"That inning always seems like it's my roughest," Freijomil said. "I just wanted to settle down and try to keep us in the game. I was confident we could battle back."
On a cold, windy afternoon at Walt Serad Field, Freijomil and Williamstown senior John Brady engaged in a pitching duel that seemed more suited for the middle of May than the beginning of April.
After allowing those two first-inning runs, both unearned, Freijomil mixed a live fastball with an effective change-up and held the Braves scoreless over the next five frames.
Freijomil worked six innings, striking out four. He faced just 18 batters in his final five innings.
"Nicky kept us in the game," Carney said after the Crusaders seized high ground in what should be a tight race in the Tri-County Royal.
Brady, who will be a preferred walk-on at George Washington, was even more impressive through six innings. He entered the bottom of the seventh with a two-hitter and six strikeouts, having retired 16 of the previous 18 batters.
Brady got strikeout No. 7 for the first out of the seventh. But with his team two outs away from a 2-1 loss, Delsea junior Christian Cortese slashed an opposite-field double down the left-field line, and sophomore Joe Brewin followed with a sharp single to put runners on first and third.
Brewin stole second without a throw. Sophomore Greg Avis drove in the tying run with a groundout, bringing junior leftfielder Adin Kolansky to the plate.
Kolansky slashed an opposite-field single through the hole on the right side, scoring Brewin with the winning run.
"I got goose bumps," Kolansky said of the moment.
Williamstown 200 000 0 - 2 6 0
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WP: Jon Cosenza. LP: John Brady. 2B: D-Christian Cortese. 3B: W-John Brady.
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