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Canes Capture Met League Championship; Troast Magic Doesn't Carry Over After Game 1 Dramatics
July 28, 2013

CANES 2 - TROASTS 0 (game 2 - Championship)
The Clifton Canes outlasted and survived Hackensack's game 1 dramatics to win the Met League title by winning the final game 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Nash Park in Clifton. Sean Hille escaped a 1st and 3rd jam in the 1st inning and cruised to the shutout complete game. Sean Kelly's 2-run double in the bottom of the 5th was the only scoring, as Troasts' starter Eric Katzman was matching Hille's 0's for the first 4 innings. The Canes Championship denied Hackensack it's 5th straight title.

TROASTS 5 - CANES 4 (game 1)
For the second day in a row, facing elimination, the Hckensack Troasts mustered up some dramatic 7th inning magic to stay alive and force a deciding Championship game by coming back from a 4-1 deficit to win 5-4. John Digirolamo tied the game with a 2-run single and Nick Urbanovich's RBI groundout drove home the go ahead run in the top of the 7th inning as Hackensack scored 4 times to shock the Clifton Canes. Eric Katzman pitched the last 2 innings in relief to get the win and had a 1-2-3 bottom of the 7th to seal it. The win forced a deciding game for the Met League title.

Bullets Advance to Semis; Troasts' Dramatic Comeback Eliminates Bullets, Sets Up Showdown w/Canes
July 27, 2013

Wendell Rodriguez pitched the South Bergen Bullets past the North Haledon Reds and into the semifinals Saturday afternoon. The Bullets topped the Reds 4-0 and will travel to Hackensack for a 3pm start to take on the Troasts, with the winner advancing to the league championship vs. the Clifton Canes on Sunday.

Down 4-2 in the bottom of the 7th and 2 out with no one on, Hackensack mounted a improbable comeback to tie the game, and then scratched a run across in the 9th for a 5-4 win. Nick Urbanovich started the 2-out rally with a single in the 7th, followed by an 0-2 count basehit by Butch Bellenger. Bullets' starter Conner Medler was relieved by ace Wendell Rodriguez to face Kevin Montelbano. Montelbano delivered a blast off the top of the fence in right, narrowly missing a 3-run walk-off homer. Bellenger, from first base, barely beat the throw home and the game was tied at 4. In the 9th, Ubanovich smacked a 1 out triple. After 2 intentional walks and a strikeout, Sisco Ramirez blooped a single to center for the game winner. Dan Rattacasa picked up the win with 3 scoreless innings of relief.

Hackensack's win sets up the finals with the Troasts taking on the Canes on Sunday at 1pm at Nash Park in Clifton. If Hackensack can win game 1, a second game will follow. The Canes need only 1 win to seal the league championship.

Three Shutouts in Round 3 as Canes Advance to Finals
July 26, 2013

Steve Coral pitched the Clifton Canes into the finals by shutting out the Hackensack Troasts in the final game of the winner's bracket on Friday. The Canes scored 2 runs in the 1st inning on 2 Troast errors off of Hackensack ace Rob Gariano, who also fired a complete game gem. The Canes await the winner of Hackensack vs. Bullets/Reds game Saturday.

Scott VanEs scattered 3 hits and struck out 8 in throwing a complete game shutout. Leading the Reds in their 15 hit attach were: Dan Limone 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored, Joe Grimaldi 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored; Roland Goodman 2 for 2 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI and Keith Miller 2 for 3 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Zac Rose also had 3 RBI's. The Reds will play the Bullets Saturday at noon in North Haledon, with the winner advancing to the semi's to play Hackensack at 3pm. 

The Bullets pounded out 17 hits enroute to a blowout of West Orange on Friday night at Colgate Park. The Bullets can move on to the semifinals with a win over North Haledon on Saturday.

Three More 1-Run Games as Round 2 of Playoffs Closes Out
July 25, 2013

TROASTS 2 - REDS 1 (8 innings)
The Hackensack Troasts escaped North Haledon Thursday with a 2-1, 8-inning win via a walk-off sac fly off the bat of RC Renshaw. Mike Wassong of tossed an 8-inning complete game, allowing only 1 hit, an unearned run, striking out 9 and walking 4. Butch Bellenger, who scored the winning run in the 8th, had 2 hits for Hackensack. Reds' starter Mike Sweeney was equally effective as Wassong over 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and not factoring in the decision. The Troasts travel to Belleville High School to battle the Clifton Canes Friday at 7pm in the final winner's bracket game of the tournament, with the winner advancing to the championship game.

BREWERS 1 - SWAMP RATS 0 (8 innings)
Swamp Rats' starting pitcher Jeff Caputo had a no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings before West Orange strung together 3 singles in a row, resulting in a 1-0 Brewer win. The Rats were eliminated, by back to back 1-run defeats in their inagural season. The Brewers will move on to round 3 to tangle with the South Bergen Bullets Friday night at 7pm at Colgate Park in West Orange.

RAIDERS 3 - A's 2
In the 2nd survivor game, Ridgewood edged Twin Boro 3-2 at Yogi Berra Stadium, eliminating the A's from the playoffs. The Raiders stay alive and will take on the North Haledon Reds in another elimination game Friday at 8pm iat Municipal Park n North Haledon.

A Pair of 2-1 Ball Games as Hack Edges the Rats, Canes Top Bullets as Playoffs Heat Up
July 25, 2013

Despite walking 8 Swamp Rat batters, Brendan Lobban struck out 12 and fired a 2-hitter to catapult Hackensack past Bergen 2-1. Nick Urbanovich reached base 3 times and scored the Troasts first run after a double steal and a throwing error. Kevin Montelbano added a much needed sac fly in the 5th to give Hackensack a 2-0 lead. Rats' starter Austin Solecito only allowed 3 hits over 4+ and held the Troasts at bay most of the game, but Lobban thwarted every Rats' attempt at a rally. Hakensack will play North Haledon Thursday while Bergen will take on West Orange.

Peirce Marston and Sean Hille locked up in a great pitcher's duel Wednesday as Clifton emerged with a 2-1 win. After allowing a run in the top of the first, Hille did not allow another run and left the game with 2 outs in the 7th with the tying run on second as Steve Coral earned his second save in as many games striking out Bullet leadoff hitter Michael Patterson to end the game. The winning Cane run came when Sean Kelly scored on a foul pop out by Eric Perez after second baseman Bubba Jasinski made a diving catch. The Canes advance to the 2-0 game against the winner of Hackensack/North Haledon and Bullets fall to 1-1 and play the winner of West Orange/Swamprats.

Bullets Rally to Upend Raiders; Reds Need 8 Innings to Drop Brewers
July 23, 2013

The South Bergen Bullets plated seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Ridgewood 10-7. Matt Glassman's two-run single tied the game and Ryan Kiczek's bases-loaded walk plated the winning run. Adnan Pjetrovic had three hits and drove in two runs in the win. CJ Gonzalez picked up the win in relief and Connor Medler notched his first save of the season.

