Shawnee pitcher Anthony Montefusco spoiled Clearview's bid for its first sectional baseball title in 32 years by throwing the Renegades' 9-2 victory yesterday in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship game.
Montefusco (7-2) struck out 14 Pioneers and scattered four hits in a complete game, losing his shutout in the bottom of the seventh.
John Grady hit a two-run homer, sophomore Vince Corbi went 3 for 3, and John Montemurro poked three singles and drove in three runs for Shawnee.
South Jersey Group 2. Matt Donaldson's two-run double in the fourth inning broke open a close game and sent Haddon Township to a 10-0 win over visiting Cinnaminson in the title game.
The Hawks, who had just one hit in the first three innings, led by 3-0 when Donaldson came through with one of the team's seven hits in the inning.
Tyler Smith struck out seven in the five-inning contest, allowing only a first-inning double by Adam Somers.
South Jersey Non-Public B. Bishop Eustace's first six hits in the sectional semifinal at Sacred Heart were home runs as the Crusaders breezed to a 13-0 win.
In the seven-run first inning, Jim Coyle and Scott Carcaise homered, and Chris Branigan added a grand slam. In the second inning, Branigan, Jim Yezzo, Chris Bzozowski launched homers, and Branigan hit his third home run of the game in the fifth.
Branigan, a senior first baseman, was 4 for 4 with seven RBIs.
Eustace will face St. Rose of Belmar, a 13-3 winner over visiting Holy Cross, in the sectional final.
Holy Cross managed five hits against Roses pitchers Chris Oujo and Brian Beer, including RBI singles by Sean Huff and Travis Clutter.
South Jersey Non-Public A. Holy Spirit's playoff run ended with an 8-2 loss to visiting Christian Brothers in the sectional semifinals.
Joe Farrell hit a two-run homer to give the Spartans (20-3) their only runs. CBA got most of its offense from Zach Tanenbaum (three hits, two RBIs) and Mike Hanlon (home run, three RBIs).
Nonleague. Don Haines, a senior rightfielder, singled in the fourth inning for his 100th career hit in his final scholastic game, highlighting Penns Grove's 13-3 win over visiting Burlington City. Jim Halter went 4 for 4 with four RBIs.