Hunt Leads Ramapo to Big Win Over Hackensack

TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

HACKENSACK — Ramapo defeated Hackensack yesterday afternoon 6-4 with stellar pitching and timely hitting. The star of the game was Mississippi State Recruit, 2019 RHP KC Hunt. Hunt hurled 5 innings, yielding just 1 earned run on 2 hits while striking out 14 Hackensack batters. Hunt’s fastball consistently sat 87-89 on the afternoon, and maintained velocity throughout his 5 innings of work, even in the cold, windy weather.

Hackensack jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, after a lead off single and a hard hit double by Adonis Figureoa. Ramapo would strike back for four runs in he top of the fourth inning, only one of those being earned. Hackensack starting pitcher Mendez was stellar. The uncommitted 2019 Grad kept Ramapo off balance with a sharp 11/5 breaking ball and a fastball that was consistently 83-84 MPH. Mendez has room to grow into his lanky, athletic frame and will certainly be a name to watch for as the spring continues on.

After a scoreless 5th inning for both sides, Ramapo would get two key insurance runs off the bat of uncommitted ‘19 David Ring’s RBI double to left.

Hackensack would roar back in the bottom of the 7th for three runs, but it was too little too late. Perhaps falling victim to their own field’s restrictions, or lack thereof, Hackensack’s middle of the lineup launched towering fly balls and extra base hits which would be Home runs at virtually every other field in the state. But Hackensack’s centerfield resembles more of the Ebbetts Field graveyard than a typical high school baseball field.

Ramapo improves to 3-0 while Hackensack falls to 3-2. Ramapo has West Milford on Friday while Hackensack will take Ramsey.