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RAMSEY-If Wednesday afternoon was any indication, the New York Yankees may have some competition when it comes to power off the bat in the tri-state area.
Daniel Helfgott led the way with four runs batted in, headlined by a two run home run over the left field fence, and the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen baseball squad prevailed in a wild 14-8 showdown against Paramus Catholic to open their 2018 slate on campus.
As strong winds propelled the ball in wild directions, the Ironmen (1-0) tried to settle things early, as Helfgott’s homer capped off a five-run first inning. However, the Paladins struck emphatically struck back, putting up eight runs in the top of the second. Don Bosco responded by scoring in each subsequent inning, including five in the bottom of the fifth that helped put the game away. It was part of a rally that featured nine unanswered runs, as the Ironmen chipped away at an 8-5 deficit, officially taking the lead for good on Anthony Petrosino’s sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Five players had multiple RBIs for Bosco, as with Tommy Courtney finishing just behind Helfgott with three RBIs, achieved through two doubles.
Also coming through in the clutch was the Ironmen’s bullpen, which provided 5 ⅓ shutout innings after the Paladins jumped out to their early lead. As the offense slowly eroded the Paramus lead, Bobby Pigozzi and Andrew Weland combined to retire 11 consecutive Paladin batters. Weland would eventually be credited with the win.
The Ironmen will wrap up a season-opening home-and-home set with the Paladins on Thursday afternoon on the road, before returning home to take on the Wayne Valley Indians on Friday.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490