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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.

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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.