Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bosco's Quest: State-Ment

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bosco's Quest: State-Ment

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DEMAREST -- The joy, of course, was genuine. The excitement was real.

But even as the Don Bosco baseball players cavorted around the Demarest High School baseball field Monday afternoon, mugging for the cameras in the wake of their fifth Bergen County title in seven years, there was a sense of unfinished business about the Ironmen.

"Obviously, this was one of our goals," senior ace Tommy Burns said after leading the top-seeded Ironmen to a 9-0 victory over No. 7 Paramus. "It was definitely fun to win again, two years in a row.

"But now we have to start thinking about the state tournament."

The Ironmen play their first North Non-Public A tournament game this afternoon against Pope John, and memories of last season's early ouster by archrival Bergen Catholic still carry a sting. And that was on the minds of all the players almost as soon as the final out was made and they doused first-year coach Michael Rooney with a cooler of ice water.

"This is what I came here as a freshman to do," said senior designated hitter Joe Purritano. "This is the toughest county tournament in the state, if you ask me. But our job is not finished yet."

And don't let the final score fool you. The pesky Spartans made the Ironmen (23-3) and Burns work hard for this win.

Paramus had at least one runner in scoring position in each of the first five innings, but couldn't come up with the big hit to get to Burns. He retired 11 of the 12 hitters he faced with runners in scoring position, striking out three.

"We wanted to attack him and swing the bat early in the count," said Paramus coach Jonathan Morrisette. "We did everything we wanted except get that RBI hit, and that's a tribute to Bosco."

Burns (8-1) was named Most Valuable Pitcher after picking up his sixth career BCT win to tie a tournament record. He won three games this tournament, allowing one earned run in 17 innings while striking out 24 and walking four. …

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