An exceptional effort by Gus Alvarez spurred St. Joseph to a 22-7 win in seven innings over St. John Paul II on Thursday at Forest Rd.
Alvarez hit two home runs for St. Joseph. Alvarez went 3-3 in the game with five RBIs and four runs scored. Alvarez homered in the first and third innings.
St. Joseph continued to add runs until the end of the game. St. Joseph scored nine runs in the final one innings to cap the win. St. Joseph scored nine runs in the seventh on St. Joseph scored in the seventh on a home run by James Barba, an RBI single by Todd Feinberg, a two-run triple by Dennis Reilly, and a two-run home run by Brendan McNamara.
St. Joseph hit six home runs in the win. Additional home runs for St. Joseph came when Glenn Gang homered in the third inning, Alvarez homered in the first and third innings, and McNamara homered in the fourth and seventh innings.
Frank Chupko got the win for St. Joseph despite allowing seven runs over seven innings. He struck out none, walked two and surrendered 19 hits.
St. Joseph easily handled St. John Paul II pitching as eight hitters combined for 19 hits, 21 RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Steve Spoljaric took the loss for St. John Paul II. He allowed 22 runs in seven innings, walked six and struck out one.
St. Joseph stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring four runs on a two-run double by Tom Swales and a two-run home run by Alvarez.
St. Joseph piled on five more runs in the top of the third. Alvarez kicked things off with a three-run blast, plating Barba and Nam-June Joe. That was followed up by Gang's two-run home run, plating Nashad Warfield.
John Junguenet racked up four RBIs on two hits for St. Vincent. He homered in the first inning and singled in the third inning.
Chris San Jaun racked up three RBIs on two hits for St. Matthew. He homered in the third inning and singled in the fifth inning.
Matthew Betau lasted two innings on the rubber for St. Matthew before the call to the bullpen. Betau allowed three hits and six runs.
The top of the first saw St. Matthew take an early lead, 3-0. St. Matthew's rally started when Joe LoBrace singled. Then moved LoBrace from first to second. Michael McKenna doubled, plating LoBrace. St. Matthew pushed more runs across when DiStasi and McKenna scored on a two-run single by John Stueck.
After a quick strike from St. Matthew, St. Vincent responded with three runs in the first. St. Vincent scored on a three-run home run by Junguenet.
St. Vincent didn't give up the lead after the third inning. Additional runs came from a sacrifice fly by Jerry Russo and two singles.
St. Matthew scored one run in the top of the fourth to cut its deficit to one. A fielder's choice gave St. Matthew life. Finally, Harold Hopler induced an inning-ending fly out from Michael McKenna.
It didn't take long for St. Vincent to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the fourth. St. Vincent scored on a two-run single by Keith Karyczak.
Fernandez racked up two RBIs on three hits for St. Matthew.
Offense was not hard to come by on on Friday, as both teams combined for 29 runs and 49 hits, including nine extra base hits.
Joe LoBrace racked up three RBIs on two hits for St. Matthew. He singled in the first inning and tripled in the sixth inning.
St. Matthew easily handled St. Francis pitching as six hitters combined for 15 hits, 12 RBIs and 10 runs scored.
St. Matthew jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. St. Matthew's rally started when LoBrace singled. A single by Michael McKenna then moved LoBrace from first to second. San Juan doubled, bringing home LoBrace. The scoreboard lit up again for St. Matthew when McKenna scored on an RBI single by Jeff DiStasi and San Juan scored on an RBI double by Nigro.
St. Francis matched its two-run fourth inning with two more in the seventh. In the fourth, St. Francis scored on an RBI triple by Chris Nardi, scoring Ted Florio.
St. Francis pushed across one run in both the fifth inning and the sixth. In the fifth, St. Francis scored on an RBI single by Chris Nardi, plating Ron Labin.
It didn't take long for St. Matthew to respond as it scored three runs of its own in the fifth. St. Matthew scored on an RBI single by Michael McKenna and a groundout by San Juan.
St. Matthew answered St. Francis' top inning with seven runs of its own in the sixth. St. Matthew scored on an RBI single by Kevin Caggiano, a two-run single by Abrams, a three-run triple by LoBrace, and an RBI single by Michael McKenna.