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Franklin Township: Warriors Jump Out to Early Lead and Defeat Hillsborough for First Win of the Season

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Franklin Warriors (Stock Photo) Credits: Malik Lyons
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SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin jumped out to an early lead in the first inning and never looked back to earn a 5-2 victory over Hillsborough, Wednesday afternoon.

The win was the first of the season for the Warriors.

Hunter Casazza hit a three-run double with two outs in the first inning to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead. 

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"Starting pitcher Norman Montenegro came out attacking hitters and challenging them with strikes he was in command of the zone, "Head Coach Nicholas Zucchero said. "We played sound defense behind him."

Montenegro pitched four innings and gave up two runs, two hits, and a walk. 

"Garrett Callaghan came in relief and shut the door," Zucchero said. 

Callaghan pitched three shutout innings, walked three and struck out five. 

Sohil Patel led the Warriors in hits, with two and a RBI. Kenneth Millman batted in the Warriors other RBI with a single.

"Extremely proud how the team keeps fighting and never give up through the first nine games," Zucchero said. "If they didn’t fight and come to practice to work hard we could have easily said this season is over. But it is not the case with this team they have a never die attitude and come each day to get better and compete." 

Wednesday's game was supposed to be played on Hillsborough's field, but could not, due to bad field conditions. 

The Warriors are 1-8 and will face Rutgers Prep on the road Friday at 4 p.m.

Franklin Warriors 

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Brian DiNicola 4 0 0 0 0 1
Gabe Perez 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sohil Patel 2 1 2 0 1 0
Garrett Callaghan 2 0 0 0 2 0
Ken Millman 3 1 1 1 0 2
Aj Gordon 3 1 0 0 1 1
Norman Montenegro 1 0 1 1 2 0
Bobby Gaglardi 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jeff Perez 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hunter Casazza 3 0 1 3 1 2
Raf Duran 4 0 0 0 0 0
Pat Pallay 2 1 0 0 1 0
Bryan Smith - - - - - -
Max Rodriguez - - - - - -
Totals 26 5 5 5 8 6

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