EMERSON — When it comes to hot streaks in North Jersey high school baseball, timing is everything.
Take, for example, Emerson. The Cavos, ranked No. 25 in The Record baseball Top 25, capped a 5-0 week Saturday at Doc Sweeney Field with a convincing 6-2 win over No. 22 Wood-Ridge in an NJIC crossover game.
“Coach told us that this was a statement week,” said Emerson junior third baseman Jon Juri.
And that statement is a rather interesting read now that the Cavos (14-4), who are thriving under first-year coach Chris Sommerhalter, have won 11 of their past 12. When you consider that most of the top-shelf public school teams in Bergen County hit speed bumps of varying size last week, Emerson should be an interesting topic of conversation when the county tournament is seeded Monday night.
“We could be a dangerous team,” said senior right-hander Chris Nedilsky, who threw a complete game for his third straight win.
Why? Well, for openers, the Cavos have been getting outstanding pitching.
Nedilsky (3-3), who scattered eight hits and struck out four against the Blue Devils, is part of a solid staff that includes surprising senior six-game winner Mike Callagee and rising sophomore Robbie Leuck. He didn’t overpower Wood-Ridge, but threw an intelligent game and was able to get out of troublesome situations quickly before they escalated.
“He’s throwing strikes,” Sommerhalter said. “It’s that simple. He’s hitting spots. But the best thing is that he listens and he’s learning.”
The Cavos appear to be a much better defensive team this season and, even though they don’t have a power bat that can change a game with one swing, they know how to grind out runs.