NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – West Essex' baseball team defeated Verona, 7-3, in North Caldwell on Wednesday.

Alex Hardenberg and Austin Masters had two hits each for Verona.  Mario Catania pitched five innings for Verona with three strikeouts and allowing eight hits. 

Chris Pezzuti allowed eight hits and had eight strikeouts for West Essex. 

Verona plays Montclair-Kimberley Academy on Friday at 4 p.m. in Verona.