After the original match-up against Dayton was cancelled on Mother’s Day, the Pioneers put together a 6th inning rally to snatch victory away from the Bulldogs at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots.
With the state championship on the horizon, New Providence’s season long grit and never-say-die attitude led them to a frantic 6th inning that saw the Pioneers come behind from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 under the lights.
Before the game, all of the seniors were honored in front of family and friends at the ballpark in the annual game in Somerset. Ben Burrows, Matt Byrnes, Tyler DeGeorge, Tommy Jankowski, Greg Lambert, Ricky Miensky, and Matt Shen all were recognized and saw playing time in the game, all contributing one way or another towards a Pioneer victory.
After falling behind 3-0 after two innings, pitcher Greg Lambert settled in and didn’t allow a run over the next three innings.
The offense was jolted by Lambert himself, who drove in two runs in the 6th inning to power New Providence on the comeback trail. Chris Kubas and Jack Connor also added two RBIs to give New Providence the tight victory.
Relief pitcher Danny McCarron, who came in facing a 3-1 deficit in the top of the 6th, hung on to toss two scoreless innings to clinch the victory for NP.
The Pioneers will be riding a five-game winning streak into the biggest game in recent memory when they take on visiting Dunellen in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 final at Paul Miller Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at New Providence High School with a chance at baseball glory.