REDS 11 - YANKEES 3 The Reds followed up thier Met League regular season title by winning the Met League Tournament on Thursday night in North Haledon. The Yankees broke out on top scoring 1 run in the top of the first but the Reds ended their short celebration by tying it in the bottom of the 2nd on a Roland Goodman single. In the bottom of the 3rd Stephen Nappe crushed a Joe Jimenez 2-1 fastball over the centerfield fence for a 3 run homer and a 4-1 Reds lead. That was all the Reds need but they scored 1 more run that inning. They also scored 4 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th to end the game by the mercy rule. Nick Ramagli, George Monsen, Zac Rose and Mike Cassese each had 2 hits for the Reds. Mike Garcia picked up his second win in the tournament throwing 6 innings and scattering 8 hits while striking out 3.
The Reds now move onto the AABC Regional tournament in Albany, NY starting on July 31.
The Yankees and the host Hackensack Troasts are slated to begin play in the NABF Regional tournament on Thursday, July 30 at Foschini Park in Hackensack.
Yankees Take Down Troasts, Set Up Showdown with Reds for Met League Title
July 22, 2015
YANKEES 3 - TROASTS 0 Ricky Merola, with the help of three inning-ending double plays, scattered 7 hits and propelled the Yankees to the shut out win over the defending Met League Champs. The Yankees now face the Reds for the Met League title in North Haledon on Thursday. A Yankees win will force a deciding game on Friday night, while the Reds need only one win to clinch it.
Reds Slip Past Troasts and Advance to Championship; Yanks Slam Marauders… 3 Teams Remain!
July 21, 2015
REDS 4 - TROAST CLUB 2 Despite only two 6th inning hits, the North Haledon Reds got by Hackensack 4-2, sending the Troasts to the losers bracket and moving themselves into the Championship which will begin Thursday in North Haledon. The Troasts now will host the Yankees in the semi-final game at Foschini Park in Hackensack on Wednesday.
YANKEES 14 - MARAUDERS 0 The Bergen Yankees banged Allendale 14-0 and ended the Marauders run in the playoffs. The Yankees will now battle the Troasts in the semis for the right to take on the Reds in the Championship.
Allendale Marauders Rally Past Rats; Yankees Bounce Black Sox
July 20, 2015
MARAUDERS 11 - SWAMP RATS 2 It was a tight nip and tuck game between the Rats and Allendale through 5 until the Marauders exploded in the 6th inning adding to and extending their 2-run lead to 7. Allendale would tack on 4 more in the 7th to eventually win 11-2 and send the Rats to elimination. The Marauders will face the Yankees on Tuesday in Bergenfield.
YANKEES 8 - BLACK SOX 1 The Yankees expelled the TBT Black Sox from the league tourney after a 8-1 win Monday. Joe Lapi went the distance for the Yanks. The game was stopped and delayed by lightning at one point, but it didn't slow the Yanks from advancing, who now will host the Marauders.
Six Teams Remain; Rats Bounce Mets; Sox Eliminate Bullets in 8; Troasts and Reds Walkoff and Advance
July 19, 2015
SWAMP RATS 8 - METS 5 The Rats were a play at the plate away from the 8-run mercy rule win when the Mets plated a lone run to make it 8-1. Then, in the 7th rallied for 4 more runs to make it very interesting. But it was the Rats that prevailed with the 8-5 win and advance to play the Marauders on Monday in North Haledon. The scrappy Mets were eliminated.
BLACK SOX 4 - BULLETS 3 The Black Sox rallied past the Bullets in 8 innings, eliminating South Bergen from the playoffs. The Black Sox face the Yankees in Bergenfield Monday night at 8pm.
TROASTS 4 - MARAUDERS 3 Down 3-1 entering the bottom of the 7th, Hackensack managed to scratch 3 across to snatch the win. The winning run scored on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch with one out.
REDS 4 - YANKEES 3 The Yankees came from 3-1 down to tie it in the top of the 7th only to watch the Reds walk off with the win in the bottom half setting up the winner bracket game against the Troasts on Tuesday in North Haledon. The Yanks host the Sox on Monday in Bergenfield.
1st Round of Playoffs Done - Yanks Shut out Rats; Marauders Upset Bullets; Troasts and Reds Survive
July 19, 2015
YANKEES 4 - SWAMP RATS 0 Ricky Merola fired a 4 hit shutout and Jose Padilla blasted a solo homer and the Yanks upended the Rats 4-0. The Yankees will face the Reds in NH, while the Rats host the Mets in Kearny.
MARAUDERS 3 - BULLETS 1 The Allendale Marauders upset the South Bergen Bullets and set themselves up for a matchup in Hackensack versus the Troasts. The Bullets will play the Black Sox in Westwood.
REDS 3 - METS 2 The Reds survived a 7th inning rally by the Mets but held on for a 3-2 win. The Reds now host the Yanks, while the Mets travel to Kearny to face the Rats.
TROASTS 11 - BLACK SOX 6 The Troast Club score at least 1 run in every inning and survived a resilient Black Sox team that kept fighting 11-6. Jon Hornung got the win in relief, firing 3.2 innings of scoreless ball. Rich Guillod homered and had 3 RBI to lead the offense. Troasts will host Allendale in Hackensack and the Sox will face the Bullets in Westwood.
MET LEAGUE PLAYOFFS set to begin with 4 games Saturday.
July 18, 2015
Bergen Swamp Rats vs. Bergen Yankees, 4pm, Memorial Field, Bergenfield Allendale Marauders vs. South Bergen Bullets, 5pm, Westvale Field, Westwood TBT Black Sox vs. Hackensack Troasts, 7pm, Memorial Field, Bergenfield Bergen Mets vs. North Haledon Reds, 7pm, North Haledon Municipal Park
Mets Bounce Wildcats in Do or Die Playoff, Gain Entrance in Double-Elim Tourney
July 17, 2015
METS 9 - WILDCATS 5 In the playoff between the Bergen Mets and the NJ Wildcats, with a bid in the 8-team double-elimination tournament at stake, it was 9 runs in the first 3 innings for the Mets that propelled them to a 9-5 win. The Wildcats threatened in the 5th and 6th, but two timely 6-4-3 double plays ended both Cat threats of big innings and the Mets survived to face the top seeded Reds in North Haledon on Saturday night.
