BLOOMFIELD, NJ – As storm clouds hovered above, #1 seed Bloomfield held on to defeat #4 seed Morristown Colonials 6-5 in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 Baseball Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday afternoon at Bloomfield Middle School Field.
Seniors Kyle Tice and Kyle DiMatteo launched Bloomfield to a fast start with home runs in the bottom of the first inning, followed by two more runs in the second inning as the Bengals roared out to an early 5-0 lead.
After Morristown scored two runs in the top of the third inning to cut the Bloomfield lead to 5-2, junior Vinny Torrisi added an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to put the Bengals up 6-2.
The Torrisi insurance RBI would later prove to be the difference in the ballgame.
Senior Darmany Rivas went 6 1/3 innings on the mound for Bloomfield, giving up only 2 hits and 2 unearned runs while striking out 10.
Senior Robert Gilmore had a rough time in relief getting the final two outs, as Morristown scored 3 runs in the top of the seventh before Gilmore closed out the game striking out the final batter.
DiMatteo finished the day going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, Tice went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, and Rivas went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Senior Jonathan Guglielmino and junior Nico Ong also had 2 hits apiece as part of the 13-hit attack for the Bengals.
“This season has been nothing but a total team effort,” co-captain Kyle Tice told TAP after the victory. “Our hard work all offseason has put us in the position we are in.”
With the win, the Bengals improve to 20-8 overall.
On Friday, the Bengals defeated #8 seed Mount Olive 6-1 in the quarterfinals to advance. The Bengals blanked Bergen County Tech 7-0 in the first-round on Monday, May 20.
The Colonials defeated #12 seed Clifton 1-0 on Friday in Morristown to advance to the semis. Morristown ends their season with a 14-8 overall record.
Bloomfield hosts #2 seed Ridgewood Maroons in the Sectional Championship this Friday, May 31, 2:00 pm at Bloomfield Middle School.
“Ridgewood is a good team, but we won’t back down and we’ll be ready,” Tice added.
Ridgewood defeated #3 seed Montclair 11-1 in the semifinals on Wednesday to advance. Ridgewood is 22-4 overall on the season.