FOREST CITY — The East Rutherford Cavaliers sent its five seniors out in style on Thursday night, pounding out 13 hits as part of a 12-2 victory over Shelby.
“These are five seniors who have put in a lot of hard work over four years and they are guys who have done things the right way,” said East Rutherford head coach Drew Reynolds. “Our season didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but it wasn’t because of those guys and their efforts and their attitudes. They did things the right way. It was just a case of we didn’t get it done when we needed to get it done. I have nothing but love for those five seniors. They’ve left the foundation of East Rutherford baseball in a good place due to their work ethic. I’m sad to see them go.”
Senior Garrett Bridges worked a quick top of the first, needing just nine pitches to retire Shelby in order.
Senior Walker Waters was hit by a pitch and stole second, but was left stranded in the bottom of the first.
The Cavaliers got on the board in the bottom of the second. David Sessoms doubled to right and advanced to third on a flyout. Alex Clark then drove home Sessoms with a sacrifice fly to center. Senior Je’Shaun Gill would then single, but was left stranded at first.
East Rutherford would add on to their lead in the bottom of the third. Avery Russell and Coleman Tisdale drew back-to-back one-out walks. Bridges would help himself with a RBI single to left. Sessoms would drive home Tisdale with a sacrifice fly to put the Cavaliers ahead 3-0.
The Cavaliers would work some two-out magic in the bottom of the fourth. Senior pinch hitter Jacob Hamrick smoked a double to right-center and then scored on a RBI triple by Waters. Waters would then score on a passed ball, putting the Cavaliers ahead 5-0.
Shelby would cut into the lead in the top of the sixth with a two-run bomb by Steven Spaes, but East Rutherford would answer with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early.
Russell delivered a one-out solo shot to left to put the Cavs up 6-2 and the hits kept on coming. Tisdale and Bridges delivered back-to-back singles and Sessoms hit into a fielder’s choice, loading the bases for Aidin Strange, who drove in a run with a single. Clark walked before Gill drove home two runs with a single to left. Senior Nick Bray would then get in the action with a single to right, scoring Clark and putting East Rutherford ahead 11-2. Waters would end the game with a single to right that scored Gill to account for the 12-2 final.
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