LITTLE FALLS, NJ – The James Caldwell High School baseball team overpowered Columbia High School 6-2 in Saturday’s game, held at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls on the campus of Montclair State University.
After falling behind early, Caldwell rallied behind solid hitting and a complete game from pitcher Evan Dyer. Coach Scott Illiano noted Dyer’s performance and his resolve after surrendering three hits and a walk in the first inning. Dyer did not surrender another hit until the sixth inning.
“That was the most important part of the game,” Illiano said of Dyer’s ability to get himself out of the inning.
After giving up three hits and the walk, Dyer forced Columbia to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, ending the inning and limiting a further deficit. The Chiefs were only down one after the first, and secured the momentum for the rest of the game.
Competitive at-bats against Columbia’s Danny Boehmer also played an important part in the win, Illiano said.
The momentum from the defensive performance in the first inning helped propel Caldwell to the victory. After going ahead 3-2 in the sixth, the offense put the game out of reach. Mike Cavallo and Jon DeMattheis recorded back-to-back triples in the top of the seventh inning and Jon Housel’s sacrifice fly to centerfield scored DeMattheis, to put the Chiefs up 6-2.
The victory improves Caldwell to 10-4 overall, securely in second place behind Newark East-Side in the Liberty Division of the Super Essex Conference. Their next game is at James Caldwell High School, where they will host Glen Ridge on May 1 at 4:00 p.m.