Raiders baseball continues victorious season


by Nancy Rygiel

Sean Levonaitis and Lexi Nielsen

Raider Baseball continues their history making season with coach Eden as they clinched a win over the Watchung Hills Warriors with a score of 4-2. The Raiders are almost finished with the season, their current record being 14-3. Two out of three losses came from teams located in the top 20: Hunterdon Central and West Morris. Both games went down to the wire.

Although the Raiders had an upsetting loss against the Basking Ridge Red Devils at Somerset Patriots Stadium, Hillsborough was able to bounce back from the irritating loss to capture the 2019 Skyland-Delaware County Champions.

The Raiders had a total of ten hits to account for the four runs scored against the Warriors. Senior pitcher Angelo Monaco and the Raiders fielding only let up a total of three hits. Monaco pitched the whole game, ending with a total of five strikeouts.

Monaco had a few words after the game about his pitching performance. “It felt cool to have a huge part of the game,” Monaco said. “It was a tremendous experience having huge role during an important game especially when it really mattered.

Hillsborough defense was not the only side producing positive results during the Watchung game. Leadoff batter and senior shortstop Andrew Lagerman had two hits out of three attempts along with two RBIs out of the four runs scored in the game. Two more Raiders also accounted for two hits out of three at-bats. Sophomore second baseman Luke Crawford had two singles while senior Vince Gamberdella had a double with a single to top it off.

Gamberdella, the power hitter, gave his views and opinions about the Raiders clinching the title. “ It’s a great feeling knowing that we actually won something this year,” Gamberdella said. “Our record did not go to waste and finally meant something.”