09 April 2011

Northern Highlands Baseball Murders Ramsey 18-3

The Highlanders of Northern Highlands Regional High School took the diamond today in Allendale, N.J. with a sour taste in their mouths after an ugly loss to Fair Lawn. But by the time they finished off the Rams of hated Ramsey High School Saturday afternoon in an incredibly fashion, all was well. They scored 18 runs (yes you read that correctly) in the first three innings of today's game including 12 in the second with 11 of them coming with two outs to take the game 18-3 after five innings when a mercy was called.
One of the flaws of the Highlanders this young season was leaving runners on base. And with the score at 2-1 favoring Highlands with 2 out in the bottom of the second with two runners on base, it seem like history was about to repeat itself. In fact one of the assistant coaches, Lou Dovidio, turned to me and said "We need to get those runners in." But lightning struck in a big way as starting off with first baseman Brandon Ulloa, the Highlanders kept getting big hit after big hit, forcing Ramsey to burn through three pitchers and scoring eleven more runs on top of the one scored that half inning. Highlands tagged on five more runs in the third inning.
As the Highlands hitters kept the inning rolling and as the lineup cycled through, I (as the scorebook operator at the time) noticed one incredibly fascinating statistic, that every hitter in the lineup scored. Maybe it's just me, but I thought that was really cool.
I could give shout-outs to individual batters but the Highlands lineup as a whole was lights-out. CF Billy Taylor, LF Billy Rose, 2B Anthony Messina, P Sameer Ganju (who turned in a complete game with 6 K's), C Steve DiBella, SS Tony Gandolfo, DH Frank Sciacca, 1B Brandon Ulloa, and RF Zak Ross-Nash were all terrific at the dish today as it took a collective effort to utterly destroy the Rams.
The Highlanders play next at NHRHS on Monday against Ramapo High School at 4:15. Hope you will be there.

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