SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield right-hander Kyle Moroney had a prediction before yesterday's game against Colonia: “I needed to keep Colonia off balance at the plate. I knew coming into the game they hit very well against Piscataway.”
That is exactly what Moroney did. The senior used a great fastball, a knee-buckling curve, and great control to keep Colonia off balance all game long and help the South Plainfield baseball team win, 8-0. Moroney had six complete innings of work, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Colonia could not muster a threat, and was never able to get a runner past second base.
South Plainfield got on the scoreboard in the first inning when lead-off hitter Kyle Dickerson scored on a balk called against Colonia starter Bryan Kopko. The Tigers would chip away at Kopko, scoring three runs in the second inning and one more in the fifth inning when Kopko was relieved by CJ Lehmann.
The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game open. LJ Scarpitto was hit by a pitch. Kyle Dickerson singled, and seniors Aidan McDermott and Justin Marks were each issued a walk. With two outs, pinch hitter Xavier Wilson singled to drive in both Dickerson and McDermott.
South Plainfield’s Kyle Dickerson and LJ Scarpitto each scored twice and singled. Senior Justin Marks was two for three and Xavier Wilson was one for one with two RBIs. The victory allows South Plainfield to advance in the GMCT to play against South Brunswick this Thursday in South Brunswick.