Estes And Quality Pitching Propel St. Joseph's Metuchen Over Don Bosco

TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

RAMSEY –– On a night that highlighted Don Bosco Prep's 2008 undefeated National Championship Team, St. Joe's Metuchen beat the Ironmen on its home turf, 4-1.

A matchup of Top 10 teams in the state and a big time pitching matchup to go along with it, Don Bosco came into the game reeling off a thrilling 6-5 victory over Old Tappan – while the Falcons fell in a thriller to St. Peter's Prep in the Autism Awareness challenge the night before.

Nick Estes toed the rubber for St. Joe's – the uncommitted 2018 right hander was outstanding through four and a third. The 6-foot-3 200-pound Estes was 82-84 and pounded the lower half of the strike zone with command of his fastball and an 11/5 breaking ball at 72-75 as well. Estes would scatter just three hits and struck out six batters.

For the Ironmen – 2018 St. John's recruit Matt Semon took the mound. Semon has been Don Bosco's ace so far this season – with a fastball that has a heavy downward plane at 86-87 MPH and both a slider and curveball in his arsenal, makes him tough to hit. 

Both teams would trade zeros through the first two innings. St. Joe's Metuchen would score the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. 2018 Jon Sott led the inning off with a triple down the right field line, and with one out Seb Mueller grounded out to 2B, scoring Sot from third.

Both teams traded zeros through the fourth inning. In the 5th, St. Joe's erupted for three runs, in which they sent eight batters to the plate. Mike Rocco led off the inning with a single to left and with one out, Tom Faggioni singled as well. With two on and one out, a walk loaded the bases. Another walk to Austin Neal plated the second run for the Falcons. Tim Leano came to the plate and busted the game open with a two-run single down the RF line.


Leano's single chased Semon from the game. With two down, uncommitted 2019 John-Biagio Modugno replaced Semon to end the threat. 

Jake Hellwig took the mound for Estes with one out in the home half of the 5th and wiggled out of a jam. Hellwig would pin up two more zeros for the Falcons with four strikeouts, allowing just two hits.

A statement win for St. Joseph's Metuchen – with stellar pitching and timely hitting.




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