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Fireworks Fly As Elias Holds Off Mets

June 24, 2015


 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.

Late RBI Double Seals it for Rats

June 23, 2015


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.

Yanks Tap Out Bullets in 9; Reds Come Back with 2 in 7th to Nip Troasts 2-1

June 21, 2015

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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

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.

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 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.


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 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 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


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


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


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!

Covered Wooden Grandstands

Upcoming Games/Practices

Tuesday,  Jun 30
2015 Met League
Bergen Mets @ Allendale Marauders 6:00pm Grandstand Field - Allendale
TBT Black Sox @ Bergen Swamp Rats 7:00pm Breslin Stadium, Lyndhurst
Bergen Yankees @ Hackensack Troasts 8:00pm Foschini Park - Hackensack
South Bergen Bullets @ North Haledon Reds 8:00pm North Haledon Municipal Park
Wednesday,  Jul 1
2015 Met League
Allendale Marauders @ Bergen Swamp Rats 7:00pm Breslin Stadium, Lyndhurst
South Bergen Bullets @ Hackensack Troasts 8:00pm Foschini Park - Hackensack
Thursday,  Jul 2
2015 Met League
New Jersey Wildcats @ Allendale Marauders 6:00pm Grandstand Field - Allendale
Hackensack Troasts @ Bergen Mets 8:00pm Foschini Park - Hackensack
Bergen Yankees @ TBT Black Sox 8:00pm Memorial Field - Bergenfield

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