Schwartz gets 100th hit in easy Middle win

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WILDWOOD – Doug Schwartz needed three hits to reach 100 for his career going into Friday night’s game against Wildwood Catholic at the Warrior Classic baseball tournament.

The Middle Township senior got four.

Schwartz was one of the leaders of an incredible offensive barrage by the Panthers, who hammered Wildwood Catholic, 23-4, in five innings in the second round of the Warrior Classic.

Schwartz got his 100th hit on a bloop to left-center in the top of the third inning. He later ripped a long triple to right-center field to finish the game 4 for 4 with four runs scored and three RBI.

The win moved Middle into the winner’s bracket semifinal against Wildwood. That game will now be played Sunday at 11 a.m. after all of Saturday’s Warrior Classic was washed out due to rain.

Eric Arenberg also had a big game for the Panthers against Catholic, going 3 for 4 with five runs scored and three RBI. And Chris Dougherty, last year’s Warrior Classic MVP, went 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Middle broke the game open in the second inning. The Panthers had their first 15 hitters of the inning reach base safely, thanks in part to numerous walks, and went to score 15 runs in the frame. They added five more in the third and two more in the fourth.

Middle (12-5) totaled 15 hits and was walked 13 times in the win.

In a losers’ bracket game at the Warrior Classic Friday, Lower Cape May topped Cape May Tech, 7-5. Brad Fournier went 2 for 3 with three RBI to pace the Caper Tigers in the win. Steve Bond was 3 for 4 with two RBI in the loss.

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