REDS 6 - BREWERS 5 (8 innings)
In the bottom of the 8th with 2 outs Mike Cassese scored the winning run as Zac Rose hit a towering pop fly above the lights that fell harmelssly to the ground in the infield. Mike Lembo picked up the win after shuting down the Brewers game tieing rally in the 7th. Dan Limone was 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks for the Reds.

Canes Win Playoff Opener Over A's; Bullets and Raiders Rained Out
July 22, 2013

CANES 6 - A's 3
Sean Kelly's 2 run single broke a scoreless tie in the third and opened the scoring for Clifton. Joe Mazzo, Mike Rizzo and Nick Ramagli each had 2 hits for the Canes. Steven Nappe added an RBI single. Ryan Williams pitched 6 innings for the win striking out 5 and Steve Coral got the final 3 outs with men on base to pick up the save.

The Canes will now play the winner of the Bullets/Raiders game, which was rained out at Yogi Berra Stadium. That game will be played Tuesday in Lyndhurst at 6pm. The A's will play the loser of that game Wednesday in the loser's bracket.

July 22, 2013

Round 1 of the 8-team, double-elimination league playoff tournament is set:

MONDAY, 7/22:
No. 8 seed TWIN BORO A's @ No. 1 seed CLIFTON CANES, 7:15pm in Lyndhurst at Rec Complex
No. 5 seed RIDGEWOOD RAIDERS @ No. 4 seed SOUTH BERGEN BULLETS, 8pm at Yogi Berra Stadium

TUESDAY, 7/23:
No. 7 seed BERGEN SWAMP RATS @ No. 2 seed HACKENSACK TROASTS, 8pm in Hackensack at Foschini Park
No. 6 seed WEST ORANGE BREWERS @ No. 3 seed NORTH HALEDON REDS, 8pm in N. Haledon at Municipal Park

Round 2 will commence on Wednesday. Play will continue every night through the weekend.

Swamp Rats Finish Off 11 Games in 7 Day Stretch with Sweep of A's; Bullets Win Slugfest with Brewers
July 21, 2013

SWAMP RATS 6 - A's 4 (game 1)
Rats Come from Behind in Game 1;
After going down by 4 runs in the 3rd, the Rats added 1 in the 4th and 4 in the 5th to lead them to victory. Matt Kaplon continued his tear going 3 for 4 with 1 run scored, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. He also threw 2 innings in relief, giving up 2 hits, and striking out 5. Pete Petrosino came in in the 4th and threw 3.1 scoreless innings getting himself the W.

SWAMP RATS 12 - A's 2 (game 2)
Rats Bats Explode;
Justin Marko got the win by throwing 4 innings, only giving up 1 earned run in a 12-2 victory. The offense was lead by Justin Ferreira, Matt Kaplon, Will Hernandez, and Ken Tousignant. Ferreira went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Kaplon went 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, a walk, and a home run. Hernandez added 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and a RBI. Tousignant went 3 for 3, adding 4 RBI. Anthony Kaplon came in to pitch in the 5th, and struck out 2.

Glassman Leads Bullets in Slugfest Win;
Matt Glassman fell a double short of the cycle and Ruben Rivera added three runs as the Bullets outlasted the Brewers in the final game of the season. Matt Glassman had four RBI including a two-run homer and two-run triple. Rivera hit a bases clearing triple in a seven-run fourth inning. The Bullets made 10 errors and allowed 10 unearned runs.

Swamp Rats and Bullets Split 5-2 Wins
July 20, 2013

SWAMP RATS 5 - BULLETS 2 (game 1)
In game 1 of a double header, the Rats jumped out to an early lead as Matt Kaplon went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and a run scored. One of his two doubles came in the 6th inning to add 2 insurance runs. Ian Steepy pitched a solid game, throwing 4.2 innings with 2 Ks and only giving up 2 earned runs. He also contributed at the plate with 2 hits and 1 RBI.

BULLETS 5 - SWAMP RATS 2 (game 2)
Pierce Martson fired a complete game leading the Bullets to a game 2 win, and a split Saturday evening. Bubba Jasinski and Joe Torre both drove in 2 runs to propel the offense.

Troasts Finish out Season with 5-3 Win Over Rats; Reds Win 6th in a Row to Close Out Regular Season
July 19, 2013

For the 2nd night in a row, Hackensack used four pitchers enroute to a win. The Troasts got by the Bergen Swamp Rats by the score of 5-3 behind the arms of Dennis Hulse, Eric Katzman, Kevin Thompson and Anthony DeEsposito. The Troast pitchers struck out a total of 10 batters combined. Hackensack finished up their regular season with a 23-5 record.

Roland Goodman picked up the win in his first start of the year. He threw 6 and 1/3 effective innings scattering 7 hits and giving up 3 run. Dan Limone came on in relief to get the last two outs. Mike Lembo was 3 for 3 with two doubles, 2 RBI's and 1 run scored. Mike Cassese was 2 for 4 with two doubles, 4 RBI's and 1 run scored.

Canes Add ! to Regular Season Title; Troasts Shutout Raiders; Reds Sweep Rats
July 18, 2013

The Clifton Canes emphatically put an exclamation point on their regular season title, clinching sole possession of first place with a blowout win over the West Orange Brewers 14-0. The game was close until the latter innings when the Canes blew it open. Ryan Sharky (W), Brian Sullivan and Dave Mendoza combined on the shutout. 

Four Hackensack pitchers struck out 15 Raider batters Thursday night. Mike Wassong (5 k's), Eric Katzman, Frankie Collasante (W) and Dan Rattacasa (6 k's) combined on the 5-hit shutout win over Ridgewood 7-0. Rich Guillod had 2 hits, 2 steals and 3 RBI to lead the Hackensack attack offensively.

REDS 12 - SWAMP RATS 0 (game 1)
The Reds completed a suspended game winning 12-0 in 5 innings. Mike Sweeny got the win from previously throwing 3 hitless innings. Mike Lembo threw the last two shutout innings.

REDS 3 - SWAMP RATS 1 (game 2)
Ryan Staub picked up the win throwing 5 scorelss innings while scattering 3 hits. John Kuder picked up the save throwing 2 innings and giving up 1 run on 2 hits. Dan Limone was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Reds win 400th game in their 26 year history

Starting the season the Reds overall record since 1988 was 388-292-10. Early this week on  Monday night the Reds and manager Angelo Cifaldi picked up their 400 win. In typical Reds fashion over their history it was a low scoring game at North Haledon Recreation field with the Reds winning 1-0 in the 9th inning. Congratulations! 

Reds Shutout Rats; Canes Upend Bullets; Ridgewood Walked-off on Again, by Brewers
July 17, 2013

VanEs Tosses Another Shut-out for Reds;
Scott VanEs threw a complete game shut out. He scattered 5 hits and had 8 strike outs. Mike Cassese reached base 3 times and had one RBI.

The Clifton Canes clinched at least a share of the regular season title with a 12-7 win over the South Bergen Bullets in Lyndhurst Wednesday. The Canes can seal it Thursday with a win vs. West Orange

West Orange Brewers handed the Ridgewood Raiders their 2nd straight walk-off defeat with a 6-5, 8-inning, walk-off win.

