A botched suicide squeeze created chaos on the basepaths in the bottom of the seventh inning, allowing Jamie Stroyk to race home with the winning run, as host Pitman rallied to edge Seneca, 8-7, on Saturday in the sixth annual Joe Lang baseball tournament championship game.
Trevor Datz, who batted 6 for 8 with two RBIs and four runs scored over two games to earn the tournament MVP award, doubled to pull the Panthers even and send Stroyk to third.
When Pitman's Matt Ennis failed to connect on his bunt attempt, Stroyk headed back to third base - where Datz was waiting. Datz scrambled back toward second, drawing a throw and giving Stroyk the green light to score.
In the third-place game, Pat Doheny homered twice and matched teammate Nick Rutter with three RBIs and three runs scored as Gateway outscored Riverside, 17-13.
McKenna Classic. Gloucester Catholic captured the tournament title for the second consecutive season, as Brett Tenuto's home run in the fifth put the Rams ahead to stay in a 3-2 triumph over host West Deptford.
The Rams' John Brue earned tourney MVP honors while Mike Mercer, who was named the tournament's Outstanding Pitcher, struck out nine and scattered four hits and three walks to earn the win.
Blue Devil Tournament. Cris Matos strolled home on Greg Morano's triple in the sixth, enabling host Hammonton to hold off Overbrook, 7-6, in the championship.
Blue Devil senior catcher A.J. Sibilia was named tourney MVP for batting 5 for 6 with three RBIs over two games.
Triton saw six of its 15 hits go for extra bases, including John DeLuca's home run, in trouncing Palmyra for third place, 16-4.
Papa Bear Tournament. Mike Pollastrelli drove in five runs with a single and a double, and Kyle Grim batted 2 for 4 and scored three times for Williamstown, which used four-run rallies in the fifth and seventh innings to dump host Delran, 11-8, in the title game.
Braves reliever Jordan Rizzo pitched the seventh to earn the save, giving up one hit and striking out two.
Five doubles and a triple were not enough to keep Cherry Hill East from falling, 17-13, to Princeton in the third-place game.
Emeritus Tournament. Anthony Lopez (3 for 3, 1 RBI, 3 runs) and Justin Geri (2 for 3, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) had the hot bats for Buena, which took the championship with an 8-4 win over host Eastern.
Tom Heinkel Tournament. Joe Gatto's two-run triple gave St. Augustine something to cheer about in a 14-3 loss to Malvern Prep in the championship at Bishop Eustace.
Millburn Tournament. Moorestown was powered by two-run home runs by Chance Embler, Andrew Lisa and winning pitcher Nick Savino - with each contributing two hits and three RBIs - as the Quakers routed Roselle Catholic, 12-1, in the third-place game.
Al Hedelt Tournament. Mike Adams drove in three runs with a double and a triple, and Nick Zeiniuk added two hits and two RBIs to lead Holy Spirit over Mainland, 9-4, and into Sunday's championship game against host Oakcrest.
Holy Spirit also beat Cedar Creek, 11-2, in pool play, while Oakcrest advanced by slipping past Absegami, 4-3, and beating Vineland, 6-2.