NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. -- Union Catholic did it again!
For the second straight day, the Vikings came through in the clutch in extra innings, this time scoring three runs in the eighth inning to defeat New Providence, 7-4, on Tuesday.
The Vikings, coming off a stunning 5-4 victory in eight innings over Scotch Plains on Monday, improved to 5-2 on the season with the win.
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After New Providence scored a run in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4 and extend the game, the Vikings offensive exploded for three runs in the eighth.
Junior Jaden McReynolds got things rolling when he smashed a double with no outs. Junior Alex Gorodensky, who had a big game, singled in McReynolds to make it 5-4, and then stole second and third and scored on a beautiful bunt by senior Rob Camisa, pushing the Vikings lead to 6-4. Sophomore Elijah Walker, who reached on a walk, came around to score on another terrific bunt, this time by senior Robert McGuinness to give the Vikings a 7-4 lead.
It was another grind it out type of game for UC, which had to come from behind.
UC grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Patrick Hartnett in the third inning, which scored pinch-runner Walker. Walker ran for McGuinness, who singled.
But New Providence took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Union Catholic responded in the sixth inning when Gorodensky tied the game with a two-run single that plated McReynolds and sophomore CJ Tomalavage, and Walker hit into a fielder's choice to score Gorodensky to give UC a 4-3 lead.
"It feels good to get this come from behind victory, said Gorodensky. "We really put in the work in extra innings and it was a real team victory for us."
Senior Brendan Welsh, who started the game for the Vikings on the mound, did a good job by allowing just two earned runs in four innings of work.
Camisa, who pitched the final four innings to earn the victory, came into the game with the Vikings down 2-1 and runners on first and second with no outs, but got the Vikings out of the jam without allowing a run.
"Honestly, my arm can't go seven or eight, so it helped Welsh going those first four innings," explained Camisa. "He has shown his durability throughout the year. But just like Union Catholic baseball and what we said in the beginning, we are not going to give up and we are going to keep fighting. We really believe in this team."
Welsh said it was another great team victory.
"It feels great," said Welsh. "Camisa definitely picked up where I left off. This was a great victory. We have been working real hard, coming back, working real hard in practices. It just shows how much are hard work is paying off."
Union Catholic returns to the field when it goes on the road to take on Woodbridge next Monday at 4 p.m.