Canes Seize Control with Shutout of Troasts; Swamp Rats End Skid with Walkoff; Reds 1-hit A's
July 16, 2013

In a game that would break a first place tie with 2 games remaining, the Canes and Troasts each sent top notch lefties to the mound. Clifton's Billy Cerutti outdueled Hackensack's Brendan Lobban. Cerutti fired a 1 hit shutout with 10 ks to give the Canes control of the league. An Alex Delgado single was the only hit allowed. RBI's by Mike Rizzo, Eric Perez, and Sean Kelly led the way for the Canes. Joe Mazzo had 3 hits while Joe Salerno and Nick Ramagli each added 2.

SWAMP RATS 2 - RAIDERS 1 (9 innings)
The Bergen Swamp Rats ended a 16-game losing streak with a 2-1, walk-off win over the Ridgewood Raiders Tuesday at Nash Park in Clifton. In the bottom of the 9th, Anthony Kaplon, after 2 suicide squeeze attempts and a broken finger, muscled a single into the outfield to drive home the winning run and end Bergen's skid.

REDS 6 - A's 1
Mike Sweeny threw a one hitter losing the no hitter with one out in the 7th. The Reds broke open a 1-0 game with 4 runs in the 5th. For the Reds Dan Limone was 3 for 4 with and Joe Grimaldi was 2 for 3.

Troasts Comeback on Canes, Pull Even in Standings; Reds Top Rats in 9
July 15, 2013

The Clifton Canes came to Hackensack with a 1 game lead in the standings and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the 4th. The Troasts' John Bravette hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 4th to get Hackensack back in it. Hackensack tied it and then jumped ahead in the 5th on RBI singles by Butch Bellenger and Sisco Ramirez. The Canes re-tied the score in the 6th. That set the table for Hackensack's Nick Urbanovich in the bottom of the 6th, when he delivered a 2-run triple that was the difference. Rob Gariano gutted out a complete game win after a shakey first 4 innings and some shoddy defense. He struck out 7, including the final 2 batters with the tying runners on base. The Canes' Sean Kelly and Felix Collarte each hat 2 hits and an RBI. Both teams are 21-4 with one more matchup Tuesday night at Foschini for control of the league.

REDS 1 - SWAMP RATS 0 (9 innings)
Goerge Monsen led off the top of the 9th with a double and scored the games lone run on a sacrific fly by Zac Rose. Nick Cuono threw 7 scoreless innings but did not figure in the decision. Derek Greenstein picked up the win throwing a scoreless 8th and 9th. Ian Steepy threw six scorelss innings for the Swamp Rats.

A's Edge Rats; Troasts Walk By Brewers; Reds Drop 2 Close Games to Canes & Bullets
July 14, 2013

A's 3 - SWAMP RATS 2
In the matinee game at Nash Park, the Twin Boro A's built a 3-0 lead heading into the 7th, and survived a Swamp Rat comeback to hang on for a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon.

The Hackensack Troasts lineup drew 13 walks Sunday at Nash Park and beat the West Orange Brewers by the score of 10-3. Dennis Hulse (2 innings), Dan Rattacasa (2 innings) and Tommy Crohan (3 innings, 6k's) kept the Brewers at bay while the Troasts built 2 big innings behind the walks - a 4-run 3rd and a 5-run 7th. Sean Jones was a bright spot for West Orange with a double and a triple and an RBI and 2 runs scored. John Digirolamo collected 2 hits and an RBI, Butch Bellenger had 2 RBI, and Angel Roman drew 3 walks and scored twice for Hackensack.

Nate Roe struck out 10 and scattered 3 hits in the overpowering complete game win. Ryan Staub pitched out of jams all game and did a nice job of keeping the Reds in it. Joey Mazzo had 2 hits and an RBI, Nick Ramagli had 2 hits, 2 stolen bases and a run and Eric Perez and Patrick Reitemyer each added RBI hits.

Rodriguez, Kiczek Lead Bullets Past Reds;
Wendell Rodriguez tossed a complete game and Ryan Kiczek hit a two-run single in the first inning as the Bullets topped the Reds 3-2. Rodriguez scattered eight hits and stranded the tying and go-ahead runs on first and second to end the game. Kiczek's two-run single in the first plated Mike Patterson and Anthony Dorio. Adnan Pjetrovic scored the Bullets third run in the fourth on an error.

Canes Crush 4 Homers to Back No-No; Troasts Grab Rain-Shortened Win in Finale at Reds 5-2
July 12, 2013

Canes 4 Homers overshadow Garcia No-Hitter;
Mike Garcia's no hitter (2 bbs) was overshadowed by the long ball. Nick Ramagli (2 run shot) and Felix Collarte (grandslam) homered in the first and Sean Kelly and Steven Nappe added their own later on to pace the rout. Garcia fanned 7 Brewer hitters in his 5 innings of work.

RC Renshaw got a spot start for Hackensack and put in 3+ quality innings as the Troasts took the 3rd game of the 3 game series at North Haledon on Friday. Rich Guillod was called on in relief and nailed down the save with 2 scoreless innings in the Traosts 5-2, 5-inning, rain-shortened win. Renshaw struck out 6 and allowed 5 hits and earned the win. Johnny Bravette delivered a 2-run single in the Troasts 5-run 3rd.

Raiders, A's Battle to 10-inning Tie; Brewers shutout Rats; Troasts Bounce Back to End Reds Streak
July 11, 2013

RAIDERS 1 - A's 1 (10 innings)
Rigdewood and Twin Boro played 3 innings of free baseball at Nash Park Thursday with no resolution, resulting in a 1-1 tie.

At Colgate in West Orange, the Brewers shutout the Bergen Swamp Rats 3-0.

Hackensack rebounded from their worst defeat of the season Wednesday with a 3-1 win at North Haledon Thursday in the middle game of a 3-game set. Brendan Lobban went 6 innings, struck out 7 and allowed only 3 hits. Anthony DeEsposito pitched a scoreless 7th for the save. Nick Urbanovich (2 for 3) delivered a 2-run single to give Hackensack a 2-1 lead. Butch Bellenger (2 for 3) followed with another RBI hit to cap the scoring.

Reds' 7-run 1st Buries Troasts; Brewers Trip Up Raiders at Yogi Berra
July 10, 2013

North Haledon won it's 4th in a row as Scott VanEs shut out Hackensack extending the Reds pitchers consecutive scoreless inning streak to 16. He scatered 3 hits and struck out 4. The Reds offense was led by Mike Cassese who was 3 for 3 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's. David Cole and Joe Grimaldi also had two hits a piece for the Reds. The Reds continue their series with Hackensack in NH Thursday and Friday.

The West Orange Brewers knocked off the Ridgewood Raiders Wednesday night by the score of 6-2 at Yogi Berra Stadium. 

