Yesterday, the 16th seeded East baseball team upset the top-seeded Washington Township Minutemen 2-0 in the opening round of the South Jersey Group IV playoffs. Helped largely by a no-hitter from pitcher Alex Dimpter (’13) and a clutch single by Rob Taylor (’12) with two outs in the seventh inning to knock in both East runs, the Cougars pulled off the upset.
“We really didn’t have anything to lose and we played our game like we did all season” said Dimpter.
The victory surprised many except for the Cougars themselves. They had confidence going into the game after playing Township very tight in two early season losses, losing by a total of three runs in the two games.
“We were talking about it all week that we were going to win” said Taylor.
The Cougars enter Friday’s second-round playoff game against Lenape unfazed after playing them close during the regular season. The Cougars firmly believed in themselves as a team and as individuals in the game against Washington Township and will continue to do so throughout the playoffs.
“I kind of knew I was going to get a hit” said Taylor of stepping up to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh.
With this type of confidence, the Cougars may continue to shock everyone but themselves on the way to a long playoff run.