Black Sox Grab 7th Seed From Mets 1-0; Bullets Secure 3rd Seed
July 16, 2015
BLACK SOX 1 - METS 0 The game picked up in the bottom of the 3rd with Jimmy Fitzgerald at third base and Mike Struck hitting with a full count. Struck walked as Fitzgerald stole third and then with 1 out JR Hilcher hit an RBI ground ball and the Sox would keep it there for a 1-0 win. Juan Nova (San Francisco Giants) struck out 8 in relief of Dominick Paolo who started the game a week earlier. He allowed 1 hit and was dominating to help the Sox avoid the play in game and set them up for a Saturday playoff match-up vs Hackensack.
BULLETS 6 - BLACK SOX 3 Beau Belt and Dan Chapman combined on a six-hitter as the Bullets topped the Sox. The victory locked up the third seed in the playoffs for the Bullets who closed out the season 17-7 and riding a six game winning streak. Mike Donovan had two RBI in the win.
Yankees get by Marauders 5-0
July 15, 2015
YANKEES 5 - MARAUDERS 0 The Bergen Yanks still have a shot at the 3-seed for the Met League playoffs with their 5-0 win over Allendale. The Yanks win will force the Bullets to try win their final game Thursday for that 3rd seed.
Bullets Explode on Rats; Wildcats Shut Out Marauders; Reds Finish League-best 19-5 w/Win Over Cat
July 14, 2015
BULLETS 13 - SWAMP RATS 0 Danny Poidomi pitched a shortened complete game shutout as the Bullets cruised to a 13-0 win over the Rats.
WILDCATS 3 - MARAUDERS 0 The Jersey Wildcats shut out the Allendale Marauders 3-0 in a tight contest. Aquib Ramshankin threw 5 solid innings of 2 hit ball and Nick Pacifico closed the contest. The Wildcats held onto a slim 1 run lead into the 7th inning on a double by Eddie Spitaletta and an RBI single by Nelson Lopez. That would stand until the Wildcats added 2 insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th.
REDS 8 - WILDCATS 3 First baseman Roland Goodman picked up the win in his annual pitching appearance throwing 4 strong innings. Mike Rizzo continued his hot hitting leading the Reds at the plate going 2 for 3 with a double, 1 run scored and an RBI. Rob Stern also had 2 RBI's. The Reds will start the Met League tournament in North Haledon on Saturday night at 7 PM as the one seed. They finished the regular season at 19-5. They will also be playing in the AABC Regional Tournament in Albany which starts on July 31st.
Yankees Slam Sox; Rats Seize Victory Over Reds; Troast Annihilate Wildcats for 11th Straight
July 13, 2015
YANKEES 10 - BLACK SOX 0 Yanks slam Black sox Bobby Wallum's grand slam puts yanks over the top 10-0. Joe Jimenez went 5 scoreless solid innings for the win.
SWAMP RATS 6 - REDS 4 It was a see-saw like game in North Haledon tonight. Quite typical for a Rats-Reds matchup. After several lead changes, the Rats finally managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning. The Rats scored Nick Pronti and Isaiah Mateo on a two run double by Matt Schwartz. Shortstop Justin Ferreira followed with a sac fly to move Schwartz to third. He later scored on a ground out by Ian Steepy. The Rats used 4 pitchers, none going more than 2.2 innings pitched. Kevin Skettini earned the win in relief scattering 2 hits and allowing one run. The North Haledon Reds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third. The North Haledon Reds' threat began with a single by Nick Steiginga. A single by Nick Ramagli then moved Nick Steiginga from first to second.Rob Stern singled, plating Nick Steiginga and Nick Ramagli.
TROAST CLUB 14 - WILDCATS 0 Hackensack ended the regular season on an 11-game win streak and 16 of 17 with a 14-0 win over the Wildcats. Butch Bellenger blasted a 3-run homer and finished with 3 hits and 4 RBI. Matt Dawkins also collected 4 RBI. Tom Crohan was perfect through 3 and 2/3 until he walked Ed Spittaletta - the Wildcats only baserunner in the 5-inning game. Nick Urbanovich drew 4 walks and scored 3 runs for Hackensack.
Sox, Mets Split; Bullets Over Rats; Marauders Beat Cats, not Troasts; Reds Over Yanks; Cats Top Mets
July 12, 2015
BLACK SOX 7 - METS 4 (game 1) Pete Decilla went for a complete game as the Black Sox won their 3rd straight in game 1 of a double header over the Mets. AJ Torre had 3 hits in the win.
METS 8 - BLACK SOX 2 (game 2) Down 2-0 after 6, the Mets exploded for 8 runs in the top of the 7th to salvage a split in the doubleheader with the Black Sox.
BULLETS 7 - SWAMP RATS 5 Brian Hennelly and Mike Martucci had RBi singles in the fourth inning as the Bullets went ahead to stay in a back-and-forth battle against the Swamp Rats. The Rats took the lead in the second on a three-run home run by Isaiah Mateo. The Bullets stormed back with four unearned runs keyed by a three-run triple by AJ Flores. But the Rats tied it with one in the third and one in the fourth on an RBI double by Justin Ferrerria. Denis Ackermann picked up the win in relief and Peirce Marston notched the save. Flores made a diving catch to start a double play to squelch the Rats seventh inning rally. Mike Rowe had three hits for the Bullets, who picked up their 100th victory in team history.
MARAUDERS 8 - WILDCATS 5 The Wildcats took a 5-3 lead with 4 runs in the top of the 5th only to watch the Marauders answer with 4 of their own in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead and seal the win for Kevin Bonkowski, who went the distance for Allendale. Jordan Aughey was 4 for 4 to lead Allendale while Matt Antonocci went 3 for 3 for the Cats.
TROAST CLUB 14 - MARAUDERS 1 Hackensack erupted for 16 hits in 5 innings and took a 14-0 lead after 3 innings (4 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd and 7 in the 3rd). Butch Bellenger, Matt Dawkins and Angel Roman each had 3 hits. Mike Wassong struck out 8 in 4 innings to grab the win.
REDS 4 - YANKEES 2 In a tight game 3 Reds pitchers held the Yankees potent lineup to 2 runs. Mike Garcia started for the Reds (3.1 innings, 3 hits and 1 run). He was followed by Steve Coral (2.2 innings, 3 hits and 1 run). Andrew Coco picked up the save working out of a 2nd and 3rd jam with 1 out. Ricky Merola pitched well throwing a complete game for the Yankees in the loss. Mike Rizzo (2 RBI's), Mike Cassese (1 runs scored) and Zac Rose (1 RBI) each had two hits for the Reds.
WILDCATS 3 - METS 1 The Jersey Wildcats used a combination of solid defense, timely hitting and 5 solid pitching performances to top a very tough Mets team at Owens Park in Nutley. Erik Loneker gets the win in relief of starting pitcher Aquib Ramkishun. In all, 5 Wildcats pitchers held down a talented Mets team. John Lawton, Greg Dominquez and Ivan Rodriquez all contributed to a 5 hitter. Rory Maglich scored the Wildcats first run.
