There was no load explosion from the South River dugout, just your typical post-game winning celebration after the 10th-ranked Rams won at East Brunswick Tech Wednesday afternoon, 12-0 in a mercy rule-shortened game.
That’s because no one knew if freshman Julius Rosado had pitched a no-hitter or not.
After the post-game handshake, it took a confirmation between South River coach Mike Lepore Jr. and Tigers’ head coach Todd Sak.
After South River went ahead 3-0 in the first, and Rosado got the first two outs in the bottom of the inning, Joe Moye hit a bouncing ball to the left side of the infield. The ball appeared to die at the edge of the grass and Darren Barberio couldn’t get to it.
In the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio, we called it an infield hit at the time. By the bottom of the fifth, with the Rams up 12-0, Tech had only had two other baserunners, in the fourth, both on walks. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth with three more walks, but Joe Moye struck out to end the game.
Lepore was asked what the Rams scored the Moye hit. He had scored it an error, but checked with Sak, who confirmed the error, making the no-hitter official. Asked after the game if he knew Rosado was on the verge of a no-no, he said the dugout knew, “but we didn’t know what they [EB Tech]” had, and the home team is the “official book.”
And so it was a bit of an anti-climactic ending to Rosado’s first-ever no-hitter at any level. He finished the day with five walks and nine strikeouts, giving him 59 on the season in just 28 and 2/3 innings pitched, to go along with 13 walks.
The victory claimed at least a share of the GMC Blue with St. Thomas Aquinas, with the Rams (13-2) finished division play at 9-1. The Trojans have one more game to go, playing at Somerset Tech Thursday at 4 pm. They won the first game of the series Monday 16-0.
A co-championship would mean the tie would have to be broken at next Friday’s GMC Tournament seeding meeting to see who comes out of the Blue Division first. However, unlike basketball, since there are two tournaments, the main GMCT and the GMC invitational, not all division winners are guaranteed a top eight seed. The tie would still have to be broken by the committee for seeding purposes, but it would have no effect on the co-championshp status.
EB Tech fell to 7-6 with the loss.
Click below the photo for postgame reaction from freshman pitcher Julius Rosado, and his catcher Parker Lane: