Monday, July 9, 2012

Hamilton 15s to face Nottingham again

HAMILTON — Mike Moceri and his Hamilton 15-year olds survived a huge pressure test last night at Switlik Park. Tonight they can look forward to even more pressure.
With Mike Glazewski out-dueling Ewing’s Mike Salvatore in what was a great District One Babe Ruth Tournament pitching duel for six innings, Hamilton earned the rematch most of the fans at Switlik Park had been hoping for – an elimination game with archrival Nottingham tonight.
Hamilton will face Nottingham at 5:45 p.m. today in the opener of what should be the best night yet of District One action.
After Nottingham and Hamilton clash in a showdown that will eliminate the loser from the tourney, unbeatens West Windsor-Plainsboro and Western Monmouth clash at 8:15 p.m. with the winner moving on to Thursday’s championship round.
Both games will be broadcast on WRRC ‘The Bronc’ (107.7FM).
Hamilton, which knocked Nottingham into the elimination round with a 4-1 win last Thursday in the district opener, would like to beat its heated rival from the other side of the township two times for he second straight year. The only difference this time is they won’t be playing for the championship, but rather to stay alive in the district series.
If Nottingham loses, its season won’t be over since it will host the Southern N.J. state tourney starting July 19. Two other District One teams will also be there, and Hamilton wants to be that team along with the winner of the WW-P/WeMo showdown.
Last night it was a matter of finding a way to get past Ewing and its sensational pitcher Salvatore, who Hamilton had faced in a pre-district tourney last month, winning 3-1.
Salvatore struck out four of the first five batters he faced before Hamilton got singles from Cole McManimon and Tino  Malave in the second, but didn’t score. It did in the third with three runs as Kevin Smiegocki’s basehit and a Glazewski sac fly plated two after Matt Dempsey started the big inning with a double and eventually scored the first run. Hamilton scored six times in the sixth after Salvatore tired and was replaced.
“That’s the way I thought he could pitch,” Moceri said of Glazewski. “He has varsity experience and kept us in the game. Salvatore is a tough pitcher like I knew he would be.
“I’ve seen him before and he doesn’t just give you 100 percent, he gives you 110 and more,” said Moceri. “He’d pitch 12 if you told him to.”
Hamilton’s defense supported Glazewski and kept him ahead after the three-run inning.
“I’ve known Salvatore a long time because we play travel ball (with Dave Gallagher’s team) so I knew how he can pitch,” said Glazewski. “I knew it would be a tough game, a low scoring game, and I didn’t think he would last the whole game. I’ve never seen him go that long. I got out of hand when they took him out.”
Ewing (1-2)    0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1  2  3
Hamilton (2-1)  0 0 3 0 0 6  x  9  11  2
WP – Glazewski. LP – Salvatore. 
2B: H – Malave, Dempsey. RBI:  H – Smiegocki, Constantini, Talbot, Malave, Iorio, Glazewski, Marcik.


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