WARREN, NJ – The cold weather was no match for the Watchung Hills boys baseball team. Dan Roth recorded his first victory of the year for the Hustlin’ Warriors and Watchung Hills scored eight runs in the bottom half of the first inning on the way to thumping Franklin, 13-3, on Friday.
The game was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Roth allowed just one earned run while scattering four hits over four innings. Watchung Hills’ senior Nick Cortes pitched one inning allowing just one unearned run on no hits.
Watchung Hills led 8-1 following the first inning. Sullivan Bean went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and a double.
Tyler Kulisz had a double with two runs, Eric Plesko scored a run and had two RBI.
When asked about how his team handled the cold weather, Coach Joe Tremarco said, "It’s always nice when you can jump out ahead and your pitcher battles through the weather.” Tremarco was right. The Hustlin' Warriors battled through the weather and tacked on runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
The victory improves Watchung Hills’ record to 3-1 on the season.
Franklin's Tom Smiley had an RBI single. Franklin falls to 1-2 on the season.