BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The New Providence baseball team bounced back after Tuesday's last-inning loss to Summit by thumping Oratory, 12-1, at Snyder Avenue Field on the second day of pool play in the statewide Last Dance Tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Andrew Shen, a 2020 graduate, followed up Nate Scott's strong mound performance Tuesday with a solid outing of his own on the hill Wednesday, settling in after yielding a run to Oratory in the second inning.
"He can flat out pitch," New Providence head baseball coach Chris Brodeur recently said of Shen. "I'm glad to see him really come into his own. I am really proud of the fact he is taking the next step."
The Pioneers answered with three runs in the second inning. Jeff Policarpio walked and Shen laced a single to left-center. One out later, third baseman Dean Licari, who was not in Tuesday's lineup, drilled an RBI single to right-center. Nick Bisaccia followed with an RBI single through the hole on the right side. Jay Graham capped the rally with an RBI single to right for a 3-1 lead.
Shen will continue his baseball career as a pitcher at Oberlin College, but he also contributed on Wednesday with his bat.
In the third inning, Nate Scott led off with a double to left field and then stole third. One out later, Jeff Policarpio singled in Scott for a 4-1 lead. Shen followed with a single up the middle, and Jason Marcantuone lined a single to right to load the bases.
With two out, Bisaccia lined a two-run single to right field, and Dan Farley's liner to right fell in to plate two more runs.
The Pioneers will wrap up their three-day pool play slate in the Last Dance Tournament with a game against Springfield (Dayton H.S.) Thursday, tentatively scheduled for noon at Snyder Avenue Field.