BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - GL Baseball added to its undefeated record on the afternoon of April 10 with a convincing 11-4 win over in-conference rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Behind two Drew Compton bombs and three John Grill RBI’s, GL rode its red hot offense to a statement win.
After starter Ryan Davey put down the Raiders in order in the top half of the first inning, Compton stepped up to the plate in the bottom half of the frame with one out and belted a line drive that made its way towards left field and out of the park to give GL a 1-0 lead.
Davey would retire the next four, but let the Raiders knot the score a one apiece in the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning, it was Compton again, this time absolutely smashing a home run to deep left center field. In the fourth, Davey knocked in an insurance run for himself on a ground ball to give GL a 3-0 lead.
Davey got out of a jam in the top of the fifth, and the Highlander lineup rewarded him. Andy Serretti drove in 2 runs on a base hit, and fellow Washington College commit John Grill drove in a run to give GL a 6-1 lead. Chris Bruno extended the lead with a sac fly, making the score 7-1 going into the sixth.
Davey tired in the sixth, allowing two runs to cross and leaving two on base. After getting the second out of the inning on a strikeout but walking two, allowing a Davey base runner to cross, Sam Bass was replaced by Joey DeFeo, who finished the job in the sixth inning without allowing another run to score.
With the score at 7-4, GL needed to tack on more insurance runs. Sean McCulloch knocked in a run, followed by 2 RBI’s by red hot Grill, and another RBI for Bruno to extend the GL lead to 7. That lead would hold for DeFeo in the top of the seventh, as GL won the conference game 11-4.
GL’s offense is off to a quick start, blasting eight home runs over the span of four games. Four of those long balls belong to Compton, who is on a tear, hitting four in the last two games. Washington College signees Grill and Serretti have been excellent in the middle of the lineup as well.
GL has a busy two weeks ahead, as they play 7 games in the span of 10 days. The Highlanders next game is against UCC-Watchung division favorite Union on the road on Thursday. GL’s probable for the rivalry game is southpaw John Grill.