Sports

So. Plainfield Edged By Somerville at TD Bank Ballpark

11aebea4458ab821c154_IMG_2401.jpg
15ec9c1f4a0e429ea242_IMG_2402.jpg
7450b93c99a23a93aaaf_IMG_2399.jpg
fb7d4b52d975334a716f_2016050795210246.jpg
96af3e6398447c5af0e0_IMG_2390.jpg
9d0fc3e2c1194e68cfaf_IMG_2391.jpg
8936c687391c91d84792_IMG_2393.jpg
16f973ba3a06381f9e0a_IMG_2395.jpg
78b1f18327ee8ccda196_IMG_2396.jpg
360abd1d6bd44180b0e4_IMG_2397.jpg
0ac9a51617ee675fb041_IMG_2398.jpg
227f0f3f0f27ac4529f8_IMG_2403.jpg
d8720e853439f3f934a3_IMG_2404.jpg
e30a4e096f6678ea614c_IMG_3332.jpg
1a225ea4075c3dcff842_IMG_7778.jpg
11aebea4458ab821c154_IMG_2401.jpg

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - On a nice cool night under the lights of TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, the South Plainfield High School Tigers varsity baseball team went up against the Pioneers of Somerville.

Somerville won the battle of Somerset versus Middlesex County 8-6 and improved their record to 12-5 while South Plainfield fell to 8-11.

“[Despite the loss] I was real proud with the way we played,” South Plainfield head coach Anthony Guida told TAPinto South Plainfield on the field after the game. “I tried my hardest to get everybody in [and] everybody but one player got in and I thought that was pretty good (against) a team that kept all their (starters) in.

Sign Up for E-News

“I think each guy played real well, didn’t make any real defensive mistakes, and I’m pretty proud with the way we played today. I think this was a good game, but unfortunately we didn’t have a shutdown inning. They score and we needed to hold them but we did not.”

The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning. Number nine batter in the order Jake Hoffman started off the inning with a single that scooted past the second baseman and then moved to second on a stolen base. After a Jack Gillis walk, Hoffman and Gillis notched a double steal, and Kyle Bythell punched an RBI single to right to score Hoffman. Gillis, who made a highlight reel diving grab in centerfield which prompted the ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 tune to end the bottom of the second, scored on a fielder’s choice by Nick Polizzano for the Tigers’ second run.

South Plainfield kept things rolling in the top of the fourth inning, scoring two more runs on two-out RBI singles by Gillis and Bythell to go up 4-0.

Somerville woke up though in the home half of the fourth, getting their first hits of the game off Ryan Stankan as Kellen Hardy (double) and Thomas Babalis (single) put a two-spot up in the hit column. However, the Pioneers couldn’t push any runs across and left the bases loaded after South Plainfield catcher Jared Marks snapped threw to first base and picked off Somerville’s Ethan Lott to end the threat and the inning.

They did however explode for six runs in the fifth. After a bases load walk to score a run, JoJo Mosca followed with a big two-out, two-RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3. Somerville plated two more runs to take a 5-4 lead as a high pop-up between first base and right field caused trouble and dropped to the grass. The Pioneers scored another as a single by Mike Miceli got passed the left fielder to score the runner and led 6-4 after five.

“Unfortunately we had one little miscue,” Guida said off the miscommunication on the ball that dropped in right field. “I actually didn’t get a chance to talk to those two guys [to find out] what happened communication wise, but that ball’s caught, you know, we walk out of that inning with the lead.”

South Plainfield didn’t put their heads down and came right back with two runs of their own in the top of the sixth. Dylan O’Connor smashed an RBI double into the right center gap to tie the game at 6-6.

But, Somerville’s Chris Ciempolo led-off the bottom of the sixth with a double and later scored on a passed ball to retake the lead 7-6. Somerville would plate another to lead 8-6 going into the final frame.

South Plainfield couldn’t muster any runs in their last licks, as the near three-hour game came to a close. The eight runs between the fifth and sixth innings for Somerville doomed the Tigers.

The Tigers used six pitchers including Polizzano, who started and pitched the first two innings. In fact, it was Polizzano’s first start on the mound and said the nerves that usually don’t affect him got the best of him.

“The nerves usually don't get to me, but getting the starting pitching job for the first time in my high school career on a stage like that really caught me by surprise,” Polizzano told TAPinto South Plainfield.

Jake Alba followed Polizzano for an inning of work as the two combined for a no-hitter through three innings. The rest of the hurlers couldn’t stack up and gave up 10 hits and multiple walks in final four innings.

But as mentioned above, Guida tried to get all his players in the game and give them an opportunity to play on a big stage in the stadium, something Somerville didn’t do.

“With playing at the stadium that was my goal,” Guida said. “This was a special game with where we were playing. A lot of these kids grew up coming here to watch the Patriots play, so I knew it would be important to get them on the field. That was my goal coming in, trying to get everybody in regardless of the score and I almost succeeded with one player not getting in.”

The Kean-bound senior Polizzano, in spite of the tough loss, said he enjoyed playing on a professional field and talked about what it was like playing at Ballpark Digest’s Best Independent Minor League Ballpark in the nation.

“I’ve played here before for the (Greater Middlesex County) finals my sophomore year and there’s no feeling like it,” Polizzano said. “The crowd, the lights, just the atmosphere in general makes the whole experience of high school baseball that much better.

