Freehold Township’s Mike Pirrotta Tames Tigers in Home Opener, 6-3

Freehold Township's Mike Pirrotta threw six strong innings to lead the Freehold Township Patriots to a 6-3 victory over South Plainfield. Credits: Glenn F. Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Freehold Township’s Mike Pirrotta threw six innings allowing just two runs, and Freehold Township held off a seventh inning South Plainfield rally, to go on and defeat the South Plainfield Tigers 6-3.

South Plainfield jumped ahead in the first inning when senior second baseman Brian Gillen singled and scored on an error at 1st base. The Freehold Township Patriots took their first lead of the game on a two-out double by Austin Ramos.  Ramos’ laced the ball off the 3rd base scoring John Carroll for a Patriot 2-1 lead.

The Tigers knotted the game in the 2nd inning when Tiger senior Tommy Dunn singled home Xavier Wilson. Dunn was South Plainfield’s offensive star of the game going two for three and knocking in two runs.

The game, however, came down to pitching and Patriot ace Pirrota outdueled South Plainfield starter Vincent Pellegrino for the win. In addition to pitching six innings for the win, Pirrotta helped his own cause at the plate going two for three.  The Patriots’ Joe Silvestone was two for three with a double.

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