RANDOLPH, NJ- Back on May 21, the Randolph varsity baseball team held a record of 7-8 and was hitting the road as an underdog for their first round state playoff game. At the time, it was safe to say things were not looking too positive for the Rams.
Since then, the team ripped off four straight wins, including two upsets in the NJSIAA State Tournament ( one vs. No. 1 Seed Livingston ) and another vs. rival Roxbury to clinch the conference championship. At this time, it is safe to say what a big difference one week can make.
Against Livingston, Tyler Berg was the offensive leader, going 3-for-4 with two triples in the game, knocking in four RBI and scoring twice himself. Elvis Lopez had three RBI, while Brendan Lowery scored twice and stole two bases. Joe Reed hit a triple and scored three times.
Josh Nathan got the win on the mound going four innings in the game. Chris Doidge threw three innings, and the two combined to hold Livingston to four hits, as the Rams ran away with a 10-1 victory.
Against Roxbury, Randolph opened up scoring in the first inning, pushing two runs across the plate on a Shane Keane single. After adding two more for a 4-0 top of the first lead, they never looked back.
Cameron MacHale took the win for Randolph, throwing four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out three. Brett Flynn threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Nick Rampone led the offensive charge, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in the game.
Ryan McDermott was 2-for-3 with a single and double for an RBI and two runs scored while Keane and Joe Reed drove in two runs apiece for the Rams. Overall Randolph had ten hits.
Mike Ippolito scored twice, while Lowery again stole two bases and scored once.
Randolph was sure-handed in the field and did not commit a single error, while the Lancers committed three. Mike Ippolito made the most plays for the Rams with six.
Randolph plays next against No. 4 Seed Morristown, away on Tuesday May 29.