Black Sox Sweep Wildcats; Bullets get 2 Wins; Marauders Beat Reds then Fall to Troasts
July 11, 2015
BLACK SOX 10 - WILDCATS 0 (game 1) AJ Torre walks off 10-0 in the 5th and Alex Vargas throws a CG striking out 7 for his first Metleague win and first win of 2015
BLACK SOX 4 - WILDCATS 1 Juan Nova struck out 12 in 6 innings and tied 1-1 in the 7th AJ Torre hit a 2 out single and would later score on a bases loaded walk by Mike Struck. Struck was on base 3 times in the game as the Sox swept the Wildcats season series and play 3 games vs the Bergen Mets on Sunday.
BULLETS 7 - METS 2 Beau Belt and Nick Mugglia combined on a six-hitter as the Bullets defeated the Mets 7-2. Belt went the first four innings, allowing one run and striking out six and Mugglia earned the save, allowing four hits and striking out two. At the plate, AJ Flores had two hits and scored three runs for the Bullets.
BULLETS 12 - WILDCATS 0 Three Bullet hurlers combined to one-hit the Wildcats in a 12-0 victory. At the plate, the Bullets scored 9 runs with two outs in the second inning. Bubba Jasinski had two hits and three RBI in the inning. In the bottom of the 4th, a thin skinned short fused umpire decided to throw out a Wildcats batter for questioning a 3rd strike, forcing an early exit to a game because the Cats had only 8 players left.
MARAUDERS 4 - REDS 3 Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th, the Marauders scored twice and left the Reds on the field and walked off with a 4-3 victory. Jack Flemming went the distance for Allendale scattering 8 hits and only allowing 2 earned runs in a 3-run Reds' 3rd inning.
TROAST CLUB 7 - MARAUDERS 3 (9 innings) Allendale, again down 3-2 entering the bottom of the 7th, nearly squeezed out another walk off win. But Hackensack's Ryan Sharkey, who fired 8 solid innings, got a pop up and a strikeout on the 3rd 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th. The Troasts eventually won it in 9 innings by scoring 4. The Troasts top 4 batters were a combined 9 for 18, including a 3 for 4 day from Butch Bellenger.
Bullets Slug Past Wildcats
July 10, 2015
BULLETS 10 - WILDCATS 0 Ryan Kiczek had four hits and six RBI as the Bullets defeated the Wildcats 10-0. Peirce Marston and Nick Mugglia combined on a one-hitter. Marston threw 5 innings and struck out 7 and Mugglia worked a scoreless sixth with two strikeouts. At the plate, Mugglia had three hits.
Troasts Win in Kearny Over Rats 9-2
July 8, 2015
TROAST CLUB 9 - SWAMP RATS 2 Rich Guillod homered in the 1st to give Hackensack an early lead and Corey Figenbaum allowed only an unearned run over 5 solid innings of work as the Troasts cruised to a 9-2 win. Butch Bellenger had 3 hits including 2 triples and a double. Matt Dawkins doubled t clear the bases and Sisco Ramirez tripled with the bases loaded to blow open a 6-run 2nd.
Yanks, Troasts and Reds All Win Again for the 2nd Straight Night
July 7, 2015
YANKEES 5 - SWAMP RATS 4 The Swamp Rats tied the game at 3 with 3 in the 6th and eventually took a 4-3 lead in the 8th. The Yankees would answer and walk-off with a 5-4 8-inning win. Earlier in the game, both Billy Malley and Kyle Norton homered for the Yanks giving them the early lead.
TROAST CLUB 5 - BLACK SOX 2 Hackensack put up a picket fence with single runs in each of the first 4 innings and would go on to win 5-2 over the Black Sox. Mike Wassong threw 4 hitless innings striking out 9 for the win. Tyler Garguilo had 2 hits and 2 RBI for the Troasts.
REDS 18 - METS 1 The Reds scored 18 runs on 12 hits. Four Reds pitcher combined to give up 1 run on 4 hits with 5 k's. Steven Nappe was 2 for 2 with a double, home run, 2 walks, 3 runs cored and 4 RBI's. Nick Ramagli (3 RBI's) and Rob Stern each had three hits for the Reds.
Yanks no-hit Black Sox; Troasts Stop Rats; Reds Win Rubber Match Over Bullets
July 6, 2015
YANKEES 6 - BLACK SOX 0 A 6-run 3rd, highlighted by a Bryan Kay 3 RBI triple, was more than enough for Wilder Pena, Randy Perez and Bobby Wallum, who combined to no-hit the Black Sox.
TROAST CLUB 3 - SWAMP RATS 1 The Troasts used 3 pitchers to stymie the Swamp Rats and end their winning streak. Kevin Thompson went 4 strong innings followed by 2 from Jon Hornung and a 1-inning save from Dan Rattacasa. Sam Elias went the distance for the Rats in a solid effort. John Digirolamo had 2 hits and an RBI to lead Hackensack.
REDS 2 - BULLETS 1 Mike Garcia pitched a complete game holding the Bullets to 1 unearned run on 3 hits. He had 5 Ks. The Reds tied the score in the 5th when Roland Goodman walked with 1 out. The pinch runner George Monsen then scored on a triple by Nick Ramagli. Steven Nappe scored the go ahead and winning run in the 6th on a Zac Rose sacrific fly after Mike Rizzo doubled Steven Nappe to third. Rizzo was 2 for 3 on the night. Wendell Rodriguez (5 innings - 2 runs on 4 hits) picked up the loss in relief of Beau Belt (2 innings - 0 runs on 2 hits)
ALL STARS SHINE IN ANNUAL GAME
July 5, 2015
BERGEN 10 - CLUB 6 Team Bergen (players from The Bergen Mets, Bergen Yankees, South Bergen Bullets & Bergen Swamp Rats) scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to open up a tight 4-4 game and eventually win over the Club team (Hackensack Troasts, Allendale Marauders, North Haledon Reds, NJ Wildcats & TBT Black Sox). Marc Cohen of the Swamp Rats had 3 hits and Bubba Jasinski of the Bullets had 3 RBI for Bergen. Derek Obregon of the Mets pitched a scoreless 6th inning to get the win. Sam Elias shined in his one inning of work by striking out the 3 batters he faced. The Reds' Rob Stern had 2 hit and Allendale's Pete Milevski had a 2RBI double for Club.
