The MHS freshman baseball team’s offense got off to a slow start, but came through in the final innings to secure a win over Nutley in Nutley on Wednesday.
Nutley was on the scoreboard first, with one run in the second inning.
Evan Bograd, with his double in the 4th inning, was the first Millburn player to reach base. Max Nesser followed up with a single to center field, bringing Bograd home. The score, after 4 innings, was tied 1 – 1, but Nutley got the go-ahead run in the 5th.
Nutley’s lead didn’t last long. Jose Polanco and Bograd started off the 6th inning with singles, followed by walks to Jake Hubertus and Nesser. With bases loaded, Max Birner hit into a fielder’s choice, but the tying run scored. Jack Schwartz’ hit/RBI followed, as did a double and 2 RBI’s by Matt Abrams. Scott Barabander singled next. While Kyle Weissman was at bat, Abrams was called out stealing home and the side was retired. With the score Millburn 5, Nutley 2, Nutley would not pose a threat again.
In the final inning, Millburn went through the batting order, with a walk to Weissman and singles to Polanco (RBI), Rajesh Signh (RBI), Hubertus, Schwartz (RBI), Barabander (2 RBI’s) and Weissman. The final score was Millburn 11, Nutley 2.
Hurler Max Birner pitched a complete game. He walked 5, fanned 6 and allowed just 4 hits in seven innings of play.
The team improved their record to 2-3, and is looking to hit the .500 mark on Friday, when they face Bloomfield on the road at 4 p.m.