ROXBURY, NJ – It’s on to the state semifinals for the Roxbury High School baseball team which didn’t let a 2-run West Essex homer in the first inning stop it from winning the May 26 quarter-final game.

The Gaels, who won 8-4, didn’t take long to respond. After coming back quickly with three runs of its own to end the inning up 3-2, Roxbury kept up the pressure as starting pitcher Darren Wyse held down the fort on the mound.

He threw 57 pitches before being relieved by Michael Roumes and Thomas Darling.

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Roxbury's offense was led by multi-hit performances from Andy Axelson, Will Findlay, Dan Hankowski and Roumes. Worth noting: Doubles by Axelson and Hankowski and a triple by Danna drove in key runs for the Gaels.

The West Essex game was Roxbury's final home game of the year. The team, now 17-8, advances to a semifinal game on May 30.