CHATHAM, NJ - Senior catcher Chris Delsandro saved his first home run of the season for "Senior Night" and his younger brother, Clay Delsandro, came off the bench to chip in with a couple big plays of his own in Chatham's 5-4 baseball win over West Morris on Friday night at Shumpike Field.
Chris Delsandro walked in the first inning and then belted a three-run homer over the center field fence to give Chatham (14-4) a 3-1 lead in the third inning. After drawing another walk in the fifth, Delsandro delivered an RBI double in the sixth when the Cougars broke open a 3-3 game.
Clay Delsandro came off the bench to play second base midway through the game and made a clutch turn of a double play to help winning pitcher Matt Karpowic escape a jam in the sixth inning. Third baseman Jack Lamar fielded the grounder to start the double play in the sixth and threw to Delsandro, who made the turn and throw to first for the second out.
In the bottom of the sixth, Clay Delsandro put down a bunt for his first base hit of the season, moving pinch-runner Sean Lee to third base. Lamar followed with a squeeze bunt for the RBI that put Chatham in front, 4-3. Chris Delsandro's two-out double to left knocked in the final run for a 5-3 lead.
Brothers Clay and Chris Delsandro talk about their contributions to the "Senior Night" win for Chatham
Junior right-hander Karpowic (2-0), who shut out state-ranked Randolph, last week, allowed four hits and one earned run in his 6 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out three. Billy Gyves came on to get the final two outs for the save.
Connor Winans and Connor Kressler each hit a double for Chatham.