Pinch-runner Andrew Rich scored on an infield error in the top of the eighth inning and
held on for a shocking 3-2 upset at top-seeded
yesterday in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 baseball tournament.
The Pioneers (13-8), seeded ninth in a 13-team field, got one-hit pitching through six innings from sophomore starter Shane Taylor, but Taylor reached his maximum number of innings for the week and was relieved by eventual winner Mike Hand.
Clearview missed an earlier chance to break open the game, loading the bases with no outs in the sixth against Shawnee (18-2) starter Anthony Montefusco, but Quinton Miller relieved Montefusco and got three straight strikeouts and also struck out the side in the seventh.
Shawnee tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on Reid Pulford's two-run homer to center field.
In the Clearview eighth, Mike Addeo walked and was replaced by Rich, and Matt Bodine, who homered earlier, also drew a walk from Miller. Jim Emerich advanced the runners with a fielder's choice, and Hand hit a hard ground ball that was bobbled, allowing Rich to score.
South Jersey Group 2.
rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and stunned host and No. 2 seed
In the seventh, pinchhitter Rob Flem led off with a homer to left-center, Rick Ponto blooped a single and winning pitcher Nick Alloway ripped a long two-run homer.
Rob Harrington lost his bid for a no-hitter on Andrew Lawrence's seventh-inning homer, but
held on to edge visiting
, 2-1. Tyler Smith scored the Hawks' first run and drove in Ian Lindsay with the winning run.
South Jersey Group 1.
In a quarterfinal game that included 30 hits, visiting
Jeremy Collins went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, Kyle Stewart drove in three runs and scored three, and the Lions rallied for three runs in the seventh before Brian D'Agostino got the save with a 1-2-3 seventh.
Nick Capelli went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to highlight
's 6-1 success against visiting
Point Pleasant Beach
South Jersey Group 4.
Patrick Thompson hit two home runs and Brian Thompson lined a three-run double to fuel
Cherry Hill East
's 11-5 win at
Kevin Crook scored on Ryan Lavell's seventh-inning single to end
's 7-6 thriller over visiting
In a meeting of coaches who attended the University of Miami together, Ted Schelmay's
Toms River North
squad ousted Gary Sarno's
Cherry Hill West
club, 7-2, at TRN. Kevin Bordner doubled for West.
Central Jersey Group 3.
was upset, 8-4, by visiting
, despite two hits by Ian Moyer.
's Jamal Roberts (400 meters), Kenneth Davis (400 hurdles) and Na'im Lyons (high jump) each won individual titles and helped the Greyhounds to the first-day team lead in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 championships at Buena.
In Group 3,
's Montez Blair high jumped 6 feet, 8 inches and
's Syteek Farrington long jumped 22-9 to win gold medals.
The meets continue at 9 a.m. today.
(18-1) advanced to the NJSIAA state Group 3 semifinals with a 9-2 victory over visiting