RANDOLPH, NJ - There could not be a greater contrast from yesterday’s fog-filled field than this afternoon’s sun-filled skies in Randolph. Unfortunately for Morristown, the better weather did not result in a victory as the Colonials fell to the Rams 4-1.
Before Tuesday’s fog delay in the North 1, Group 4 State semifinal matchup between top-seeded Randolph and fifth-seeded Morristown, the Rams were able to get the game’s first run when Chris Flynn scored on a Jake Barbiere single off of Seton Hall commit Brennan O’Neill.
The game resumed with Randolph’s Connor Sullivan on second base with one out in the second inning. Ryan Mulligan would get the day started with an RBI base hit to bring in Sullivan and make it 2-0 after two.
Morristown would get on the board in the top of the fourth when Andrew Gold plated Matt Nodoro with a single up the middle, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
That run was all that Randolph starter and Pace commit Thomas Ippolito would allow. Ippolito would finish the day with a complete game, yielding just three hits.
“We knew our best bet would be to get him into some deep counts, but he was on today,” said Morristown head coach Ed Collins. “We have some great lefties in our lineup and he is very tough on lefties so it made it difficult to get things going.”
Ippolito would get some more insurance in the bottom of the fourth inning when Flynn would hit his second double of the game to drive in Robby LaPenna. Flynn would later score on a Stu Backer single, pushing the Rams ahead 4-1.
Jaxon Ruhalter would come on in relief of Morristown starter Brennan O’Neill with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Ruhalter would keep the Colonials in it with a big strikeout. He would go on to strike out three in an inning and a third of work.
Morristown would threaten in the seventh after a Gold single, but Ippolito retired the next two batters, ending a successful season for the Colonials.
“We started off at 1-5, and our seniors were a big reason that we turned that around,” said Collins. “Those guys fought right to the end and I am very proud of them.”