Dan Sieracki, who returned to the
lineup recently, ripped a seventh-inning grand slam to put the finishing touches on a 10-5 win at
yesterday in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public B baseball playoff semifinals.
Eustace (21-8), ranked No. 7 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, took a 5-4 lead over the area's No. 1 team into the seventh inning.
Sieracki, back on the field for the last seven games after missing 22 games with an ACL injury, hit his fourth home run, and pitcher Kevin Casey and reliever Chris Branigan combined to hold the Lions (25-3) to five hits.
St. Rose (24-2) also advanced to the final by beating visiting Holy Cross (15-9) by 5-2 in the other semifinal.
Bishop Eustace 010 400 5 - 10 12 0
Sacred Heart 000 400 1 - 5 5 0
WP: Kevin Casey. LP: J.T. Triantos. HR: BEDan Sieracki. SHJon Schmidt.
Holy Cross 010 010 0 - 2
St. Rose-Belmar 200 201 x - 5
WP: Casey Cannon.
South Jersey Non-Public A.
Rob Wilgus slugged a three-run homer for the first three runs of a decisive six-run sixth inning as
, 9-3, in the semifinals.
The Rams (20-8) led by 3-2 entering the sixth inning, and after Wilgus' homer, Bill Donovan added a run-scoring single among four Gloucester Catholic hits in the inning. Rob Wallace homered for the Spartans (16-8).
Freshman Casey Brown improved to 5-1 by pitching five innings and allowing two runs.
Gloucester Catholic 100 026 0 - 9 12 2
Holy Spirit 110 001 0 - 3 7 1
WP: Casey Brown. LP: Javier Landron. 2B: GCRob Wilgus, Steve Bruno 2. HSSean Peterson, E.J. Stoltzfus. 3B: GCNick Core. HR: GCRob Wilgus. HSRob Wallace.
South Jersey Group 4.
Designated hitter Brian Black slapped a two-run single, but it was all the offense
could muster in a 12-2 championship loss at top-seeded
Toms River North
Lenape (20-5), seeded No. 2 and looking for its first sectional title since 1991, managed just two hits against winner Mark Leiter.
Lenape 000 20 - 2 2 4
Toms River North 340 41 - 12 13 1
WP: Mark Leiter. LP: Tom Doulong. 2B: TRN Ryan Fontanelli, Billy Hoermann, Mitch Johnson.
Central Jersey Group 1.
Steve Giambrone went 2 for 3, but
(13-7) made four errors and visiting
capitalized for a 9-3 win and the sectional crown.
Robbinsville 014 000 4 - 9
Florence 000 021 0 - 3
WP: Greubel. LP: Jim Martinson. 2B: Marariello.
finished a 14-11 season by tripping visiting
, 6-5, on a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tim Zindel scored the deciding run on a double by Nick Alloway.
At Trenton's Waterfront Park,
Cherry Hill East
ended its season with a 5-1 win over
. Nick Petilano poked two hits, drove in two runs, scored twice and stole two bases. East pitchers Nate Mulberg and Ryan Martin combined for a three-hitter.
Amanda Rice's two-run homer was the lone bright spot for
(16-5) in an 8-2 loss at
(23-4) in the South Jersey Non-Public A tournament semifinal.
Notre Dame 200 202 2 - 8
Gloucester Catholic 000 200 0 - 2
WP: Chelsea Dimon. LP: Nicole Haggerty. HR: NDAmy DeLuca. GCAmanda Rice.
(23-3) wrapped up the Patriot Division championship with a 5-0 shutout at
. Hillary Allen pitched a two-hitter.
Senior Cara Gilbert allowed only a second-inning single and struck out seven while pitching
9-0 one-hit shutout at
. Chelsea Lightcap had two hits and stole two bases, and pinch-hitter Maura Carney lined a two-run double.
John Marcelli scored the game-winning goal with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left, and
held the ball the rest of the way to secure a 9-8 win over
West Morris Central
in the state Group 2 championship game at Ridge.
Marcelli guided the Quakers (12-6) with four goals, and John Lefferts and Brian Lapres added two each, including Lefferts' game-tying goal with 3:48 to play.
Moorestown's edge in face-offs helped control the tempo. The Quakers held West Morris (17-4) scoreless in the final period, and goalie Tom Lynam made eight saves.
Kathleen Notos scored six goals and Brianna Kilpatrick added five as
successfully defended its Olympic Conference National Division championship with a 19-14 win at
. West Deptford (14-6-1) wrapped up its first winning season ever with four goals each by Rachel Mehaffey and Alyse Powers.
playoff run ended in the South/Central Jersey semifinals as the Panthers (17-5) suffered a 2-0 loss at
St. Joseph of Metuchen