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Vonhorn’s one-hitter helps Raiders secure first win of season

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Sophomore Jason Wolff crosses the plate for the winning run. The Raiders defeated rival Bridgewater-Raritan 1-0.

Sophomore Jason Wolff crosses the plate for the winning run. The Raiders defeated rival Bridgewater-Raritan 1-0.

by Alex Cole

by Alex Cole

Sophomore Jason Wolff crosses the plate for the winning run. The Raiders defeated rival Bridgewater-Raritan 1-0.

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After an 0-4 start, Hillsborough baseball picked up its first win of the season Wednesday versus rival Bridgewater-Raritan.

Sophomore Derek Vonhorn pitched a gem for the Raiders, going seven strong innings. Vonhorn’s command of the strike zone stymied Bridgewater batters and allowed the Raider bats time to wake up.

Despite producing baserunners all game, Hillsborough was unable to produce runs all game, there was no score entering the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore Jason Wolff would score the winning run for the Raiders, capping off his 3-for-4 day at the plate. He scored on a walk off sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Kyle Wengryn.

“All I saw was right field,” Wengryn said regarding his final at bat. “When we’ve got a guy on third with less than two outs, my approach is to hit anything towards center or right field. In the moment, I try to think more about the ball flight.”

This is Wengryn’s second walkoff in as many seasons. Last year, he drove in the winning run in a 2-1 victory versus Hunterdon Central.

The one run would be all the Raiders needed, as Vonhorn was lights out from the rubber, allowing just one hit and striking out four batters. Hillsborough’s defense was equally impressive, highlighted by a beautiful catch by Wolff in left field, robbing a Panther hitter of an extra base hit.

The Raiders hope to build upon this victory.

“The team has solid pitching and a solid defense,” Wengryn said. “If we want to be successful this year, we have to be more aggressive at the plate and smarter with guys in scoring position. We need to avoid looking at strike-three calls and jump on fastballs early in the count.”

The team practices tomorrow, and prepares to face Bayonne in a home game this Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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