EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Bears took the lead early in the game and they never looked back. The Bears had a great start from Sophomore Joe Petrocelli and he was supported by good offense to secure the 5-1 victory over the Howell Rebels.
Joe Petrocelli started on the mound and earned the win for EB. Petrocelli threw a complete game allowing one run and four hits while striking out four batters. The Sophomore managed to be extremely efficient with his pitches, which resulted in a great outing.
The Bears started the bottom of the first inning with back to back singles from Seniors Nick Martino and Ryan Flynn. With one out, a wild pitch allowed Martino to cross the plate taking a 1-0 lead. The following inning, Bears catcher Jay Marchese drew a walk with two outs in the inning. Since Marchese is the catcher, Senior David Paribello ran as the courtesy runner who stole second base. Junior James Schuld capitalized on this stolen base as he hit a line drive that was good enough for an RBI and a double.
In the bottom of the third inning the Bears had a 2-0 lead over the Rebels. Ryan Flynn led off the inning with a single. During the next at-bat Flynn stole second base, putting him in scoring position. With one out and a 2-0 count, Mike Falco ripped a ball into right field for a home run to take a 4-0 lead.
A few innings later in the top of the fifth inning, the Howell Rebels led off with a single. The next batter was hit by a pitch. With one out the Rebels forced an error on a ground ball hit to the third baseman, which allowed one run to cross the plate. Luckily, this was EB’s only crucial mistake throughout the whole game.
Ryan Flynn started off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double into center field. Flynn went an impressive 3-for-3 on the day scoring two runs. A few batters later Falco added another run off of a single hit to right field. The Bears were able to hold onto their 5-1 lead for the rest of the game. East Brunswick is heating up at the right time, as they are riding a nine game winning streak approaching the GMC Tournament.