
(3-2)
(2-2)
Pingry
(1-1)
(1-1)
South Hunterdon
(2-5)
(2-3)
Belvidere
(2-3)
(1-3)
Bound Brook
(1-4)
(1-4)
Manville
(2-3)
(0-3)
Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Freedom Division
Overall
Division
Lenape Valley
(6-0)
(6-0)
Kittatinny
(3-1)
(2-1)
North Warren
(2-1)
(2-1)
Jefferson
(4-3)
(3-2)
Wallkill Valley
(2-4)
(2-3)
Hackettstown
(3-4)
(2-4)
Newton
(2-4)
(1-3)
Hopatcong
(1-6)
(0-4)
American Division
Overall
Division
Pope John
(7-1)
(5-0)
Sparta
(5-2)
(4-1)
Mount Olive
(4-3)
(3-2)
Montville
(4-2-1)
(3-2-1)
Morris Hills
(3-5)
(2-4)
Morris Knolls
(2-4)
(2-4)
High Point
(1-3-1)
(1-3-1)
Vernon
(1-4)
(0-4)
Independence Division
Overall
Division
Morris Catholic
(5-3)
(4-0)
Butler
(4-3)
(3-1)
Kinnelon
(4-3)
(3-1)
Mountain Lakes
(4-2)
(3-2)
Pequannock
(3-2)
(2-2)
Sussex Tech
(1-6)
(0-4)
Boonton
(0-6)
(0-5)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baseball: Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex rankings

New season and very different results for Newton's baseball team -- projected by many to repeat as Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Freedom Division champions.

With the bulk of an 18-win team returning, the Braves' 2-4 start certainly has a lot of people scratching their heads, including coach John Selitto.

Selitto said it certainly hasn't been from a lack of effort during practices.

"The practices have been fantastic. Their preparation is great," the coach said following Monday's 7-2 loss to Vernon at Memory Park. "We've dug ourselves a big hole."

With Lenape Valley atop the standings at 6-0, Newton sits three games back in the loss column at 1-3 in divisional play. The Patriots pounded the Braves -- 14-4 on April 5 in Stanhope.

Selitto said it's been a combination of things -- poor relief efforts and sometimes a lack of offense, which produced just one hit against Vernon. Despite allowing 35 runs in six games, the coach insists the starting pitching has been good.

Ace Nick Grant got the win on Opening Day -- 11-1 over Wallkill Valley, but has curiously pitched very little since. Senior Steve Kelly fired five shutout innings in the Braves' 3-2 loss to Hackettstown on April 3, but the tall right-hander didn't make it through the first inning in the loss to Vernon, which erupted for seven runs in the first. Sophomore Cole Van Luvender, who Selitto is high on, struck out three for the win in the team's 11-3 victory over Boonton on Saturday.

There's plenty of baseball left, but Selitto knows his team has to put it together soon if it expects to make a run at the division title and make some noise in the North 1, Group 2 playoffs.

"We're too talented to play like this the whole year," he said. "But it's getting late. We've tried some things like juggling the lineup a bit. It's more about the approach [at the plate] and trying too hard. You have to be relaxed at the plate."

Now onto this week's rankings:

1. Pope John (7-1) -- Lions went 4-1 last week, dropping a 17-5 decision to Bergen Catholic for their first loss in an independent clash. Pope John trailed, 6-5, before the Crusaders put up an 11-spot in the top of the seventh. Second baseman Axel D'Addario continued his red-hot hitting, with a homer and three RBIs in last Tuesday's 3-0 win over Montville. He also drove in a pair of runs, while ace Dan Cunico (2-0) struck out 11 in a 7-2 win over Morris Knolls in another NJAC American Division matchup. Ethan Collins (2-0) struck out nine in beating Montville. Coach Vin Bello's club, which also scored a 1-0 win in 10 innings over Vernon, closed the week with an 8-4 win over Immaculata.

Up next: at Mount Olive on Tuesday; at West Milford on Wednesday.

2. North Hunterdon (5-3) -- The Hunterdon County Lions also went 4-1 last week, opening with an 11-1 win over previously-unbeaten Warren Hills last Monday which started a four-game win streak as coach Mike Kane's team defeated Montgomery (1-0 on Wednesday), Hillsborough (4-2 on Thursday) and Edison (9-6 on Saturday) before a 9-6 loss to Red Bank Catholic on Sunday at Diamond Nation. Outfielder Marc Monks is on fire at the plate -- going 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs against Warren Hills and belting a solo homer against Montgomery. He was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss to RBC. Senior Austin Arndt went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and struck out six for the win vs. the Blue Streaks.

