Immaculata’s A.J. Johnson talks Spartans coming together, influence of Hewitt, ahead of state final vs. Ranney

A lot of things have to come together in the right way at the right time to win a championship, no matter what sport, no matter the level.

On Opening Day 2022, April 1, at Diamond Nation in Flemington, it didn’t look like any of that was in the offing for Immaculata. At least not to the naked eye.

It was cold, windy, and rainy. And Somerville beat the Spartans in an in-town rivalry game 15-4, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Talk about inauspicious starts.

Fast forward 76 days later, and Immaculata is the only team remaining in the state playoffs from either Middlesex or Somerset Counties, playing for a Non-Public Group B Championship Wednesday night at 7 pm at Veterans’ Park in Hamilton.

You can hear the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas calling all the action, with pregame set for 6:15 pm; click here to listen.

Senior A.J. Johnson has been a big part of all that, and on a young ballclub. One of only five seniors on the team, he’s hitting .337 with 15 runs batted in, good for second on the team behind freshman and team leader Jason Capindica’s 21.

Click below to hear Johnson talk about the season, the newcomers coming together, the influence of assistant coach Norm Hewitt, and Wednesday’s title game against Ranney:

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