No Hitter for North Haledon!; Troasts Slug By A's
July 10, 2013

**Couno No-Hits Raiders**
Nick Couno threw a no hitter Tuesday in North Haledon. The only batter to reach base was the second batter of the game who got hit by a pitch. Couno struck out 10. George Monsen and David Cole each had 2 RBI's for the Reds.

TROASTS 11 - A's 3
Hackensack blasted out 15 hits enroute to a 11-3 win over the Twin Boro A's. Troasts Tyler Garguillo, Kevin Montelbano and Brendan Lobban each notched 2 RBI. Angel Roman scored 3 runs while Sisco Ramirez and Alex Delgado swiped 2 bases each. Winning pitcher Mike Wassong struck out 7 in 4 innings of work. Eric Katzman worked the final 2 innings for Hackensack getting the save, before the Troasts put the game out of reach in the 6th. Jose Padilla and DJ Psarras each went 2 for 2 for the A's.

Troasts Nip Bullets in Pitcher's Duel, 1-0
July 8, 2013

Hackensack's Rob Gariano went 5 solid innings, striking out 6 and scattering 4 hits to earn the win before turning it over to Kevin Thompson for a 2-inning save in the Troasts' 1-0 win over the South Bergen Bullets. Bullet's starter Kevin Ladner was eaqually impressive, going 4 2/3 innings, striking out 6, but a walk to Troasts' Nick Urbanovich followed by an RBI double off the bat of Kevin Montelbano in the top of the 3rd proved to be the difference. Peirce Marston held the Troasts in check the rest of the way facing and retiring 7 batters, striking out 3. The play of the game came in the bottom of the 6th with 1 out and 1 on for the Bullets when a blast off the bat of Brett Ashley was snared by leaping left fielder Matthew Dawkins at the fence down the left field line to preserve the lead for Hackensack.

Raiders and Troasts Split in Hackensack as Lightening Shortens Game 2
July 7, 2013

TROASTS 4 - RAIDERS 0 (game 1)
Four Hackensack pitchers combined on a 1-hit shutout over Ridgewood in game 1 of a doubleheader at Foschini Park. Benny Mejia went 4 innings, striking out 7, followed by single scoreless innings from Brendan Lobban (3 k's), Frankie Colasante and Dennis Hulse. Angel Roman went 3 for 3 for the Troasts with a double and 2 RBI to power the offense. Sisco Ramirez and Beau Buraus added RBI singles. Kurt Hommen's single off Hulse with one out in the 7th broke up the Troast staff's combined no-hit bid.

RAIDERS 1 - TROASTS 0 (game 2) (4 1/2 innings)
Ridgewood bounced back in game 2 with a gutty pitching effort, a timely double play and some help from mother nature to grab the split in a 1-0, lightnening shortened, 4 1/2 inning win. In the bottom of the 4th, Marco Baratta drew a walk, moved to 2nd on a passed ball, stole 3rd, and scored on Cooper Byrne's clutch, 2-out, bloop single for the game's only run. With dark clouds roilling in, Hackensack loaded the bases with 1 out in the top of the 5th, but Raider pitcher Ryan Ferguson got Rich Guillod to promptly bounce into an inning-ending, which would eventually be a game-ending, double play. Bolts of lightening followed and play never resumed, making the game official at the time of the stoppage after the top of the 5th. 

Canes Power By Rats; Reds Dodge T-Storms and Beat Brewers
July 2, 2013

Reitemyer Homers Twice in Win
Patrick Reitemyer had 2 homers and 3 RBI to pace the offense as Mike Garcia and Billy Cerruti combined on the Canes shutout.

Scott VanEs threw 6 strong innings of 4 hit ball giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits. He had 8 K's and 1 walk. Derek Greenstein picked up the save throwing a 1-2-3 7th. David Cole and Eric Barsanti each had 2 RBI's.

Troasts and Canes Split Marquee Twin Bill at Nash; A's Split with Reds; Raiders Win at W. Orange
June 30, 2013

In a double-dip at Nash Park in Clifton Sunday afternoon, the top two teams in the standings went at it with 1st place on the line. The result were 2 hard fought, well played, close games, with Clifton grabbing game 1, 6-4 and Hackensack getting the split in game 2, 6-3.
CANES 6 - TROASTS 4 (game 1)
Nick Ramagli was on base 4 times (3 for 3, walk) and Joey Mazzo had 2 hits and a walk, and each scored 2 runs apiece in the Canes 6-4 win in game 1. After going up 4-0 after 2 innings, the Canes watched the Troasts chip away and eventually tie the game in the 5th. The Canes would answer in the bottom of the 5th as Felix Collarte would score the winning run on a single by Eric Perez. Mike Rizzo also had 3 hits for Clifton. Sean Hille got the win going a gutty 6 2/3 and striking out 7. Nate Roe retired the final out with the tying runners on base to nail down the save. Brendan Lobban had 2 hits and 2 RBI for the Traosts and Tommy Crohan settled in after a shaky start, striking out 5 in 4 innings of work, and didnt factor in the decision.

TROASTS 6 - CANES 3 (game 2)
Rob Gariano struck out 11 Canes in game 2, going the distance as the Troasts grabbed the split and a 6-3 win. Nick Urbanovich and Kevin Montelbano each went 2-3. Urbanovich's 2 run single in the 2nd broke a 2-2 tie and capped a 4-run inning. Butch Bellenger and Brendan Lobban would add insurance RBI's in the top of the 7th off Canes' hurler Nate Roe who struck out 8 (and notched the game 1 save). Gariano appeared to get stronger as the game went along (as did Roe) and struck out the side in the 7th to seal the win for Hackensack.

A's 3 - REDS 0 (game 1)
Twin Boro scored 3 times in the 2nd inning, which was the total sum of scoring as the A's defeated the North Haledon Reds 3-0 in game 1 of a doubleheader in North Haledon. Ian Oates fired a 1-hit shutout to carry the A's.

REDS 2 - A's 1 (game 2)
Reds Salvage Split 2-1
Matt Marc-Aurele scored the go ahead run on a fielders choice after leading off the bottom of the 6th with a walk. Mike Lembo picked up the win in relief throwing 3 scorelss innings giving up only one hit with 4 K's. Ryan Staub started for the Reds and also only gave up one hit and one run over 4 innings. Mike Sweeney homered for the Reds in the 2nd.

Doug Licitra went 3 for 3 with 4 RBI as the Ridgewood Raiders pounded out 11 hits and pushed across 15 runs in a 15-5 win over the West Orange Brewers.

Bullets Complete 2-Day Sweep of Rats
June 29, 2013

Rodriguez 3-hitter of Rats Lifts Bullets
Wendell Rodriguez fired a complete game three-hitter as the Bullets defeated the Swamp Rats 7-1. 
Brian Klukowicz hit a two-run homer for the Bullets. Mike Patterson had two hits and two runs scored in the win. Prior to the game, the Bullets honored Manager Matt Ackermann for his 20th season of coaching summer baseball.