Up next: at Watchung Hills on Wednesday; Immaculata at home on Thursday; at Voorhees on Saturday.

3. Hunterdon Central (5-1) -- Red Devils rebounded from a 6-1 loss to North Hunterdon with four straight wins, including a 5-1 victory over Westfield on Monday. Coach Mike Raymond's squad opened last week with a 6-2 win over Immaculata in a Skyland Conference Delaware Division showdown. Christian Carey belted a homer and had three RBIs, while Matt Toke went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Toke leads the team in batting average (.389) and RBIs with six. Catcher Zak Vacca, who is hitting .385, went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Toke went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in a 4-3 win over Randolph on Saturday.

Up next: Phillipsburg at home on Wednesday; at Hillsborough on Thursday; Rancocas Valley, Robbinsville, South Brunswick in Hunterdon Central Tournament on Saturday.

4. Sparta (5-2) -- Spartans extended their win streak to four with victories over High Point (5-3 on Wednesday), Morris Hills (8-1 on Thursday) and Montville (8-7 on Friday) before an 8-1 loss to Minisink Valley (N.Y.) on Saturday. Leadoff hitter Thomas Ruddy, the school's career stolen base leader, swiped a pair in the loss. The Yale-bound outfielder is batting a team-best .381 with five stolen bases. Second baseman Austin Unglaub is hitting .333 with seven hits, while shortstop T.J. Estanislau leads the team with seven RBIs. Ace Kevin Foulds is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA. No. 2 Dillon Mendel is 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA.

Up next: at Morris Knolls on Tuesday; Newton at home on Thursday; Goshen (N.Y.) at home on Saturday.

5. Lenape Valley (6-0) -- Patriots stayed in the driver's seat with three more NJAC Freedom Division wins -- 10-6 over Hopatcong, 10-2 over Wallkill Valley and 8-0 over Hackettstown. Outfielder Nick Sabatini has been unconscious at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI against Wallkill. Dan Rafferty improved to 2-0 on the mound with five K's against the Rangers, while Jim Fluke went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in that one. Coach Bob Klinck's club, which is off the program's best start since winning its first four to go 5-1 in 2011, can run the division table in the first half with a victory at Jefferson on Tuesday. The Pats have outscored their opponents 58-18.

Up next: at Jefferson on Tuesday; at Morristown-Beard on Thursday; Boonton at home on Saturday.

6. Warren Hills (6-2) -- Blue Streaks have rebounded from back-to-back losses to start last week -- 11-1 to North Hunterdon and 8-4 to Ridge -- with three straight wins, including Monday's 3-0 blanking of Hopatcong at Joseph Steinhardt Field. Craig Lawson went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, while winning pitcher Christian Stagaard struck out three and drove in a run. Stagaard has been hot at the plate, driving in two runs in the loss to Ridge and going 2-for-4 in the team's 5-3 win at Delaware Valley last Thursday. Winning pitcher Anthony Veneziano (2-0) fanned eight in that one. Coach Mike Quinto's club posted a 4-2 win at Watchung Hills on Saturday -- the Streaks' first win over the Warriors since 2003. Quinto is a Watchung alum.

Up next: Franklin at home on Wednesday; at Hackettstown on Thursday; at North Warren on Saturday.

7. Delaware Valley (3-2) -- Terriers went 2-1 last week, capping it with a 10-0 win over South Hunterdon on Saturday night at Riegel Ridge Park. Sophomore Jake Brogan drove in two runs, while senior Adam Novotny went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Logan Brown struck out 10 for his second victory on the mound. Earlier in the week, Brown struck out six in a 6-2 win over Franklin in a Skyland Conference Raritan Division clash. Coach Marty White's team gave up three runs in the top of the first en route to a 5-3 loss to Warren Hills last Thursday. Nick Perna was 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.

Up next: at Bound Brook on Tuesday; at Somerville on Wednesday.

