May 30, 2015

EMERSON — Small school, small ball, big victory.

Emerson rode a wave of perfectly placed bunts, and took advantage of every Hawthorne mistake, to down the Bears, 11-1, in six innings and claim the North 1, Group 1 baseball title Friday.

The Cavos will face Ridgefield in the Group 1 semifinals Tuesday, ensuring at least one Bergen County school will play for a state title in Toms River.

“I can’t even explain my emotions right now,” said Cavos junior first baseman Jake Leara, who had two infield singles among his three hits. “It’s very exciting right now.”

There is an excitement around Cavos baseball, but there has been for a long time. What is different this time is the man at the helm. Chris Sommerhalter won his first sectional title as head coach with the Cavos, and got his second Gatorade bath, the first came after the Cavos clinched the league title.