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.
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.