MANVILLE, NJ - On Opening Day for New Jersey High School baseball, the North Plainfield High School varsity baseball squad obliterated Manville 18-2 Friday afternoon in Manville.

The Canucks (1-0) tattooed the ball all day at the plate, racking up 14 hits while also generating double-digit walks in just five innings of baseball. The offensive outburst was led by Bruce Weyand, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s and three runs scored.

Dennis Cooper went 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and Steve Merill also picked up three RBI’s and a run scored. Royer Brito-Eusebio plated five runs and two hits and Ceisean Tucker scored three runs and had two hits on the day.

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Antwan Barbour, John Hatala, Nick Cherasaro, and Harley Ricardi each got a hit to help North Plainfield lead 10-0 after three innings. Everybody who played got at least one hit for the Canucks and all but Brito-Eusebio and Tucker registered an RBI.

Cherasaro earned the victory (1-0) striking out eight and allowing two hits in four innings of work.

The Mustangs (0-1) finished with three hits, one each by Jake Tokarzewski, Blair Sauerhoefer, and Jake Bentz.

In addition, the NPHS varsity softball team (1-0) started the season on the high note as well, doubling up Manville 12-6 to complete the sweep of the varsity opening day matchups.