This week’s baseball hot takes: Milestones, huge moments and top performers
Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:47 AM | Updated April 13, 2018 at 07:16 PM
Joe Zedalis, Rich Greco and Kevin Minnick | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Larry Murphy | For NJ.com
Numbers, names, news
What were the big moments in New Jersey high school baseball during the past week? What were the big games, the upsets, which players and teams are on a roll? Do you like numbers? This week’s baseball hot takes have those, too. Check out the list below and share it with your baseball-loving friends.
Baseball: Ferris defeats Kearny 2-0
Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media
Ferris was 18-12 last season and almost as to prove last spring wasn’t a fluke, Ferris is off to a 3-1-1 start including and eye-opening 10-2 romp over St. Joseph (Met.) Wednesday.
Last Saturday, St. Joseph (Met.) blanked No. 13 St. Joseph (Mont.), 3-0.
Ferris has scored 29 runs in its last two victories.
Robert Estrada is leading a spirited offensive effort with a .529 batting average as of Wednesday. Matthew Beam and Jahi Williams have seven RBI each.
Ferris is getting the job done by stringing hits together — only 10 of 43 Ferris hits have gone for extra base hits.
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Bloomfield Tech week
Bloomfield Tech, off to a fast 5-0 start in the Super Essex Conference Colonial Division, has incredible offensive numbers.
As of Wednesday, Bloomfield Tech had 35 hits as a team, has drawn 43 walks and had nine hitter hit by pitches. Based on numbers entered into njschoolsports.com, Bloomifield Tech hitters have reached base 87 times in 116 official at-bats — that’s a .946 on-base percentage as a team.
It’s not surprising that Bloomfield Tech has scored 51 runs.
The Bloomfield Tech pitching hasn’t been bad, either. It has a 37-25 strike-out-to-walk ratio and has allowed nine earned runs. Adriel Correa has 15 strikeouts in 12.1 innings of work.
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TR East’s beasts
Looking for an early Coach of the Year candidate?
How about second-year head coach Keith Smicklo at Toms River East.
Smicklo, a former All-Shore catcher under long-time head coach Bill Frank, has the Raiders off to a quiet 4-0.
Wednesday night, Toms River East topped crosstown rival Toms River South, 10-3. Since a 9-8 win on April 5, the Raiders have allowed only seven runs in three games.
Senior right-hander Brad Brush was a force on the mound and with the bat against Toms River South. Brush was 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three runs batted in.
On the hill, Brush threw 106 pitches, scattered six hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
If Toms River East can get hard-throwing Nick DeGennaro back from injury, they could be a team to watch down the stretch.
Toms River East can really make some noise next week. It plays at Toms River North Tuesday and hosts No. 11 Jackson Memorial Thursday.
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