MONTVILLE, NJ- Morristown were crowned champions of Morris County on Monday night as they defeated Delbarton 2-0. The Colonials got their first win of the season against the Green Wave in their third try and they prevented Delbarton from going back-to-back-to back county champions. The win gave Morristown their first county title since 2010.
“It’s awesome, said coach Collins.” We set goals every season to win counties and any day of the week we are a tough out and I’m very proud of the way this team has come together as a team.”
UVA commit Tate Ballestero got the game started with a solo shot in the first inning to right field off Jack Leiter.
Brennan O’Neill retired Delbarton 1-2-3 in the first inning but in the second, back to back singles by Mark Darakjy and Justin Kim had the Green Wave in business with nobody out. Willie Schwarick tried to bunt the runners over but O’Neill was quick to react and got the lead runner at third. He then struck out Patrick Harrington and Kyle Vinci to end the inning.
“Warming up in the bullpen prior to the game, the coaches came up to me and told me that Brennan looked lights out in warmups. He’s pitched in so many big games for us and came up huge again today, said coach Ed Collins. “His fastball was electric today, but his secondary pitches, breaking ball were on as well.”
Ballestero came up for the second time in the third inning and had the same result as his first at bat. A second solo shot off Leiter to right field put Morristown up 2-0.
“Tate hits the ball hard on a consistent basis and he just battles and waits for the pitcher to make a mistake, then makes him pay,” said coach Collins. “Second at bat, pitcher threw him a changeup and he was ready for it. He had two great at bats for us today.”
Delbarton’s next best chance to score was in the fifth after a leadoff double by Schwarick and then moving over to third on a passed ball with nobody out. O’Neill dug in and retired Harrington on a popup, Vinci on a lineout and striking out Liam Corcoran to end the inning.
O’Neill went 7 shutout innings striking out 8 batters while only allowing 4 hits.
“They are one of the hardest teams we will face all year, but when they got runners on I just tried to attack with my fastball and see if I can get outs with my curveball,” said O’Neill.
Leiter went 6.2 for Delbarton striking out 13 batters and only allowing 3 hits, but 2 costly homeruns to Ballestero.
“We’re just looking to keep up what we’ve been doing and hope this translates into states,” said O’Neill.