In the first inning, Kyle Messineo (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) opened the contest up with his third triple of the season, and scored on a throwing error, to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Monmouth tacked on another run in the second frame, when Brett Holland (
Monmouth briefly knotted the score at 3-3 in the fifth inning when Messineo drew a one-out walk, and advanced to third on an Andy Meyers (
The Flames reclaimed a 4-3 advantage in the bottom of the fifth when Young homered to left off Vallillo, but Monmouth reliever Mike Reagle (Magnolia, N.J./Sterling) registered a strikeout and fly out to end the threat.
In the Monmouth seventh inning, John Dennis (Union, N.J./Union) and Messineo led off with singles, before a Kyle Higgins’ (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. Meyers, Teters and Rick Niederhaus (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) each singled to drive in runs, as the Hawks took a 6-4 lead, on five hits in the inning off
Six runs on three hits, three walks and two hit-by-pitches allowed the Flames to regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh, as
Vallillo went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, while classmate Kyle Breese (Monmouth Junction, N.J./South
Meyers went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to pace the Hawks, while Messineo went 3-for-3 with three runs atop the order.
Momouth returns to action on Tuesday, April 3, when the Hawks host