BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The incredible run by Bloomfield came to an end as the #1 seeded Bengals fell to #2 Ridgewood Maroons 10-0 in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 Baseball Tournament Final on Friday at Bloomfield Middle School Field.
For Ridgewood, senior Kevin Seitter threw a five-inning no-hitter with one walk and nine strikeouts. Junior Brian Skettini led the Maroons at the plate with a double, a homer, a run and four RBI’s.
The Bengals held high-powered Ridgewood to only one run through three innings, but three Bloomfield errors led to five runs in the top of the fourth inning, and four runs in the top of the fifth.
Senior Jonathan Guglielmino was the only Bengal to reach base with a walk. Seniors Robert Gilmore, Guillermo Gonzalez and Kyle Tice split time on the mound for Bloomfield.
On the road to the sectional finals, the Bengals blanked Bergen County Tech 7-0 in the first-round on Monday, May 20. Bloomfield defeated #8 seed Mount Olive 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday, May 24. Bloomfield edged #4 seed Morristown Colonials 6-5 in the semifinals on Wednesday, May 29.
The 2019 Bengals season comes to a close with a 20-9 overall record. In the regular season, Bloomfield finished 11-1 in the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division, good for first place.
“No one expected us to go as far as we did, but we believed in each other from the jump and that was what carried us to the championship,” Bengals senior co-captain Kyle Tice told TAP. “It was a great team to be on and a great group of guys with a bright future. It was a great way finish out my career – I couldn’t be prouder to have been a Bengal and experience moments that I’ll cherish forever.”
“The ending of the high school baseball season is always so tough, you have players that have been with you for four years, but have known them for so much longer,” said Bengals Head Coach Michael Policastro. “It was truly my pleasure to coach such an incredible group of young men, who inspired us every day. We had the whole community behind us.”
In addition to the division title, Coach Policastro reached several personal milestones this spring, picking up his 250th overall win in his coaching career with a victory over West Orange on May 15, and his 200th win as Bloomfield High School Coach after the win over Bergen Tech May 20.
“To the graduating seniors, thank you for your leadership and the great example you have set for our younger players,” Policastro added. “To all our underclassmen, the off-season starts today, work hard, make yourself better. The future is bright.”
With the victory, Ridgewood is 23-4 overall as they capture their third consecutive sectional title. Ridgewood defeated #3 seed Montclair 11-1 in the semifinals on Wednesday, May 29 to advance to the finals against Bloomfield.