Bullets Get Past Rats; Canes Shut Out Raiders
June 28, 2013

Ladner Leads Bullets Past Rats
Kevin Ladner pitched six solid innings as the Bullets scored three in the first and never looked back to defeat the Rats 5-2. 
In the first inning, Joe Torre's RBI single plated Mike Patterson and Ryan Kiczek followed with a two-run double. CJ Gonzalez pitched the seventh for his first save of the year.

Coral Fires Complete Game Shutout
Steve Coral fired a complete game with 10ks as the Canes won at Yogi Berra Stadium. Sean Kelly crushed a double off the right field wall to put the game away in the 5th.

Brewers Snap Canes Streak; Reds Lead Swamp Rats when Storms Suspend Game
June 27, 2013

The West Orange Brewers scored 4 runs in the first 2 innings and tacked on another in the top of the 6th and held on for a 6-inning, rain-shortened, 5-4 win over the Clifton Canes. The win for the Brewers snapped the Canes 14-game winning streak. 

The Reds scored three in the 1st and one in the 2nd and in the 3rd had men on 1st and 3rd with one out and the rains came. The game was suspended at that point and will be finished up at a later date.

Canes Win 14th in a Row
June 26, 2013

Ryan Williams pitched 5 innings of shutout ball and was followed by Sean Hille's 2 innings of relief as Clifton beat North Haledon 6-0. The game was 2-0 after 5 as Scott VanEs was pitching well for the Reds but 4 straight hits to begin the 6th put the game out of reach for the Canes.

Canes Outlast Raiders; Troasts Survive Brewers; Reds Hang on vs. Bullets
June 25, 2013

The Clifton Canes jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the 2nd inning and survived a RRidgewood comback that fell short. The Raiders chipped away and cut the Cane lead to 10-8 after 5 innings. Clifton tacked on 3 in the 7th to go up 13-8 only to see the Raiders counter with 3 in the bottom of the 7th but that would be it and the Canes would come away with another win, 13-11.

Making his season debut, Hackensack's Eric Katzman threw 5 innings striking out 13 and allowing 0 earned runs to earn his first win of the season.  Ryan Lobban came on in relief to pick up the save while striking out 4 in 2 innings of work.  The Troasts opend up the scoring in the bottom of the first when Nick Urbanovich(1-1, 2 bb, 2 runs) scored on a throwing error. Hackensack would add to their lead in the bottom of the third when Fransisco Ramirez singled in Urbanovich, Alex Delgado would drive in Kevin Montelbano (2-3, run) to cap the scoring.

Keith Miller lined a 2 RBI single with 1 out in the 5th to get the Reds their 3rd and 4th runs. The Reds Mike Lembo came on in the 6th, with the Reds up one with bases load and no out. He struck out the first two batters and got the last batter to ground out to short to end the threat. Derek Greenstein pitched a 1-2-3 7th to earn the save. Nick Couno picked up the win. Dan Limone chipped in with an RBI triple in the second.

Raiders Slug by Bullets 10-6
June 24, 2013

The Ridgewood Raiders slugged 10 runs on 10 hits to upend the South Bergen Bullets Monday. Doug Licitra had 2 hits and 4 RBI.Eliiot Conn had 2 RBI and Andy Sosa and Ryan Schofield each collected 2 hits as the Raiders bounced back from losing a sweep Sunday to knock off the Bullets.

A's Get First 2 Wins in Met League by Sweeping Raiders; Canes and Troasts Keep Winning
June 23, 2013

A's 6 - RAIDERS 1 (game 1)
A's 9 - RAIDERS 4 (game 2)
The Twin Boro A's got their first Met League win and snapped their 13 game losing skid by topping the Ridgewood Raiders 6-1 in game 1 of their doubleheader. The A's started a new streak by winning game 2 9-4.

Nate Roe fired a complete game 3 hit shutout, the Canes 3rd in a row, against the Bullets on Sunday night with 9 strikeouts. After scratching across one run in the 5th against Bullet ace Wendell Rodriguez, Steven Nappe homered deep into the Westvale parking lot to make it 2-0 in the 6th. The Canes added another in the 7th to finish with the 3-0 win. The win is Clifton's 12th in a row.

Toast win 5-1 Behind Digarolamo's 3 hits and Lobban's Arm
North Haledon jumped out to an early 1-0 when Dan Limone walked, stole 2nd and 3rd and scored on a double by Mike Cassese.  The Troasts tallied 3 runs in the third on rbi's by Kevin Montelbano(bb), RC Renshaw (1b) and Alex Delgado(1b). Digarolamo started the 3rd and 4th innings with doubles and scored both times, the scoring was capped off by an rbi single by Digarolamo.  Alex Delgado Collected 2 hits. Brendan Lobban threw 3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 7 and allowing 2  hits.

Bullets Bash Way to Game 1 Win then come from Behind for Sweep of A's
June 22, 2013

BULLETS 10 - A's 0 (game 1)
Kevin Ladner tossed a complete game one-hitter, striking out 9, and the Bullets collected 13 hits on their way toa 10-0 victory. Catcher Adnan Pjetovic had three hits and four RBI and Brett Ashley added three hits and two runs scored. Ruben Rivera homered for the Bullets.

BULLETS 3 - A's 2 (game 2)
Joe Torre's infield single in the third plated Ryan Kiczek and the Bullets defeated the A's to sweep a doubleheader. Gary Boardman pitched a complete game four-hitter. DJ Psarras hit a two-run single in the first inning to plate both of the A's runs.

Reds Turn Tables on Raiders; Bullets Push Past Brewers; Troasts and Canes Win in Blowouts
June 21, 2013

The North Haledon Reds, after dropping a 4-2 tilt to Ridgewood on Wednesday, returned the favor and ended the Raiders 4 game winning streak by the same 4-2 score. Mike Sweeney threw 5 solid innings yielding 2 runs on 4 hits with 8 strikouts to get the win. For the Reds at the plate Mike Cassese was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a double and George Monsen had the game winning 2 RBI double in the 3rd. John Kuder got the hold and Derick Greenstein the save each with a scoreless inning of relief.

Mike Patterson's two-run single in the fifth gave the Bullets a 3-1 win over the Brewers. Connor Medler picked up the with four innings of five-hit baseball, striking out five. Peirce Marsden notched his first save with three innings of hitless relief striking out seven.

TROASTS 11 - A's 0
Ryan Lobban went 4 strong innings, striking out 9, to get the win with plenty of run support as the Hackensack Troasts defeated the Twin Boro A's 11-0. The Troasts banged out 11 hits, including 3 by Kevin Montelbano (2b, 3 runs, 3 RBI). Sisco Ramirez (2 runs, 2 RBI) and Butch Bellenger (2b, run, RBI) had 2 hits each and Johnny Bravette had 2 RBI.

Clifton scored 9 runs on 8 hits in the first inning en route to a 14-0 win Thursday night. The team finished with 14 hits in four innings to extend their winning streak to 10. Sean Kelly had 3 hits and 4 RBI.

Raiders Double-up Reds 4-2; Troasts Upend Swamp Rats 5-1
June 19, 2013

The Ridgewood Raiders won their 4th in a row by knocking off the North Haledon Reds 4-2 on Wednesday night. Elliot Conn and Tyler Welence had 2 hits each and Alex Morsch got the win with 2 scoreless innings on the mound.

