POMPTON LAKES – Chris Babb and Andrew Kauf were terrific on the mound for DePaul – and Pompton Lakes’ Justin Wazaney and Jim Huber were even more terrific.
Wazaney and Huber combined on an 11-inning shutout and Huber earned the win in relief after he homered in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Cardinals to a 1-0 victory Thursday in the first round of the Passaic County baseball tournament.
“If you love defense and you love pitching, you were absolutely entertained,” said Pompton Lakes coach Paul Tanis.
Sixth-seeded Pompton Lakes, the two-time defending county champ, advances to face host and No. 3 Passaic in a quarterfinal that must be played by Tuesday. Tanis wants to wait until Tuesday to buy Wazaney, a junior right-hander, time to rest.
Huber hitting a home run over the right-field fence at Hershfield Park seemed unfathomable, considering no one else had managed more than a single. With one out, Huber pulled a 3-1 fastball that everyone knew was gone the moment it left his bat.
“We left a lot of people in scoring position,” Huber said calmly, “but we finally came through and scored.”
“He’s been consistent all year long, he’s a .400-plus hitter,” Tanis said of a senior right-hander who bats third and was the starting shortstop. “And defensively you can see he’s very sound at shortstop. And I thought it was his best performance on the mound that I’ve seen.”
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