Prep Baseball Report

Gutty Millburn Walks Off in 3-2 Win Over Seton Hall Prep

TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

MILLBURN –– The Millers have consistently been one of the top public schools teams in the state year in and year out, and it makes sense – a coach in Brian Chapman who gets the most out of his guys and within a district and area that is flooded with quality high school baseball talent, the big wins seem to just find Millburn.

On this day was no different. Every year, the matchups between Millburn and Seton Hall Prep are certainly games to circle. Another high quality program under a Hall of Fame head coach – Coach Sheppard and the Pirates are routinely in the top 10 in the state as well.

Coach Chapman and the Millers looked to ace Kyle Mazer on this day, and Mazer did everything he could to keep the Pirate bats at bay. However, on the other side, with Seton Hall Prep's Tulane recruit 2018 John Ariza. Ariza would end up out dueling Mazer for 6.2 innings – but it was that last out that he could not record.

Millburn jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when leadoff hitter Ben Pampush reached on a catcher's interference and ended up scoring on 2018 Rutgers recruit Peter Serruto's RBI single. The Millers would only score in the bookends of the game as a result.

Both Mazer and Ariza cruised through the middle part of the game, both pinning up zeros through the second and third innings. In the top of the fourth, Seton Hall took the lead with two runs. With two down, 2018 OF Brian Kelly walked and Tyler Kaufman singled to make it first and second. Holy Cross recruit 2018 Frank Spano came to the plate and with two strikes, drove a hard hit line drive that split the left center field gap and kept rolling. Kelly scored easily and Kaufman scored all the way from first base.

Spano 2-Run Double

Mazer and Ariza would trade zeros again through the fifth and sixth innings, with Mazer posting a big shutout inning in the top of the 7th that stranded a runner at third base.

In the bottom of the 7th, Ariza ran into trouble. Until this point, Ariza had let up just two hits and struck out seven batters. But 2020 3B Ben Chrzanowski led off the 7th with a clean single through the left side and SS Peter Gula reached on an error by Ariza on a combacker that he threw high to 2B trying to turn a double play. No. 7 hitter Oren Abbott then would single with two strikes to load the bases with nobody out. After a mound visit, Ariza would fan the next two Millburn hitters on high fastballs to record two quick outs.

Then Pampush stepped in the box and this happened: