NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School baseball team swept 20-seeded South Hunterdon 12-2, when they played them home in the first round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournament on Wednesday.
Despite the ending score, the Braves had a tough time getting runs on the board. For the first three innings South Hunterdon led 1-0.
The Braves came back in the third to tie the game up, but South Hunterdon came back in the fourth taking the lead 2-1.
With a double by Alex Stone who went 1-for-2, the Braves were able to grab the lead 3-2 by the end of the third and continue scoring from there, with four runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth.
Justin Mayhood, a newcomer to the team as the catcher this year, drove in three runs for the Braves. Stone scored one run for the Braves as well.
Chase Cramer, Gianni Pereira, and Aldo Vallorosi, each drove in one run. Cramer went 1-for-2, scoring two runs and stealing two bases and Pereira went 1-for-1 scoring one run. Vallorosi, along with Luke Young went 3-for-4, scoring one run apiece.
Stone was on fire on and off the mound, throwing 74 pitches in four of the six innings he pitched against South Hunterdon. He struck out six, walked two, giving up only two runs on one hit, with one error.
Pereira closed for the Braves with 34 pitches. He struck out two and walked one but did not allow any hits. They did not score while he was on the mound.
The Braves will host 12-seeded Sparta in the second round of the tournament on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Memory Park. Sparta, shut-out 13-seeded North Warren 7-0 in their first round