By: Brad Vangeli
Hamilton West (3-1, 2-1) defeated Hopewell Valley 5-0 (1-2, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon behind six shutout innings from sophomore right-hander David Zamora. The win was the first for Hamilton West over Hopewell Valley since 2014.
After three hit less innings, Hamilton West scored four runs in the fourth inning to seize control of the game. Zamora helped his own cause by ripping the first pitch of the frame over right fielder Grayson Russo’s head for a double. Justin Wiltsey brought home courtesy runner Zac Brown with a groundout to second base for the game’s first run.
After hitting a batter and striking another one out, Hopewell Valley starting pitcher Jason Greenzang needed one out to keep the deficit at 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. He allowed two singles which allowed three more runs to score. The Hornets added their fifth run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by second baseman Steven Meckel.
The Hornet’s mustered only five hits, but they used their aggressive base running to put constant pressure on Hopewell Valley, as they stole six bases and advanced on four wild pitches.
Hopewell Valley’s biggest threat came in the first inning. With two outs and nobody on, David Zamora hit Liam Cleary in the head and then walked Grayson Russo. Greenzang then lined a single to right field for a chance to bring home the first run of the game, but senior right fielder Justin Wiltsey threw a perfect one-hopper to catcher Connor Luckie who applied the tag for the final out.
“It feels great,” Zamora said of his team’s defense. “I wouldn’t want anyone else behind me.”
Zamora settled in after that, retiring 15 of the next 17 hitters, including nine straight, spanning from the third to sixth inning. He struck out the side in the fourth and finished with seven strikeouts (five looking). In total, he fired six shutout innings while allowing two hits, three walks and one hit batter. It was his first win of the season and the second of his career.
“I felt pretty good out there,” Zamora said. “My two-seam and my slider were working really well today.”
Kiefer Goss went 1-1 with an RBI, run scored, HBP and three stolen bases.
Both teams continue CVC Valley play on Monday, as Hopewell Valley hosts Steinert and Hamilton West hosts Nottingham.