RC Renshaw went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI backing a stellar outing by Rob Gariano who went 4 hitless innings, striking out 9, as the Hackensack Troasts upended the Bergen Swamp Rats 5-1. Benny Mejia picked up a 3 inning save for Hackensack that got it's 10th win on the year.

Raiders and Canes Make a it 3-Win Weekend; Bullets Hand Troasts 1st Loss in Split. Brewers Top Reds
June 16, 2013

RAIDERS 3 - SWAMP RATS 2 (game 1)
Tyler Welence was 4 for 4 with 2 RBI to lead the Ridgewood Raiders to a comeback walk-off win with 2 in the bottom of the 7th to knock off the Bergen Swamp Rats 3-2 in game 1 of a double-header at Secaucus High School.

RAIDERS 5 - SWAMP RATS 4 (game 2)
The Raiders completes the sweep of the Swamp Rats Sunday with another 1-run win, 5-4. The Raiders managed only 4 hits but Marco Baratta drove in 3 of the Raider 5 runs. Tom Felice scored 2 runs and also had a triple for Ridgewood.

CANES 9 - BREWERS 3 (Brewers game 1)
Billy Cerrutti fanned 11, including the final 7 to end the game, as Clifton improved to 11-1. Rich Fagan was on base 4 times while Vin Troisi, Mike Judd, Steve Nappe, and Eric Perez were all on base three times. The Canes play North Haledon Tuesday night at Matera Field.

BREWERS 7 - REDS 5 (Brewers game 2)
The West Orange Brewers salvaged a split by pounding out 13 hits to defeat the North Haledon Reds 7-5. Jared Guglielmino had 3 hits while Sean Kelly, Jordan Farbar and Connor Kimmel each had 2 hits.

TROASTS 4 - BULLETS 1 (game 1)
John Digirolamo went 4 for 4 and the Hackensack Troasts scored 4 times in the 2nd inning to back Brendan Lobban and fuel their 9th consecutive win, 4-1 over the South Bergen Bullets in game 1 of a doubleheader at Foschini Park. Lobban got the win going 5 innings, striking out 5 and only allowing 3 hits. Rob Gariano notched a 2 inning save.

BULLETS 7 - TROASTS 1 (game 2)
Rodriguez Three-Hitter Pushes Bullets Past Unbeatean Troasts
Wendell Rodriguez tossed a complete game three-hitter as the Bullets defeated the Troasts 7-1 in the second game of a doubleheader. Rodriguez struck out five and walked three. He yielded two hits to John Digirolamo and Nick Urbanovich to start the first inning and then allowed only one hit the rest of the way. Mike Patterson led the Bullets offense with two hits and two runs scored. Brian Klukowicz, Mike Comerford and Bubba Jasinski chipped in two hits apiece. The win marked Rodriguez's third of the season and his third consecutive complete game. Urbanovich's RBI groundout in the sixth snapped a 19 inning scoreless streak for Rodriguez. 

Canes Take a Pair; Ridgewood Topples West Orange
June 15, 2013

CANES 9 - A's 3 (Canes game 1)
New Cane addition, Steve Nappe homered twice and knocked in 5 in a 9-3 rout Saturday morning. His first homer was a 2 run shot into the trees in Westside Park to tie the game and his next one, a 3 run shot to dead center put the game away. Corey Figenbaum fired 5 1/3 innings allowing 0 runs and 4 hits. Bryan Johnston, Nick Ramagli and Sean Kelly each added 2 hits to help the Canes get 11 hits.

CANES 6 - BULLETS 1 (Canes game 2)
Steve Coral pitched 6 innings of 3 hit ball to help the Canes win their 8th in a row. His only blemish,a Ryan Kiczek homer, came in the third and he didnt allow a hit after that. Clifton took advantage of walks and got timely hits by Emilio Fernandez, Mike Judd and Steve Nappe in a 5 run 5th inning.

Ryan Fallon knocked in 5 runs for Ridgewood Saturday afternoon as the Raiders beat the West Orange Brewers 12-3. Russell Tanner and Elliot Conn both had 2 hits and Tom Felice scored 3 times. Chris Pignatello went 5 innings for the win allowing 4 hits and only and un-earned run.

Reds Put up 7 in the 2nd and Cruse to a Win
June 11, 2013

REDS 11 - A's 1
On a rain drenched field the Reds scored 7 runs in the second and that was more than enough for Scott VanEs who scattered 5 hits while yielding 1 run for the win. The Reds were led by Rob Stern who was 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored, a double and 1 RBI. Kevin Olah was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's. Mike Ciarmello was also 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Matt Marc-Aurele marked his return to the Reds throwing a scoreless 6th striking out 2.

Bullets Win in Walk-off; Troasts Belt Out 13 Hits; Canes Make it a 4 Win Weekend
June 10, 2013

Davon Diab scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh as the Bullets defeated the Reds 1-0. 
Diab hit a one out single, stole second and scored from when Denis Ackermann reached on a errant throw. The game was a brilliant pitcher's duel between Wendell Rodriguez of the Bullets and Nick Cuono of the Reds. Rodriguez fired a complete game two-hitter, striking out seven. After allowing a double in the second to Michael Ciarmello, he faced the minimum for the final five innings. Cuono was equally strong in the loss, striking out four and allowing only four hits. This game marked the fifth 1-0 game in the four-year series between the Bullets and Reds.

Hackensack belted out a total of 13 hits, and in 6 innings left 11 men on base, but managed to double-up the West Orange Brewers by the score of 6-3. Butch Bellenger had 2 doubles, going 3 for 4, and Kevin Montelbano also had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Benny Mejia went 5 solid innings for the win and Tommy Crohan was stellar in 2 innings of work for the save. Jordan Farber went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI for the Brewers. Jared Guglielmino also collected 2 hits for West Orange. The Troasts are now 8-0, and the Brewers 3-4 on the season.

CANES 7 - RAIDERS 2 (game 1)
CANES 7 - RAIDERS 0 (game 2)
The Clifton Canes swept a double-header from the Ridgewood Raiders Sunday afternoon at Nash Park in Clifton to win all 4 of their games over the weekend. Corey Fiegenbaum led the way by silencing the Ridgewood bats for the win in game 1. Clifton has won 6 in a row to raise it's record to 8-1.

Canes Comback to Walk-off in Game 1, then Sweep Swamp Rats
June 8, 2013

CANES 3 - SWAMP RATS 2 (game 1)
Mike Rizzo's 2 run single in the bottom of the 7th won the game for Clifton. After trailing 2-0 heading to the bottom the inning, Joey Mazzo had a 1 out walk, Eric Perez followed with a single and Nick Ramagli had an RBI double to send runners to 2nd and third. After a Sean Kelly INT walk and Pat Reitemyer lineout, Rizzo delivered the game winner on a 2-2 pitch. Ryan Sharkey and Steve Coral combined to allow 3 hits and 1 earned run.

