Sports

Baseball: Ridge Falls to North Hunterdon in 9 Innings in States

53d0baacdc86fcbd8a15_mike_sica_vs_no_hunt_1.jpg
Mike Rica Credits: Guy Kipp
566c905ad5c5971bd40b_spina.jpg
Sean Spina Credits: Guy Kipp
f9a0a77c17cadc13af09_matt_bates_at_first.jpg
Matt Bates about to record a putout at first. Credits: Guy Kipp
8bd37be677be062e30c1_john_fasciano_vs_no_hunt.jpg
John Fasciano Credits: Guy Kipp
ac0f2759245269a3f6fb_mike_sica_vs_no_hunt_2.jpg
Mike Rica Credits: Guy Kipp
53d0baacdc86fcbd8a15_mike_sica_vs_no_hunt_1.jpg

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge baseball team was well aware that their position as the third seed in the Section 2, Group 4 state tournament was no guarantee.

Especially since the Red Devils' first-round opponent, North Hunterdon, had beaten them in their last meeting a few weeks ago with a dramatic seventh-inning comeback.

Again on Wednesday, the game was decided in the late innings, and again it was the Lions prevailing. North Hunterdon scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 3-1 victory over Ridge, knocking the Red Devils out of the state tournament.

Sign Up for E-News

In a brilliant pitching duel between North Hunterdon left-hander John Wilson and Ridge righty Mike Rica, Ridge rallied to tie the game, 1-1, on an RBI single by Sean Spina in the bottom of the seventh after Matt Rusinak had started the rally with a single.

But that was the only tally Ridge could muster against Roberts, who went all nine innings, struck out 12, walked just one and allowed eight hits.

Rica was his equal for eight innings, though, allowing five hits and two walks and striking out two. North Hunterdon (16-11) did not score until the top of the seventh, and won the game on Matt Busher's two-run single in the ninth, after Matt Bates had come in to relieve Rica.

Ridge (15-9) could not cash in on threats in either the fourth or fifth innings. In the fourth, the Red Devils started the inning with singles by Rica and Ryan Pavlik and a sacrifice bunt by Bates. Wilson got a foul out and a strikeout to escape the jam. He also struck out a Ridge batter with a man on third to end the fifth inning.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Somerville Approves 40-Acre Transit Village with Route 206 Gateway

May 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset Station, an expansive Transit Village featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206 - was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the Planning Board following a 3 ½-hour meeting Wednesday night.

The final application is based ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, May 21, 9:00 AM

Dunellen

Spring Market , Craft & Vendor Show

Other

Mon, May 21, 6:00 PM

The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset

Taste of Somerset 2018

Food & Drink Giving Back

Mon, May 21, 7:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills, Somerville

Meta Performs ‘Dismantling the Racism Machine’: ...

Giving Back Other

Kids Can Change The World

May 19, 2018

Karen De La Maza is the founder of “Kids Can Change The World”, a program designed to instill humane values in children while developing essential life skills and positive leadership. Karen and her family relocated to NJ from her native Mexico City in 2008 for her husband’s job.

Karen has always had a strong passion for helping people in need. With ten years of experience in ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!