Marauders Outpunch Cats; Troasts Bury Mets; Yanks End Skid
July 2, 2015
MARAUDERS 9 - WILDCATS 7 Kevin Bonkowski got the win on the mound for Allendale and Billy Taylor the save as the Marauders outlasted the Wildcats 9-7. Chris DiChairo has 2 hits and scored twice.
TROAST CLUB 15 - METS 1 Hackensack pounded out 14 hits in the 5 inning win. Rich Guillod had 4 RBI and Matt Dawkins added 3. Guillod and Butch Bellenger both doubled twice in the win.
YANKEES 9 - BLACK SOX 1 Billy Malley and Bobby Wallum had 2 hits each and Joe Lapi pitch 4 scoreless innings to help the Yanks end their losing streak and get by the Sox 9-1. Franklin Armstrong had 2 hits for the Black Sox.
SWAMP RATS 4 - MARAUDERS 2 The Rats and the Allendale Marauders both had scoring chances on Wednesday, but it was the Rats that were able to capitalize on them as they pulled out a 4-2 win at Breslin. Allendale got 10 hits to the Rats nine, but Allendale stranded nine on base. Mike Pettigrew reached base three times in the game for the Rats. He scored one run and had one RBI. He singled in the first and fourth innings. Sean Reitz got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five, walked one and scattered nine hits. Rats closer Kevin Skettini put away the final five outs to record the save. Allendale jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third. The Marauders' offense woke up as Hommen tripled before Taylor singled, scoring Hommen.
TROAST CLUB 2 - BULLETS 0 In a routinely tight Troasts v. Bullets game, Hackensack squeaked by with a 2-0 win and the season sweep of South Bergen. Benny Mejia went 3 strong innings, followed by Jon Hornung, who picked up the win with 2 innings and Corey Figenbaum who closed it out with a 2 innings save. Zeph Walters threw a 6-inning complete game gem for the Bullets allowing only 5 hits. But it was Matt Dawkins RBI double in the 5th that broke the scoreless tie, and a Sisco Ramirez RBI single in the 6th that capped the scoring, that was the difference.
Troasts Over Yanks ; Rats Stay Hot Behind CG From Williams; Reds win 5th in a row 2-0 over Bullets
June 30, 2015
TROAST CLUB 10 - YANKEES 2 Hackensack scored in 5 out of 6 innings and cruised to a 10-2 win over the Bergen Yankees. The Troasts put up a 13-hit attack, while Matt Dawkins, Rich Guillod, Butch Bellenger and Robert Herrera all had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Three Hackensack lefties, Kevin Thompson (3 IP), Tom Crohan (1 IP, 3K) and Mike Wassong (2 IP, 4K), held the Yanks to 5 hits. Kevin Montelbano and BIlly Grupenhof both had 2 RBI doubles.
SWAMP RATS 7 - BLACK SOX 0 The Rats jumped out to an early lead on the Black Sox and captured a 7-0 victory on Tuesday at Breslin for their fifth straight. A Passed ball plated Justin Ferreira, an RBI single by Carlos Zabaletta in the first inning and an RBI single by Mike Pettigrew during the second inning fueled the Rats offense early. Ferreira got on base three times in the game for the Rats. He singled in the first and second innings. Josh Williams kept the Black Sox off the scoreboard for all seven innings. He threw a shutout, scattering five hits while ringing up three.
REDS 2 - BULLETS 0 Andrew Coco threw a complete game shutout giving up 2 hits and striking out 11. He improved to 6-0 on the season and ran his streak to 27 innings without giving up a run in the season. The Reds scored the only run they would need in the first when Stephen Nappe doubled home Rob Stern with two outs. The Reds picked up an insurance run in the 5th when Nick Ramagli stole second with two out. He scored when Nick Steiginga hit a ground ball that resulted in a throwing error. Peirce Marston was the hard luck loser for the Bullets giving up 1 hit over six innings while striking out 4 and walking 3.
Reds win 4th in a row 5-1 over Mets
June 29, 2015
REDS 5 - METS 1 Steve Coral threw 6 strong innings giving up two hits and one unearned run with 7 Ks. The Reds scored all they would need in the 3rd inning when they plated 3 runs. On the night Rob Stern led the Reds going 3 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI's. NIck Ramagli and Zac Rose each chipped in with 2 hits for the Reds. Lewis Morell pitched a 1-2-3 7th for the Reds striking out 2.
Rats Sweep Cats
June 28, 2015
SWAMP RATS 7 - WILDCATS 0 (game 1) Elias Blanks Cats as Rats Offense Gets Hot The Rats jumped out to an early lead on the Wildcats and captured a 7-0 victory on Sunday at Kearny. With five runs in the first three innings, the Rats gave their ace a solid lead to work with. An RBI single by Carlos Zabaletta, a two-run triple by Ian Steepy, and an error during the first inning and an error in the second inning fueled the Rats offense early. Sam Elias pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on six hits while striking out five. Steepy, Justin Ferreira and Marc Cohen combined for six hits and three RBIs.The Rats pushed across one run in both the fourth inning and the fifth. In the fourth, the Rats cored on an RBI double by Mike Pettigrew, plating James DiBianca.
RATS 15 - WILDCATS 7 (Game 2)
Rats Bats Stay Hot to Ensure Sweep In Game 2 the Rats jumped out to an early lead on the Wildcats and captured a 15-7 victory on Sunday at Kearny. An RBI single by Anthony Kaplon during the first inning and a walk by Justin Ferreira, a fielder's choice, an RBI single by Marc Cohen, an error, a steal of home by Kaplon, and an error in the second inning fueled the Rats offense early.The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes in the game.Cohen racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Rats. RJ Gianetti got the win despite allowing five runs over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out two, walked three and surrendered five hits. The Rats added four more runs in the bottom of the third. A single by Cohen ignited the offense,, scoring Ferreira.The Rats survived the Wildcats' surge and put up one run of its own in the fifth, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Sam Elias. After a quick strike from the Wildcats, the Rats responded with two runs in the sixth. The Rats scored on a bases loaded walk and an RBI single by James DiBianca. The Wildcats offense was fueled by solo home runs by Matt Antonucci and Eddie Spitaletta. Eddie had 4 hits on the day. Ellis Sanchez took the loss.
Rodriguez Tosses Rained Shortened Shutout
June 27, 2015
BULLETS 3 - BLACK SOX 0 Wendell Rodriguez pitched a five inning one-hitter as the Bullets topped the Black Sox in a game shortened by rain. Rodriguez allowed only a fifth inning leadoff double and struck out three in the victory. The Bullets scored a run in the first on a single by Zeph Walters and two in the fifth on a double by Jake Bailey and a sacrifice fly by Mike Martucci.
