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St. Augustine outfielder Jake Catalano and first baseman Jack Billings review the thrill of an 8-5 win over Gloucester Catholic.
Mark Trible

 

With Kyle Transue and Connor Agostino paving the way, Egg Harbor Township High School blanked Kingsway, 4-0 in a South Jersey Group 4 Tournament opening round baseball game on Wednesday at the Atlantic City turf field.

Transue had two hits – both doubles – scored twice, and knocked in a pair of runs for the red-hot Eagles (19-4), seeded No. 2 in the tourney. The victory was Egg Harbor Township’s sixth straight, and 11th in the last dozen games.

Agostino also stroked a pair of doubles, driving in one run, while Dante DiPalma singled home the other run for Egg Harbor Township, which advanced to play No. 7 seeded Clearview in the quarterfinals.

Drew Hickman only needed 79 pitches to register the shutout over the No. 15 seeded Dragons, with a complete game three-hitter, recording four strikeouts.

Southern 5, Vineland 3: Jose Rodriguez and Lou Pinotti each drove in a run, but it wasn’t enough to carry the No. 6 seeded Fighting Clan as the No. 11 Rams won on a Cole Markley two-run double in the top of the eighth inning.

Non-Public A South Tournament

Paul VI 11, Bishop Ahr 1: The No. 9 seeded Eagles (8-14) banged out 14 hits in topping the No. 8 seeded Trojans. Will Gambino struck out seven in a six-inning stint to earn the win while Richie Giandrea singled, doubled and tripled, and Billy Duke rapped out three singles to lead the offense in an opening round game. Bryan Vance singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games for Paul VI, which will meet top-seeded Bishop Eustace in the quarterfinals.

Burlington County League

Riverside 8, Burlington City 3: Senior John McElroy went 3-for-3, with three RBIs, as the Rams clinched a share of the Freedom Division title. Sophomore Ian Farrell fanned seven in 5-and-1/3 innings to earn the win, while Chuck Bluhm finished out the game on the mound, whiffing four in 1-and-2/3 innings. Frank Doelling also drove in three runs for Riverside (13-11), which won its fourth straight division title, sharing the crown with Maple Shade.

Colonial Conference
Audubon 4, West Deptford 3: Dillon Tassi had a pair of singles, driving in a run as the Green Wave (22-4) scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, while Dustin Bellis snared the win in relief.

Woodbury 14, Lindenwold 1: The Thundering Herd rolled past the Lions, powered by Teddy Sparks who was 3-for-4 with a home run and seven RBIs.

Olympic Conference

Cherry Hill East 4, Lenape 3: The Cougars scored runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings to upset the Indians. After Zach Padersky stroked a RBI single to plate Michael Kenny with the tying run, Skylar Colton doubled home Griffen Dabritz with the game winner. Dabritz finished the game with three hits, while Colton had a single to go along with his two-bagger. Steven Lombardi pitched the final two innings in relief to notch the win. Lenape took a 3-0 first-inning lead on a two-run triple by Jake Topolski, who scored on a single by Cade Hunter.

Tri County Conference

Triton 5, Woodstown 3: Colin Taylor threw a complete game to stifle the Wolverines while Nick Liberatore knocked in a pair of runs and crossed the plate twice to lead the Mustangs (8-12).

Williamstown 7, Highland 0: Nick Adams picked up the win and teamed up with Bobby Monaghan and Tafeal Ramos to shutout the Tartans (16-5-1). The Braves offense was led by Jerry Powers, who homered, and Tommy Gibson who doubled and tripled.

Nonleague

St. Augustine 4, Holy Cross 3: Sophomore Gerry Peacock (3-0) was on the mound for four innings, striking out eight to pick up the win for the Hermits. DH Joe Bonczek went 2-for-2 with a stolen base and Greg Elfreth ripped a two-run single to pace St. Augustine. Brendan Karamanoogian and Tim Petrucelli both went yard for the Lancers.