WALDWICK — The Waldwick baseball team has a tendency to score runs in bunches. The Warriors also play on a cozy little home field that has a most inviting short right field porch.
There has been a correlation between the two in recent seasons, but not so much this time around. These Warriors are different because they can grind out runs with the best of them.
“Now we’re showing more of what we can do,” senior center fielder Mike Salmonese said Wednesday after the Warriors, seeded No. 14, stopped No. 19 Lyndhurst, 11-1, in five innings of the opening round of the Bergen County tournament. “It’s not because we have a short porch. It’s singles, doubles, walks. Small ball.”
Waldwick (16-3), No. 9 in The Record baseball Top 25, batted around twice against Lyndhurst (13-7). The Warriors drew eight walks, two with the bases loaded, and all nine of their hits were singles.
“This isn’t a three-run home run team,” said coach Frank Clark. “This is more of a grind-it-out club. We just play hard, and good things happen when you play this game hard.”
The Warriors also got a strong pitching effort from senior right-hander Anthony Schorling (5-0), who allowed three hits and struck out four to earn his 10th career win.