MADISON – They fought for seven scoreless innings. Then they battled for a run apiece in the eighth inning. And then again in the ninth.
In the end, the Hanover Park and Madison high school baseball teams came away with a classic under their belt — a 2-2 tie called after nine innings due to darkness on Monday, April 18 in Madison.
Starting pitchers Toby Smith of Hanover Park and Michael Lekas of Madison tied pitch for pitch — Smith for seven innings and 99 pitches thrown and Lekas for eight and one third and 107 pitches pitched.
Hanover Park broke through the scoring column with a run in the eighth inning and Madison tied in the half. Again Hanover Park scored in the visitors’ ninth goal for Madison to equalize in the half. It was the fitting end to a great baseball game that neither team deserved to lose.
Mark Ruccio had two hits to lead Hanover Park’s 10-hit offense. Joe LoPinto and Christopher Perillo had the RBI.
Colin Melvin and Tyler Shannon had the RBI for Madison who had seven hits, three by Lekas, who also stole a base.
Hanover Park is 3-1-1 while Madison is 2-3-1.
The Dodgers lost to Ridge, 10-3, Saturday in Madison. Ridge (6-1) scored three runs in the first and three in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead after four innings. The visiting Red Devils had 13 hits.
Madison was led by Robert Ferris who had two hits on three at bats.
The Dodgers also lost to Kinnelon, 5-4, on Tuesday, April 12, at Kinnelon. Lekas pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs.
Kinnelon was trailing 3-1 when he scored four points in the home fifth. Madison fired on a run in the sixth.
Madison lost to Mount St. Mary of Watchung, 13-12, in overtime on Saturday, April 16 at Watchung.
Bridget Hanley and Gwen Ellender scored three goals each and Ellender also had four assists.
Hadley Holland and Gabby Mariani scored two goals each.
Madison keeper Sophia Modi was credited with 16 saves as Madison’s record slipped to 1-5. Mount St. Mary is 5-3.
The Dodgers lost to Montclair Kimberley in another close game, 12-10, on Saturday April 14 at Montclair.
Montclair Kimberley trailed 7-5 at halftime and exploded for seven goals in the second half while holding Madison at three.
Holland led Madison with four goals while Ellender and Mariani scored two each. Ellender also had four assists.
Modi made eight saves in goal.
Madison posted its first win of the season on Monday, April 11, when the Dodgers beat Pequannock, 13-5, at Madison.
The teams were tied 5-5 at halftime and the Dodgers outscored the Panthers, 8-0, in the second half. Bridgeet Hanley scored three goals for Madison. Mariani, Brooke Leiven, Ellender and Hadley Holland scored two each.
Madison defeated Randolph, 10-7, on Thursday, April 14 at Madison. The Dodgers (5-3) put the game aside with four points in sixth at home.
Randolph is winless in eight tries.
Madison shutout Whippany Park, 6-0, on Tuesday, April 12, in Hanover Township.
Sophia DeCaro and Brynn Lukas each had three hits on four trips to the plate.
Charlotte Tuhy homered two runs and a single for Madison, who had 11 hits.
Ellena Decaro also had two hits for the Dodgers.
Michelle Rhee pitched five innings, allowing four hits while striking out five. Tuhy throws two innings without a hit.
Madison improved to 3-2 with an 8-7 win over Vernon (4-3) on Thursday, April 14 at Madison.
Will Clifford had three goals and an assist and Matt Spagnoletti had two goals and an assist to lead Madison. Jack Chopoorian, Luke Denison and Stephen Heffernan each scored one goal.
Joey DeMarzo made 14 saves for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers also defeated Delaware Valley, 5-4, on Tuesday, April 12. Clifford scored three goals and Spagnoletti two to beat Madison in the tight defensive battle. DeMarzo was brilliant in goal with 11 saves.
Madison scored three goals in the first quarter and led 3-0 at halftime. The Dodgers held off Delaware Valley, which scored twice in each of the final two periods.
Madison improved to 3-0 with a 208-155 win over Parsippany on Tuesday, April 12. Nathan Tallinder and Alex Patel each carded a 37 on the par-35 course. Devan Patel shot a 38 to help Madison’s cause. Parsippany is 0-4.
Devan Patel and Tallinder shot 37 and Alex Patel shot 38 to lead Madison at Roxbury on Monday, April 11.
Emma Peifly shot a 50 for the day’s best score as Madison beat Villa Walsh, 216-235, on Tuesday, April 12.
In the only other game of the week, Madison fell to Morristown-Beard, 226-233, on Monday, April 11.
Madison lost her only two matches of the week. The Dodgers fell to Morristown-Beard, 5-0, on Tuesday, April 12, and to New Providence, 3-2, on Monday, April 11.
Jordan Opperman and Lukas Kolega gave Madison (1-3) its only first and second singles wins, respectively.