Superstars Stop Monarchs in 8-4 Victory

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By Emily Winter

Paramus, NJ – Despite being out-hit in the game, eight to five, the North River Superstars took advantage of their opportunities and claimed an 8-4 victory over the Monmouth Monarchs at Bergen Community College.

Neither team scored in the first inning although the Monarchs loaded the bases with two out on back-to-back singles by Joe Rotelli (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NY) and Frank Bilancio (Chesterfield, NJ/ Saint Edward’s University, TX) and an infield error. But a groundout wiped out the scoring chance.

In the home half of the first, Monarchs starter, Ray Hughes (Forked River, NJ/ Richard Stockton University, NJ), walked Superstars leadoff man, Julio Acosta (Elizabeth, NJ/ Bergen County Community College, NJ) but came back with three consecutive strikeouts to end the scoreless first.

Rob Greco (Franklin Lakes, NJ/ Presbyterian College, SC) got the ball rolling for the Superstars after starting the bottom of the second with a line drive double to left. Hungry for a run, Greco attempted to steal third and when the catcher’s throw eluded the Monarchs third baseman he was able to score the first run of the night.

The Monarchs rebounded in the top of the third when Luke Hoyl (Dallas, TX/ Saint Edward’s University, TX) roped a single, advanced to second on a passed ball, stole third base, and scored on Anthony Santoro’s (Manalapan, NJ/ Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ) fielder’s choice ground out, knotting the game at one all.

With two outs to begin the bottom of the third, the Superstars were still able to score five runs, as the Monarchs pitching went into a tailspin. Superstars’ batters worked the struggling Monarchs hurlers for five consecutive walks, forcing in two runs. With bases still loaded, Aaron Portee (Lumberton, NJ/ Santa Barbara City College, CA) roped a single to center that scored two more runs. Vince Montone (Oak Ridge, NJ/ Misericordia University, PA) followed with an RBI single of his own, producing a 6-1 Superstars bulge at the end of three.

The Superstars extended their lead to 8-1 in the fourth on a single by Christian Guzman (Kearny, NJ/ Bergen County Community College, NJ), a pair of walks, a wild pitch and run-scoring ground out by Austin Arndt (Lebanon, NJ/Kean University, NJ).

In the top of the fifth the Monarchs launched a brief comeback registering three runs after two were out. Bilancio stroked a single to right and Santoro was hit by a pitch, bringing up Tyler Coppo (Fitzwilliam, NH/ University of Hartford, CT) whose single scored Bilancio. A grounder by Robert Carmody (Canton, MA/ University of Hartford, CT) was misplayed, pushing Santoro across the plate and advancing Coppo to third. From there a wild pitch allowed Coppo to score before the inning came to an end, with the Monarchs trailing 8-4.

Neither team scored for the remainder of the game, which the umpires brought to an abrupt end after only five and one-half innings due to darkness.

Superstars coach, Michael Matera, credited the team’s 8-4 win to their “patience at the plate.” He added, “We didn’t give in to their pitchers in key situations and we stuck with our approach. We got a big hit here and there and that’s what really got the ball rolling for us,” said Matera.

As the playoffs approach this weekend Matera is concerned about his team’s limited depth at pitching but knows the team will be playing hard and has a chance to surprise. “A possible edge we have is that we are understandably being looked at as underdogs and teams may take us lightly. Hopefully we’ll give them a lot more than they expect,” Matera added.

The Superstars will face the North Brunswick Matrix at North Brunswick Community Park in the final game of the regular season on July 27, at 5:45 PM. The Monmouth Monarchs face the NJ Angels in a makeup game at Jannarone Park in Parsippany on July 26, at 6 PM.