CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex baseball team started its ‘Last Dance’ Tournament out on the right foot with a 13-1 victory over Cedar Grove on Tuesday.
“It was good…all around it was a good team performance,” Tim Walsh, the West Essex head coach, said.
The Knights were able to turn the game in their favor in the third inning. Bringing the offense the West Essex squad notched a 10-run inning that included a two-run double from Mike Girardi.
“The third inning really opened it up really one through 10,” said Walsh.
West Essex was able to get an impressive performance from leadoff man Tyler Sorrentino, who scored three runs and turned in a solid pitching performance.
“[Sorrentino] had three runs scored and really led us off in the right direction,” said Walsh.
West Essex saw solid pitching performances from a trio of arms. Sorrentino, Henry Sanok and Matt Castrovinci combined to allow just a single earned run over a five-inning span.
“[They] all went out and threw strikes, which is all I could ask for, and they got the job done,” said Walsh.
Justin Waack drove in the first of three Sorrentino runs scored by way of an RBI triple to set the tone for the game.
While West Essex is eager to continue playing onward in the tournament the group continues to hold the game in prospective of the grand picture that this tournament can’t overshadow.
“It was good to go out and get the first win, but more importantly they all went out and had fun,” said Walsh.
The West Essex squad will now take on rival Caldwell, which is expected to start its top pitcher in the contest at The Oval. While rivalries always ignite the competitive fire the group will continue to keep themselves reserved as the tournament moves onward.
Cedar Grove will meet Glen Ridge at 2 p.m. at The Oval.
“It is another tough game, but with our lineup hopefully we have a chance and will go out and have some fun,” said Walsh.