NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the 10th Annual Autism Challenge, 40 high school baseball teams participate in a weekend full of games at North Brunswick Community Park. In East Brunswick’s only game for the cause, the Bears took on the Jaguars from Jackson Memorial High School. The Bears were shut out until the final inning when they produced some late game offense. Unfortunately, the late offense was not enough for EB to pull out the victory as they lost 7-5 to the Jaguars.
For East Brunswick it was Junior Scott Dessel who earned the start but he only pitched 1 ⅔ innings allowing 6 runs. Fellow Junior Mike Falco came into relieve and pitched 3 ⅓ innings allowing 1 run. Also, Senior Ryan Flynn got time on the mound as he pitched the final inning. Flynn allowing zero runs and 1 strikeout.
In the bottom half of the second inning, Jackson Memorial had an offensive explosion. To lead off the inning, the Jaguars hit a solo home run over the left field fence. With a 3-0 lead Falco was brought into pitch with bases loaded. Already in a jam, Falco had a 0-1 count on the batter when he ripped the ball over the right field fence for a grand slam. The Jaguars scored their only runs in the second inning, but they were enough to take care of the Bears.
East Brunswick tallied 4 hits in the game but all of their offense came in the final inning. In the top of 7th inning the Bears earned 3 walks to get bases loaded with 2 outs. With bases loaded Senior Nick Martino drew another walk to bring in one run to make the score 7-1. The next batter was Senior Ryan Flynn, who has been on fire in the past few games. Flynn had an 2-0 count and crushed a grand slam to bring the game within two runs. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late for the Bears as they fell 7-5 to Jackson Memorial High School.