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Pavero, Rooney lead Reds over Stars

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Tom Pavero hits a solo homerun in the 4th inning of the Reds 5-4 playoff win over the Jersey Stars on Sunday, August 7 Credits: Dave Pavero
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Scott Horowitz pitches during the Reds 5-4 playoff win over the Jersey Stars on Sunday, August 7. Horowitz ended up pitching a complete game with nine strikeouts Credits: Dave Pavero
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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Reds Baseball Team advanced to the semi-finals of the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League Playoffs with a 5-4 win over the Jersey Stars on Sunday August 7th.

The Stars scored two runs in the first but the Reds came right back and cut the lead in half in the first. After a Billy Holden leadoff triple, Tom Pavero would single him in for his first hit on what would be a big day at the plate.

With the Stars still up 2-1 in the 4th inning the Reds erupted for four runs. Pavero tied the game at two with a solo home run to right center field. Pitcher Scott Horowitz would walk and Dave DeRosa would single. The next batter catcher Pat Rooney would add a two-run triple to make the score 4-2. Two batters later outfielder Brett Revet would add an RBI single to extend the lead. 

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On the mound for the Reds, Horowitz went the distance for his first win in the playoffs. He would finish with nine strikeouts in nine innings pitched.

Pavero would finish the day with three hits and Rooney with two hits.

The Reds now face the undefeated North Jersey Yellow Jackets on Sunday August 14th in New Milford at 1:30pm. The winner of that game will then advance to the finals which begin on Sunday August 21st.

The Reds are managed by Matt Sommo and Sal Nesto, both of New Providence and both former coaches on the college level. This season, the Reds are sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness and Sport Clips, both in the Village Shopping Center in New Providence. 

The Reds are a part of the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League (NJABL) and were the Metal Division Champions in 2013 and 2014. For more information on the New Providence Reds, visit and "like" their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @NewProvReds. For more information on the NJABL, visit Newjerseyabl.com.

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