JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Millburn baseball team built a 12-run lead and then had to withstand a furious rally to hang on for a 14-12 victory over Voorhees to reach the Sweet 16 round of the statewide Last Dance Tournament in a game played at Caven Point on Tuesday.
Millburn will play Bergen Catholic in the next round at Skylands Park in Sussex County Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Voorhees entered the bottom of the seventh trailing, 14-2, but scored 10 runs in its last turn at bat before 2020 graduate Zach Dorfschneider came on to get the last two outs to save the game for the Millers.
Ben Chrzanowski went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Oren Abbott knocked in three runs and Jason Berg pitched two hitless innings of relief for Millburn.
"We have to credit Voorhees, all of us," Millburn head coach Brian Chapman said. "They had excellent pitching, which we saw one of their two real horses, and we knew that their lineup was dangerous. And they have a great approach. They got down, and we knew that they were going to keep coming at us. On our side, we ran out a couple young guys that don't have a ton of experience, and [Voorhees] hit. Mostly, they just hit us. But I don't have any fault with our guys that went in there. Voorhees was better today.
"But on our side, to see a senior, Zach Dorfschneider, go in there when, really, it felt like it was off the rails, and he immediately got things back settled for us with that fly ball right out of the gate," Chapman said. "I just could see his energy from the side, it was a different energy than those young guys were bringing. He was confident, he wanted the ball, and that helps. When you take that type of energy to the mound, typically your results are going to be pretty good."
Chapman also spoke about how crucial Millburn's large lead became as the runs ticked away in the seventh inning.
"Offensively, it's very easy for 16-, 17-year-old kids to get up 8-2, 8-3, and just sit there and think 'hey, we got enough.' But to our credit, they kept hitting," Chapman said. "And even when we put some subs in, we kept producing runs all the way through the seventh inning."
With the win, Millburn moves on to take on the BC Crusaders of Bergen Catholic, who won their round of 32 game by mercy rule against Mount Olive, 10-0.