SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School varsity baseball team dished out its third straight shutout in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 Tournament, defeating Newark Tech, 6-0 on Tuesday, May 23 to move into the quarterfinal round.
Matt Ciaccio pitched six innings to earn the victory, allowing only two hits and striking out four batters to knock out the 14th seeded Terriers. Chris Auciello came on in relief in the seventh, striking out two batters.
Nick Vincelli put the third-seeded Chargers (20-4) on the scoreboard in the first inning with a solo home run. Spotswood added a run in the third, but broke the game open with a four run sixth. An opponent hasn't crossed home plate since the Chargers' surprising first-round elimination to Old Bridge in the opening round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament last week.
Matt Vento hit a clutch double that cleared the bases in the sixth, driving in three runs. Mike Izzo and Nick Mohr had doubles as well in the victory. Izzo also had one RBI. Vinnie Guardiola was two-for three, scoring one run.
The victory moves Spotswood one step closer to its first state title in a decade. Spotswood claimed the sectional and state titles in 2007 along with every other title available to the team. The Chargers were only the second squad in Greater Middlesex Conference history to accomplish the feat. Edison High School did it in 1993. The GMC Blue Division champs will host Voorhees on Thursday, May 25 in the quarterfinal round.
Sixth-seeded Voorhees defeated eleventh seeded Delaware Valley yesterday in a 1-0 shutout. The Vikings have an overall record of 14-7.
The quarterfinal round will be played at the Spotswood High School varsity baseball field at 4 p.m., weather permitting. The forecast for Thursday looks soggy. The Chargers' first-round game was also delayed because of weather. Their matchup with Newark Tech was originally scheduled for Monday, but rain moved the game to yesterday.