JV Baseball Update

Joe Meade, Staff Writer

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April 1- On Saturday, the JV Rams played Rahway on a rather cold April Fool’s Day. The Rams were eager to get out on the field after weeks of preparation. In the first inning, the Rams held Rahway scoreless. But, Rahway came out swinging in the second inning scoring six runs by way of hits, and some unlucky hops for the Rams. While Rahway was hitting, it seemed like the Rams could not buy a hit. However, in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Rams solved Rahway’s pitching and scored four runs by drawing walks, getting hits, and executing in key situations. Sadly for the Rams Rahway got their six-run lead right back in the top of the fifth inning by scoring four runs. But, the JV Rams knew they were not done with their offensive momentum and scored two runs in the fifth by hitting effectively and stealing bases aggressively. The Rams held Rahway to no runs in the top of the sixth thanks to great pitching by Pat Tobin and stellar catching by Ben Landis (who threw several people out during the game).  At the start of the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rams were down 10-6. The Rams kept up their momentum closing the gap to 10-8 thanks to a key double by Rams Third Baseman and Pitcher Jack Sildat. The Rams defense again held Rahway to zero runs in the top of the seventh with great fielding by Sean Carey, Michael Roper, and Jack Sildat. In the bottom of the seventh, the Rams drew walks and executed key singles and infield hits which lead them to be in a situation to tie or win the game. The Rams stole home to make it 10-9 and tied the game by way of a fielder’s choice. Even though the Rams tied the game, they could not complete the comeback so the game ended in a 10-10 tie. At the beginning and middle of the game, a comeback did not seem realistic but the Rams kept fighting and showed the ability to comeback from a large deficit which is not very common in high school baseball.

 

April 4- After a tie in their first game, the JV Baseball team played two games this week. The first was a road game at David Brearley. Brearley came out swinging and was able to earn some early hits which resulted in early runs for Brearley. Early hits coupled with untimely errors resulted in Brearley taking an early 2-0 lead. After key hits from Pat Tobin and James Kim, the Rams powered ahead 3-2 in the top of the third. Sadly, nothing would come after this. Brearley quickly regained its lead and went right back on their hit streak. More untimely errors for the Rams is what ultimately sank them and Brearley’s pitchers did not blink after the 3rd inning. Brearley won the game 7-3 giving the Rams their first loss.

 

April 8- After losing in such a frustrating way, the Rams were an inspired team against Roselle Park in their second game of the week. The Rams came out firing in all aspects of the game. Jack Reily and a tightened Rams defense held Roselle Park to zero hits until the fifth inning. Besides great pitching, the Rams were dominant on offense. In the third inning, the Rams started out with a 1-0 lead. But, thanks to aggressive baserunning and key doubles by Jack Reily and James Kim the Rams gained a 4-0 lead by the end of the third. After Reily held Roselle Park scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings the score differential only grew. These were thanks to multiple walks (drawn by Jack Sildat, Joe Meade, and Michael Roper), a double by Liem Lynch, and a key single from Sean Carey. Eventually, the lead for the Rams was 9-0. Roselle Park tried to mount a comeback but Reily and the Rams defense did not hesitate. Reily kept getting punch outs and with the help of Catcher Ben Landis and Shortstop Michael Roper was able to pick a few people off at first. Oratory’s third baseman Jack Sildat also made multiple plays in the field for the Rams. In the top of the seventh, the Rams gave up their only run of the game on an unlucky inside-the-park home run by Roselle Park. This did not phase the Rams defense or pitcher Jack Reily who quickly shut down Roselle Park for good resulting in a 9-1 victory for the Rams (their first win of the year).

 

April 11- The Rams rode offensive and defensive momentum into Meisel Park against Dayton. Although Dayton took an early lead on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third inning the Rams tied the game in the top of the fourth inning thanks to a double from James Kim. In the top of the fifth inning, the Rams loaded the bases with 2 outs when Jack Reily came up to bat. Reily smacked a double that knocked in three runs for the Rams making the score 4-1. This proved to be fatal for Dayton as they only managed one more run off Rams Pitcher Pat Tobin who was firing on all cylinders from the first inning to the sixth inning. The Rams then brought in Ben Landis who easily finished off Dayton. This meant the Rams improved to a solid 2-1-1 record to start the year.

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