UNION, NJ -- Anthony Farinha stole home plate on an RBI from Nestor Conforti to break Union’s 3-3 tie with the Colonia Patriots in the final inning Saturday.
“I was just trying to find a way to get to home plate and I did,” Farinha said in a post-game interview.
With the 4-3 victory, the Farmers improved to (12-13, 2-8 UCIAC). Their opponent fell to (14-11, 8-4 GMC).
Conforti has been struggling with hitting this season, but was able to get some good hits towards the end of Saturday’s game.
“Right now I’m having a hard time at the plate, but last at bat I hit the ball pretty hard, so I was trying to hit it hard again,” Conforti told TAPinto Union. Luckily I did.”
On the mound, Brandon Bedlivey prevented scoring with four strikeouts.
“We did what we had to do to win a baseball game,” Farmers Head Coach Angel Navarrete said. “We grinded a game out, we made some errors, we struggled a little bit, but a win is a win.”
The boys got off to rocky start with hitting, but started to make some improvements in the later innings.
“They adjusted as the game went on hitting wise, which we’ve been talking about all year,” Navarrete said. “They made adjustments in the back end, cut down on strikeouts and put the ball in play a little more.”
Following their victory, the Farmers will take on the (16-9, 5-4 UCIAC) Scotch Plains- Fanwood Raiders Monday for the first round of the NJSIAA State Tournament. The two teams will meet at Union High School’s LeMatty Field at 3:00 PM.