CLARK, N.J. -- Union Catholic, behind the strong pitching performances by Brendan Welsh and Robert Camisa, defeated Johnson, 3-2, on a cold and windy afternoon on Tuesday at Kumpf Field.
After Johnson got on the board first with a run in the first innng, Union Catholic broke though in the third inning when senior Dylan Donohue doubled to right to score junior Michael Fox and junior Alex Gorodensky. Junior Jaden McReynolds followed with a single, scoring junior Richie Gonzales to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead.
That's all the runs UC would need as Welsh and Camisa made the lead hold up as the Vikings improved to 2-0.
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Welsh, a senior who missed most of last season with an injury, had a strong start on the mound as he allowed just one unearned run in three and two thirds innings, and struck out three batters.
Camisa, a senior, came in to pitch for the Vikings with two outs in the fourth inning and two runners on, but got out of the jam by inducing a pop out.
Johnson scored once more in the fifth inning, but besides that, Camisa was lights out coming out of the pen, pitching the final three and one third innings and striking out two.
Welsh was happy with the way the Vikings fought and played as a team to get the victory.
"It feels great,'' said Welsh. "This was the definition of a team victory. We struggled early, but we managed to turn it around. It feels great to get a win in my first game back fully recovered, especially against a team we struggled with in the past."
Camisa came up clutch out of the pen for the Vikings, pitching with a purpose as he shut down the Johnson lineup.
"I wanted to go into the game and establish my changeup outside early," explained Camisa. "I got the opportunity to pick up where Welsh left off. He came out strong today."
The Vikings will look to keep their hot start to the season going when they face crosstown rival Scotch Plains at home this Friday at 4 p.m.