Essex County News

Baseball: Seton Hall Prep Wins Greater Newark Tournament, Defeats Millburn, 4-2, in Final

40982feb8eb84001030e_Jack_Mahala_SHP.JPG
Jack Mahala, Seton Hall Prep Credits: Guy Kipp
b30bb9d05cf406bd5a89_Schiekofer_connects.JPG
Richie Schiekofer connects Credits: Guy Kipp
7f57ab88086c048945cd_Pampush_tags_out_Hebert.jpg
Ben Pampush tags out Ryan Hebert to end the top of the first inning. Credits: Guy Kipp
40982feb8eb84001030e_Jack_Mahala_SHP.JPG

BELLEVILLE, NJ - Defeating a baseball team with as few flaws as Seton Hall Prep possesses in a championship game requires an effort of nearly flawless execution.

For Millburn, the effort was there and the fighting spirit was evident, but the execution strayed too far from flawless to complete the championship mission.

Second-seeded Seton Hall Prep won its fifth consecutive Greater Newark Tournament title on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over top-seeded Millburn behind the combined pitching of Jack Mahala and Nick Maldonado. The Millers were seeking their first GNT title since 1984.

Sign Up for E-News

Senior second baseman Kevin Gately had two hits and a pair of two-out RBIs for Seton Hall Prep (24-2), which scored single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings—all with two outs.

"Seton Hall played a clean game," Millburn coach Brian Chapman said. "We did not play a clean game."

Chapman cited six walks of Seton Hall Prep batters along with three Millburn errors as examples of the Millers' inability to execute cleanly.

"Gately had the two biggest hits of the game," Chapman said. "His two RBI were the backbreakers."

Gately's second RBI, on a line-drive double just inside the left field foul line in the sixth inning, gave the Pirates a 4-2 lead.

Millburn (20-5) fell behind, 2-0, before taking advantage of one of Seton Hall's few miscues in the fourth inning to close to within 2-1. Peter Serruto reached on an infield error with one out, stole second, then scored when Mike Kologlu lined a 2-0 pitch from Mahala to center for an RBI single. It was one of few instances all day when Mahala fell behind in the count. The rangy Seton Hall righty walked just one batter, struck out four and yielded five hits in six innings.

But Seton Hall got that run back, for a 3-1 lead, on Francis Prior's RBI single to left-center in the fifth inning. Millburn starting pitcher Connor Lally went five-plus innings, gave up six hits, walked five and fanned three. He allowed four runs, three earned.

On a day when the lower part of the order for both teams did considerable damage, Millburn's No. 8 hitter Jared Nemet led off the bottom of the fifth with a line drive that was misjudged for a double to center field. Freshman Ben Sinins followed with a solid RBI single to right center, bringing the Millers within 3-2.

Peter Gula followed with a bunt single, giving Millburn runners at first and second with one out and its two best hitters coming up. Chapman called for a bunt from .475 hitter Ben Pampush, who popped the pitch up in foul territory that Seton Hall first baseman Eric Vaz made a spectacular diving catch of for the first out.

Left-handed hitting Richie Schiekofer, batting well over .500 on the season, followed by whistling a hard, low line drive that second baseman Gately picked off the short hop and relayed to shortstop Maldonado for the start of a slick and very costly inning-ending double play.

"I made a mistake there," Chapman confessed. "I should have had Pampush swinging. He has been red hot, and we had him bunt instead. That was a critical error on my part, and I admitted as much as soon as it was over."

Chapman also pointed out that, even had Pampush executed a successful sacrifice to move the runners to second and third, it could have resulted in taking the bat out of premium slugger Schiekofer's hands by giving Seton Hall the option of intentionally walking the lefty hitter in that scenario.

After the double play that ended the fifth, Millburn did not have another baserunner. Mahala closed his stint with a flourish, getting consecutive strikeouts looking to end the sixth. Maldonado, the sophomore prospect already committed to Vanderbilt University, shifted from shortstop to the mound to close out the seventh in 1-2-3 fashion with one strikeout.

Sobel & Co, a full-service accounting firm in Livingston specializing in family business and not-for-profits, is the proud sponsor of the Essex County News section of TAPintoLivingston.net and TAPintoWestEssex.net. For more information, visit the Sobel & Co., LLC website.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Deegan Dental Implant Special!

June 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - OUR NEW DENTAL IMPLANT SPECIAL OFFER WILL GIVE YOU REASON TO SMILE!

Deegan Dental is happy to announce our New Dental Implant Special Offer that will give you a reason to smile! Our New Special Offer, that expires 11/30/2018, covers a single Complete Tooth Replacement (including the Implant, Stock Abutment and E-max Crown) for only $2,200 per Implant; a Great Value ...

Free Smoothie 2-7 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friday, June 15, 2018 is National Flip Flop Day, created by Tropical Smoothie Cafe to celebrate their customers and kick-off their fundraising for Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.

From 2 to 7 p.m. June 15, get a free limited-edition Sunshine Smoothie when you wear flip flops to any of the 600-plus locations including the Livingston café!

No coupon or ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 7:00 PM

Livingston

Flexibility in Retirement

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_5e177eaae57739064cd4_397f63ad2fb50392a776_29178074_2107642336134787_2638697507160326144_n

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Totowa

MakerFest 2018

Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Organically Yours: a wellness experience with ...

Millburn's Peter Serruto Drafted by Cincinnati Reds

June 6, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Peter Serruto, who just completed his senior season at Millburn High School, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22d round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.

Serruto was the 649th pick overall.

The 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed batter has been a defensive standout since he first suited up in a Millburn uniform as a freshman.

"Defensively, ...

Winners of 19th Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale Announced

June 20, 2018

WHIPPANY, NJ - Winners of the 19th annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale were announced at the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 10.   The show will run through Sunday, July 29 at the Gaelen Gallery West, Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany.

Awards were presented at the Opening Reception for Best in Show and Best /Honorable Mention in the following categories: ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...