Summit Rolls Past Rahway 12-3 to Extend Win Streak to 4

Chris George warms up before his at-bat in the fifth inning. George scored two of the Hilltoppers' twelve runs.
Sophomore James Baumeister pitching against Rahway on Tuesday. He threw two scoreless innings to secure the win for Summit.
SUMMIT, NJ - Summit scored all twelve of its runs in the first three innings to overpower Rahway 12-3 at Memorial Field on Tuesday. All but one member of the starting lineup scored a run as the Hilltoppers' team effort put Rahway away early. Pat Birosak pitched five strong innings to earn the win as Summit lifted their record to 7-4. Summit has won four games in a row and has averaged eleven runs per game during the streak.

The Hilltoppers had an offensively eventful first inning, as has been their custom this season. Rahway scored two runs in the top of the inning with a two-run home run by Taylor Jamieson, but Summit responded quickly and strongly. Matt Rea led off the inning with a beautifully placed bunt single, and Kenny Miller followed up with a single to right field on the next pitch. Junior Nick Oristanio then belted his fifth home run of the season to left field to give Summit the lead. Matt Dewald and Chris George reached base through a fielder's choice and an error, respectively, to give the Hilltoppers runners on first and second base with two outs. Senior Jay Crisfield drove in Dewald and advanced George to third base with a single to right field. George scored and Crisfield advanced to second base on a balk to give the Hilltoppers a 5-2 lead. Joe Weil then drove Crisfield in with a single to center field to give Summit its sixth run of the inning.

The Hilltoppers continued to put pressure on Rahway with more scoring in the second inning. Miller hustled down the line on an infield hit, then Ben Roessle and Oristanio walked to set the table for Dewald. The junior responded by singling to center field to drive in Miller and Oristanio; Roessle scored on an overthrow to third base to give Summit a 9-2 advantage. Dewald was then thrown out at home on a ground ball by Chris George. Summit added its tenth run after Birosak singled, stole second, advanced to third on a fielder's choice, and scored on another balk.

In the third inning, Summit added two more runs, taking advantage of Rahway's defensive miscues. Joe Weil singled to left field to lead off the inning. Then, on another excellent bunt by Rea, Rahway's Dan Guinta overthrew first base, enabling Weil and Rea to advance a base. On the next play, they both scored as Rahway's Taylor Jamieson overthrew home on Kenny Miller's groundball. The error gave Summit a 12-3 lead that the Hilltoppers held due to strong pitching from Birosak and sophomore James Baumeister.

The key to Summit's victory, as it has been during the team's recent win streak, was the offense. Senior Matt Rea said after the win, "The offense has come around and has been more than I expected coming into the year." He added that scoring runs, "is easy when you have Nick Oristanio." The junior's five home runs put him one away from the Hilltopper single-season record of six set in 1994 by Alfie Critelli. Coach Kevin Zaleski added, "this is the best Summit has hit in the four years that I've been here."

This win began a stretch of seven games in ten days for the Hilltoppers. They take on Roselle Park on Thursday.

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