By: Keith Noonan
It began as a beautiful 70 degree day in New Jersey, but by first pitch just before 5 o’clock on Wednesday night, the wind had followed overcast skies making it a cold and unpleasant day for baseball. Notre Dame high school (6-0) took care of business despite the weather, defeating Hightstown (2-5-1) at Notre Dame.
Robbie Buecker took the rubber for the Irish, coming into the game with just a 2.55 ERA in 11 innings pitched. That ERA lowered as he weaved in and out of trouble in several innings and pitched 5 and ⅔ innings of shutout baseball. He also added an RBI single to help himself.
In the first inning, Buecker worked around a walk and a single to get out of a jam unscathed. The Irish jumped on starter William Auker when Ryan Mains walked, Buecker singled and then the three hole hitter, Nick Feretic singled in Mains to start the scoring.
The Irish ended up scoring three in the first, one more in the second on an RBI from Mains, then were held scoreless over the next three innings as Auker settled in. Hightstown continued to get on base but couldn’t scratch a run against the West Point bound starter for the Irish.
Notre Dame scored five runs in the sixth inning to lock down the victory. Gavin Martin closed the game, and he gave up one run on a single into left field by Mike Caniano the Center fielder for the Rams.
Notre Dame is back in action Thursday as they take on Princeton.