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Spotswood Clinch First Baseball Division Title Since 2007

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MIDDLESEX, NJ - 2007 was a banner year for baseball at Spotswood High School. The varsity baseball team became only the second squad in Greater Middlesex Conference history to claim the division, league, sectional and state championship titles in the same season. Edison High School accomplished the feat in 1993. The team took the first step yesterday with a 4-2 win over Middlesex High School to claim their first Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division title in ten years.

Just a day earlier, the Blue Jays snapped the Chargers 12-game win streak with a 3-0 shutout. The loss gave Middlesex the edge in the division as the two teams held 10-1 division records. However, with the game tied at two in the top of the seventh and the bases loaded, Nick Vincelli came up big with a two-out single that scored two runs. Ryan Szatkowski and Sal Mistretta laid the ground work with singles while Dylan Seel drew a key walk, setting the stage for Vincelli's clutch, game-winning, bases-loaded hit that gave the Chargers the division championship. Seel had tied the game earlier with a single in the fifth inning.

Chris Auciello got the win on the mound, coming on in relief for Matthew Ciaccio. Auciello stuck out two to earn his third win of the season. The pitcher also has five saves in ten appearances. Ciaccio pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out five. Tyler Diamond went the distance for Middlesex, allowing four runs on eight hits. Diamond also hit a double for the Blue Jay.

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Vinnie Guardiola had a double for Spotswood in the victory while Mike Izzo put Spotswood on the scoreboard with a solo homerun in the second inning. Nick DiMaggio was two-for-four for Middlesex, scoring one run and stealing three bases.

Their win improves Spotswood's overall record on the season to 15-3. Middlesex also has a 15-3 record on the season. The Chargers will have a couple of days off before taking the field for their next game against East Brunswick High School on Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Spotswood High School Varsity Baseball Team.

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