Monday, February 26, 2024

North Warren Outlasts Notre Dame 13-5

Notre Dame’s Malcolm Naughton pitched three innings. Photo by J. Phalon, 5/2023

Notre Dame didn’t make it easy for North Warren but Jared Van Valkenburg’s five RBIs helped propel the Patriots over Notre Dame 13-5.

The Spartans of Notre Dame in East Stroudsburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. The two teams had squared off earlier in the season with North Warren easily handling Notre Dame 10-0 so the early lead was a win in itself for the Spartans.

“We we’ve gotten better since then,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Hezel. “We’re still making mistakes. Our issue is we got a team down and then we let them back in.”

The Pats answered quickly with two runs in the bottom of the third and then with five runs in the fourth.

North Warren had strong pitching from several underclassmen.

“Cooper Rosso got the start on the on the mound, did a good job, gave us three innings,” said North Warren head coach J.P. Palmer. Rosso struck out three during his appearance.

Cooper Rosso got the start for North Warren. Photo by J. Phalon, 5/2023

Owen Philhower, who picked up the win, came in for the fourth to pitch three, and Kevin Roof closed in the seventh.

“Owen came in and he’s always a competitor, and freshman Kevin Roof closed it out. So I can’t complain.”

Angelo Fluri, Brian Marsh and Etian Rivzani each notched three hits with Marsh knocking in three RBIs.

For the Spartans, Malcomb Naughton had two RBIs. Freshmen Matteo Antonucci and William Ferguson lead Notre Dame with two hits each. Naughton and Ferguson shared pitching duties with Naughton starting.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
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.