NEWTON, NJ—Despite the Braves’ comeback in the eighth inning, they could not quite grab the win, losing 5-4 against North Warren on Wednesday, May 11 at Memory Park.
Cole Van Luvender pitched eight of the nine innings game. He struck out six, walked one and allowed five hits. He went 0-for-3 at bat.
Alex Blanar closed out the game for the Braves, relieving Van Luvender in the ninth. He struck out one, walked one, and allowed five hits. He went 0-for-4 at bat.
Billy Carson drove in two runs in his five at bats, going 3-for-5. Michael Luzzi had one RBI, going 2-for-3, scoring two runs for the Braves and getting a stolen base.
Boby Fehr also went 2-for-3, scoring one run and getting one stolen base. Luke Young went 2-for-5, driving in one run for the Braves.
Aldo Vallorosi went 1-for-4, scored once and had a double. Chase Cramer went 0-for-4, walking once and stealing a base.
Tied in the sixth inning at 1-1, North Warren hit a fly ball to left field, driving in a run. The next batter hit an infield ball and despite the Braves’ best efforts to get the double play, the batter was safe on first and the second base runner advanced to third.
As the next couple of batters came to the plate, two long balls were hit to center field, scoring another three runs, making the score 1-5, before the Braves got the final out.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Braves came back with two outs on the board to get the score up to 4-5. Vallorosi, Luzzi and Fehr all hitting singles, loading the bases for Carson and Van Luvender.
The pitcher intentionally walked Cramer, leaving Blanar to step up to the plate with two outs on the board. He fouled the ball twice before a swing and a miss for the striking out, ending the game.
The Braves had 36 at bats, 10 hits, three stolen bases, one walk, and one double throughout the game. They currently lead the league 5-1, ahead of Wallkill (5-2), North Warren (3-2), Kittatinny (2-4), and Hopatcong (0-6).
They will take on North Hunterdon in the final round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournament on Saturday, May 14 away at Phillipsburg.
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