Baseball: Passaic Valley gets into high gear
LITTLE FALLS – After a slow start, the Passaic Valley baseball team has begun to get things in gear.
Heading into this week, John Mazzo’s Hornets had won three of its last five games and were 4-9 on the season. Passaic Valley will visit West Milford tomorrow, at 4 p.m. and on Saturday, play the Highlanders again, this time at 2 p.m. in Little Falls. On May 4, the Hornets will host Wayne Valley at 4 p.m.
The Hornets had lost on opening day to Wayne Hills by an 11-1 count, but on April 24, Passaic Valley turned that around, defeating the Patriots, 6-4. Nick Galese pitched a complete game for the Hornets, striking out six while scattering six hits. Brian Dillon, Tyler Hablitz, Alex Madonia and Chris Vogt each drove in a run for the Hornets, with Dillon also stealing two bases.
In an 8-6 win over Glen Ridge on April 25, Spencer Perzely had a big day, with three hits, two RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored. Hablitz and Dillon each had two hits and two runs scored and Galese doubled and drove in a run.
Madonia was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game. He struck out six, walked three and gave up nine hits. Trailing 6-5, Passaic Valley scored two runs in the fifth and added an insurance tally in the sixth inning for a big home victory. The Hornets had 12 hits overall in the game.
Galese, Hablitz and Madonia each had two hits in a 13-7 setback to Paterson Eastside. Hablitz homered in the game and drove in four runs and Casey Hanley scored twice and had a hit.
Versus Lakeland on April 27, Galese and Perzely had two hits each and Anthony Degrote walked twice for the Hornets, which lost a 7-2 decision.