EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A late rally was not enough as St. Mary (Rutherford) knocked off Hasbrouck Heights, 6-3, in the Last Dance Tournament Wednesday afternoon in Riggin Field in East Rutherford.  The loss knocked Hasbrouck Heights out of championship contention and will play Midland Park at 2 pm Thursday in the final game for both schools.

The Gaels jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings off starter Mario Gomez, despite having no hard hits balls in the first two innings.  Defense and bloop hits doomed the Aviators, who would fall behind 6-0 after four innings.

The Hasbrouck Heights bats, who hammered Lyndhurst pitching on Tuesday, could not sustain a rally until the sixth inning, when Gomez lined a double to let field and scored when St Mary mishandled Connor Friedel’s grounder. 

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The rally continued in the seventh, when pinch hitter Justin Wexler was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, and Matt Baker beat out an infield chopper for his third hit of the game.  Following a ground out, Anthony Peterson’s ground-out scored Wexler for Hasbrouck Heights second run of the game.

Baker scored the game’s final run when Gomez drilled a ball down the right field corner for a ground rule double. Tristan Govea lined out to centerfield for the game’s final out.

Baker had three hits for Hasbrouck Heights, and has four hits in six at bats in the tournament so far, with two runs batted in.  Gomez had been Hasbrouck Heights most potent hitter, with four hits in eight at bats, with a double and two triples.  

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E  
Hasbrouck Heights 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 7 1  
St. Mary 2 1 0 3 0 0 X 6 9 1  
                       
Hasbrouck Heights
AB R H RBI BB SO          
Mario Gomez 4 1 2 1 0 1          
Tristan Govea 4 0 1 0 0 1          
Connor Friedel 2 0 0 1 1 0          
Spencer Lee 3 0 1 0 0 1          
Tommy Capozzi 3 0 0 0 0 0          
Dario Morales 3 0 0 0 0 0          
Nick Cuccio 1 0 0 0 1 0          
Justin Wexler 0 1 0 0 0 0          
Matt Baker 3 1 3 0 0 0          
Niko Tsiolas 3 0 0 0 0 1          
Anthony Peterson 3 0 0 1 0 1          
Ryan Connolly - - - - - -          
Totals 29 3 7 3 2 5          

Batting2B: Mario Gomez 

                     
3B: Mario Gomez                       
TB: Matt Baker 3, Mario Gomez 5, Tristan Govea, Spencer Lee             
RBI: Connor Friedel, Mario Gomez, Anthony Peterson               
ROE: Connor Friedel                       
HBP: Justin Wexler                       
SB: Mario Gomez                       
                       
 
                     
St. Mary AB R H RBI BB SO          
Melendez 2 2 2 0 1 0          
Figueroia 3 1 0 0 1 1          
Avola 3 2 1 0 1 1          
Verlingo 3 0 1 2 1 1          
Vargas 4 0 2 1 0 0          
Wallentine 3 0 2 2 0 0          
Kaczyk 3 0 0 0 0 3          
Juchnik 1 0 0 0 2 1          
Mackewicz 3 0 0 0 0 2          
Lorenzo 2 1 1 0 1 1          
Batistia - - - - - -          
Totals 27 6 9 5 7 10          
                       
HBP: Melendez                       
SB: Wallentine 2, Juchnik                       
                       
 
                     
EDIT                      
Pitching IP H R ER SO BB          
Mario Gomez 3.1 8 5 4 5 3          
Tristan Govea 0.2 1 1 1 1 2          
Niko Tsiolas 1 0 0 0 2 2          
Ryan Connolly 1 0 0 0 2 0          
Totals 6 9 6 5 10 7          

PitchingL: Mario Gomez 

                     
HBP: Mario Gomez                       
WP: Mario Gomez 2                       
 
                     
Pitching IP H R ER SO BB          
Juchnik 7 7 3 3 5 2          
Totals 7 7 3 3 5 2          
                       

PitchingW: Juchnik 

                     
HBP: Juchnik                       
WP: Juchnik                       

 

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