NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Reds won their first two games of the 2017 season by sweeping the Kenilworth Astros in a doubleheader on Sunday in New Providence. The Reds improve to 2-3 on the season while the Astros dropped to 1-2.
The Reds were backed in both games by some quality pitching and timely hitting on an overcast day, winning by scores of 6-2 and 4-3.
In game one, lefty Billy Holden got the start on the mound tossing six solid innings, striking out five and scattering four hits while only allowing one earned run to pick up his first win of the season. Newcomer Nate Verrilli pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his first save of the season.
The Reds got on the board early scoring three runs in the first inning as Tom Pavero and Pat Rooney each drove in a run with singles. Holden helped himself at the plate as well, picking up two hits, while scoring a run and driving in two runs on the afternoon. Ariel Melendez added two hits and scored a run to continue his hot start to the season.
In game two, Joe Randazzo got the start on the mound and tossed four innings, scattering four hits and allowing two runs. Nick Sommo came in relief to pitch the last three innings allowing one run while striking out three to record his first win of the season.
Tom Pavero reached base all three at bats, driving in a run, while recording two hits, and adding a walk to pace the Reds. Randazzo added two hits for the Reds who finished with ten total hits as a team. Holden, Sommo and Rooney added the other RBI’s as the Reds held on for the win as the Astros left two runners stranded in the final inning.
The Reds now head to Metro Field in Jersey City for a single game on Sunday to face the Jersey City Vipers who are 3-3 on the season. Game time is at 11am.
The Reds are managed by Matt Sommo and Sal Nesto, both of New Providence and both former coaches on the college level. This season, the Reds are once again sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness (www.new-providence.orangetheoryfitness.com) and Sport Clips, both in the Village Shopping Center in New Providence.
Joining the sponsorship team in 2017 is Taylor Rental (www.taylorrentalbh.com) who are in their 48th year of helping those with their party and tool rental needs. Taylor Rental is located in Berkeley Heights. Also, joining sponsorship team this season is the Chimney Rock Inn, with locations in Gillette and Bound Brook.
The Reds are a part of the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League (NJABL) and were the Metal Division Champions in 2013 and 2014 and the Intermediate Wood Champions in 2016. For more information on the New Providence Reds, visit their new website and "like" their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @NewProvReds. For more information on the NJABL, visit Newjerseyabl.com.