“But to be there with the seniors Jack, Jake, and Brian Cullen, along with the rest of the team, really made the experience worthwhile.”

Before South Plainfield enters the GMC Tournament, they have a jam-packed schedule of games this upcoming week, including traveling to St. Mary’s in Rutherford, N.J. on Monday.

“We’ll find out Tuesday where our seeding is for the GMC’s, but we have a full slate of games,” Guida said. “We have five games in six days now so we’re continuing on.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Samantha Pullen Girls’ Spring Track

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ track team is off to another great start in the 2018 season.  Their record currently stands at 3-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers defeated divisional rivals Metuchen and Middlesex by the scores of 80-56 and 75-56.  They then went on to dominate Bishop Ahr by a score of 112-24.  Much of the Lady Tigers success has been due to the ...

The Athlete of the Week Tatianna Sutor Girls’ Lacrosse

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ Lacrosse team is off to a fantastic start to their 2018 season with a record of 2-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers crushed division rival Bishop Ahr by the score of 14-2, and then went on to beat Boonton 6-3.  A huge part of the success for South Plainfield has been due in a large part to the contributions of senior goalie Tatianna ...

Obituaries

Victor Kochmann, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Letter Welcoming Mike Zushma to Politics

April 19, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I'd like to welcome Mike Zushma to the world of politics and congratulate him on being selected as the town's Democratic Chairman.

 

I've served as Republican chair since 2009, and I've always enjoyed spending my time helping good people get elected to office.  In South Plainfield, it's never about party:  People work together and try ...

Natalie Stilo Signs with Drew University Golf Team

April 20, 2018

Natalie Stilo, Senior at Bishop George Ahr High School, has signed with Drew University's golf team. Currently, Natalie is on Bishop Ahr's golf team. Golf became her passion after her 10 year career in gymnastics ended. She has been working on her golf game and is excited to have the opportunity to play for Drew. She will attend Drew University in the Fall, majoring in Molecular Biology ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield High School Hall Of Fame Is Seeking Nominees

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Hall of Fame Committee is again holding their search for candidates for induction into the SPHS Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was established at South Plainfield High School to recognize outstanding graduates as leaders in their fields who could serve as role models for current and future students.

Candidates will be evaluated on ...

Kennedy School Welcomes Author Lisa Mullarkey

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Teacher and children’s author Lisa Mullarkey stopped by John F. Kennedy Elementary School on April 18. 

“This year’s guest author was very well received by our students and staff. Mrs. Mullarkey spent the day motivating our students to be future writers," said Kennedy Principal Kevin Hajduk. "It was a privilege for our students at ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold Open House on April 24

April 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy, an AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, will hold an open house the evening of Tuesday, April 24.At this time, prospective students and their families in pre-K3 through 8th grade will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet teachers and register. 

“Holy Savior ...

Elks Lodge #2298 Hosted Princess Breakfast

April 19, 2018

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 Youth Activities Committee recently hosted a Princess breakfast, in conjunction with the South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop.   On the menu we featured only the BEST breakfast in town.  Our lil princesses were able to come down to have their pictures taken with their favorite Disney characters. 

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 ...

Part Time Position in Municipal Court

The South Plainfield Borough is seeking to hire a part time person with strong customer service skills to perform detailed Municipal Court clerical work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Answering telephone and walk in inquiries, data entry, maintaining files and records for accuracy, processing payments, related duties as required.

Successful candidates should process ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_bbe5d2f368f320d67fab_img_3263

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

South Plainfield

Open House 312 Elissa Court South Plainfield

Real Estate

Carousel_image_6fa66652e238649d073e_suburban_woman_s_club

Sun, April 22, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

Suburban Woman's Club Luncheon/Fashion Show April ...

Carousel_image_79e43290d41725d212ec_taste_of_south_plainfield_2018

Mon, April 23, 6:00 PM

South Plainfield

Taste of South Plainfield

Carousel_image_bad097ae8b2fe018094c_mayors_wellness

Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Spring Wellness Health Fair - Mayor's Wellness

Carousel_image_5cb3a344be063f4eef87_hf_2018_updated-page-001

Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield's Annual Health and Fitness Fair

Carousel_image_540ba92b7ee7d0a56fba_elvis_tribute_final

Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

A Tribute to our Veterans - Jim Barone

Columns

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

Bookmarks

Your library is a hub of education and entertainment that is available to you not just when the library is open, but at all hours, thanks to our great online resources.  

If you want to brush up on your computer skills, or learn something new, try Learning Express.  You can access it through the library’s website. Once you’ve registered (you’ll need ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Hears Presentation on WWII Air Force Service Pilots

During World War II, one thousand seventy-four aviators, all with prior experience and airman certificates, flew over 60 million miles; transported every type of military aircraft; towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice; simulated strafing missions and transported cargo. Thirty-eight members of this elite group lost their lives and one went missing in performing their ...

Press Releases

Taste of South Plainfield Set for Monday, April 23rd

April 22, 2018

The seventh annual Taste of South Plainfield, set for Monday, April 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., will offer an all-you-can-eat sampling of local fare, craft beer and wine. The South Plainfield Business Association-sponsored event will be held at South Plainfield Sen ior Center, 90 Maple Ave.

This very popular event will include ethnic specialties and desserts as well as a variety of wine and craft ...