SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School baseball smacked Hopatcong on Monday.. Thomas Ferrera hit a homerun to left field as part of a seven run first inning that sparked a huge 16-4 win over the Chiefs.
Though there were defensive miscues by Hopatcong throughout the game, Sparta forced them with hard hits and aggressive base running. The first two rotations through the lineup saw balls being put in play. They pushed Hopatcong to make plays and Hopatcong made five errors. The sun was a problem for both teams but the Spartans fought through it and limited innings that had big-run potential.
Matt Guerra went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Ronan Jarvis went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Matthew Sigillo had 2 hits, one RBI and three runs scored. Matthew Sharpe added a double for Sparta.
The first three innings were a merry-go-round for Sparta. After giving up one run in the first, they scored seven. After giving up two more in the second, they scored two more in the bottom half. They would not let Hopatcong gain any momentum.
Connor Dick started on the mound for Sparta and pitched five innings. He had two strikeouts en route to the win.
Coming off the huge 10 inning win at Skylands Stadium, Sparta get their third win of the season Monday to get back to .500.