Brenden DelMonte had the Pennsauken batters mesmerized on Monday, when the Cherry Hill West senior lefthander set a school single-game record with 18 strikeouts - including 17 in a row - and his teammates picked him up with a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the Olympic Conference baseball game, 2-1.
DelMonte, who has an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, retired the third and fourth batters of the game on strikes and then struck out the side in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The visiting Indians threatened to spoil DelMonte's one-hit, no-walk masterpiece by scratching out a run in the top of the seventh. But West's bats came alive against hard-luck losing pitcher Ryan Levito, with Matt Gianpetro's two-out single up the middle bringing home freshman A.J. Wright with the winning run.
In another Olympic Conference clash that featured less drama but every bit of historical significance, two of South Jersey's premier teams met on Abner Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Sean Kelly made the trip worthwhile for Cherokee, ranked No. 4 by The Inquirer, as the junior pitched a 10-strikeout, three-hitter in handcuffing top-ranked Washington Township, 4-1.
Colonial. Senior first baseman Tom Jakubowski doubled for his 100th career hit, and also scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to send West Deptford past visiting Overbrook, 4-3.
Nick Sciortino batted 3 for 5 with two RBIs, including the go-ahead run in a four-run sixth inning, helping Haddon Heights put away host Collingswood, 9-5.
Doug Young (2 for 3, 4 RBIs) homered to lead off Audubon's seven-run fourth inning, and the Green Wave went on to wash away visiting Woodbury, 8-2.
Cape-Atlantic. A.J. Martinez struck out a career-high 18 to highlight Holy Spirit's 9-3 win at Atlantic City.
Mike Wray raced home on Christian Candelero's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Kyle Andrews shut down Middle Township on three hits, making host Ocean City a 1-0 winner.
Unranked Gloucester Catholic stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, but No. 3 Haddonfield battled back to win, 11-10, when Luke Pease scored off a pass from Gunnar Apgar as time expired in the second overtime of the Olympic Conference thriller.