WAYNE — The bases were loaded in the top of the seventh inning when the batter launched a screaming bullet directly at the head of Pompton Lakes’ Justin Wazaney.
The Cardinal first baseman either catches the ball, or it’s a double that ties the score or puts Passaic Tech in front.
“I was either catching it with my glove or my teeth,” Wazaney said with a laugh. “Either way, I was catching it.”
On Friday, Wazaney caught it with his glove and stepped on first for a game-ending double play. He also avoided emergency dental surgery and sent the Cardinals into the Passaic County baseball tournament final with a 4-2 victory.
“The excitement is unreal right now,” Pompton Lakes catcher Nick McCarthy said. “Three times in three years for this program … it’s unbelievable.”
On Monday, McCarthy will call the signals for ace Wazaney when their sixth-seeded team faces No. 1 Wayne Valley in the final.
“We’re not done yet,” McCarthy said. “We need come out on Monday, bring the bats and play great defense. If we do that, good things should happen.”