CINNAMINSON (N.J.) - For the Cinnaminson High School baseball team, the only way to bounce back from a pair of losses in the Ralph Shaw Classic at Audubon was to get back in the win column against a division rival.
Cinnaminson's Anthony Alessandroni allowed a run, two hits and struck out two batters in 3.1 innings of relief in a 3-2 win over Burlington Township at Cinnaminson High School in Cinnaminson, New Jersey on Monday, April 17, 2023. Chris Baker/D2 Sports Network
Alex LePage and Anthony Alessandroni helped the Pirates get the job done with effective pitching.
Cinnaminson edged Burlington Township, 3-2, in a Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division matchup on Monday.
LePage went 3.2 innings and allowed just one hit and an unearned run with four strikeouts. In relief, Alessandroni was lights out. Despite letting up a run, the sophomore allowed only two hits and struck out two batters in 3.1 innings.
The speedy Michael Kulyk powered Cinnaminson's offense with the help of Immaculata commit Ryan Horner.
Kulyk went 2-for-4 at the plate with a single and a double. The Millersville commit also scored two runs including the Pirates' last run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Horner went 3-for-4 with three singles and a run batted in. He knocked in Kulyk in the fourth inning.
Pirates coach Eric Teesdale had all the faith in the world in his players to respond to their setbacks from the previous weekend.
"This group of players is really high intensity," Teesdale said. "Whether we're down, ahead, or tied up, they will not stop competing regardless.
"With the Diamond Classic approaching, a division win like this is huge for us."
Alessandroni is only a sophomore, but never wavered when faced with jams or hitter-friendly counts during Monday's contest.
"I just go out there and pitch," Alessandroni said. "I know my guys behind me will make the plays so I don't worry too much when I'm out there."