SUMMIT, NJ - Sean Trotter led an offensive onslaught for Cranford, scoring three runs and driving in two more as the Cougars beat Summit 14-0 at Memorial Field on Tuesday. Kurt Rutmeyer pitched four strong innings to secure the win for Cranford.
Summit played poor defense throughout the game, making several errors that Cranford took advantage of. The Hilltoppers did not pitch well either, surrendering eight hits and five walks in the five-inning game. The game was shortened from seven innings due to the NJSIAA's "mercy rule." Cranford was leading by more than ten runs after the completion of five innings, and therefore was awarded the victory.
Cranford came into the contest regarded as one of the top teams in Union County and is the best team Summit has played all season. Although the Summit Hilltoppers acknowledged this after the game, they were not pleased with their effort. "They were a good team, but we hurt ourselves with a lot of walks and errors," head coach Kevin Zaleski said. "We just came out flat today." Senior captain Ben Roessle added, "We are going to put that one behind us."
Matt Dewald was a bright spot for Summit, collecting two hits in his two at-bats. Senior Jack Mulcahy held Cranford scoreless in the fifth inning, the only frame in which Cranford did not score a run.
With the loss, the Hilltoppers fall to 8-5 on the season. This was Summit's first setback in six games. Senior Reid VanSyckle was removed from the game in the second inning after injuring his right arm on a play at the plate.
On Thursday, Summit takes on Roselle Catholic at Memorial Field. Summit fell to Roselle Catholic 8-1 in the season opener.
Summit was recently awarded the ninth seed in the Union County baseball tournament, and will play at Elizabeth on May 5th.