ROXBURY, NJ - The Ridge 12U baseball team swept all three of its games in the pool play portion of the Cal Ripken Northern New Jersey State Tournament last weekend.
The Red Devils defeated Marlboro, Millburn and Roxbury in succession in the pool play portion of the tournament to reach the semifinals.
In Ridge's 17-3 victory over Marlboro, Andrew Reynolds' two-run double highlighted a four-run first inning, and then the Red Devils broke the game open with eight runs in the second inning. Will Deady, Julian Kielb, Reynolds, Stephen Dresner and Connor Byrne all drove in runs. Kielb hit a home run in the fourth inning. Brendan Callanan finished with two hits and four RBI, and Ben Carroll went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Byrne and Callanan both pitched in the game, which was shortened to four innings by the mercy rule. Callanan pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings and struck out three batters to finish out the contest.
In Ridge's 7-2 victory over Millburn, Kielb and Callanan combined on a four-hitter on the mound. Kielb pitched four innings, allowed two runs on three hits and struck out five. Callanan struck out three and allowed one hit in two shutout innings. Ridge scored two runs in the first inning and two in the second to take command. Reynolds doubled in two runs in the first inning, and Carroll went 2-for-3 with two RBI for Ridge, which played errorless ball in the field.
In Ridge's 3-1 triumph over Roxbury, pitchers Byrne and Reynolds teamed up on a three-hitter. Byrne struck out seven and yielded only two hits in 4 2/3 shutout innings. Reynolds pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two, for the save. Ridge scored single runs in the second, third and fifth innings. Nick Rossi had an RBI single and Kielb had one hit and scored two runs. Ridge again did not commit an error in the field.
The Red Devils moved on to face Edison in the tournament semifinals.
(All photos courtesy of Ridge Baseball Club)