Small ball approach sparks Bordentown baseball

Bordentown Regional High School shortstop Chris Wade connects for a double against New Egypt High School on April 24. Wade recorded two doubles, scored a run, stole a base, and earned a walk in the game. Bordentown won, 6-4. Photo by Thomas Wiedmann

Although the Bordentown Regional High School baseball team has proven that there are big bats in the lineup, Bordentown can win with the small ball approach, too.

In a resilient display of plate discipline and methodical at-bats, the Scotties defeated New Egypt High School, 6-4, on April 24 at New Egypt.

As Bordentown looks to climb its way up the Burlington County League Patriot Division, a multifaceted approach at the plate can be a key factor in producing runs.

First baseman Dylan Wood, catcher Jack Parker and designated hitter Kyle Marchetti played a pivotal part in the victory over New Egypt.

Chris Glenn, Bordentown’s coach, said that his lineup’s talents extend beyond hitting the long ball.

“With our lineup, we are capable of manufacturing runs like today with the sacrifice flies and getting guys over on base, but also coming up with big hits,” Glenn said. “It is stuff we work on to manufacture those runs when we need to.”

Finding himself as the benefactor of patience at the plate, Parker recorded two RBIs in the winning effort via a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and working a walk with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to tie the game up.

“Even when we were down, we were still in the game – we focused up and scratched and clawed our way to get back in the game,” Parker said. “The [sacrifice fly] – I knew there was a runner on third with less than one out […] I saw something that I liked – drove it the other way and got the run in. [For the walk], I was looking for something to hit, but I didn’t get anything, so [a walk] works too to get that run in there. It costed [New Egypt], and we tied the game up.

“I’m proud of all these guys. We are to here to play baseball, so we are going to fight all seven innings,” Parker said.

In a closely contested game where Bordentown fell behind in the third and fifth innings, the Scotties refused to be silenced for long as they provided comeback efforts offensively in the fourth and sixth innings to pull ahead. Marchetti’s sacrifice fly in the sixth gave the Scotties the lead for good at 5-4.

Wood also came through with a sacrifice fly, which he hit to score a run in the first inning.

The Bordentown coach said that he was pleased to see his team’s determination to come back out on top throughout the game.

“It’s something we have talked about a lot this season – not to get too down on innings – and then try to come right back in, take [an opponent’s] punch and punch right back,” Glenn said. “We have done that a few times this year, so I was happy to see that [against New Egypt].”

Alongside Bordentown’s composure in the batter’s box, pacing the offense at the top of the lineup was leadoff hitter and shortstop Chris Wade. Wade, who holds a batting average over .350 this season, helped kick start the offense against New Egypt when he blistered a pitch into left center field for a double in the first inning, which led to his eventual first run scored on the day. Wade finished the game with two doubles, a walk and a stolen base.

As Wade looks to heat up from the one hole, Glenn noted that he believes the rest of the lineup will follow suit.

“The last couple weeks, [Wade] has been swinging the bat really well,” he said. “He struggled a little bit at the beginning of the season, but now he has found his stride and with that comes confidence. That first pitch, he leveled off on it.

“He is going to be a big component. Our team is going to go at the top of the lineup as he goes, and you saw that today – jumping out to get that lead,” Glenn added.

But even with multiple offensive standouts in the game, it took strong performances from the Bordentown pitching staff to shut down New Egypt for the win. Although the Warriors were able to tag Scotties starting pitcher Nick Nemes with three earned runs, relief pitcher Tommy Niedermaier would enter the game in the sixth inning to protect a one-run lead.

With a little help from third baseman Luke Mabin who provided an insurance RBI hit in the seventh inning to make it a two-run game, Neidermaier closed out the game with two innings pitched, allowing a hit and one walk to the delight of his head coach.

“[Neidermaier] is just a kid that pitches with confidence,” Glenn said. “He throws strikes. He throws a few different pitches well and he is always around the plate. We have a good defense, and he relies on that defense […] He pitches for contact, and a lot of guys get out in front of him for fly balls, so he did a great job.”

With a win over New Egypt on April 24 and Audubon High School on April 25, Bordentown moved to an 8-3 record. The Scotties held an 8-3 record when they faced Handdonfield Memorial High School at home on April 30 and Cinnaminson High School on May 2. Their next game is against Burlington City High School at home on May 3.

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