NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence is one win away from their first sectional title in 14 years after their commanding 7-2 victory over visiting Hoboken.
A huge second inning that saw six runs come across the plate put the Pioneers on cruise control for the rest of the game, as they were able to use that early offense to give starter Dylan Bedder not only breathing room but keep him available for the sectional final.
“What’s been absolutely great about our pitchers this year is that they have all stepped up and they get the idea of throwing strikes and trying to force early action,” head coach Chris Brodeur said on his pitching depth. “The way they pitched today gives us the option to go with anybody for the sectional final and they really just got the job done.”
Ryan Sherman opened the floodgates with a groundball that skipped past the Hoboken 3rd basemen’s glove to get the first run on the board, and the offense piled on after that error. Jack Connor, followed by Tommy Jankowski, Tyler DeGeorge, and Chris Kubas all ripped singles to drive in runs and pad onto the New Providence lead.
Bedder went four strong innings, striking out 8 batters and only allowing 2 hits before being replaced by Nate Scott in the 5th inning with the Pioneers already up 7-0.
Relief pitcher Nate Scott got into a bit of trouble in the top of the 6th with the bases loaded and two runs in for Hoboken, but he got out of it with a clutch strikeout to send the Pioneers into the final frame up 5.
“We haven’t folded all year and that has been our 'M-O' all season,” said Brodeur on his team’s composure. “We might have given up a couple of runs here and there but we’ve done a good job of putting ourselves in a good situation to be locked in and compete.”
Sherman came in to close out the game in the 7th and faced the minimum, with Bedder turning a solid double play at first base to finish off the game and send the Pioneers to the sectional championship.
DeGeorge and Connor each tallied a game high three hits, and the trio of Jankowski, Stanton Leuthner, and Greg Lambert all picked up a pair of knocks on the afternoon.
Paul Miller Field is the place to be on Friday against 3rd seeded Dunellen, with first pitch TBD at New Providence High School with a sectional title on the line.