Patterson, NJ- The resiliency of the Randolph baseball team was on display once again in the quarterfinal round of the Group IV North Sectional state tournament game. The Rams battled back from an early 5-0 deficit, and took the No. 6 seeded Patterson Eastside into extra innings before coming up on the short end of a 7-6 game.
Trailing 5-0, Robbie LaPenna and Brendan Lowery walked in the top of the fifth, and Jake Barbiere doubled with 2 outs to score the Rams first two runs and give them life.
After the Patterson Eastside Ghosts added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, the Rams mounted a huge rally in the top of the sixth. Connor Sullivan singled and was followed by 2 consecutive walks. Steve Schollmeyer hit a ground ball to score a run followed by a passed ball which brought another run across the plate, cutting the lead to 6-4.
With two outs, Brendan Lowery belted a long double to score two more Rams and tie the score at 6-6.
Chris Doidge replaced started Thomas Ippolito in the 5th inning and held the Ghosts scoreless until the bottom of the 8th when a walk off single knocked in the winning run and delivered victory to the home team.
Randolph sends off five talented seniors, Brett Jones, Joey Nocera, Matt Sacco, Steve Schollmeyer and Brian Toscano who end their baseball careers with the Rams after demonstrating tremendous leadership.
Brendan Lowery finished 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI’s, Connor Sullivan had a single and a double, Ryan Mulligan had a hit and three walks, and Jake Barbiere had two hits and two RBI’s. Chris Flynn added a double for the Rams.
On the mound, Ippolito logged four innings, scattering eight hits, for six runs and three strikeouts, while Doidge went three and two thirds allowing one hit and one run.