8. Vernon (1-4) -- Vikings enter here for the first time this season following a 7-2 win over Newton on Monday at Memory Park. Winning pitcher Anthony Germinario (1-1) fired six solid innings and helped himself by going 2-for-3 with the bat, including a two-run single in a seven-run first inning as the Vikings sent 12 batters to the plate. It was his second two-hit game as Germinario went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the Vikes' 6-4 loss to Morris Hills on Thursday. First baseman Dave Baxter also had a pair of hits as Vernon beat Newton for the third straight time dating to last year. Coach Scott Berge's team also lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in 10 innings to No. 1 Pope John last Tuesday. Starting pitcher Mike Harboy struck out six.

Up next: at Montville on Tuesday; High Point at home on Wednesday.

9. North Warren (2-1) -- Coach Jim Haupt's Patriots rolled to a 15-0 win over Hackettstown last Tuesday in an NJAC Freedom Division contest and were rained out the rest of the week. Senior Nick Meyer had a double and four RBIs and Matt Nicholoff had a double with two RBIs. Senior ace Alex Hladik (2-0) struck out 10 and has 21 in his two starts. Senior catcher David Wilbur also had a double with two RBIs.

Up next: at Wallkill Valley on Tuesday; Hopatcong at home on Wednesday; at Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (Pa.) on Thursday; Warren Hills at home on Saturday.

10. Kittatinny (3-1) -- Cougars went 2-0 last week -- 12-5 over Hopatcong on Tuesday and 3-2 over Parsippany on Saturday. Cowan Sikora and Joe Repasy each had two hits, while Adam Goriscak drove in three runs against the Chiefs. Repasy went 2-for-2 and Goriscak had an RBI double to back senior ace David Moyer (1-1) in his first victory against Parsippany. Moyer and Repasy combined to throw a two-hitter for coach TJ Orlando's club.

Up next: Hackettstown at home on Tuesday; Jefferson at home on Wednesday.

On the bubble: High Point (1-3-1); Hackettstown (3-4).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baseball: Vikings use seven-run frame to top Braves

NEWTON -- Nothing like a seven-run inning to get a struggling offense -- and a winless club -- on the right track.

Vernon struck for seven in the top of the first and rode the right arm of senior ace Anthony Germinario to a 7-2 victory over Newton in a Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference crossover clash on Monday at Memory Park.

The Vikings (1-4), who snapped a four-game skid to open the season, had dropped three close games in a row, including one-run affairs against Sparta, 3-2, and Pope John, 1-0 in 10 innings. Coach Scott Berge's team also beat the Braves (2-4) for the third straight meeting following two wins in 2013 -- 6-5 at home in a regular season clash and 6-2 at Memory Park in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex quarterfinals.

"This was definitely a huge win for us," said Germinario, who fired six solid innings for his first win and lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the fourth. "We couldn't have done it any better."

"We have the potential, we just have to play up to it," said Berge, whose team had scored a total of nine runs in its four previous games and came in batting a collective .190. "We've been right there in every game. I told them,' the door is open now and it's your job to take that opportunity.'"  

Newton, which snapped a three-game losing streak with Saturday's 11-3 win over Boonton, has struggled despite returning the bulk of last year's team that won 18 games and captured the NJAC Freedom Division title.

Coach John Selitto said it's been a combination of things, but the bottom line is that the Braves' offense continues to struggle -- mustering just one hit -- Jon Bernotas' RBI single in the fourth -- in this loss. Losing pitcher Steve Kelly (0-2) didn't make it out of the first inning as Vernon sent 12 men to the plate and banged out seven hits -- six off of Kelly, who exited after walking No. 9 hitter Joe Roccasanta to load the bases.

"We're too talented to play like this the whole year, but it's getting late," Selitto said. "Something right now isn't clicking and you can see they're pressing. We've had some good starts [from the pitchers], but not today. Kelly pitched five shutout innings against Hackettstown [a 3-2 loss on April 3]. Our relief [pitching] hasn't been great or we're not hitting. We just haven't meshed yet."

After walking leadoff hitter Chris Pontus, Kelly allowed three straight hits, including Dave Baxter's RBI single. With one out, catcher Connor Fitzsimmons ripped a single up the middle to score two more and Vernon grabbed a 4-0 lead. Matt Emerson and Christian Quaranta followed with back-to-back singles and Roccasanta walked to knock Kelly from the game. Kelly was tagged for seven runs on six hits and allowed two walks in two-third of an inning.

Lefty Nate Kolzow entered with the bases full and walked Pontus to make it 5-0. Germinario followed with a two-run single through the box to cap the seven-run first.

That was more than enough offense for Germinario (1-1), who retired seven of the first 11 he faced on ground balls, while striking out two, while working around a one-out error that allowed Bernotas to reach first in the second inning.

