What a game!
Verona shut out archrival Cedar Grove 2-0 in a classic pitcher’s duel on Wednesday at Doc Goeltz. The win puts Verona’s record at 7-6 and above .500 for this first time the season.
The story of this game really begins and ends with junior starting pitcher Matt Rosenfeld. Rosey established his dominance early on by striking out the first batter of the game. Though this was his only strikeout, he went on to retire batter after batter, throwing a perfect game into the 5th inning. When asked afterwards if he knew that he was flirting with perfection he immediately responded, “Absolutely. I was 100 percent aware.”
The game was knotted at 0-0 until the 4th inning when Anthony Pena started the rally off by singling up the middle. This brought Anthony Seymour to the plate. Seymour, who admittedly had been struggling so far this season, had already tripled deep over the left fielder’s head in the 2nd inning but was far from done.
Seymour lined a shot into the left centerfield gap. Pena flew around the bases and was waved all the way home from first. The relay throw went home and as Pena was sliding in safe, Seymour rounded second and headed for third. The Cedar Grove catcher fired down to third to try and tag him out, but the throw went wild and into the outfield allowing Seymour to score.
About the at bat, Seymour said, “I have been taking a ton of extra batting practice and doing a lot of extra work in the cage. It paid off today. The ball felt really good off the bat and it’s great to come through for the team. This was a big win because now we are over .500 and have won six straight games. We want to keep it going.”
The first trouble that Rosenfeld ran into on the mound was in the top of the 5th inning when he allowed a single and his first hit of the game. Now with a man on base, he worked from the stretch for the first time all day and walked the following batter. With men on first and second and one out, Rosenfeld induced a line drive at second baseman Timmy Kiernan who flipped to first, doubling off the Cedar Grove base runner.
Rosenfeld worked out of trouble again in the 7th inning by stranding men on first and second to secure the shutout and the win. He said, “I really had no curveball today and was worried that the second time through the lineup they would get to me. Luckily I battled and they hit the ball at our guys and we made some nice plays.”
Rosey finished the day allowing only two hits and two walks, while striking out one in the complete game shutout victory.
“We are on break this week so I had all day to think about the game. I tried not to, but I couldn’t get my mind off of it. This game was especially important because we need to keep winning to get into the playoffs and it was against Cedar Grove. That made it special.”
Verona will take on Cedar Grove in what is sure to be an outstanding rematch on May 5th under the lights at Yogi Berra Stadium.