The Bergen Catholic Crusaders (20-8) had yet to beat their arch rivals Don Bosco Ironmen on the baseball diamond all season. All that changed yesterday at William Paterson University when the eighth seeded Crusaders pulled up a stunning and surprising 3-1 win over the undefeated and top seeded Ironmen (25-1) in the North Non-Public A quarterfinals.
Toby Schwartz earned the nod to once again take the mound for BC. Schwartz had struggled against the Ironmen in their previous matches, but this time was one point as he scattered six hits and struck out six.
BC took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Dylan Reid blasted in an RBI. Biding their time until the seventh inning, Ryan Kelly took to the plate and nailed a two run homer over the fence in left field for a 3-0 lead.
The Ironmen almost got on the score board in the sixth inning with two men on base with two outs when Mike Mecca placed the ball into right field. But according to the home plate umpire, the runner rounding third to come home missed the base and was called out.
The Ironmen kept the game from being a shut out in the bottom of the seventh after Matthew Dacey connected on an RBI single. Dylan Reid who came in to relieve Schwartz struck out George Iskenderian for the final out and the win.
The Crusaders will next take on the 4th seeded Seton Hall Prep Pirates (21-5), away, on Friday, 4pm in West Orange. The Pirates knocked off 12th seeded DePaul Catholic yesterday 7-3 to advance to the semis.