BANGOR – After waiting two days after arriving in the Queen City to make its Senior League World Series debut, the U.S. East champs from South Vineland, N.J., made an offensive statement Monday.
Manager Abe Heredia’s club pounded out 10 runs on 11 hits while taking advantage of six Edmonton, Alberta, errors as New Jersey handled the Canadian champs 10-0 in five innings at Mansfield Stadium.
Vaughn Watson and Christian Adorno led off the game with back-to-back hits and eventually scored on Andrew Biggs’ two-run single, which highlighted a three-run first inning.
New Jersey scored in every inning while Brandon Triantos allowed only two hits in picking up the win on the mound, walking nobody and striking out three.
“It was real important for us to get a couple of runs for [Triantos],” Heredia said. “Any pitcher will work comfortably when they’re ahead.”
An aggressive South Vineland club swung the bats well, spraying the ball all over the field.
“We’re an aggressive team, we try to hop on the fastballs as much as possible,” Biggs said. “I think we were able to pick on some good pitches and put some nice swings on the ball.”
Carlos Lebron put a hard charge into one in the fourth, blasting a two-run home run down the left-field line that landed in the Beth Pacone swimming complex beyond the fence.
“I knew it was a hard-hit ball but I thought it was going to be foul,” Lebron said.
The shot soared over the foul pole.
Seven different South Vineland players notched one hit apiece while Adorno recorded two singles and scored two runs and Biggs was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and two runs.
New Jersey also capitalized on Edmonton’s miscues in the field while stealing four bases.
“We really take advantage of the miscues because we run well, we run the bases well, and in between we get our fair share of hits,” Heredia said. “We did what we had to do, we took advantage of some miscues.”
Heredia was also happy to get a strong pitching output from Triantos, saving his front-line pitchers for later on in the tournament.
“He’s about the fifth guy in our rotation, we squeezed that game out of him and he did an excellent job,” Heredia said.
Alex Cordingley singled and Clay Davis doubled for Edmonton’s only hits on the day.
East (1-0) 322 21 — 10 11 1
Canada (0-2) 000 00 — 0 2 6
Triantos and Potts; Knop, Ballie (4) and Davis; WP-Triantos (1-0); LP-Knop (0-1); Repeat hitters: Adorono (E), Biggs (E); Extra-base hits: 2B: Biggs (E), Corneill (E); Davis (Can); HR: Lebron (E)