Garcia Shuts Down the Yankees 7-2
June 25, 2015
REDS 7 - YANKEES 2 Mike Garcia held a potent Yankee lineup in check throwing 6 strong innings giving up one run on 4 hits with 7Ks. He held the Yankees scoreless through 5. The Reds scored 2 in the 1st and 4 in the second The Reds were led at the plate by Steven Nappe who was 3 for 3 with a double, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Joe Grimaldi also had 2 hits for the Reds.
Fireworks Fly As Elias Holds Off Mets; Troasts Blank Sox
June 24, 2015
SWAMP RATS 3 - BERGEN METS 2 The Bergen Mets comeback effort was halted on Wednesday, as they fell 3-2 at Breslin after falling behind by three runs in the sixth inning. The Mets scored two runs in the sixth on. Anthony Kaplon was perfect at the dish, going 2-2 for the Rats. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the third inning. Sam Elias worked out of five difficult moments for the Rats. He pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. Elias faced his toughest situation in the sixth inning. The Rats never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring two runs on two singles.
TROAST CLUB 8 - BLACK SOX 0 Three Hackensack pitchers combined for a 3 hit shutout as the Troasts won 8-0 over the TBT Black Sox. Bob Klapisch started and went 3 solid innings followed by 2 innings each from Dan Rattacasa and Corey Figenbaum. Rich Guillod, Angel Roman and Billy Grupenhof had 2 hits apiece for the Troasts.
Late RBI Double Seals it for Rats; Coco 1 Hits Marauders; Troasts Surpass Bullets in 9
June 23, 2015
RATS 5 - BLACK SOX 4 The Rats outlasted the Black Sox on Tuesday after five lead changes, squeaking out a 5-4 win at Breslin. Justin Ferreira was hot from the plate for the Rats. Ferreira went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the first, third, and fourth innings. After a rocky 3rd inning, the Rats turned to Kevin Skettini. The Black Sox managed just two hits off of Skettini, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out three during his 3 1/3 innings of work. The bottom of the first saw the Rats take an early lead, 2-0. Ferreira started the rally for the Rats with a single. A stolen base then moved Ferreira from first to second. Mike Pettigrew singled, plating Ferreira. The Rats then tacked on one more run when Pettigrew scored on a sacrifice fly by Skettini. The Rats didn't relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the fourth inning when it scored on an RBI double by Nick Pronti and an RBI single by Ferreira.
REDS 10 - MARAUDERS 0 Andrew Coco tossed a shut out giving up 1 hit over 5 innings while striking out 6. The one hit was a ground ball that just alluded the Red's shortstop. Five Red's hitters hat two hit nights -- Nick Ramagli, Rob Stern (1 RBI), Steven Nappe (2 2B and3 RBIs), Mike Rizzo (1 2B and 2 RBIs) and Joe Salerno (2 RBIs).
TROAST CLUB 4 - BULLETS 3 (9 innings) The Bullets put up 2 in the top of the 9th to break a 1-1 tie but the Troasts answered in the bottom half with 3 for the 4-3 walk-off win. RC Renshaw plated Tyler Garguillo with a sac fly for the winning run. Benny Mejia started for the Troasts tossing 4 hitless scoreless innings.
Yanks Tap Out Bullets in 9; Reds Come Back with 2 in 7th to Nip Troasts 2-1
June 21, 2015
YANKEES 5 - BULLETS 4 The Bullets tied the game at 4 with 3 in the bottom of the 6th, eventually sending the game to extra innings. The Yanks won it in 9. Ricky Merola went the full 9, allowing only 1 earned run for the win.
REDS 2 - TROAST CLUB 1 Troast lefties Tom Crohan and Mike Wassong held the Reds scoreless for 6 innings and the Troasts held a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Rich Guillod in the 5th. For the Reds Joe Cirillo pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up 9 hits but only 1 run. Jack Purcell picked up the win in relief throwing 1 2/3 innings without giving up a hit. With 2 out in the bottom of the 7th Roland Goodman walked. Nick Steiginga then doubled to left and Nick Ramagli walked to load the bases. Marco Baratta then hit a slow roller past the pitcher which scored 2 runs when the throw to the pitcher went wide.
Mets Outlast Rats in Slugfest; Bullets get Another Shutout
June 20, 2015
METS 14 - SWAMP RATS 13 The Bergen Mets were down 9-0 in the 3rd when they erupted for 10 in the bottom of the frame to take a 1 run lead. After the Rats tied it at 13 in the top of the 7th, the Mets walked off with the wild 14-13 victory.
BULLETS 6 - MARAUDERS 0 Wendell Rodriguez threw a complete game five-hitter, striking out 2, as the Bullets defeated Allendale, 6-0. Rodriguez needed only 79 pitches and never allowed a runner past first base. Offensively, the Bullets scored six in the fifth inning. Jake Bailey's double plated Mike Rowe for the game's first run. He was followed by an RBI single by Ryan Kiczek, a two-run single by Anthony Packer, and an RBI single by Peirce Marston.
Troast Club Wins 5th Straight, 7-6 Over Reds
June 19, 2015
TROAST CLUB 7 - REDS 6 Ryan Sharkey gutted out a complete game effort, grabbing the win and leading the Troasts to there 5th straight win. Hackensack got 3 in the 5th to take a 7-4 lead. Robert Herrera had 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 steals, and John Digirolamo went 2 for 2.
Reds Comeback and Top Rats in 9; Troasts Edge Bullets; Yankees Beat Marauders
June 18, 2015
REDS 3 - SWAMP RATS 2 Sean Reitz held the Reds scoreless through 6 and the Rats played fundamental baseball to get out to a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the 7th with 2 outs and a man on second Stephen Nappe drove a ball over the center field fence to tie the game. The Reds won it in the bottom of the 9th when Marco Baratta doubled with 2 outs. Mike Rizzo then singled to left center to score Baratta. Steve Coral threw 7 strong innings for the Reds giving up only 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 10. Andrew Coco picked up the win in relief throwing 2 no hit innings while striking out 5. For the Reds Mike Rizzo was 3 for 4 with a double and a triple in addition to the game winning RBI. Marco Baratta and Divid Sdrougias each had two hits for the Reds.
