BUTLER, NJ – Winning in the Morris County Tournament is never easy in any round.
Entering the final inning of a scoreless game, the Morristown High baseball team needed a squeeze play, followed by a crucial double from its third baseman, to create separation in its first tournament game on Saturday afternoon.
Matt Nodoro’s squeeze bunt to put his team ahead—followed by Tate Ballestero’s two-run double in that decisive top of the seventh—propelled tenth-seeded Morristown to a 4-0 victory over seventh seed Butler in MCT Round of 16 action in the northwest corner of the county.
Morristown will travel just a slightly shorter distance for tomorrow’s quarterfinal round vs. Pequannock, a 10-8 victor over Madison in their MCT matchup.
Brennan O’Neill—the Colonials’ “number one” pitcher, hurled to that title and then some in this game, pitching seven innings of three hit ball while fanning 14 Bulldogs. O’Neill—who also doubled in the seventh—needed 101 pitches to finish his complete game masterpiece.
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