Colts Neck, N.J. - The bats were out to work on Monday in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 3 Tournament for the Colts Neck High School baseball team.
No. 5 seed Colts Neck scored a season-high 14 runs to power its way to the quarterfinals with a 14-7 victory over No. 12 seed Brick Township.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Cougars rallied their bats up for a six run inning to take the lead.
After Brick tied it up in the top of the fourth inning, Colts Neck got its bats going again in the bottom frame, scratching out five runs to gain firm control of the game and roll to its 12th win of the season.
Brooks Condon had a big day at the pate for the Cougars.
The senior collected two hits with a game-high three RBI. Condon also picked up the win on the hill for Colts Neck, coming in relief to start the fourth inning and picked up two strikeouts in two innings of work, including inducing a 6-4-3 double play ball to get out of the fifth inning.
“It’s win and advance. Under these circumstances, that’s what you’re trying to do,” Condon said. “Swinging early in the count and looking for a fast ball to drive is what I’m looking for when I’m up at-bat. Felt great to get the win.”
Reece Horneck had an RBI double in the fourth inning and went two-for-four at the plate with two RBI in the three-hole for Colts Neck.
The future Scarlet Knight believes Colts Neck has a true chance of making a run in the sectional tournament.
“We always do a good job of hitting,” Horneck said. “Up and down the lineup, everyone has been hitting recently. We definitely can go pretty far. We have the grit to do it.”
The top two hitters in the Colts Neck lineup, Colin Kratzer and Rob Mannino each had two hits and a pair of runs scored in the win. Mannino added in an RBI during the victory.
George Zemlanicky went one-for-three at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored in the Colts Neck win.
Nick Torres shot an RBI single to center field in the fifth innning to help put the Cougars up 13-7.
Torres later stole second and came all away around to score off the wild throw to second base to extend the Colts Neck lead to 14-7. The senior scored two runs in the contest.
“I’m trying to attack the fast ball and be aggressive in each at-bat,” Torres said. “I’m looking to do my job to help the team win. I enjoy making plays in the outfield on defense to help us win.”
Anthony Buzzetta and Adrian Jimenez each throw a scoreless inning of relief to close out the contest for the Cougars.
Buzzetta picked up a strikeout to help him get out of a 1st and 2nd no out jam in the sixth inning, while Jimenez struck out the side in the seventh inning.
Jimenez also had two hits at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored in the win.
Colts Neck is now 12-9 on the season and will play No. 4 seed Wall in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
There’s no doubt that Colts Neck believes they have can make a huge impact on the sectional tournament by making a strong run and give Wall a great game in the quarterfinals.
“Make a run. We can do that,” said Colts Neck baseball coach Mike Yorke. “We’re able to put all our focus on this tournament and try to go as far as we can. We have guys up and down our lineup and on our bench that are good hitters that can produce for us. We know we’re not out of any game in this tournament with the team we have.”
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