TROAST CLUB 3 - BULLETS 0 Rich Guillod homered to right center in the 4th and Benny Mejia and Corey Figenbaum combined on a 2 hit shutout as the Troasts topped the Bullets 3-0. Mejia started and fired 3 hitless innings and struck out 6. Figenbaum got the win completing the shutout, also striking out 6 in his 4 innings of work. Tom Gaccione struck out 7 in 5.1 innings of work for the Bullets
YANKEES 10 - MARAUDERS 2 Junior Nasi had 3 hits Bobby Wallum had 2 and Peter Pena had 2 doubles as the yank beat the mauraders 10-2
Troast Club Rallies Past Marauders
June 17, 2015
TROAST CLUB 6 - MARAUDERS 3 Down 3-0, Hackensack scored 2 in the 4th and then 4 n the 6th to rally past Allendale 6-3. Matt Dawkins was 2 for 2 and scored twice. Kevin Montelbano drove in 3 runs and Butch Bellenger added 2 RBI. Montelbano and Billy Grupenhof also had 2 hits apiece. Jon Hornung started and went a solid 5 but Dan Rattacasa got the win by chucking a scoreless 6th and 7th.
Bullets, Troast Club get Sweeps; Reds & Yankees also Win
June 14, 2015
BULLETS 3 - MARAUDERS 1 (game 1) Rookie Danny Poidomi pitched 5.2 innings of one-hit baseball as the Bullets topped Allendale 3-1. Poidomi carried a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing a two-out single to Pete Milevski. He struck out seven and walked four before leaving with the bases loaded in the sixth. Dan Chapman recorded the final four outs, striking out three, to record his second save. The Bullets plated their first two runs without a hit leaving the infield. Mike Martucci reached on an infield single in the second, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a ground out by Brian Hennelly. In the third, Mike Donavan hit an infield single, moved to second on an infield single by Jake Bailey, and after a sacrifice bunt, scored on a sacrifice fly by Denis Ackermann.
BULLETS 15 - MARAUDERS 0 (game 2) Denis Ackermann and Brian Hennelly led the way as the Bullets topped Allendale to complete the sweep of a doubleheader, 15-0. Ackermann had three hits and three RBI and Hennelly had three hits and three RBI. Mike Rowe and Anthony Packer each scored three runs in the victory and Mike Donavan added three hits and two RBI. Peirce Marston went the distance on the mound, striking out five.
TROAST CLUB 5 - METS 1 (game 1) Kevin Thompson pitched a complete game, not allowing an earned run. Robert Herrera had 2 hits and Matt Dawkins scored twice.
TROAST CLUB 15 - METS 2 (game 2) Nick Urbanovich went 3 for 3 with 3 runs and 3 RBI and Tyler Garguillo added a 4 RBI day as the Troasts completed the sweep. Robert Herrera had his 2nd multi-hit game of the day and Tom Crohan got the win on the mound.
REDS 5 - BLACK SOX 1 Scott VanEs picked up his first win of the season throwing 5 innings of 3 hit ball. He gave up an unearned run in the first and then closed the door. He had 8 strikeouts. Mike Ardis threw 2 scoreless innings of relief giving up 2 hits and striking out 4. Mike Rizzo led the Reds at the plate going 2 for 4 with a double, 1 run scored and 2 RBI's.
YANKEES 9 - SWAMP RATS 1 Steve Tellian went 3 for 3 and Ricky Merola went the distance as the Yanks beat the Rats 9-1.
Sox get 2nd CG of the Day from a Lefty, This Time a Win
June 13, 2015
BLACK SOX 7 - MARAUDERS 0 JR Hilcher followed Nick Recarte's CG loss in the AM with a CG victory vs Allendale. The Sox salvage the the sweet as Hilcher scattered 3 hits and struck out 4. The Sox offense exploded in the first for 6 runs, led by Jose Garcia who went 2-4 with an RBI and 2 SB and Emil Zorilla had his first 2 hits of the season and 2RBI. The Sox get their first victory in the Metleague.
Elias Blanks Sox in 9 Inning CG
June 13, 2015
SWAMP RATS 1 - BLACK SOX 0 Sam Elias went 9 innings scattering 2 hits and striking out 11 against the Black Sox at Tryon Field on Saturday afternoon. Offense was at a minimum for both squads as the Rats game winning run was scored in the top of the 9th on an overthrow to first base. The run was set up by a lead off work from Justin Ferriera. Ferriera stole second and advanced to 3rd on a bunt.
Yanks Top Troasts, Coco strikes out 11 in 5 innings as Reds win 8-1
June 11, 2015
YANKEES 3 - TROAST CLUB2 DJ Psarras Homers and Billy Malley doubles twice as the Yanks hang on to beat the Troasts 3-2 behind 4 pitchers. Those 4 Bergenfield pitchers scattered 13 Hackensack base runners.
REDS 8 - BLACK SOX 1 Andrew Coco pitched 5 innings of 1 hit ball striking out 11. The Reds were led at the plate by Steven Nappe who was 2 for 4 with a double and a home run with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Zac Rose was 3 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI. Mike Cassese (1 RBI), Marco Baratta and Mike Rizzo (2 RBIs) each chipped in with 2 hits.
Walters Stars as Bullets Halt Reds
June 10, 2015
BULLETS 1 - REDS 0 Zeph Walters fired a one-hitter, and drove in the game's only run with a first inning triple as the Bullets topped the Reds 1-0. Walters fired a complete game, striking out six and walking two. Rowland Goodman broke up the no-hit bid with a sixth inning double to deep right field. The Bullets scored their only run in the first. Mike Rowe was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a catcher's interference. After a double play, Walters laced a triple to right field to score Rowe. Mike Garcia suffered his second 1-0 loss of the season despite a brilliant mound effort, striking out six in seven innings.
Reds win 4th in a row with shutout
June 9, 2015
REDS 8 - WILDCATS 0 Steve Coral pitched a complete game shutout scattering 4 hits, striking out 6 and walking none. The Reds broke open a 2-0 game in the 4th scoring 3 runs on 3 hits. Marco Baratta was 2 for 3 for the Reds with a double and a triple and 3 runs scored. Steven Nappe was 2 for 4 with a double, 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Mike Rizzo and Zac Rose each chipped in with 2 RBI's for the Reds.
Bullets , Reds, Wildcats All Win & Marauders get a Sweep on Sunday
June 7, 2015
MARAUDERS 5 - BLACK SOX 4 (game 1) Marauders win first game of season behind a strong pitching performance from Chris Shaw and a save from Billy Taylor.
MARAUDERS 4 - BLACK SOX 2 (game 2) Marauders sweep the doubleheader with Matt Millus getting his first win of the season and Will Mohr getting the save.
BULLETS 11 - SWAMP RATS 3 The Bullets scored 11 unanswered runs for a big come from behind 11-3 win over the Swamp Rats. The Swamp Rats got on the board first with a big three run third inning keyed by big hits by Matt Kaplon and Matt Schwartz. But after a Bubba Jasinski two-run double tied the game, Denis Ackermann's sacrifice fly put the Bullets ahead to stay. Mike Martucci scored three runs and Peirce Marston picked up the complete game victory.
