MORRISTOWN, NJ- Down 5-3 in the bottom of the 5th inning at Harter Field the Colonials (4-2) put together a 4-run inning to put themselves in the driver’s seat against Montgomery (1-5).
Lucas Reidda led off the inning with a double and Tate Ballestro drove him home with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 1. After a David Haberman walk and a Pat Montfort bunt, the bases were loaded for Sam Slackman. He delivered with a game-tying single to center field. The big hit came two-batters later when Joseph Pucek had a 2-run single putting Morristown up 7-5. That was a lead they wouldn’t let go.
Pucek started for Morristown and went 3 innings giving up 4 runs. Going into the 4th, coach Ed Collins went to the bullpen, summoning Montfort, who was brilliant. In his 3 and 1/3 innings pitched, he allowed just 1 run striking out 5 Cougars.
“Pat came in very aggressive and pounded the strikezone,” said coach Collins.
Montgomery started off the game swinging the bats well scoring 2 runs before Morristown took the plate. RBI singles from Kyle Kuminski and Sam Noles got the afternoon started. Morristown answered immediately with RBI’s from Ballestro, Haberman and Montfort to take a 3-2 after the 1st.
Ballestro continued his hot hitting in this one going 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI’s.
“You are only going to be able to hold down a very good hitter for so long,” Collins said of Ballestro. “Tate is a very special player, and he’s getting into a grove.”
In addition to his hot bat, Collins brought him in to record the final 2 outs of the game. He entered in the top of the 7th with 1 on and 1 out. He walked his first batter before getting the next to pop out to 2nd. After a single to the 9 hitter the bases were loaded with 2 outs for Ryan McKenna. Ballestro got him to fly out to center to end the game.
The Colonials got their 2nd win in a row and improved to 4-2 on the year while Montgomery fell to 1-5. They will go out for their 3rd straight win on Monday against Montville.