Rutgers Prep gets solid effort from Fronio, knocks off Somerville, clinches trip to SCT Finals

Freshman Zach Fronio pitches against Somerville in the SCT semifinals on May 9, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Freshman Maryland commit Zach Fronio threw six solid innings for Rutgers Prep, while fielders for both teams had difficulty with swirling winds and the sun field on pop ups, leading the 6th-seeded Argonauts to a 6-3 upset win over 2-seed Somerville in Game One of the Somerset County Tournament Semifinals at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.

Fronio fanned four, walked three, and allowed just three hits, while Nick Baldev closed out the game.

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The win gets Prep in the finals for the first time since 2017, its only other appearance, when the Argonauts beat Montgomery 7-2.

Prep will face top-seed Ridge, which beat 4-seed Montgomery 3-1 Monday night, in the semifinal nightcap.

The Argos got on the board in the top of the first and had a 1-0 lead, but Somerville tied it in the third. Prep then scored twice in the fourth, and three more times in the fifth, chasing starter Kolbie Stellpflug, to go up 6-2.

Nick Baldev came in to close out the seventh, allowing a two runs on a one-out double down the right field line by Matty Wright, who was erased going past the second base bag, while the third run scored. But Baldev got Sean Noone on a groundout to short to end the game.

Click below for postgame reaction from Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

Rutgers Prep starting pitcher Zach Fronio
Rutgers Prep head coach Larry Santowasso

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