PATERSON, NJ - Two big innings allowed Hasbrouck Heights to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat Paterson Charter, 11-3, in NJIC Meadowlands Division baseball on Wednesday afternoon.
Paterson Charter scored three early runs off Hasbrouck Heights starting pitcher Mario Gomez, taking a 3-1 in the bottom of the second on Troy Medlock stole home and Norberto Ramirez’ RBI groundout.
The Aviators bounced back with a run in the third, and rallied to take the lead for good in the fourth.
With one out, Spencer Lee started the rally with a walk off Paterson Charter starting pitcher Juan Miranda. Freshman Connor Friedel singled, putting runners on the corners. Mario Gomez ground out, scoring Lee and tying the game at 3-3. Catcher Dylan Grisafe doubled, scoring Freidel and giving the Aviators a 4-3 lead. Shawn Calhoun then doubled in Rocco Minichiello (courtesy runner for Grisafe) to make the score 5-3.
Meanwhile, the Aviator bullpen, Marcos Ochoa, Lee and Travis Culkin shut down the Lions offense, keeping the score 5-3 going into seventh.
Again, with one out, the Aviators rallied, scoring six to put the game away. Peter Neumann started the rally off Medlock, in his third inning of relief, with a double. Culkin walked, and Dario Morales was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.
Ochoa lined a single to left, making the score 7-.3 Lee reached on a fielders’ choice, scoring Culkin. Friedel walked to continue the rally. Gomez singled, scoring pinch runner Andrew Connolly to make the score 9-3. Grisafe was hit by a pitch to make it 10-3, and Calhoun grounded out to score the final run of the inning, giving the Aviators an 11-3 lead.
Culkin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two, for the save.