CANES 7 - SWAMP RATS 1 (game 2)
Joe Jimmenez, Chris Judge and Ryan Sullivan combine on a 3 hitter. Eric Perez's 2 run single in the 6th broke the game open and RBI hits by Sean Kelly and Patrick Reitemyer put the game away. Rich Fagan added a SAC fly in the third.

Canes Bats Prove to be Bulletproof
June 6, 2013

Clifton scored 9 runs on 10 hits, 6 for extra bases, Thursday night. Nick Ramagli, Sean Kelly, Pat Reitemyer and Mike Rizzo (3-6 in the order) combined to go 9-14 in the win. Nate Roe scattered 3 hits and fanned 8 in the complete game win.

The West Orange Brewers scored a run in the bottom of the 7th to break a 2-2 tie and walk-off with a win over the Bergen Swamp Rats Thursday night at Colgate Park in West Orange. Jared Guglielmino was 2 for 2 with a rbi and a run scored and Sean Jones doubled twice and went 3 for 3 for the Brewers.

Hackensack Turns Back Ridgewood as the Raider Comeback Falls Short in 7th. Troasts now 7-0.
June 5, 2013

The Ridgewood Raiders scored 3 times in the 3rd to take a 3-1 lead and 3 times again in the 7th to cut a Hackensack lead in half and send the tying run to the plate, but it wasnt enough as the Troasts held on for a 9-6 win Wednesday night at Foschini Park. Shortstop Rich Guillod led the Troasts offensively, breaking out with 2 booming triples to right center, one in the 3rd plating 2, and another in the 4th which drove home another 2. Guillod also scored 3 times. Kevin Montelbano had 2 hits and scored twice. Starter Ryan Lobban went 5 solid innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 8 Raiders. Elliot Conn, Tom Felice and Tyler Welence each scored 2 runs to account for the 6 Raider runs. Conn also had 2 hits. Hackensack ran it's winning streak to 7 games, while Ridgewood, after a 2-0 start, has lost 4 in a row. 

Reds Right Back on Track; Troasts Survive Walks, Shoddy D to Remain Undefeated
June 4, 2013

VanEs and Stern get Reds back on track -- Scott VanEs threw 6 scorelss innings and Rob Stern went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI's and 2 walks to lead the Reds to their 4 win in the young season. Also for the Reds Mike Cassese was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI and Roland Goodman was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's.

TROASTS 4 - A's 2
The Hackensack Troasts remained undefeated and raised their record to 6-0 with a 4-2 win over the Twin Boro A's, despite allowing 8 walks and comitting 5 errors. The Troast staff did only allow 1 hit, with Benny Mejia getting the win with 3.2 innings of scoreless, hitless relief. He struck out 6. Brendan Lobban picked up the save by pitching a scoreless 7th and striking out the final 2 batters with runners on 2nd & 3rd. Butch Bellenger broke a 2-2 tie with a 2 RBI double in the 5th to cap the scoring. John Digirolamo went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Angel Roman also picked up 2 basehits.

Brewers Sweep A's; Bullets Shut-out Raiders; Canes and Reds Split in NH; Troasts Walk-off Again
June 2, 2013

BREWERS 5 - A's 4 - game 1
BREWERS 5 - A's 4 - game 2
The West Orange Brewers rallied for 3 runs in the 6th inning of game 1 and for 4 runs in the 5th of game 2 to come from behind twice to complete the double-header sweep of the Twin Boro A's at Nash Park in Clifton Sunday afternoon. The 2 wins were the Brewers' first of the season, while the A's are still looking for their first win.

Rodriguez Two-Hitter Pushes Bullets Past Raiders -- Wendell Rodriguez tossed a complete game two-hit shutout as the Bullets defeated the Raiders 4-0. Rodriguez walked none and struck out 10 in a crisp 97 minute game. Mike Patterson had a run scored, an RBI and three stolen bases in the win for the Bullets.

REDS 3 - CANES 2 - game 1
CANES 8 - REDS 3 - game 2
In a featured double header in North Haledon, the undefeated North Haledon Reds took on the undefeated Clifton Canes. In a tight game 1, the Reds won with a run in the bottom of the 7th to give the Canes their first loss of the season. The Canes returned the favor in game 2 stopping the Reds 8-3.

The Hackensack Troasts won in walk-off fashion for the 2nd consecutive game for their 5th staright win. Butch Bellenger drove home Nick Urbanovich from 1st with a double to the left field fence in the bottom of the 7th to break a scoreless tie and give the Troasts a 1-0 win 
over the Bergen Swamp Rats late Sunday night. Brendan Lobban finished the 3-hitter and got the win with 2 innings of relief of starter Rob Gariano (3 IP) and Tommy Crohan (2 IP). 

Bullets and Raiders Split
June 1, 2013

RAIDERS 4 - BULLETS 1 - game 1
Reid Lifts Raiders to Win Over Bullets -- Dylan Reid tossed a complete game three-hitter as the Raiders beat the Bullets 4-1. Reid faced the minimum 15 hitters through 5 innings, striking out one and walking one in a brilliant 70 pitch complete game effort. Tyler Welence had a two run double for the Raiders.

BULLETS 9 - RAIDERS 2 - game 2
Boardman's Two-Hitters Lifts Bullets to Split -- Gary Boardman pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 9 as the Bullets topped the Raiders in the second game of a doubleheader. Ryan Kiczek had two hits and two RBI and Bubba Jasinski and Davon Diab had two hits apiece. Mike Patterson and Mike Comerford each scored two runs in the win.

Canes Pitching Staff with Another 1-Hitter
May 31, 2013

CANES 9 - A's 0
Ryan Sharkey, Nate Roe and Ryan Flannery combined to throw the Canes second straight 1 hit shutout to start the season. RBI singles in the 3rd inning by Patrick Reitemyer, Nick Ramagli and Rich Fagan paced the Clifton offense. Fagan had 2 hits and 3 RBI to lead the attack. Mike Judd came off the bench with a 2 RBI double to seal the Cane scoring.

Ridgewood Wins in League Debut; NH Edges WO; Canes Shutout A's; Troasts Stay Perfect with Comeback
May 30, 2013

The Ridgewood Raiders Met League debut looked dreadful in the bottom of the 1st inning in Secaucus when they found themselves down 4-0 to the Bergen Swamp Rats. Pitcher Cooper Byrne (complete game win) would hold the score there until the 4th inning when Ridgewood would explode for 6 runs to take the lead. Byrne who allowed only 3 hits held the lead and the Raiders would go on to win 7-4. Tyler Welence and Doug Licitra each had 2 hits and Welence and Russell Tanner knocked in 2 apiece. The Swamp Rats pitching staff would strike out 17 Raiders in the loss.

Nick Couno earned his first Met League win throwing 5 and 2/3 innings. He threw five scoreless innings before he got into trouble in the 6th giving up two runs -- 1 earned. Couno on the night scatered 5 hits with 5 K's. John Kuder got the hold striking out the only batter he faced with men on 1 and 3rd with two out in the 6th. Derick Greenstein pitched a 1-2-3 7th for his second save of the year. Dan Limone and Rob Stern each had and RBI for the Reds.

