Baseball – Jersey Mike’s Week 4 Team of the Week: Wall
The start to the 2022 season was, by no means, a bad one for the Wall High School baseball team. The Crimson Knights went 2-2 and scored three or fewer runs in three of the four games.
For a team that finished second in the Shore Conference in runs scored in 2021 (No. 1 outside of the Class B Central division) and returned several key hitters in the lineup, it was an especially modest start to the season.
Since then, the Crimson Knights have been held under five runs just one time in 11 games and are starting to look like the run-scoring juggernaut that they hoped to be heading into the season. Last week, Wall swung its way to three wins over St. John Vianney, Freehold Boro and Howell and rode a big pitching effort to another -- a mix that earned the Crimson Knights the Week 4 Jersey Mike's Team of the Week Award.
Last week, Wall took down a dangerous St. John Vianney team with relative ease, 10-2, before knocking off another divisional opponent in Freehold Boro, 12-1. Those two wins kept the Crimson Knights in the running for a share of the Class B North division title, which still hangs in the balance heading into next week.
Over the weekend, Wall got a big-time pitching performance from junior Zach Szatkowski in the Monmouth County Tournament Round of 16 in a 3-0 win over Monmouth Regional, which helped offset Wall's lowest scoring output since the first full week of the season.
The offense came back with a vengeance on Sunday, with the Crimson Knights scoring 11 runs in the first three innings and one in the seventh to beat top-seeded Howell, 12-11, in the MCT quarterfinals.
Wall is gearing up to play Marlboro Monday in the MCT semifinal, with a chance to play in the county championship game for the first time since 2015.