PERTH AMBOY, NJ - The East Brunswick baseball team defeated Perth Amboy, 6-5, after scoring a run in the sixth inning to grab the lead. The Bears trailing for the majority of the game but two late runs catapulted them to a victory.
The starting pitcher for the Bears was senior left-hander Tyler Burnham, who pitched 6 ⅔ innings and struck out 10. Perth Amboy scored five runs while Burnham was pitching but only three of the runs were earned. In the final inning, fellow Senior Ryan Flynn came into close out the final out to secure the win.
To lead off the ballgame, Junior, David Bermudez hit a double to right field. The following batter was Ryan Flynn who ripped a home run to center field to take an early 2-0 lead over the Panthers. In the same inning, the Bears had bases loaded and Senior Nick Martino was walked, allowing another run to come across the plate. In the bottom half of the inning Perth Amboy put a couple of runners on base and plated two runs off of a single hit into center field.
In the second inning EB had a 3-2 lead and to start off the inning, Bermudez drew a walk. The following batter was Flynn, who hit an RBI double making the score 4-2. However, Perth Amboy answered back again in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Burnham balked allowing one run to score and then an RBI single brought in another run making the score 4-4. A few batters later the Panthers recorded another RBI single allowing them to take a 5-4 lead over EB.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning for another run to come across the board for either team. In the top of the sixth a walk followed by a sacrifice bunt put a runner in scoring position. Senior Jay Marchese singled on a ground ball to the shortstop allowing one run to score. With two outs, the Bears had runners on second and third. With Ryan Flynn at the plate the pitcher threw a wild pitch allowing the runner from third to score the go-ahead run. This run was enough for the Bears to hold off the Panthers, resulting in a 6-5 victory for East Brunswick.