Glen Ridge HS baseball team defeats North 13th Street Tech in walk-off fashion

GLEN  RIDGE – The Glen Ridge High School varsity baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 9-8 walk-off win over North 13th Street Tech on April 6 at Hurrell Field.

Jackson Curtis had his first varsity hit for a RBI to tie it 8-8 and Matt Buchman hit a walk-off RBI single.

GRHS scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie it 7-7. Griffin Cancro’s  two-out RBI triple brought the Ridgers to within 7-6. Cancro then scored on Brian Schnack’s RBI single to tie it.

North 13th Street Tech answered with a run in the top of the seventh before the Ridgers won it in the bottom of the seventh.

Cancro and Schnack each went 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run; Curtis finished 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs; Buchman finished 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run; Keeler Patton went 1-for-1 with three walks and a run; Owen Hannigan walked twice, drove in a run and scored a run; and Mac Kotrey went 1-for-2.

Simon Ogilvie recorded his first varsity hit.

“Today was truly a team win,” said GRHS first-year head coach Liam Penberthy. “We had some opportunities throughout the game but couldn’t capitalize. Give them credit; they made our pitchers work. Even with the missed opportunities, the kids kept battling. They proved to themselves today they are never out of the game.

“We cannot rely on a big inning late in the game to bail us out. We must continue to improve and limit our mistakes if we want to get to where we want to be.”