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Baseball Routs Cedar Grove 8-1
The Verona High School baseball team had Collin Kiernan on the mound, a freshman who was making just his second varsity start. The Cedar Grove batter seemed to try to rattle Kiernan with a short chop, but Kiernan scooped the ball up, spun and fired it to Luke Weiss on first, and the rest, as they say, is history. Verona defeated the Panthers 8-1.
The second inning was all Verona. Playing at home to a larger than usual crowd at Doc Goeltz Field, the Hillbillies sent 12 batters to the plate, and when they were done and the dust had settled, the score stood at 8-0 Verona. Weiss, a senior, started things off with one double (see the video), and slammed out a second one before the inning was over. Paul Scully, P.J. Lombardi, James Hill and Matt Rubins all turned in RBI singles; Tommy Denicola also got a hit that inning and was 2-for-4 overall.
Kiernan pitched a complete game, his first as a varsity player, allowing four hits and three walks, one of which was to Paul Rufo, who went on to score Cedar Grove’s only run. Kiernan threw fast and hard, and the balls came in so close sometimes that they probably gathered a few Panther uniform fibers along the way.
Verona now has a 9-3 record and the the top spot in the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division. The Hillbillies face Newark Academy on Monday and they will be back against Cedar Grove on Tuesday, April 29, for the teams’ annual rivalry fundraiser at Jackal’s Stadium on the Montclair State campus. The game starts at 7 p.m. and the gates open at 6:30. There will be food available and, as always, youth players wearing their jerseys will be admitted for free.
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