FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Warriors defeated Rutgers Prep. 11-8 thanks to another fast start.
For the second game in a row, the Warriors jumped out to an early 4-0 lead to keep the momentum going.
"We continue to have good at-bats and lately early in the game, we put up a crooked number and we did it again today," Head Coach Nicholas Zucchero said. "We chipped away throughout the game, which we haven't been that successful in doing in our past games, we always put up a crooked number in a spot [in the game] and then we kinda taper off. But today we played all seven and we battled."
Garrett Callaghan started the first inning Warrior rally with a sharp double to left field, to score Aj Gordon.
The Warriors were aggressive on the base pads, behind a steal of home plate by Sohil Patel, and a steal of third base by Callaghan who later scored on a ground out from Raf Duran to go up 3-0.
Ken Millman later scored on a walk with bases loaded to give the Warriors their 4-0 lead.
The Warriors were scoreless in the second and then took advantage of the short field at Rutgers Prep. by hitting three home runs in the third inning.
Gordon, Patel, and Duran homered, to power a six-run, third inning for the Warriors. Gordon drove in Gabe Perez, and Duran drove in Ken Millman and Norman Montenegro.
Pat Pallay capped off the Warrior scoring with a solo shot in the fourth inning.
Patel led the team in hits with three, and Duran led in RBIs with four. Callaghan, Millman, Perez, and Pallay all had two hits to power the Warrior offense.
In total the team had 16 hits to Rutgers Prep's six hits.
Sohil pitched six innings and gave up five hits, five runs, struck out six, and walked two.
"Any guy that can go out and throw strikes...you know he threw 90 pitches, and six complete innings, that is a hell of a job," Zucchero said.
David Mullen closed out the game for the Warriors, pitching a shutout inning and struck out two.
Home runs for Rutgers Prep came when Crystal homered in the third inning, Johns homered in the fourth inning, Geroso homered in the second inning, and Withum homered in the seventh inning.
The Warriors had a tough start to the season, but look like they are working to turn things around.
"It was a tough start, but the team has figured out how to play all seven and stay together as a team, they're picking each other up, there is no more negativity," Zucchero said.
The Warriors' next game is at home against Middlesex, Saturday, at 11 a.m.
2B: Garrett Callaghan
HR: Sohil Patel, Raf Duran, Aj Gordon, Pat Pallay
TB: Sohil Patel 6, Garrett Callaghan 3, Ken Millman 2, Raf Duran 5, Aj Gordon 4, Pat Pallay 5, Norman Montenegro, Hunter Casazza, Gabe Perez 2
RBI: Sohil Patel, Garrett Callaghan, Raf Duran 4, Aj Gordon 2, Pat Pallay 2
SB: Sohil Patel 2, Garrett Callaghan, Ken Millman, Gabe Perez
Team QAB: 24 (57.14%)
Sohil Patel 4, Garrett Callaghan 3, Ken Millman 3, Raf Duran 2, Aj Gordon 3, Pat Pallay 2, Norman Montenegro 4, Hunter Casazza, Gabe Perez 2
Team LOB: 10
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PitchingHBP: David Mullen
Pitches-Strikes: Sohil Patel 92-58, Yonati Sanchez Lopez 13-5, David Mullen 20-11
Groundouts-Flyouts: Sohil Patel 2-10, Yonati Sanchez Lopez 0-0, David Mullen 0-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Sohil Patel 15-27, Yonati Sanchez Lopez 1-3, David Mullen 1-4
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