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Tight bond within squad has Wall off running in ’12

April 12, 2012


The Wall High School baseball team is currently 6-0 after beating Manasquan, 10-0, yesterday.  Here is a look a how they did this past week….

TOMS RIVER — There is plenty of unity inside the Wall baseball dugout, according to senior left fielder Alex Taylor.

“Our motto is a thing called, ‘For the boys,’” Taylor said on Saturday morning. “We have each others’ backs every single play. We are a big family here. We play every play like it is our last.”

The Crimson Knights have certainly shown their unity in the early going of the 2012 season, which has allowed the team to get off to a hot start.

After beating Lakewood, 10-0, to move to 2-0 on the year last Wednesday, Wall faced its first big challenge of the season on Thursday against Brick Memorial.

The team passed the test, earning a gutsy, 6-4 victory over the Mustangs to move to 3-0 on the year.

With the game tied at four in the in the top of the fifth inning, Crimson Knights senior catcher Connor White blasted a solo home run, giving Wall the deciding advantage in the game.

Along with White, Taylor had a big day at the plate for the Crimson Knights, notching two hits and three RBIs.

Junior left-handed pitcher Luke Malone was effective in the win over Brick Memorial, picking up his first career varsity victory.

On Saturday, Wall was back to C Central action, traveling to Toms River for a game against Monsignor Donovan.

Using a combined 18 hits, which included home runs from Taylor, senior center fielder Tyler Block, senior left fielder Conor Mulholland and a grand slam from senior third baseman Jim Guiliano, the Crimson Knights ran away from the Griffins for a 18-2 win to move to 4-0.

“We just came out prepared for a good C Central game,” said Guiliano, who went 3-for-3 with five RBIs and two runs scored. “We did a good job today.”

“We reminded them that this was a [divisional] game and that we had to come out and win it,” added Wall Manager Todd Schmitt. “They came out aggressive at the plate.”

Senior Matt Osgoodby picked up the pitching victory in the win over Monsignor Donovan, striking out four batters over three innings of work.

The Crimson Knights moved to 5-0 on Monday with a 13-3 win over C Central rival Point Pleasant Borough.

With the game tied 2-2 heading into the fifth inning, Wall’s bats exploded as the team scored four runs in the fifth inning and seven runs in the sixth inning to pull away for a 13-3 victory.

Guiliano went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, senior shortstop Mitchell Preston went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI, and senior second baseman Chaz Salvo went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI to lead the Crimson Knights on offense. Also notching two RBIs for Wall was senior right fielder Scott Duncan, who went 1-for-2 with a single.

The Crimson Knights got another stellar day from ace senior pitcher Harry Paytas, who struck out 10 Panther batters in 5 and one-third innings of work to pick up the victory.

Yesterday, the Crimson Knights beat rival Manasquan, 10-0.

The Crimson Knights will host Ocean Township tomorrow in a 3:45 p.m. non-divisional game at the Wall Athletic Complex. The team will then have a three-day break before hosting Steinert at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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