Bosco Prevails in High Scoring, Home Opening Thriller

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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

GC Ya Later; Chippy Shutout Sends Bosco to State Final


MORRISTOWN, NJ-Forced to the brink in Wayne by Pope John on Monday night and held in relative check by Gloucester Catholic, the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen built major momentum for potential revenge next week in the third period on Thursday night.

The Ironmen torched the hapless Rams for five goals over the final 15 minutes, furiously capping a 7-0 victory at Mennen Arena in the New Jersey Non-Public tournament semifinals. Leading the way was Mickey Burns, who tallied five points on the evening, including two goals, as the Vermont-bound forward ensured his Bosco career would end at Prudential Center next Monday afternoon.

(Burns quote)

The Ironmen struggled in the early going to maintain pressure on Gloucester, who had dispatched St. Augustine Prep earlier in the week. Burns and the top line were able to keep Bosco momentum alive, as the center assisted on Tsubasa Konishi’s tally that opened the scoring, while putting his own puck in the net in the middle frame.

(Burns quote)

After Bosco went up 3-0, courtesy of John Camponesi’s ninth score of the year, the desperate Rams began to get chippy, particularly during a sequence in the Ironmen zone midway through the period. After Max Schwarz, saver of all 21 shots he faced, covered the puck up to freeze play, Gloucester attackers continued to swipe at him, causing extracurricular to break out. After each team was forced to send a man to the penalty box, Bosco began a ruthless tear. 23 seconds after the mini-brawl, Tyler Sedlak put one in the back of the net to ignite a run of four Bosco goals over the final half of the third period. Burns earned the primary assist, and later added the penultimate goal.

(Schwarz quote)

Though Bosco took four penalties, escaping the quartet with solid kills each time, they did not allow the antagonizing Rams to goad them into absurd penalties, infractions that could have potentially kept players out of the Newark-based finale. Head coach Greg Toskos let his players know that reciprocated chippiness would not be tolerated.

(Toskos quote)

With the win, the Ironmen’s season will wrap up at Prudential Center, as they seek revenge against the Delbarton Green Wave, who punched their Newark ticket with a shutout of their own over Christian Brothers Academy on Mennen’s ice immediately after. Victors of the Gordon Cup showdown on February 16, Delbarton handed Bosco their lone defeat of the season.
(Burns quote)

Geoff Magliocchetti

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