REDS 9 - METS 7 The Reds overcame a sloppy 6 run 2nd inning to beat the Mets in North Haledon. Jack Purcell picked up the win in relief pitching three scoreless innings giving up 2 hits while striking out 4. Steve Coral picked up the save striking out 2 in the 7th. Marco Baratta was 2 for 3 with a triple, 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Rob Stern (2 RBI's) and Roland Goodman were both 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Mike Rizzo chipped in with 3 RBI's.
WILDCATS 5 - TROAST CLUB 3 The NJ Wildcats won their 3rd straight and dealt the Troasts their 4th loss of the season with a 5-3 win on Sunday night in Hackensack.
Bullets Hang on to Sweep Mets
June 6, 2015
BULLETS 5 - METS 2 (game 1) Tom Gaccione struck out 7 over six innings and Peirce Marston hit a two-run homer as the Bullets defeated the Mets 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Dan Chapman entered in the seventh inning with the bases loaded to pick up his first save of the season. Zeph Walters had two hits and an RBI in the victory.
BULLETS 4 - METS 3 (game 2) Peirce Marston's two-run double gave the Bullets some needed insurance and then he registered the final out for a save as the Bullets defeated the Mets to sweep a doubleheader. Wendell Rodriguez scattered three hits and struck out 10 over 6 innings to earn his second win of the season. But the Mets came from behind in the seventh to cut the lead to one with the tying run on second, but Marston entered to get a ground out to second and earn the save. Zeph Walters homered in the victory for the Bullets.
Troast Club Slips by Black Sox; Cats Top Rats
June 4, 2015
TROAST CLUB 5 - BLACK SOX 4 Hackensack got 2 runs in the bottom of 7th to score the walk off win. RC Renshaw, in relief of Ryan Sharkey who pitched 6 solid innings, got the win with a scoreless 7th and also reached base on a 2-out error which scored the winning run.
WILDCATS 5 - SWAMP RATS 1 Luis Ramos struck out 3 in 3 innings and earned the win. Marty Higgins pitched a scoreless 7th to get the save as the Wildcats tripped up the Bergen Swamp Rats.
2 Games Played After Days of Rainouts
June 3, 2015
SWAMP RATS 4 - TROAST CLUB 1 Rats Top Troasts 4-1… Kevin Skettini went 1-2 and hit a home run as the Rats took home a 4-1 victory over the Troasts in seven innings at Franklin on Wednesday. He homered in the second inning. RJ Gianetti had an impressive outing against the Troasts' lineup. The Troasts managed just one hit off of the Swamp Rats pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out four during his 2 1/3 innings of work. Sam Elias got the win for the Rats. He allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings. Elias struck out one, walked one and gave up four hits.The bottom of the second saw the Rats take an early lead, 1-0. A solo home run by Skettini started the inning off. Robert Herrera was 3 for 3 on the off Rats pitchers.
REDS 7 - YANKEES 5 Reds Beat Bergen Yankees 7-5… The Reds scored 7 runs in the 2nd inning and held on for the win. Andrew Coco came in in relief in the 4th inning and pitched 4 scoreless innings giving up only two hits with 5 K and 2 walks. Marco Baratta was 2 for 3 on the night with a walk for the Reds.
Bullets Blank Black Sox; Yanks Slug it out with Marauders
May 30, 2015
BULLETS 8 - BLACK SOX 0 Peirce Marston pitched a complete game five-hitter, as the Bullets shutout the Black Sox 8-0. Brian Hennelly's double plated Zeph Walters with the Bullets first run in the second inning and A.J. Flores hit a two-run double in the fourth. Hennelly drove in three runs as the Bullets improved to 2-0.
YANKEES 8 - MARAUDERS 7 Ricky Merola saves the Yankees as they slug it out with the Marauders. Mike DeAmbrosia makes 2 game saving catches. Junior Nasi had 3 hits and 3 RBIs.
Yanks No-No Mets; Reds Back on Track; Troast Club Gets 1st Win
May 28, 2015
YANKEES 9 - METS 0 Joe Jimenez pitched a no hitter as the Yankees blank the Mets 9-0. He struck out 10 and walked 6. Jose Padilla homered and Peter Pena had two hits to power the Yanks attack.
REDS 4- MARAUDERS 2 Mike Cassese drove in the go ahead and ultimate winning run in the bottom of the 5th with a bases loaded fielders choice when the throw from infield went wide at the plate. Mike Rizzo got the Reds and insurance run in the same inning with a bases loaded walk. Steve Coral picked up the win throwing 5 strong innings of 4 hit ball. Jack Purcell picked up the save throwing 2 scoreless innings of no hit relief with 3 strike outs.
TORAST CLUB 5 - WILDCATS 2 Angel Roman broke a 2-2 tie in the 5th with a RBI double and the Hackensack Troast Club would go on to get their first win of the season 5-2 over the NJ Wildcats in 6 innings. Kevin Thompson pitch 4 solid innings for the win and Jon Hornung closed the door with 2 scoreless for the save.
Rats' Elias Blanks Reds at Breslin, Yanks Edge Cats Again
May 26, 2015
SWAMP RATS 1 - REDS 0 An ace performance by Sam Elias carried the Rats to a 1-0 win over North Haledon at Breslin field. Elias went the distance scattering 3 hits while striking out 8. The Rats only managed 5 hits off of Mike Garcia who struck out 7 and walked only one. The Reds threatened in the top of the 6th with runners on the corners and 2 outs but the rally was cut short when the Rats put out the lead runner in a run down between 3rd and home. The Reds threatened again in the top of 7th with a leadoff triple by Mike Rizzo but Elias got a ground out, line out and a strikeout to give the Rats their 3rd win of the season.
YANKEES 5 - WILDCATS 3 The Bergen Yankees bested the NJ Wildcats for the 2nd time in a week, this time 5-3 in Bergenfield. Ricky Merola notched his 2nd win of the season with a complete game 4-hitter, allowing only 1 earned run. Jose Padilla continued hit hot hitting with a 3 for 3 night. Peter Pena chipped in with 2 hits and 2 RBI.
Another Night of Shutouts as Reds Blank Sox & Yanks Top Wildcats
May 21, 2015
REDS 18 - BLACK SOX 0 Joe Cirillo and Lewis Morrell combined for a 1 hit shutout of the Black Soxs. Cirillo threw 4 scoreless innings giving up 1 infield hit while striking out 5. Morrell struck out the side in the 5th. In the Reds 13 hit attached Davind Sdrougias was 4 for 4 with 4 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Rob Stern was 3 for 3 (3 RBIs) and Mike Rizzo was 2 for 4 (1 RBI).
