Cavaliers down Chase in five
The good fortune continued for East Rutherford baseball Tuesday night at Chase while the losing streak continued for the Trojans as the Cavaliers defeated Chase 12-2 in five innings on the road.
"With the warm weather and hitting the ball well, we probably played one of our best games of the year," East head coach Bobby Reynolds said after the game. "Overall just a very good night for Cavalier baseball."
The hurting started early for Chase as the first six Cavaliers reached safely against Chase starter Josh Epley.
Before the Trojans got out of the top of the first, East had built an early 6-0 lead.
"They had some timely hits and we had some mistakes that gave them a few runs," Chase head coach Matt Tipton said. "When you do that against good teams it's hard to overcome."
Chase's Robbie Evans led off the bottom half of the frame with a double and eventually scored for Chase's first run, but East's Jordan Strickland cracked a double into left in the second to score Brock Helton for his second hit and third RBI of the night.
Helton finished the night 1-3 with a walk in his first game back in the batting order after breaking his left hand earlier in the season.
"We're very excited to have Brock back in the lineup and I think that may have put a little extra kick in our spark as well," Reynolds said.
Strickland scored on a Chase Jenkins single to put the Cavs up 8-1 after two.
The second and final hit on the night for Chase was a big one as Taylor Hardin crushed a Brandon Wellmon offering over the left field fence to put another run on the board for Chase.
Unfortunately for Chase, however, East tacked on four more and the game ended after five innings giving East the 12-2 win.
Strickland led East with three hits and three RBIs while Jenkins had two hits and two RBIs.
Wellmon earned the win allowing just two hits and striking out five.
East travels to R-S Central Thursday night while Chase travels to Patton on Friday. Both games are set for 7 p.m.