BLOOMFIELD, NJ – It was another stellar pitching performance by senior Darmany Rivas as he went the distance with a one-hit complete-game shutout as the Bloomfield Bengals blanked Bergen County Tech Knights 7-0 in the first-round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 Baseball Tournament on Monday, May 20 at Bloomfield Middle School.
After clinching first-place in the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division regular season race, the Bengals proved why they are the top seed with an outstanding effort against 16th seed Bergen Tech.
Rivas, who also stuck out 11, improves his record to 8-0. Senior Kyle Tice hit a solo home run over the centerfield fence and had a 2-run single.
Bloomfield now plays 8th seed Mount Olive in the quarterfinals this Thursday, May 23, 2 pm at Bloomfield Middle School. The early 2 pm start on a school day is due to the fact Mount Olive has their prom later Thursday evening.
Mount Olive, 13-11 overall, defeated 9th
seeded Passaic 11-10 on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals.
The North 1, Group 4 semifinals are Tuesday, May 28, with the championship game on Friday May 31.
With the win, the Bengals improve to 17-8 overall and remain 10-1 in the division. With the loss, Bergen Tech falls to 10-13 overall and remain 5-5 in the Big North Liberty Division.
Bloomfield’s final regular season game is a division contest at Montclair Kimberly this Wednesday, May 22, 4 pm. Montclair Kimberly is 8-14 overall and 4-7 in the division.
With 17 wins this season, Head Coach Michael Policastro picked up his 250th overall win in his coaching career with a victory over West Orange last Wednesday, May 15. After Monday’s victory, Policastro now has 200 wins while at Bloomfield High School.
Bloomfield had lost consecutive games coming into state play, losing to South Plainfield 10-5 on Thursday, May 16, and falling to Wayne Valley 3-1 on Friday, May 17.
(Thanks to Ryan Jones for his contribution to this story.)