CRANFORD - For one Jaros brother, it's his first dance on varsity. For the other, it's his last.
Ryan and Colin Jaros combined to go 4-for-4 with three RBI as Cranford defeated Union Catholic, 10-3, on Day 2 of the NJ High School Last Dance World Series, at Memorial Field on Wednesday.
Ryan, a freshman, went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI while manning third base for the first four innings. His brother Colin, a senior, took over third base and pinch hit for Ryan in the fifth, driving in a run with an RBI single.
"It's awesome. This is like a dream," said Ryan on being able to play with his big brother. "We've never been able to play together on the same team."
With the victory, Cranford will face Union, who they beat 5-0 and 5-1 last season, on Thursday at a time to be determined. The winner of Thursday's game will advance to the North Region Sweet 16, tentatively set for Tuesday, July 21.
"We've been grinding every single day for the past few weeks," added Ryan. "It's been awesome being out here being able to play with the seniors and everything. We've been working our butts off to get to this point, so I think we deserve it."
Joe Carea was the winning pitcher, allowing just two runs on three hits through four innings, but struggled with his control, issuing six walks and hitting two batters.
On the offensive side, Jake DiClerico went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two RBI. Joe Meola had a double, a triple, and two RBI. Aiden Plick added a double and two RBI.