Baseball: Bernards Blanks North Plainfield, 3-0; Ball Fans 14 Batters


BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Dominant pitching by Daniel Ball boosted Bernards to a 3-0 victory over North Plainfield in the opening round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 baseball tournament on Tuesday.

Ball allowed just one hit, struck out 14 batters and walked four in six innings pitched before Jack Evleth pitched a hitless seventh inning with a walk and two strikeouts for the Mountaineers (14-9). Ball was approaching the pitch count limit and had thrown 109 pitches through six frames.

Bernards scored all its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Robbie Holmes hit a solo home run, Kyle Levine singled in the second run and Evleth plated the third run, also with an RBI single. Those represented three of the four hits Bernards managed against North Plainfield starter Terrance Jones, who threw a complete game with four strikeouts and three walks.

Bruce Weyand had the only hit for North Plainfield (12-7).

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