SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity baseball team nailed down a first round victory in the Greater Middlesex Conference Baseball Tournament on Tuesday with a 15-2 win over Dunellen High School. Dunellen took a two-run lead in the first inning, but the Chargers took command of the game with an 11-run third. Spotswood added four runs in the fourth to move on to the quarterfinal round of the country tournament.
Matt Vento started the game for Spotswood, giving up two runs on five hits. Vento pitched two innings before the ball was handed to Dylan Seel. Seel got the win for the Chargers on the mound, striking out two. Matt Amador closed out the game for Spotswood. Alex Ramos, Kenny Tunison and Noah Wenzel all spent time on the mound for Dunellen, giving up 15 runs on 16 hits. Tunison was charged with the loss.
Vento had a big game at the plate for Spotswood, hitting three doubles and driving in three runs. The junior also scored three runs. Chance Fee had two RBIs for the Chargers. Mike Izzo was 2-for-3 with three RBIs while Vinnie Guardiola had a double and two RBIs. Nick Vincelli had a triple and two RBIs while Jack Welsh hit a double. Dunellen had doubles from Mike Harmon, Tunison and Brandon Vail.
Spotswood moves on the the quarterfinal round to take on top-seeded East Brunswick High School. The Bears defeated Piscataway 4-0 in the first round and have a 16-6 overall record this season. Spotswood also has an overall record of 16-5 and is the fifth seed in the Greater Middlesex County Tournament. The game is scheduled to be played today at 7 p.m. at Community Park in North Brunswick, weather permitting. As of press time, the game is still on. The two teams have not yet faced each other on the field this season. Their annual Commander's Cup game is scheduled for later this week. Spotswood won the 13th annual Commander's Cup last spring.