Battling Jersey Shore Bulldogs win season opener

Darren Stetts (37) of Jersey Shore High School hits a ball against St. Joseph's. (The Express/Phil Mapstone)

Baseball is back at Jersey Shore and it’s better than ever. The Jersey Bulldogs baseball team officially opened its 2017 season yesterday at home against St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.

Jersey Shore and St. Joseph’s had a great pitching duel as the Bulldogs started the season with a 2-0 victory.

After a quick top of the first inning, Jersey Shore earned the first hit of the game after Lance Welsh crushed a two-out double to left center field.

However, nothing came out of it and the game was scoreless after the first inning.

The second inning went by quickly to keep the game scoreless after two innings.

Jersey Shore later got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Welsh started the inning with four-pitch walk.

The Bulldogs had runners in scoring position for the first time since the first inning when Brandon Depasqua crushed a double to deep center field to put runners on second and third base with no outs.

The Bulldogs cashed in first after Colten Corter got a single base hit that went out to left field to give Jersey Shore a 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t stop there as Wyatt Lorson got a walk to put the bases loaded with nobody out.

St. Joseph’s tried to get out of the bases-loaded jam by striking out the next batter and getting a pop out to keep the bases loaded with two outs.

However, Bulldog Timmy Saar earned a four-pitch walk to give Jersey Shore a 2-0 lead, which eventually lasted through the rest of the game to give Jersey Shore the victory.

Jersey Shore head coach Mike English earned his first career win as a head coach against St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.

“We’re pretty happy,” said English. “We’re extremely happy about where we are headed and where we at and the attitude is right where it needs to be.”

Saar earned the win for the Bulldogs as he threw for 4.1 innings, giving up only two hits, and striking out five batters.

Bryce Herman earned the loss for St. Joseph’s as he pitched 3.2 innings and gave up two runs and four hits while striking out four Bulldogs.

“We’re super excited about our pitching staff and where they are at,” said English. “We were able to ride out Saar a little bit more because of the new state pitching rules.”

The Jersey Shore High School baseball squad will now focus on its game today against Midd-West High School at home. The game was rescheduled to today because of impending bad weather on Friday.

First pitch at Jersey Shore Middle School is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. against the Mustangs.

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