CANES 2 - A's 0
Corey Figenbaum pitches 6 innings allowing 0 runs, 1 hit and 8 strikeouts to lead the Canes to a win in their first game of the year. Sean Kelly, Mike Rizzo and Joey Mazzo all had 2 hits and Kelly's double scored Patrick Reitemyer, who had doubled earlier, with a big 6th inning insurance run. The Canes and A's go at again in a home and home series Friday.

Hackensack won it's 4th straight to start the season with a come from behind, walk-off 5-4 win over the South Bergen Bullets at Foschini Park. After the Bullets jumped out to a 3-0 lead, the Troasts chipped away with single runs in the 4th, 5th & 6th innings to tie it. The Bullets would promptly retake the lead in the top of the 7th, but a slick 6-4-3 double play to end the inning held the score at 4-3. The Troasts would load the bases in the bottom of the 7th with no outs when Alex Delgado reached on an error, and John Digirolamo and Nick Urbanovich singled. After a fielder's choice, Kevin Montelbano would deliver the game winning hit over the right fielder's head on a 3-2 pitch for a 2RBI walk off single. Bob Klapisch earned the win in relief. Mike Wassong also went 3 hitless and scoreless innings. Digirolamo collected 3 hits and Montelbano finished with 3RBI. Brian Klukowicz had 2 run scoring hits for the Bullets in the 1st & 3rd innings and Michael Patterson scored 2 runs. The Bullets' Pierce Marston went 5 solid innings allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and didn't factor in the decision.

Rats Earn First Win as a Met League Franchise
May 22, 2013

Al Krause went 1-2, helping Swamp Rats to a 1-0 victory over Twin Boro A's on Wednesday at Kane Stadium in Secaucus. This win was the Rats first in the Met League. He doubled in the second inning. Twin Boro A's' lineup had no answer for Austin Solecitto. Solecitto gave up just one hit, walked five and struck out five during his 3 1/3 innings of work. Kyle Beldoch got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He tossed 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He struck out two, walked none and surrendered two hits. Rats closer Sam Elias put away the final three outs to record the save. The lone run of the game for Rats crossed the plate in the fourth inning when Ian Steepy scored on a throw to second in an attempt to halt Justin Ferreira's stolen base attempt.

Reds Edge Bullets in Opener of N.H.'s 26th Season; Troast Pitching Carries Hack by Brewers
May 21, 2013

The Reds opened their 26th season with a 1-0 win over the Bullets. In a very crisp game with no errors Scott VanEs out dueled Chris Skowronski and Peirce Marston. VanEs picked up the win throwing 6 scoreless innings yielding only 2 hits with 5 K's and one walk. The Reds scored the only run they would need in the 3rd when Roland Goodman singled home Mike Cassese. For the Reds Ryan Staub got the first two outs in the 7th and Derick Greenstein got the save by striking out the last batter with a man on second. Kevin Olah was 2 for 3 for the Reds.

Hackensack improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 6-0 win over the West Orange Brewers at Foschini Park. Benny Mejia went 2 perfect innings, followed by Rob Gariano, who nothced the win with his 2 scoreless. Brendan Lobban finished the 2 hit shutout with 3 solid innings in registering the save. RC Renshaw, Nick Urbanovich and Sisco Ramirez each had 2 hits for the Troasts and Butch Bellenger scored twice. West Orange's Sean Kelly broke up the Hackensack bid for a perfect game in the fourth with an infield single.

Opening Weekend Washed Out
May 19, 2013

The slow, and steady light rain never let up Sunday and washed out the Met League's opening day celebration of 4 games at North Haledon. The games will be rescheduled.

Bullets Win Opener in West Orange; Troasts Get 2nd W with 5-2 Win Over A's
May 16, 2013

Denis Ackermann had two hits and scored three runs and Josh Kistler scored three times as the Bullets defeated the Brewers 12-3 in both teams' openers. Joe Torre had two hits and four RBI and Mike Patterson had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Sean Kelly stole four bases in the loss for the Brewers.

TROASTS 5 - A's 2
Four Hackensack hurlers struck out a total of 13 A's batters, allowing only 3 hits in the 5-2 win. Benny Mejia started and struck out 6 in 2 innings, while Brendan Lobban got the win win 4 Ks and Dan Rattacasa notch the save with a scoreless 7th. Rich Guillod banged out 2 hits in his Troast debut, while Butch Bellenger drove in 2 and Tyler Garguillo and Nick Urbanovich both scored twice. A's starter Ian Oates was impressive going 4 strong innings allowing only 1 unearned run. Adam Ferlando, DJ Psarras and Jose Padilla each collected a hit each for Twin Boro.

Troasts win Opener 9-0 Over Swamp Rats
May 15, 2013

In the 2013 Met League season opener, the Bergen Swamp Rats fell 9-0 to Hackensack Troasts at Foschini on Wednesday. Hackensack used strong pitching and a 6-run 2nd to fuel the win. Ryan Lobban got the win for Hackensack Troasts. He pitched three shutout innings. He struck out five, walked two and surrendered one hit. Mike Wassong (2 IP, 5K), Mike Wolfe (1 IP) and Bob Klapisch (1 IP, K) completed the shutout. RC Renshaw, Nick Urbanovich and Angel Roman helped lead Hackensack Troasts. They combined for six hits and four RBIs. Hackensack Troasts never trailed after scoring those six runs in the second on an error, two singles, and three bases loaded walks. Bergen Swamp Rats Matt Schwartz was perfect at the dish, going 1-1. He singled in the sixth inning and drew two walks. Kyle Beldoch looked sharp on the mound. Hackensack Troasts managed just two hits off of Beldoch , who allowed one earned run, walked none and struck out two during his 3 2/3 innings of work. 

2013 Met League to Open Season on May 15th with Expansion Swamp Rats at Defending Champs, Troasts.

OPENING DAY IS HERE! The defending Met League champion Hackensack Troasts will host expansion Bergen Swamp Rats on Wednesday, May 15th at 8:30pm at Foschini Park in Hackensack

OPENING WEEKEND!! Sunday, May 19th at North Haledon Municipal Park hosts a full slate of Met League action:

12 noon - West Orange Brewers vs. Bergen Swamp Rats
2:30 pm - Twin Boro A's vs. Ridgewood Maroon Raiders
5:00 pm - South Bergen Bullets vs. Clifton Canes
7:30 pm - Hackensack Troasts vs. North Haledon Reds

The full league schedule has been posted on this website. The schedule will be finalized during the week of 5/6.

Other Important League dates include:

5/15 - Opening Day in Hackensack - Troasts v. Swamp Rats

5/19 - Met League Opening Weekend in North Haledon

7/7 - All Star Sunday

7/21 - End of Regular Season

7/22 - League Playoffs Begin

7/25 - NABF Collegiate Regional Tournament

8/1 - AABC Regional Tournament Weekend

8/1 - NABF Regional Tournament Weekend

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