BLOOMFIELD – The Bloomfield High School varsity baseball team hopes to get on a roll as the season progresses.
The Bengals had a 5-8 record through April 25.
Sophomore Ed Abplanalp went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and combined with senior Josh Cruz in a five-hit shutout as the Bengals defeated Caldwell, 5-0, April 20, in Caldwell.
Cruz allowed allowed three hits and struck out six over five innings for the win and Abplanalp pitched two innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts.
Junior right fielder Danny Carter went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run; junior outfielder Joe Giliberti went 2-for-4 with an RBI and senior shortstop Brian Rennie was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Senior second baseman Luis Rullan also had a hit and an RBI and junior third baseman Andrew Altiery went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.
The Bengals lost to Nutley, 7-4, under the lights at Bloomfield Middle School field on April 22 in divisional play. The Bengals were led by junior catcher Roger Roger Garcia (3-for-3, RBI, walk), Rullan (2-for-3, RBI, two stolen bases), senior center fielder Dionisios Bello (1-for-3, walk, run, stolen base), Giliberti (three walks), Carter (1-for-3, run, walk), and Abplanalp (1-for-3).
The Bengals lost to Old Tappan, 7-5, in eight innings at BMS field on April 23. Altiery went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs; Garcia was 2-for-3 with an RBI; Rennie went 2-for-4 with a run; Rullan went 1-for-3 with an RBI; and Abplanalp had an RBI.
The Bengals then lost to a strong Seton Hall Prep team, 10-0, April 25, in divisional play in West Orange.
The seeding meeting for the Greater Newark Tournament – which is considered the Essex County tournament – was scheduled for April 26.