"My slider was definitely working for me and I was hitting my fastball right on the outside corner," Germinario said.

After a 1-2-3 third, Germinario issued a one-out walk to Ben Cramer and uncorked a wild pitch to move him into scoring position. Cleanup hitter Nick Grant grounded out to first to move Cramer to third and he scored on Bernotas' single down the left-field line to make it 7-1.

Meanwhile, Kolzow held the fort with five scoreless innings out of the bullpen. After he sent the Vikings down in order in the fifth, the Braves tacked on another run in their half as Kolzow drew a leadoff walk. Courtesy runner Bobby Fehr moved to second on an error and to third on a two-out walk by Defeo. With the bases loaded, Germinario threw another wild pitch and Fehr made a great read on the ball to race home with Newton's second run.

But Germinario retired Cramer, the Braves' best hitter, on a comebacker to the mound with runners on second and third to end the threat and a golden chance for the hosts to get back in the game. Germinario and Emerson, who pitched the seventh, combined to retire the last seven in order, including a great diving catch by center fielder Pontus to rob Charlie Grotyohann of a hit in the final inning.

"We had some bad approaches [at the plate] and with good hitter's counts -- 2-1 and 3-1 -- guys are trying to do too much," Selitto said. "Even with the loss there were some positives. I thought [Kolzow] pitched really well and Defeo [who finished up with 1 1/3 scoreless innings] has a lot of promise."

VERNON
 (ab-r-h-rbi) -- Pontus cf 3-1-1-1, Germinario p 3-1-2-2, Mike Harboy 2b 4-1-1-1, Baxter 1b 3-1-2-1, Kevin Moran lf-3b 4-0-1-0, Fitzsimmons c 4-0-1-2/Rodriguez cr-lf 0-0-0-0, Emerson 3b-p 3-1-2-0, Ed Battista ph 1-0-0-0, Quaranta ss 3-1-1-0, Roccasanta rf 1-1-0-0. Totals: 29-7-11-7.

NEWTON (ab-r-h-rbi) -- Justin Smith lf 3-0-0-0, Defeo 3b-p 2-0-0-0, Cramer cf 2-1-0-0, Grant dh/Casey Thomas rf 3-0-0-0, Bernotas ss 3-0-1-1, Joe Maker 1b-3b 3-0-0-0, Kelly p 0-0-0-0, Kolzow p 1-0-0-0/Fehr cr 0-1-0-0, Grotyohann c 3-0-0-0/Ricky Izquierdo cr 0-0-0-0, Anthony Brown 2b 2-0-0-0, Fehr 2b 1-0-0-0. Totals: 24-2-1-1.

Vernon (1-4)                      700       000       0  --  7   11   2
Newton (2-4)                      000       110       0 --   2    1    1

E -- Emerson 2; Bernotas. DP -- Newton 2 (Defeo-Brown-Maker, 3rd), (Maker-Fehr-Van Luvender, 7th). LOB -- Vernon 9, Newton 4. SB -- Pontus. CS -- Rodriguez, Pontus.

Germinario, Emerson (7) and Fitzsimmons; Kelly, Kolzow (1), Defeo (6) and Grotyohann. W -- Germinario (1-1). L -- Kelly (0-2). SO-BB -- Germinario 4-3, Emerson 1-0; Kelly 0-2, Kozlow 0-4, Defeo 0-2. WP -- Germinario 2.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baseball: HWS weekly schedule for April 14-19

Monday, April 14

(All games 4 p.m.)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Vernon at Newton
Sparta at Kinnelon
Hackettstown at Wallkill Valley

Independent

Hopatcong at Warren Hills
South Hunterdon at Princeton
Phillipsburg at Pius X (Pa.)
Westfield at Hunterdon Central
Belvidere at Sussex Tech

Tuesday, April 15

(All games 4 p.m.)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Hackettstown at Kittatinny (ppd. to 4/21)
Lenape Valley at Jefferson (ppd. to 4/25)
North Warren at Wallkill Valley (ppd. to 4/21)
Newton at Hopatcong (ppd. TBA)
Morris Hills at High Point (ppd. to 4/30)
Pope John at Mount Olive (ppd. to 5/2)
Sparta at Morris Knolls (ppd. to 4/25)
Vernon at Montville (ppd. to 4/30)

Independent

Moravian Academy at Belvidere (ppd. TBA)

