EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In East Brunswick’s first baseball game of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, the Bears defeated Piscataway, 9-3, Monday.
The offense was led by junior Brandon Rosenthal, who went 2 for 3, scoring three runs and recording four RBI.
Junior Michael Falco got the start on the mound for EB. Falco pitched a solid 6 ⅓ innings, allowing only four hits and three runs while striking out six batters. Junior James Schuld came in to close out the game, as he pitched the final two outs to secure the win.
The Bears grabbed an early lead in the second inning after a leadoff double from senior Tyler Burnham. Burnham advanced to third base on a fielder's choice and then was brought home after a sacrifice fly to left field from Brandon Rosenthal. The following inning the Bears had a huge two out rally. With runners on first and second Junior David Bermudez hit a single scoring one run. The following batter Brandon Rosenthal swung at the first pitch he saw and drove it into right field for a home run making the score 5-0.
In the fifth inning the Chiefs put up one run but the Bears immediately added more runs. A lead off double from David Bermudez allowed for Senior Jay Marchese to drive him in making the score 6-1. A few batters later Senior Nick Martino came up to the plate with runners on first and second. WIth a 0-1 count Martino drove a line drive into left field extending their lead to six runs.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Bears led 7-3. With one out, Tyler Burnham launched a ball into right field for a home run making the score 8-3. A few batters later Brandon Rosenthal singled and was later brought into score off of a double from Jay Marchese. With a comfortable 9-3 lead the Bears were able to get three outs and walk away with a win, as they advance to the next round.