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Reds Blank Vipers to Open the Season

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Tom Pavero of the New Providence Reds delivers a two-run double in the top of the 8th inning against the Jersey City Vipers on 4/8/18. The Reds would go onto win the game 7-0. Credits: Dave Pavero
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Matt Nesto of the New Providence Reds lays down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the 8th inning against the Jersey City Vipers on 4/8/18. The Reds would go onto win the game 7-0. Credits: Dave Pavero
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Peter House of the New Providence Reds delivers a pitch in the bottom of the 7th inning against the Jersey City Vipers on 4/8/18. House got the win tossing five scoreless innings in the Reds 7-0 win. Credits: Dave Pavero
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Catcher Will Anderson of the New Providence Reds catches a popup in the bottom of the 5th inning against the Jersey City Vipers on 4/8/18. The Reds would go onto win the game 7-0. Credits: Dave Pavero
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The New Providence Reds defeated the Jersey City Vipers 7-0 on Sunday at Metro Field in Jersey City to kick off their 2018 campaign.  

The Reds were led by dominant pitching and timely offense which included a five run 8th inning to put the game out of reach.

On the mound for the Reds two-time league Cy Young Award winner Scott Horowitz started and pitched four scoreless innings, striking out six and scattering four hits. Peter House pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Horowitz, also striking out six and allowing only one hit to pick up his first win in his Reds debut.

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At the plate outfielder Ariel Melendez chipped in with two hits including an RBI single to open the scoring in the 7th inning. Third baseman Tom Pavero also had two hits including a two-run double in the 8th inning to extend the Reds lead to 3-0. Catcher Will Anderson – a 2017 graduate and three-year starter at Gettysburg College added two hits and also threw out a would be base stealer in the bottom of the 4th to keep the game scoreless. Joe Randazzo drove a run in the 8th and 9th inning to put the game out of reach.

The Reds travel to Garfield to play a doubleheader against the Garfield Mariners on Sunday with the first game beginning at 10:30am at Garfield High School.

The Reds are managed by Matt Sommo and Sal Nesto, both of New Providence and both former coaches on the college level. This season, the Reds are once again sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness located in the Village Shopping Center in New Providence. Also, joining sponsorship team again this season is the Chimney Rock Inn, with locations in Gillette and Bound Brook.

The Reds are a part of the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League (NJABL) and were the Metal Division Champions in 2013 and 2014 and the Intermediate Wood Champions in 2016. For more information on the New Providence Reds, visit their new website and "like" their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @NewProvReds.

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