Cavaliers rout Freedom
In a night where East Rutherford (13-6, 6-3) dominated Freedom scoring 14 runs on 13 hits, senior manager Preston Philbeck was the story of the night for the Cavaliers.
Philbeck stepped to the dish in the bottom half of the fourth inning with his Cavaliers leading 13-0. With the cheers of his teammates and the East Rutherford faithful, Philbeck fought off countless pitches before letting ball four go by and earning a free pass to first base.
Philbeck eventually scored East Rutherford's final run in their 14-0 pounding of Freedom Thursday night at home.
Trent Self led off the second inning beating a throw to first and the floodgates opened from there.
Two batters later, John Padgett drove in the first runs of the night with a two-RBI single to clear the bases before Will Randall doubled him over to third.
Tripp Hamrick followed with his second long double of the night to double the Cavaliers lead to 4-0.
The rally continued as Brock Helton, Jordan Strickland, Padget and Randall all recorded RBI base hits before the inning ended with the Cavaliers on top 9-0.
"We got a lot of hits," East head coach Bobby Reynolds said. "That was one of the first times we had a little breathing room throughout the year."
The Cavs added four runs in the third inning highlighted by a RBI double from Logan Hawkins.
East Rutherford starter Kaleb Green, a JV call-up, struck out four Patriots in the final two innings while Philbeck added his insurance run in the bottom of the fourth en route to the 14-0 win.
Green finished the night with seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits.
"Kaleb Green pounded the strike zone tonight and really pitched well," Reynolds said. "He's given us a great chance to win."
Hamrick, Helton and Randall paced the Cavliers with two hits apiece.
Thursday was East's second win of the week after downing Burns on Tuesday.
"Our program has always been geared for the playoffs," Reynolds said. "We still haven't really set the lineup but we are little more comfortable."
The Cavaliers return to action Tuesday, April 30 when they travel to Shelby. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.