YANKEES 9 - WILDCATS 0 Jose Padilla had 3 hits and Junior Nasi, Billy Malley and Bryan Kay had 2 each as the Yankees took care of the NJ Wildcats 9-0 Thursday night.
Two Shutouts Wednesday as Reds Blank Cats, Yanks Top Rats
May 20, 2015
REDS 10 - WILDCATS 0 Two Reds pitchers combined for their first shutout of the year limiting the Wildcats to 2 hits. Andrew Coco threw 4 strong innings giving up one hit with 8 K. Jack Purcell struck out 2 in one inning of relief. Rob Stern, Steven Nappe and Mike Rizzo each had 2 hits for the Reds in their 12 hit attach. Rizzo had 4 RBI's and Nappe chipped in with 2.
YANKEES 1 - SWAMP RATS 0 Joe Lapi pitched a complete game shutout last night to beat the Swamp Rats 1-0. The Yanks' Jose Padilla led off the 5th with a pinch-hit single and scored the only run of the game on Bobby Wallum's RBI single.
Eight of the Nine MET LEAGUE Teams in Action in N.H. on Opening Weekend!
May 17, 2015
It was a beautiful summer-like Sunday in North Haledon on Sunday for the Met League's traditional Opening Sunday that officially kicks off the season. The day started with first pitch at 12:30pm, which welcomed two of the league's expansion teams for the 2015 season as the Bergen Mets took on the New Jersey Wildcats. The Bergen Swamp Rats then faced off with the Allendale Marauders, followed by the South Bergen Bullets versus the Bergenfield Yankees. The nightcap featured the two longest standing teams of the league with the North Haledon Reds battling the Hackensack Troast Club. The 3rd expansion team for 2015, the TBT Black Sox were idle and will open their season on Thursday 5/21. It was a great day of baseball and it officially kicked off another year of Met League play.
METS 8 - WILDCATS 5
Mets Win Their First Met League Game -- The Mets beat a tough Wildcats team behind the pitching of Jared Verebey, Will Perez and Erick Golomb. They took the lead in the 3rd inning for good because of the bats of Fernando Santana (3-3, 2 doubles) and Dylan Hrbek (3-4) and solid defense from Robin Roberts sealed the win for the Mets.
SWAMP RATS 8 - MARAUDERS 1
Rats Win Behind CG From Gianetti -- The Rats topped the Allendale Marauders on Sunday 8-1 at North Haledon in seven innings. The Rats opened up the game scoring three runs in the top of the first on two singles.In the fourth, the Rats scored on an RBI single by Bob Miskura, plating Cohen. The Rats tacked on three runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Gerardo Reyes and a two-run error. Marc Cohen racked up two RBIs on two hits for Swamp Rats 18O. Starting Pitcher RJ Gianetti went the distance for the win. Gianetti pitched seven innings and allowed no earned runs, five hits and one walk while striking out five.
BULLETS 4 - YANKEES 1
Bullets Squeak Past Yankees -- AJ Flores' sacrifice fly in the fifth inning put the Bullets ahead in a terrific 4-1 pitcher's duel with the Yankees on opening day. Peirce Marston and Wendell Rodriguez combined on a three hitter striking out eight, while DJ Psarras didn't allow his first hit until the fourth inning for the Yankees. The Yankees took the lead in the fifth on a bases load walk, but Rodriguez entered from the bullpen to squelch the rally. In the fifth, Denis Ackermann's RBI single tied the game and Flores' sacrifice fly plated Tyler Courter to give the Bullets the lead. Mike Rowe's RBI single in the sixth gave the Bullets two important insurance runs.
REDS 3 - TROAST CLUB 2
Reds open their 28th season with a 3-2 win --In a typical North Haledon / Hackensack game the score was tied going into the bottom of the 5th when Stephen Nappe homered to left with one out. Mike Garcia threw 4 strong innings for the Reds and Scott VanEs picked up the win throwing 3 scoreless innings of relief. Jon Hornung pitched 4 solid for the Troasts and didn't factor in the decision.
6-run 4th Propels Yanks to Opening Win Over Troast Club
May 15, 2015
YANKEES 6 - TROAST CLUB 1
The Bergen Yankees beat the Troasts in Hackensack 6-1 behind a 6-run 4th inning outburst in both teams' openers. Ricky Merola scattered 5 hits over 5 innings to get the win. Down 1-0, the Yanks got 4 straight singles to take the lead in the 4th followed by a grand slam home run off the bat of Jose Padilla to cap the scoring. Padilla finished with 3 hits and DJ Psarris had 2 for the yanks. Butch Bellenger and Kevin Montelbano had 2 hits each for Hackensack.
Swamp Rats Open Up 2015 Met League Season with a Win at Breslin
May 12, 2015
SWAMP RATS 8 - METS 5
The 2015 Met League season officially opened up on Tuesday at Breslin. The Bergen Swamp Rats took the last of five lead changes in a back-and-forth affair against the expansion Bergen Mets, securing a 8-5 victory.Marc Cohen had a perfect 2-2 day at the plate to pace the Rats. He singled in the third and sixth innings. The Mets managed just one hit off of Kevin Skettini, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out four during his 3 1/3 innings of work out of the pen.The top of the first saw the Mets take an early lead, 1-0.The Rats went up for good in the third, scoring two runs on two singles.
2015 Met League Opening Day - May 17th in North Haledon!
May 17, 2015
WELCOME TO THE 2015 METROPOLITAN BASEBALL LEAGUE SEASON!
Sunday, May 17th at North Haledon Municipal Park hosts a full slate of Met League action:
12:30pm - New Jersey Wildcats vs. Bergen Mets
3:00 pm - Bergen Swamp Rats vs. Allendale Marauders
5:30 pm - Bergen Yankees vs. South Bergen Bullets
8:00 pm - Hackensack Troasts vs. North Haledon Reds
The Met League is gearing up for another year of great amateur NJ baseball. This year guarantees to be full of exciting baseball!
Covered Wooden Grandstands - Great Book. Features Met League!
Check out this phenomenal book on the history of amateur baseball in NJ. Our very own Bob Klapisch is a contributing writer in the book and he talks about glory days of the Met League. Troast captain Johnny Digirolamo is quoted in the book and there is also a photo of the 2011 regional champion Hackensack Troasts. Grab a copy. It'll make a great Christmas gift for any baseball player or fan!