BLOOMFIELD, NJ – After taking first-place in the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division regular season race, Bloomfield Bengals Varsity Baseball begins play as the top seed in the first-round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 Tournament against 16th seed Bergen County Tech today 4 pm at Bloomfield Middle School.
The winner of Bloomfield-Bergen Tech plays the winner of Passaic-Mount Olive in the quarterfinals this Thursday, May 23. The semifinals are Tuesday, May 28, with the championship game on Friday May 31.
The Bengals wrapped up the regular season campaign at 16-8 overall and 10-1 in the division, a full 3 games better than runner up Cedar Grove at 7-4.
Senior Guillermo Gonzalez, junior Vincent Torrisi and senior Kyle Tice have been the hitting stars this season for the Bengals.
Gonzales has 29 hits in 79 at bats, with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 16 runs scored, 8 stolen bases and 19 RBI’s.
Torrisi collected 23 hits in 78 at bats, with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 20 runs scored, 5 stolen bases and 19 RBI’s.
Tice contributed 21 hits in 78 at bats, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 14 runs scored, 7 stolen bases and 15 RBI’s.
Senior Darmany Rivas is the ace on the mound, with a 7-0 record, 0.58 ERA in 48 innings pitched, 59 strikeouts and allowed only 4 earned runs.
With 16 wins this season, Head Coach Michael Policastro picked up his 250th overall win in his coaching career, including 199 wins while at Bloomfield High School in a victory over West Orange last Wednesday, May 15.
Bloomfield has lost 2 straight 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.
The Bengals need to put those losses behind them as they enter the tournament as the odds-on favorite and look to pick up win number 200 for Policastro at BHS.
Meanwhile, the 16th seeded Bergen Tech Knights finished the regular season at 10-12 overall and 5-5 in the Big North Liberty Division.