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Piscataway Baseball Off to 4-1 Start after Topping Spotswood, Iselin Kennedy

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway High School varsity baseball team continued its hot start to the 2018 season with back-to-back wins over Spotswood on Saturday, and Iselin Kennedy on Monday.

Piscataway now sits at 4-1 on the year and looks to be turning the corner under fourth-year head coach Scott Gleichenhaus. The Chiefs went .500 last year (13-13) for the first time in a very long time and are looking pretty good so far this year.

Down by three runs against Spotswood, Piscataway scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and kept the Chargers in the stable in the seventh for a 7-5 victory. In the sixth, Matt Peterson came up big and hit an RBI-single on a 3-2 count.

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Peterson finished finished 2-for-4 on the day with a run scored. Jordan Brown also had two hits and an RBI.

Spotswood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Mike Izzo drove in one of those runs with a single.

The Chiefs responded with two runs in the home half of the inning, however.

On the mound, Frank Cocozza earned the win for Piscataway, tossing one inning in relief on 17 pitches, allowing just one walk, no hits, and no runs while striking out one. Evan Okamoto shut things down in the seventh and picked up the save.

Izzo finished 2-for-3 with a home run as well.

In a wild game against Iselin Kennedy (JFK), which Piscataway won 13-9, both teams combined for 27 hits with the Chiefs registering 15 and the Mustangs totaling 12. Piscataway scored in every inning it batted. It score one in the first, one in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth, an four in the sixth.

Peterson had himself a day going 4-for-5 with two singles and doubles. He finished with four RBI and two runs as well. Chris Lowry, Matt Hanzich, Jordin Martell, and Chris Corvil also all had multi-hit games for Piscataway. Corvil blasted a homer and tallied three RBI as did Martell. Lowry led the team with three runs scored.

On the mound, Jason Mahmood earned the win pitching four innings, giving up six hits and three runs while striking out two.

TJ Rivera had three hits in four at-bats for JFK with two RBI and two runs scored.

So far this season, Peterson leads Piscataway with a .529 batting average and nine hits. He’s tied for second on the team lead in runs with six with Brown and Corvil. James Ingram has struggled at the plate, but still has managed a team-leading seven runs scored. Ingram has walked a team-best four times. Martell, who’s batting .467, has a home run this season as does Corvil. Brown is hitting .455 while Corvil is at .417. Washington has three stolen bases and is hitting .375.

Looking ahead, the Chiefs host East Brunswick on Thursday at 4:00. Over the weekend, on Saturday, Piscataway will travel all the way down to Toms River North High School to take on Southern Regional in the special Austism Awareness Tournament.

Then, on Sunday, Piscataway will play at TD Bank Ballpark at 11:00 a.m. against JFK to wrap up that series.

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