Wednesday, April 16

(All games 3:45 p.m., unless noted)

Skyland Conference

Franklin at Warren Hills
Voorhees at Ridge 
Phillipsburg at Hunterdon Central
Delaware Valley at Somerville
Bound Brook at South Hunterdon, 4 p.m. (ppd. TBA)
North Hunterdon at Watchung Hills

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

High Point at Vernon, 4 p.m. (ppd. to 5/7)
Jefferson at Kittatinny, 4 p.m.
Hopatcong at North Warren

Thursday, April 17

(All games 3:45 p.m., unless noted)

Skyland Conference

South Hunterdon at Gill St. Bernard’s
Phillipsburg at Bridgewater-Raritan
Hunterdon Central at Hillsborough
Immaculata at North Hunterdon
Belvidere at Pingry
Delaware Valley at Bound Brook

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Newton at Sparta, 4 p.m.
Wallkill Valley at Hopatcong, 4 p.m.
Lenape Valley at Morristown-Beard, 4 p.m.
Pequannock at Sussex Tech, 4 p.m.

Independent

Warren Hills at Hackettstown
West Morris at Voorhees, 4 p.m.
High Point at Blair Academy, 4:15 p.m.
North Warren at Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 19

(All games 11 a.m. unless noted)

Skyland Conference

North Hunterdon at Voorhees

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Boonton at Lenape Valley
Pequannock at Wallkilll Valley

Independent

Phillipsburg at Easton (Pa.), 6:30 p.m.
Warren Hills at North Warren
Rancocas Valley, Robbinsville and South Brunswick at Hunterdon Central Tournament, 10 a.m.
Goshen (N.Y.) at Sparta
Belvidere at Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Baseball: Blue Streaks bounce back against Terriers

Sophomore outfielder Matthew Cummings went 2-for-4 with a triple and junior catcher Christian Stagaard had a pair of hits to lead Warren Hills in a 5-3 win over Delaware Valley in a Skyland Conference Raritan Division clash on Thursday at Baka Field in Alexandria Township.

Warren Hills (4-2, 3-1 division), which snapped a two-game skid, including an 8-4 division loss to Ridge on Tuesday, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first with four consecutive hits, including two doubles. Winning pitcher Anthony Veneziano struck out eight to improve to 2-0.

Delaware Valley (2-2, 2-2), amazingly, left the bases loaded in the final five innings. Losing pitcher Chris Fiaschetti struck out three and is 0-2. He went 2-for-2 with an RBI at the plate. Junior outfielder Frank McHugh was 2-for-4 and senior Nick Perna was 3-for-5 with an RBI triple.

Elsewhere in the Skyland:

North Hunterdon 4, Hillsborough 2 -- Senior Quentin Klein went 3-for-3 with an RBI and winning pitcher John Wilson, a sophomore, fired a six-hitter for the red-hot Lions (4-2, 3-1), who have won three in a row. Senior outfielder Marc Monks, who homered in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Montgomery, stole a base against the Raiders.

Hunterdon Central 4, Montgomery 3 -- Red Devils (3-1, 3-1) have won two in a row since a 6-1 loss to North Hunterdon in a Delaware Division matchup.

Immaculata 14, Phillipsburg 2 -- Senior third baseman Matt McAnally and senior shortstop David Wodzisz drove in runs for the Stateliners (1-4, 1-3), who were coming off a 10-3 win over Watchung Hills in a Delaware Division clash. McAnally was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Wodzisz was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs against the Warriors.

South Hunterdon 8, Belvidere 6 -- Sophomore Thomas Madeo drove in a pair of runs and sophomore David Woodworth had a double and two RBIs for the County Seaters (1-3, 1-3) in a Valley Division loss. Junior Kevin Merle belted his first home run. Junior pitcher Henry Myerchin struck out nine in a no-decision. Senior Jayck Lopez went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while sophomore Nick Scamuffa was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Eagles (2-3, 2-3), who snapped a three-game skid.

Friday's HWS schedule


(All games 4 p.m. unless noted)

Skyland Conference

South Hunterdon at Belvidere, 3:45 p.m.

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Kittatinny at Newton
Lenape Valley at Hackettstown
Wallkill Valley at Jefferson
Hopatcong at North Warren
High Point at Mount Olive
Morris Knolls at Pope John
Montville at Sparta
Morris Hills at Vernon
Sussex Tech at Kinnelon