BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Watchung Hills played like a bunch of Warriors in their quarterfinal game versus Somerset County #1 seed Bridgewater-Raritan rallying for five runs in the final two innings to stun the home Bridgewater crowd 6-4. The key blow coming in the form of a sixth inning three-run homerun blast from Dan Bongiorno. Bongiorno was an offensive machine for Watchung Hills with five RBIs on the day and two runs scored.
“I was looking for a fastball first pitch,” said Bongiorno. “I knew I got a pretty good piece when I hit it.” Bongiorno was right. He did get a good piece, but the key to Watchung Hills’ victory was Bridgewater-Raritan couldn’t get a piece of starter Brian Reiss. After allowing three first inning runs, Reiss settled down scattering five hits over seven innings in a complete game victory. “Reiss on the mound was a key,” said Watchung Hills Head Coach Joe Tremarco. “If we didn’t make a couple of those errors Reiss probably throws a one run game.”
Coach Tremarco, however, couldn’t say enough for his slugger Bongiorno. “Danny, for a high school kid, to deal with that type of pressure and come through like that is just tremendous," said Tremarco.
The victory sends Watchung Hills into the semifinals of the Somerset County Tournament versus #4 seed Bernards. The game will be played Tuesday April 5th at 4:00pm at TD Bank Ballpark.
“We were hoping to get them back,” said Bongiorno. “We played them close the first time, and we came in here today hungry.”
“When we show up were a pretty tough team to beat,” said Tremarco. “We want to play our best baseball in May.” Tremarco couldn’t have described it any better. His tough Warrior team fell behind early 3-0, and never got down on themselves. They were certainly the better team this first weekend of May, and hope to keep that momentum going under the lights at TD Bank Ballpark.