LINDEN – Friday’s home game against Tri-West (8-8, 4-6 SAC) could have been a trap game for the host Chargers with next week’s big county and conference showdown with the Athenians looming. However, North Montgomery showed no signs of overlooking the Bruins, beating them soundly 17-2 in a five inning affair.

“We stayed focused today on the task at hand,” Charger skipper Matt Merica said. “We’ve been talking about how the next conference game is the most important game, and the guys stuck to that tonight.”

Trailing 1-0 headed to their half of the first, the Chargers hung a six on the scoreboard, thanks to a 2-RBI single by Bryce Frederick and a 2-RBI double by Collin Knecht.

After tacking on four in the third, the Chargers broke the game open with seven runs in their half of the fourth with the big blow coming from Gregory Pietsch’s bases clearing double to give the Chargers a 17-1 lead.

“We came out aggressive and hit good pitches,” Merica said of his team’s offensive explosion. “We stayed on top of the ball and hit it hard all night.”

North bats tallied 18 hits on the night. Jordan Lewis picked up three of those, while Zachary, Clary, Adams, Frederick and Knecht all had a pair of hits, with Pietsch and Knecht lacing doubles.

The Chargers drove in 15 runs led by Adams and Pietsch with 3-a-piece. Knecht and Frederick had a pair, while Clary, Tyler Swick, Vince Gwynn, Riley Morehouse, and Jordan Lewis all contributed by driving in a run.

Lewis started on the mound for the Chargers giving up one run on three hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work. Zachary pitched an inning of relief giving up one hit while striking out two, and Morehouse closed it by giving up one run on two hits.

“We came out determined and focused,” added Merica. “Plus, it was another game of solid pitching with no errors.”

North Montgomery (19-4, 9-2 SAC) have won four straight and will entertain the Athenians Monday. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Charger complex.