SPARTA, NJ- The Colonials (10-6) earned their 2nd straight win Wednesday by defeating first-place Pope John 5-1. Behind Matt Hallberg’s arm, and the free-swinging Morristown bats, Pope John’s (16-3) 5-game winning streak was snapped.
Morristown drew first blood in the 1st inning as Aidan Watson ripped a 2-out double to score Sam Slackman.
Pope John would answer in the 2nd with a sac fly from Jimmy Breenan.
Then came a 4-run bottom half from the Colonials.
Andrew Dzikowski put them ahead 2-1 with an RBI single. The big blow came off the bat of Pat Montfort, who delivered a 2-run triple to deep right field. Tate Ballestero capped off the inning with a sac fly to put Morristown up 5-1.
“Our guys were unbelievable working counts today,” said coach Ed Collins. “We waited for him to make mistakes, and when he did, our guys made him pay.”
That was more than enough for Hallberg, who was exceptional. The senior right-hander went 5 innings for Morristown, holding a potent Pope John lineup to one run off four hits.
“Matt was phenomenal today,” said coach Collins. “To face a lineup like that, and perform the way he did--he gave the team the boost we needed.”
Things got tricky for the Colonials in the 6th and 7th as Montfort got himself into and out of trouble. Montfort struck out the final batter of the game with the bases loaded to seel it.
After a disappointing end in the County Tournament, these Colonials have responded with 2 wins against great opponents. Things won’t get any easier however, as Delbarton awaits on Friday.