SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School varsity baseball team had a comeback for the ages. Down 8-0 before they even got a chance to bat in the bottom of the first, they clawed back and defeated the Notre Dame High School Irish 14-13 in dramatic walk-off fashion in South Plainfield.
The Tigers mustered three runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Winning pitcher Dave Tavares, who earned his first varsity win in relief, registered a double and Nick Polizzano drove in the first run with a bases-loaded walk. Jean Sapini scored the second run on a fielder’s choice, and the winning run came by way of a throwing error.
The team’s combined for nine errors on the day.
Tigers head coach Anthony Guida’s squad got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the second inning, and scored five more in each the fourth and sixth innings before plating three in the last inning.
The Irish (5-2) picked up two runs in the fourth and seventh innings in addition to plating a run in the sixth, but couldn’t hold off the Tigers in the end.
Mike Stanczak went 3-for-5 on the day, Tavares picked up two hits in two at-bats, and Jake Hoffman finished 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs for the Tigers.
Pitching for the first time since Opening Day since coming down with pneumonia, South Plainfield’s Jake Alba failed to make it out of the first inning. The Stony Brook signee allowed six hits and gave up multiple runs.
With the win, South Plainfield has won three straight and is now above the .500 mark at 4-3 seven games in.
Next up, South Plainfield hosts Paramus Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.