Cherokee, the champion of the Olympic Conference American Division and the 16-team Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic, finished as the top-ranked team in The Inquirer's final South Jersey baseball top 10.
The 18-6 Chiefs also advanced to the South Jersey Group 4 final before losing to defending champion Toms River North, 8-6. That loss snapped their nine-game winning streak.
The Chiefs were 5-2 against teams that ended in the final Top 10, including a 1-1 mark against No. 2 Bishop Eustace. They averaged 9.4 runs and hit .362 as a team.
Besides splitting with Cherokee, No. 2 Eustace won four of five games with Gloucester Catholic and also beat South Jersey Group 3 champion Shawnee and No. 9 Sacred Heart in the South Jersey Non-Public B semifinals.
Williamstown, ranked third, won the Tri-County Royal Division for the second consecutive year. No. 4 Shawnee was the South Jersey Group 3 champion and advanced to the state title game before losing, 5-2, to JFK-Iselin.
Haddon Township, ranked fifth, won the Colonial Conference Patriot Division in addition to being the South Jersey Group 2 champ. The Hawks also advanced to the final in the Diamond Classic.
Millville, ranked sixth, was the Cape-Atlantic American Conference Division I champion, while No. 7 Gloucester Catholic captured the Tri-County Diamond Division.
Holy Spirit, ranked eighth, was the Cape-Atlantic National Conference Division I champion. Sacred Heart, ranked ninth, was the Cape National Division II champ, and No. 10 Gateway captured the South Jersey Group 1 title.
- Marc Narducci