PISCATAWAY/COLONIA, N.J. -- The Piscataway High School varsity baseball team has seen somewhat of a resurgence under the direction of head coach Scott Gleichenhaus. Gleichenhaus came to Piscataway just a couple months before the 2015 season got started, and went on to post an impressive 12-15 record after the Chiefs went 4-19 in 2014 and 27-83-1 over the previous five years combined including 1-21-1 in 2011.
Piscataway went 9-19 last year.
This spring, the Chiefs are currently 9-8 after back-to-back losses to Colonia Monday and Tuesday, but were 7-3 at one point in mid April with a winning streak of five straight games mixed in.
In game one against the Patriots at Columbus Park in Piscataway, Anthony Palmisano went 2-for-4 including a home run with four RBIs and two runs scored for Colonia, which won 7-3. Jason Hilenski and Chris Michael both tacked on two hits and a run scored for the visitors as well, which racked up 10 hits as a team.
Nick Nielson earned the win, pitching 6 ⅔ innings giving up five hits and three runs (one earned) and four walks while striking out three in 108 pitches.
Colonia scored four runs in the fourth to break a 2-2 tie at the time
For the Chiefs, Parris Washington went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Roldan Morris chipped in with two more hits in three tries with a run scored. Joe Maisno recorded an RBI single.
In game two in Colonia, the Patriots won 6-2 thanks to Hilenski’s big day again where he roped two doubles for an RBI and scored twice. Lou Matton notched a triple and a finished with two RBI and a run scored as well.
On the mound, Chris Michael pitched a five-hitter giving up one earned run while striking out eight. The victory gave Colonia their fifth win in their last six games.
Piscataway was led by Justin McKewon who went 3-for-3 with a double while Chris Lowry and Drew Patel both singled.
Despite the current tough stretch where they’ve lost five of their last seven games, the Chiefs are one win away from surpassing their win total of all of last season.
The senior Mckeown leads the team with a whopping .520 batting average with 13 hits in 25 at-bats according to NJ.com, although not all games are listed with stats for all the players. He also has tallied eight RBIs and six runs scored.
Juniors James Ingram and Parris Washington are having fine seasons as well as they are both hitting .500 as well, with Ingram totaling team-high’s of 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Morris is batting .450.
The team is still searching for their ace pitcher.
Next up for Piscataway is a big matchup against the neighboring Middlesex High Blue Jays on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Middlesex.
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