Baseball: Millburn Advances to Greater Newark Tournament Final with 5-4 Win over Columbia

Richie Schiekofer Credits: file photo

BELLEVILLE, NJ - The Millburn baseball team had a tougher time with Columbia in their third meeting of the season, but came away with a 5-4 victory Monday night in the semifinal round of the Greater Newark Tournament.

The top-seeded Millers advance to the GNT championship game, where they will play second-seeded Seton Hall Prep Saturday afternoon in Belleville. Before that, Millburn will host Seton Hall Prep in a regular-season conference game on Wednesday.

Richie Schiekofer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three stolen bases and winning pitcher Connor Lally was 2-for-2 for Millburn (19-2), which scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and two in the fifth.

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Lally pitched the first five innings, yielding three hits and three walks and allowing three runs. Lally, who struck out four, took a shutout into the sixth inning, which is when Columbia (9-9) scored all its runs. Millburn had defeated Columbia, by 9-0 scores in each of their two regular-season meetings. The Millers and Cougars will face each other for a fourth time in the opening round of the NJSIAA Section 2, Group 4 state tournament next Monday.

Mike Kologlu pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit, to pick up the save.

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