WEST ORANGE, NJ — Owen Murphy pitched six innings of one-hit ball and the West Orange baseball team posted a 4-1 victory over Columbia High School on opening day Monday.

Murphy struck out eight, walked five batters and gave up one run before Matthew Bove came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning for the save. Bove struck out one and allowed one hit.

Noah Stennett went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as the Mountaineers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Melachi Jones singled in the other run in the third inning for West Orange.

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Matt Motiwalla singled in the only run in the fifth inning for Columbia. Cougar pitchers Nick Williams and Jared Dussman combined to allow five hits in the loss.



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