A striking victory for Glen Rock baseball


Photo Credit: Sergio Galvez

Max Felsenstein about to throw the ball across the field.

by David Martinez, Staff Wrtiter

Josh Frissora, a junior at Glen Rock High School attended the baseball game against Pompton Lakes on the home field last Thursday, April 21. He was glad to see the team play well. He saw the team was able to group lots of hits together and pull ahead in points.

“They strung together a bunch of hits and it seemed like everyone on the team got a hit,” he said. “They scored every inning it seemed.”

Not only was he satisfied with how the team played, but during the game he caught a stray ball hit by Mike Szualike behind the fence in center field after a bounce on the warning track.

Frissora wasn’t the only one impressed by the team’s performance. William Crispino, the varsity baseball coach recognized the team’s tremendous efforts while playing.

He was impressed by the plays produced by the team to get them the points, which led to Glen Rock winning 17-7.

“Everyone had a positive role in the win which will always make a coach proud,” said Crispino.

He said a big part of the win was scoring 5 runs in the fort inning. Although Pompton Lakes came out with a 2-0 lead, Glen rock caught up and passed them, putting them at the advantage.

“It really put the momentum on our side and we never let go of it,” said Crispino. He was proud of the performance but put emphasis on the team’s lack of defense and want to improve upon it but  the players on the team made minor adjustments to their approach and swing at the plate to really get going offensively. Additionally, they had 16 hits and the entire lineup contributed to their offensive output.

As a team, their overall strategy has never changed which is to limit strikeouts and use their speed to manufacture runs and put pressure on the defense.

“This was a league game that took place at the end of long tough week,” Crispino said. “We had just positioned ourselves in first place within the league and we wanted to create some separation between us and the second place teams.”

Right now the team has a 9-2 record and is in first place in the league.

“Before the season started, our goals were to make the county tournament and right now we are in a position to do that, but the team needs to continue working hard in order to get where we want to go,” said Crispino.