MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville baseball team picked up two wins in its three games of pool play in last week's New Jersey Last Dance World Series.
While the team's one loss to DenRock (Morris Knolls) prevented the team from advancing into this week's Sweet 16, the 12 seniors on the roster were able to close out their careers on a high note with back-to-back wins, just two months after it appeared they'd never suit up on a baseball field to represent Montville ever again.
It opened up the tournament with an 11-3 loss to DenRock, as it found itself in a 6-1 deficit after two innings in which it never recovered. Zach Sylvester led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, which fell just short of being a solo home run. He came around to score on Kristof Behrens' sacrifice fly to put the Mustangs on the board.
Montville's bats remained quiet until the sixth inning, when Aidan Bush and Zach Sylvester each came around to score and cut Montville's deficit to 9-3. In total, Behrens finished with two sacrifice fly RBI, while Mike Sesko added a single in the sixth inning. Joe Nuzzi put up a strong performance on the mound in relief to keep Montville in the game, but ultimately it was unable to come back.
In the second game on Wednesday, Mike Sesko was the star as he tossed a complete-game four-hitter in which he surrendered just one run in a 4-1 win over the Morris County Queensmen (Morris Catholic) at Delbarton's Fleury Field. Sesko also went 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the first inning, which scored Zach Sylvester after a lead-off walk followed by a stolen base.
C.J. Arena extended the lead to two in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, which scored Sesko. Sesko came around to score again in the fourth inning after leading off with a single, before Arena added another sacrifice fly in the sixth to score Sylvester after a lead-off single.
The third and final game was a 6-3 triumph for Montville over DiMaggio Baseball (Boonton) at Jannarone Park in Parsippany. The game saw Montville jump out to a quick 6-0 lead through two innings, and it never looked back behind a six-inning performance on the mound by rising junior Johnny Jarvie, in which he struck out seven and walked one, and gave up one run on four hits.
Montville scored twice in the first inning as a two-run single from senior Charlie Rubino scored Kristof Behrens and C.J. Arena putting the Mustangs ahead. Then, it put four on the board in the second as Mike Sesko contributed an RBI single. In total, Joe Nuzzi, Zach Kirschner, Zach Sylvester, and Sesko all came around to score in the inning.
Sesko finished the game by going 2-for-3 at the plate.
While it only got three games together, as opposed to the normal high school baseball season which usually includes 20-plus games, Montville's 12 seniors got to finish off their careers with a pair of victories. It marked the final games for seniors Zach Sylvester, Michael Sesko, Zach Kirschner, Reese Martinelli, Matthew "Rocky" Feinstein, Julian Calle, C.J. Arena, Kristof Behrens, Michael Conrad, Aidan Bush, Charlie Rubino, and Joe Nuzzi.
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