Pope John advances in HWS tourney

Sparta. Pope John baseball team defeates North Hunterdon, 10-1, to move on to the HWS semifinals.

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  • Pope John pitcher Jake Wells in motion on the mound. Wells contributed 91 total pitches.

  • Pope John batter Chris Sabo checks his swing in the third inning. Sabo scored one run.

  • Pope John batter Kevin Putsky hits the ball into foul territory in the first inning. Putsky had 3 at bats (AB) resulting in 1 hit and 1 run batted in (RBI).

Pope John XXIII Regional High School defeated North Hunterdone in varsity baseball on Saturday, April 27. The final score was 10-1.

The Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament Quarterfinal took place at Pope John XXIII Regional High School.

For seven innings pitcher Jake Wells contributed 91 total pitches on the mound for Pope John.

Pitcher Mike Pierce contributed 95 total pitches on the mound for North Hunterdon. Relief pitcher Justin Holderbaum contributed 47 pitches. Holderbaum pitched for 1.2 innings.

Michael Schumacher scored the only run for North Hunterdon.

Team records: North Hunterdon Lions 6-8, Pope John Lions 12-2.

Pope John will play the winner of Voorhees vs. Hunterdon Central in the semifinals on May 4.

— Photos by George Leroy Hunter

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