RANDOLPH, NJ- Behind the arm of pitcher Chris Doidge and the bat of catcher Elvis Lopez, the Randolph varsity baseball team took a closely played 2-1 victory over Morristown Beard in the opening game of the Morris County Tournament on Saturday April 21.
The win pushed the Rams back over .500 on the season with a record of 4-3, and came less than 24 hours after they defeated Morris Knolls 6-4 in a marathon 11-inning game Friday night.
Doidge, who has been a workhorse for the Rams on the mound this season, struck out 10 Crimson batters, while allowing six hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings.
At the plate, Lopez went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to help lead the Rams offense. Tyler Berg also singled and scored a run for Randolph. The Rams scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth after allowing the tying run in the top of the inning. Cameron MacHale came on to relieve Doidge and earn the save by getting the final out of the game.
The Rams are the No. 14 seed in the tourney, and will now face the No. 3 seed Chatham Friday April 27.
In the Friday night game with the Golden Eagles, Lopez had another strong game at the plate, hitting a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, before knocking in the game winning run later on in the 11th inning.
On the mound, it was pitching by committee to make it through all those innings, and the Rams threw four different arms at Morris Knolls. Doidge and Cameron MacHale each threw 1 & 2/3 innings, while Mike Ippolito tossed 3 & 1/3 innings and picked up two hits in the game himself at the plate. Josh Nathan held the mound the longest, pitching 4 & 1/3 innings, striking out seven batters and earning the win.