The Madison High School Baseball team (NJ) banged out several hits and had players on base at every turn in its 11-2 rout of Sussex Tech Monday afternoon in its season finale at home.
After Verona ousted the Dodgers from the playoffs with a 11-6 defeat in the sectional quarterfinals on Saturday, Madison came back and ended the baseball season on a positive note.
The Dodgers trailed 2-0 in the top of the first. But Madison responded with five runs in the bottom half of the second to take a 5-2 lead.
Outfielder Charles Muhlenberg doubled in two runs to tie the contest at two all. Then, Jack O’Hearen plated another runner with a single, and outfielder Mike McGuire ripped a triple to drive in another runner to take a 4-2 advantage.
Madison middle infielder Michael Lekas singled in a run to cap the scoring at 5-2 in the bottom of the second.
Picking up where they left off, the Dodgers’ Muhlenberg slugged a double, his second of the tilt, to start the bottom of the third for Madison. Zachary Aguiar made it first and third with an infield hit, then proceeded to swipe second. O’Hearen got on base via a Raven error, and ran the score to 6-2 in the third inning.
After juicing the bases in the bottom of the fourth, a wild pitch, which the Sussex catcher failed to recover in time, brought home another runner for a 7-2 lead. O’Hearen picked up his second knock of the game while driving in another run for an 8-2 Dodger advantage.
After loading the bases again, outfielder Carter Shipley got hit by a pitch, forcing in Madison’s ninth run. Nicholas Olson capped Madison’s scoring with a two-run double in the fifth for 11-2 lopsided victory.
Senior starter Julian McManus gave up a homer in the first, but settled down and tossed three frames of two-run ball.
Just to think, a New Jersey athletic season hung in the balance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Dodgers had the opportunity to play 23 games and finished with an impressive 17-5-1 record.
–Jerry Del Priore