Dominant Joe Dimino, Allentown baseball blanks Jackson Liberty in playoff opener | Sports activities

ALLENTOWN — This is the time of 12 months when higher university baseball teams want to be pulling it all with each other and producing the most of their tough perform from the normal season.

By point out tournament time, groups would like to be at the major of their match with their pitching, hitting and defense peaking.

The Allentown High varsity squad understands that as perfectly as just about any team from the Colonial Valley Conference.

The Redbirds have been a person of the league’s leading clubs all year, but, following a COVID-19 break at the start of May perhaps, were not as sharp as they had been, for whatever cause.

So a new thirty day period and a new event give A’town significant hopes for a single extra shot at clicking on all cylinders.

The fifth-seeded Redbirds obtained a great pitching effort and hard work from senior left-hander Joe Dimino and just plenty of offense to elude 12th-seeded Jackson Liberty, 1-, Wednesday at Dan Venet Discipline in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III Event.

To retain transferring forward, the 14-4 Allentown players know they need to have a a lot more full hard work, in particular due to the fact they have to travel to 2019 point out winner Wall Saturday for a second-spherical video game. The fourth-seeded Crimson Knights defeated 13th-seeded Nottingham, 9-, yesterday.

“As a workforce, we want to get again to hitting the ball,” Redbirds junior Dean Mitchell said. “Joe has experienced other phenomenal online games for us that we’ve shed. We require to do a much better occupation hitting the baseball.”

Mitchell, serving as selected hitter, had 1 of his team’s far better days versus Lions setting up pitcher Carl Barth and reliever Ethan Bloomfield, a pair of southpaws.

“Their to start with pitcher experienced a unusual kind, a funky movement,” Mitchell mentioned. “It seemed like his pitches were being more difficult than they ended up.”

Mitchell’s 2nd-inning single was a person of A’town’s five hits. His sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, plated Will Wiedau, courtesy-functioning for catcher Cole Leach following a leadoff one, with the game’s lone operate.

However, Mitchell, like the rest, arrived away seeking to have done much better right after placing out versus Bloomfield with runners at the corners in the sixth.

While they tried to get their offense going, the Redbirds were being as sharp defensively as Dimino was on the hill.

In his 6 innings of do the job, the New Jersey Institute of Technological innovation-sure lefty only authorized one hit, an infield one by Chris Sasso in the third inning, and struck out 10. Dimino walked two (1 intentionally) and hit an additional. Only two of those four foundation runners attained scoring place. In the fifth, Garrett Drew arrived at 3rd foundation with 1 out, but Dimino struck out the future two batters.

“I felt good and imagined I was really cruising all around the fourth inning,” stated Dimino, who struck out the aspect in the initially and third innings. “When I strike out the aspect, I’d think about it for a 2nd, but I was more focused on trying to keep my pitch depend minimal. I understood they weren’t placing a hard bat on my fastball. My other pitches have been doing work, so I realized what ever they did it was not going to be balanced.”

Nonetheless a several far more runs would have aided. But Barth and Bloomfield blended to strike out eight of their own to ship the recreation to the seventh with that modest margin for mistake.

Senior appropriate-hander Dan Merkel took about on the mound and kept the small guide secure.

However Merkel walked Brett Bennecke with 1 out, he fought back again to strike out R.J. Vashey ahead of Leach threw out the runner as he overslid the foundation to end the sport.

JacksonLib.(10-8) 000 000 — 1 1

Allentown (14-4) 000 100 x — 1 5

RBI: Mitchell (A).

WP — Dimino (3-1) LP — Barth S — Merkel (1).