Michelin Field Game vs. New Prov

Posted by Glenn Fredricks on May 19 2010 at 05:00PM PDT

Saturday night lights shine bright in Milltown

After a one-year hiatus, high school varsity baseball was back under the lights at historic Michelin Field in Milltown Saturday night.

The brainchild of coach Glenn Fredricks, the game has become a popular event for a town that does not have its own high school. Milltown’s high-school-age students attend Spotswood High School, whose varsity baseball field does not have lights.

A crowd of approximately 400 was on hand to cheer on their players as the Chargers took on the New Providence Pioneers in what turned out to be just a fiveinning affair. After starting pitcher Anthony Berg pitched a scoreless top of the first inning, the Chargers came out swinging. They scored 17 runs in the bottom of the first, going on to a 17-0 victory. The inning was highlighted by a towering three-run home run by senior shortstop Cody Pace.

This game was also a coming home of sorts for several of the players, since their first experiences on a regulation baseball diamond had taken place at Michelin Field. Pace, Anthony Pietanza, Jeff Coy, Anthony Berg, Matthew Mangarella, Peter Mehr and Chris Stout, all of Milltown, began playing 60/90 baseball at Michelin Field.

Playing there again was special, especially for seniors Pace, Pietanza and Coy because this would be their last official game on that field. At the end of the game, when the fans left, Pietanza walked the infield alone one last time before the lights went out.

The Milltown Baseball Program hosted the game, working with the borough of Milltown and the Spotswood High School athletic department to organize the event.


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