WEST ORANGE: As the regular season winds down, Bloomfield continues to show marked improvement. The Bengals garnered the 15th seed in the upcoming NJSIAA Tournament, which means a first round game, opposite second-seeded Kearny, sometime next week.
Bloomfield (10-13) won a night game on May 17, edging a feisty West Orange team, 3-1, in West Orange. Sam Corio (Pleasant Colony) had a tremendous night. At the plate, she was 3-for-3 with two RBI.
Corio, a senior, also got the starting nod in the circle, as Bloomfield’s other starting pitcher, Courtney Politz, missed the game. Corio pitched a complete game, working out of a few jams, including a bases-loaded, two out situation in the bottom of the seventh, by inducing a grounder back to the circle, which Corio fielded and threw to first to end the game.
While Corio is a solid pitcher, any time she’s in the circle, it takes away from the fans watching her play centerfield, because no one, at least around Essex County, does it as well as she.
Bloomfield’s infield defense continues to get better. Shortstop Jalia Santos made a sparkling defensive play, diving to her right and snaring a hard line drive to end a rally.
First baseman Rachel Jones was very impressive while third baseman Rachelle Ramirez has been playing well of late.
Ayana Andrade Zygmunt made a nice play at second base tonight to save a run, as well.
Bloomfield coach Bob Mayer noted that his entire starting infield will be back in 2017.
Earlier in the day, West Essex defeated arch rival Caldwell, 8-2. The game was tied into the fifth, before the Knights broke the game open. West Essex (19-2), was celebrating its annual ‘Senior Day’, as first baseman Kate Jencarelli and outfielder Dinore Gashi were honored before, and after the game.