WEST NEW YORK, NJ- Led by a combined effort from starting pitcher Chris Doidge and reliever Josh Nathan, No. 9 seed Randolph baseball team went on the road and defeated No. 8 seed Memorial in the first round of the NJSIAA State Tournament on Monday May 21.
Doidge and Nathan collectively struck out 11 batters, while allowing only four hits and one run in the Rams 5-1 victory.
“Josh and Chris were phenomenal on the mound and really helped us out,” said Captain Brendan Lowery. “When you can hold a team to one run in a state game, it’s hard to lose that game.”
Randolph’s outfield was busy however, and their defensive efforts backstopped their pitchers, helping to keep Memorial from scoring more runs in the game
“Today was a great team win and everybody contributed,” said Lowery. “We had great outfield play today, Ryan McDermott and Nick Rampone made some really key plays for us. Finally, we had a lot of timely hitting to drive in key runs. Overall, it was our most solid all-around game so far.”
Offensively, Randolph squeaked out a run on a passed ball early to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. After Memorial tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, the Rams took charge of the game in the top of the 5th.
First Nick Rampone and Brendan Lowery reached base, and then back to back RBI hits followed. Tyler Berg singled to give Randolph a 2-1 lead, and then the teams other captain Elvis Lopez ripped a 2 RBI hit to make the score 4-1. The Rams added an insurance run in the sixth for the final margin.
Shane Keane and Joe Reed both went 2-for-3 in the game, while Rampone, Mike Ippolito, Keane and Lowery combined to steal 6 bases for the Rams.
“Everybody was locked in before the game during warmups and also on the bus on the way there,” said Lowery. “There’s definitely an attitude change for states and I think that was very helpful for us today and hopefully it continues moving forward against Livingston.”
Randolph plays No. 1 Seed Livingston in the second round on Thursday May 24, on the road.