Raritan Valley National Adult Baseball Association: My Site News: Championship Series Under Way

Sunday, September 14
Championship Series Under Way

 At FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, the AA Championship Series kicked off at 10:35 am. The NJ Clippers downed the Paterson Phillies 15-8 in a slugfest which represents the first rematch of championship contenders in back-to-back years since the Carteret Mariners and Carteret Mustangs hooked up in 1995-96.

The Phillies took an early 2-0 lead on an rbi single from Hector Espinal and a sac fly off the bat of Travis Wilfong. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when the the first eleven Clippers to the plate all scored.

It started with a leadoff walk. Paul Crivello then knocked a one hopper to the pitcher, but starter John Lloyd fired the doubleplay ball into left-center. Instead of two out, nobody on, it was two on, nobody out. That was followed by six consecutive base hits, including a two-run single from Scott Jacquish and a two-run double from Jason Glenn.

The Phillies scored runs in the 6th,7th,8th and 9th innings, but each time they crept closer, the Clippers pulled a little further away. Credit Chris Bartz with the complete game victory, as he allowed 8 runs (6 earned) on 11 hits over nine innings.  


The A League Championship Game One was a classic for the ages! A 4-3, twelve inning gem won by the Bombers with two outs and bases loaded, when Jim Dolan laid down a bunt for an infield single.

Bomber starter, Mike Razzano threw a complete game, or more accurately, one and a third complete games for the win. Meanwhile his Brewer counterpart, Rob Dornick went 11 and a third before the Bombers chased him. Mike Aversa relieved Dornick and retired one batter before issuing an intentional pass and then allowing Dolan's single. Dornick took the loss.

But if not for first year manager, Marc Johnson's heroics, there would have been no extra innings.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first. David Vega led off and reached on the pitcher's throwing error. He stole second and scored on Larry Goldberg's rbi single. With some hustle, the Brewers increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Justin Irvin led off with a walk and stole second. Ted Borsuk then dribbled a roller down the first base line. Razzano's hurried throw led the Bombers first baseman into the baseline where he was run into by Borsuk who could not have avoided contact. Irvin, meanwhile, had sped around third and never hesitated as he scored from second on that grounder. Later that inning, Mike Aversa singled home Nolan Ticer for a 3-0 lead, where the game remained until the bottom of the seventh. 

The Bombers opened the seventh with consecutive singles from Keith Lorfing and Mike Shearn before the Kalber brothers flied out to left and right. Kevin Bell then walked to load the bases. And Marc Johnson tied the game with one swing as he one-hopped the wall in left with a base-clearing double. And that was all the scoring until the twelfth inning.