WARREN, NJ – The 2016 baseball season seemed to start much like the 2015 season ended for both Watchung Hills and Hillsborough. Hillsborough, who defeated Watchung Hills in the Somerset County Baseball Tournament, took a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning and appeared to be on the brink of delivering another heartbreaking loss to the Hustlin Warriors. It’s a new season, however, and Watchung Hills’ experienced senior class made sure everyone knew it as the Warriors rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Hillsborough 5-4.
Watchung Hills’ senior John Porter smacked a pinch hit gaming winning single to score Alex Simon for the win. Warrior’s lefty Brian Reiss picked up the complete game victory allowing four runs on five hits. Hillsborough’s Asher Masten took the loss for the Raiders.
“This is just a great team win,” said Watchung Hills Coach Joe Tremarco. “It shows what type of character these guys have being able to win a game in this fashion.”
It was a gritty win for the Warriors who received offensive contributions up and down the lineup. Watchung Hills’ junior right-fielder Nick Mink was 2 for 3 with a BB and a run scored. Senior second baseman Matt Mastrobattista was 1 for 2 with a double, 2 HP, and 2 runs scored. Senior leftfielder Chris Roth was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Senior first baseman Ed Poggi went 1 for 3 with a game tying 2 RBI double in the bottom of the 7th. Senior centerfielder Eric Plesko was 2 for 3 with a walk, double, and RBI, and senior John Port had the game winning hit.
Hillsborough leftfielder Kyle Wengryn was 2 for 3 with a run scored and a triple.