Indians Advance to SCT Quarters
Toms River -- What started out to be a damp and gloomy day at Ken Frank Field at Toms River South, ended up with a come from behind Indians win over Brick Township High School by a score of 4-1.
While most Shore Conference teams played their Round of 16 games earlier in the day and avoided the rain, Toms River South and Brick were locked in a weather watch game that started at 2pm. Toms River South seniors had their senior prom Friday night and came out a little sluggish against Brick but were determined to make the Cinderella Dragons miss the rest of the SCT Championship dance.
Toms River South has now beaten Brick Township four times this season by scores of 4-2, 4-3, 1-0 and 4-1. The first three games were close divisional games and today's SCT game was no different.
Brick opened the contest with a bunt single from leadoff hitter John Prato. Prato would later score off an RBI double from Trevor Rowe. The Dragons would miss an early opportunity to job all over Indians pitcher Justin Fall in the inning. A base running miscue and then leaving the bases loaded would come back to hurt the Dragons, as this would be the only productive inning for Brick who would go on to leave 6 runners on base.
Fall worked in and out of trouble early on and when he settled into his groove their was no stopping the lefty. Justin finished the day 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.
The Indians offense started to wake up and it looked like they might get on the board in the fourth inning after a leadoff hit Matt Shiffer who was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tom Campo. After a strikeout of Trevor Wagner, Toms River South looked like they were starting to get Tito Morales who walked the next two batters. After a visit to the mound, Morales was able to strikeout the next batter to end the Indians threat.
After a quiet top of the fifth inning for Brick, Toms River South was at it again getting runners on base. Once again the leadoff with a single from Mike Conover and a walk to Tyler Wisnewski, that would end the day for the Dragons lefty who finished 4 innings pitched, 3 hits, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. Relief pitcher Nic Chirichello came in and got the next two batter before giving up and RBI double to Campo and then a monster RBI triple to left center from Trevor Wagner to put the Indians up 3-1.
Toms River South would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning. Fall made quick work of the Dragons hitters, throwing just 11 pitches to end the game 1-2-3 and send the Toms River South Indians into the quarterfinals Wednesday against Freehold Borough at Toms River South.