By Nolan Buser
April 25, 2023
TRENTON, NJ. – An impressive performance on the mound and in the batter’s box by Nottingham sophomore Michael Septak gave the North Stars the edge as they defeated Hopewell Valley 8-2 in Tuesdays matchup.
Septak finished the game batting 2/3 with 4 RBIs. His offensive production began in the bottom of inning number one with a sacrifice fly that brought home sophomore Jordan Raba. Giving Nottingham an early 1-0 lead.
Fellow sophomore Aidan Lipman added to the lead in the third inning when he hit an RBI double.
Inning number three saw Septak in the RBI category yet again when his one out single brought home two base runners, making the score 4-0.
“When you put the ball in play good things will happen,” said Septak. “I have two good hitters in front of me that do a good job of getting on base, which makes things pretty easy for me.”
Minus a two run 4th inning allowed for Hopewell Valley, Septak was also efficient from the mound, as he pitched his way out of tough stops, protecting the lead he ultimately built.
“I came into the game wanting to throw strikes and trust my defense and that’s what I did today,” said Septak.
A three run Nottingham 5th inning put things out of reach for Hopewell Valley, giving the North Stars their 6th win of the season. Making their record 6-5 on the year. They will face Princeton next on April 28.
Hopewell Valley falls to 7-5 with the loss, they will also be in action on the 28th against Trenton Central.
Nottingham hopes to keep their momentum alive as the schedule winds down.
“We are feeling good as a team and I’m feeling really good. It was a big win for us that will give us a lot of momentum moving forward,” said Septak.