On a sunny day over spring break, the varsity boys’ baseball team was in action for a doubleheader at Diamond Nation field in Flemington against Hackettstown, and then Kinnelon.
Steven Breeman started the first game on the mound and starred with four innings pitched, two hits, and zero earned runs. The Falcons struck first in the bottom of the first inning where they took a 1-0 lead over the Hackettstown Tigers with an RBI from Justin Randzio. In the bottom of the second, the Falcons exploded for seven runs and two triples, one coming from Zach Roscowsky and the other from Kyle Haller. Haller and Roscowsky combined for five RBIs and were dominant at the plate throughout the game.
In the top of the fifth, the Tigers went on a little bit of a rally of their own, tacking on three runs and making the score 8-4 Falcons. Shane O’Connor entered the game for the Falcons as the closer, and got the save as the Falcons cruised to victory 8-5.
The next game was a nail-biter. Zach Roskowsky started the game and played well, striking out seven batters and allowing one earned run through four innings. The Kinnelon Colts got on the board first and led the Falcons 1-0 through the top half of the first inning. In the bottom of the first, Kyle Haller laid down the double suicide squeeze, which scored two Jefferson runners and the Falcons led 2-1 after one inning. In the second inning, the Colts added two more runs to take the lead 3-2. In the bottom half of the second inning, the Falcons tied the game up 3-3 off an RBI single from Matt Gonzales. The Falcons were able to hold off Kinnelon and have a scoreless top half of the third inning.
The Falcons continued their hot bats in the bottom of the third, where Nick Montone and Matt Gonzales drove in one run apiece to take the lead 5-3 over the Colts. After a scoreless fourth inning, Luke Foth was entered into the game as a relief pitcher and allowed one run in the top of the fifth, which was too late for the Colts, as the Falcons won the nail-biter 5-4. “Timely pitching and timely hits won us both of those games,” said catcher Nick Montone.