Central Jersey Group II
(6) Matawan 4, (3) Spotswood 1
Sophomore Adam Elliot pitched a five-hitter and the Huskies scored three times over the final two innings to top the Chargers and advance to the sectional semifinals against the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 7 Manchester and No. 2 Robbinsville. According to Matawan coach Bobby Carnovsky, this is Matawan’s first trip to a sectional semifinal since 1993.
Elliot allowed one unearned run while walking one and striking out eight to improve to 6-3. Matawan struck first on a 2 out rbi double Justin Henderson. After Spotswood tied the game,Matawan took the lead on a two-out RBI single by Joe Piscopo in the top of the sixth that plated courtesy runner Makel Caldwell, who scored two runs while running for catcher Cory Nusbaum.
Nusbaum also plated Matawan’s fourth run with an RBI ground out in the top of the seventh, which followed an RBI single by Nick Smith. Justin Henderson gave Matawan a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the top of the fourth before Spotswood tied it with an RBI single by Ryan Walker in the bottom of the inning.