Little Falls, NJ - It was a beautiful night for baseball. It was also a great night for baseball all the way around for the New Jersey Jackals. The Jackals improved to 11-2 this season against inner state rivals the Newark Bears by beating them 4-1 Monday evening.
The Jackals, behind their hot hitting, collected 12 hits against Newark’s ace Mike Ness to push across their four runs. “Offensively I think we are the best in the league” said Jackals left fielder Brandon Jones, “It’s showing up right now and hopefully we can keep it going with the playoffs coming up soon.”
Coming into the game with Newark, the Jackals were six games back of first place Quebec. The Jackals took two out three against Quebec over the weekend in Canada. New Jersey is two games behind second place Rockland. The top two teams in the CanAm league make the playoffs.
In their final game against Quebec on Sunday, the Jackals had 19 hits. This combined with their 12 hits Monday night shows that their offense is coming along said Jackals first base coach Ani Ramos. Ramos would add to the teams hot hitting by saying “We’re maturing a bit. We have a lot of young hitters in our organization who earlier season were being “tricked” by older pitchers throwing secondary pitches in counts where most of my guys would expect fast balls.”
The Jackals have been on a roll, winning six of their last four and are now on a streak of three straight wins. They have combined for 42 hits in their last three games. Ramos added, “We have been hitting everybody in the league now. We had to go through that maturity through the first month, I think we got better the second month, and now we’re starting our third month and I think we’re progressing nicely.”
The star throughout this game was Jackals starting pitcher Brandon Moore who pitched a complete game, giving up one run on five hits and striking out eight.
Moore on his performance said, “It’s huge come back after a successful road and trip and help the team get the W. Bullpen has been used a bit, gave them some rest and it’s positive force for them the next couple of games.”
Moore whose previous long outing this season was six and ⅔ innings, said on going all nine, “It’s great to go nine. I have been battling little small minor tweaks and injuries for the past two months, so it feels good to finally have things feel good on my body and go out there and show I can go long into the end of the season.”
The Jackals win pushes them to 37-35 on the season and are now only one game behind second place Rockland going into Tuesday’s night game.