EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A terrific season for the Spotswood High School Chargers baseball team came to an end Friday May 23rd at East Brunswick School as the Chargers were defeated by Matawan High School 4-1, in the Quarterfinals of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 2 baseball tournament.
After their scintillating victory over East Brunswick in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, the Chargers were thumped by St. Joseph of Metuchen in the Tourney semifinals 9-2, and the letdown from it showed in their opening round matchup of the State Sectionals, when the third seeded Chargers barely survived a last inning rally against 14 seeded Johnson High School of Westfield, edging them 9-8, and setting up the second round matchup with sixth seeded Matawan.
It was a close contest for the first half of the game, as both teams scored their only runs in the fourth inning, leaving the score tied through five. Matawan's Justin Henderson and Spotswood's Ryan Walker had matching RBI hits in the fourth to leave the game deadlocked. However Matawan's Joe Piscopo earned the game winning hit with two runners on base in the sixth inning off Spotswood pitcher Matt Dwyer, who pitched brilliantly in defeat for the Chargers. The 2-1 lead was extended to 4-1 in the seventh, and by then there was little doubt as to the outcome, as Matawan pitcher Adam Elliott was excellent, scattering only 5 hits while striking out 9 in going the distance for Matawan.
Matawan advances to the sectional semifinals for the first time in twenty-one years to face the winner of the twice postponed quarterfinal game between Manchester and Robbinsville, scheduled now to be played Saturday the 24th.
For the Chargers, they can look back on a very successful season, going 17-8 with a lot to build on for next season.