WEST CALDWELL TWP. –James Caldwell High School baseball coach Ryan Smith implored his team to remember that the four-game streak during spring break last week was important.
“We were playing against good teams and we had to focus every day,” said Smith, who is now in his second year at the helm. “Starting with Verona, who beat us twice last year, and also matches against Glen Ridge, Seton Hall Prep and West Morris. It was a big week for us. »
The Chiefs have won all four games and with a 10-8 win over Belleville on Monday afternoon, April 18, they extended the winning streak to six games to 7-2 this season.
After beating Verona, 10-0, on Monday, April 11, and Glen Ridge, 8-6, the following day, Caldwell picked up its most impressive victory of the spring – a 6-3 decision over Seton Hall Prep, ranked No. 19 in residence. – Wednesday, April 13.
“It was our first win against Seton Hall since 1996,” Smith said. “The whole week has been a huge confidence boost for us. We are a small school, but baseball is a fun game and we can compete with anyone anytime.
Against Seton Hall Prep, Caldwell erased a 1-0 deficit with two runs late in the first and added four runs in the third to take a 6-1 lead. Seton Hall Prep (6-3) scored singles in the fourth and sixth innings to forge the final score.
Senior shortstop Nick Bergamotto went 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI, while game-winning pitcher Ray Zamloot was 2-for-3, with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the four-run third. . On the mound, Zamloot scatter seven hits and two walks while allowing two earned runs. He struck out five players while throwing 85 pitches in the first five innings.
Luke Maida threw the final two frames, allowing just two hits to earn the stoppage.
“It was a great team win,” Smith said. “It’s easier to win when you put in runs early and respond to them right after they’ve scored, which was important. And Ray hit his points and kept his countdown. It is good for these young people to see these results because they have worked very hard.
Against Verona (5-2), Caldwell handed the Hillbillies their first loss of the season as Mike Scaglione went one hit in five innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. Ty Fredo (2 for 2, double, triple, walk, 3 RBI, two runs), Gil Prial (2 for 3, triple, walk, RBI, three runs) and Bergamotto (2 for 2, walk, two RBI, race) fueled the offence.
The Chiefs also demonstrated their ability to rally by scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh to claim an 8-6 win at Glen Ridge.
Against West Morris on the road, Caldwell scored four runs in the first inning and added one in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead. Fredo went 3 for 4 with a run and three RBIs, and Prial went 3 for 4 with a double and three runs.
In the win over Belleville, Caldwell scored twice late in the third to break a 4-4 tie and added four runs in the fourth, scored by Joe Marinello’s three-run brace to take a 10-4 lead.
Other attacking catalysts for the win were Prial (2-for-4, three-point, RBI), Fredo (3-for-4, run, RBI, Bergamotto (1-for-3, two-RBI, two-point), Maida (2-for-4, two-point points, RBI) and Zamloot (1 for 2, walk, run, RBI).
With Greater Newark’s 89th annual tournament scheduled for Monday, April 25, the Chiefs are hoping to earn a top seed, but there’s still work to be done.
Caldwell was scheduled to play Columbia on Wednesday April 20 and West Orange on Friday April 22 before hosting Glen Ridge on Monday April 25.
“We have tough games ahead against opponents from County and we have to stay alert,” the coach said. “One of our goals this season was to do well in the GNT, and it’s better to have a good seed to put us in that position. We want to win before this meeting.