Tigers Offense Explodes as Pellegrino shuts out Rutgers Prep 8-0

South Plainfield's Vincent Pellegrino delivers a pitch in game versus Rutgers Prep.  Pellegrino baffled Rutgers Prep allowing just three hits over six innings of play. Credits: Glenn F. Cullen
South Plainfield's Robert Eggert stares in at homeplate. Credits: Glenn F. Cullen
South Plainfield's Bryan Gillen stares into homeplate as teammate Vincent Pellegrino delivers pitch in yesterday's game versus Rutgers Prep. Credits: Glenn F. Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Tigers put on quite an offensive show, exploding for eight runs on 13 hits, and ran past Rutgers Prep 8-0.  Senior Justin Marks would leadoff the second inning with a double.  With two outs, senior Robert Eggert would knock in Marks for the first run of the game.  Eggert would then score on Mike Polizzano’s two out double.   

In the third inning the Tigers pushed across three more runs.  Second baseman Bryan Gillen led off the inning with a double.  He scored on Aidan McDermott’s double off the left centerfield wall.  Marks reached base on an error.  Sophomore Nick Polizzano later singled home McDermott.  The third run of the inning scored on a Chris Graves sacrifice fly.  The Tigers would continue to tack on runs scoring one in the fourth inning, one in the fifth inning and one in the sixth inning.

Seniors Mike Polizzano and Robert Eggert were huge contributors to South Plainfield’s success on offense.  Eggert went 2-2 with two runs scored. an RBI, and two walks.  Polizzano was 3-3, with 2 RBIs and was hit by a pitch.  Gillen would double twice and have two runs scored.

Although the offense dominated the game for South Plainfield, the biggest performance of the day was the exceptional pitching from right-handed pitcher Vincent Pellegrino.  Pellegrino allowed just three hits and fanned four in a dominating 8-0 victory.  After giving up a single and a stolen base in the first inning, Pellegrino did not allow a Rutgers Prep player to see second base the rest of time Pellegrino was on the mound.  

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