North Warren Patriots baseball is all but assured a post-season run after its stunning defeat of Lenape Valley 10-0 in a must-win game April 20th.
The Patriots have won nine of their first 10 games of the season and are 5-0 in conference play.
Head coach J.P. Palmer said much of the team’s ability comes from familiarity with each other.
“Some of these kids have played together since first grade,” Palmer said.
Starting pitcher Cody Sherrer went the distance in a one-hitter, striking out 11. It was the second standout game in a row for North Warren pitchers, with Owen Philhower the day before giving up just two hits while striking out five in an identical 10-0 win over Notre Dame
The nine hits North Warren mustered against Lenape Valley were pretty evenly distributed throughout the lineup, with eight of the nine hitting their way on base with Mikey Ferro leading the team with two hits. Ferro also had the team’s only extra-base hit with a double.
Defensively, the Patriots played an error-free game against Lenape’s three miscues.
Angelo Fluri, who had missed several games with an injury was back in the lineup and went one for three.
Upcoming home games include Phillipsburg May 3rd and Vernon May 5th.
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.
Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.
Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.
Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.