PISCATAWAY -- The South Plainfield High School varsity baseball team defeated Piscataway, 5-2, in eight innings Monday afternoon at Columbus Park in Piscataway.
South Plainfield and Piscataway were both held scoreless until the top of the eighth when the Tigers plated five runs. Ashwin deGroot hit a clutch base knock to drive in two runs. South Plainfield scored three more runs on two errors. Rob Gonzalez added another two hits and a run scored while Connor Adams had a single and a run and Chris Born had two hits and a run scored. Stanczak and Chris Shine also scored.
Shine and Piscataway’s Jason Mahmood both pitched gems. Shine earned the win tossing seven innings of shutout ball allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out 10. Mahmood was the hard-luck loser as he gave up three unearned runs, four hits, and two walks. Mahmood struck out eight.
After the Tigers scored five in the top half of the frame, the Chiefs scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Matt Peterson smacked an RBI-triple to score Roldan Morris, who also had a hit. Parris Washington added the other RBI which scored Peterson, had two hits. Chris Lowry also had a single as well.
Peterson is hitting a team best .526 on the season with 20 hits in 38 at-bats. Peterson has three triples, 13 RBI, and 11 runs scored.
For the game, South Plainfield tallied six his while Piscataway mustered four. The Tigers and Chiefs both had three errors, though Piscataway’s was more costly.
South Plainfield’s win broke Piscataway’s mini three-game winning streak. The Tigers now own a 6-7 overall record including 5-4 in the Greater Middlesex Conference-White Division. With the loss, Piscataway fell to 7-4 and 5-2 in GMC-White play.
Despite the loss, the Chiefs still lead the division.
Both teams are back at it again on Tuesday against each other at 4:00 p.m. this time in South Plainfield.