The Camden Catholic baseball team has a pretty straightforward mantra.
"Our philosophy as a team and a program is to play first pitch to last pitch," coach Bob Bergholtz said.
That served the Irish very well Thursday. Camden Catholic rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun unbeaten Bishop Eustace, 6-5, in an Olympic National game.
Shawn Stone's RBI single tied it, and Albert Faiola drove in Dan Hartson with the winning run on a two-out single to left-center.
Bishop Eustace (12-1 overall) is The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked team in South Jersey. Camden Catholic (5-3) came in unranked.
"We strung some hits together at the right time," Bergholtz said.
In another Olympic National game, Paul VI downed visiting Cherry Hill West, 12-2. Shawn Kubrak, Matt Jordan, and Matt McKeown combined on a one-hitter. Kubrak, who earned the win, went four hitless innings and allowed two unearned runs. McKeown was 2 for 3.
Olympic American. Matt Rykaczewski smacked a two-run, go-ahead double in the seventh, and Cherokee topped host Cherry Hill East, 8-6. Jake Powell entered with two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh and earned a strikeout to record his second consecutive save. Brendan Gumm went 3 for 3 with a triple, run scored, and three RBIs.
Dylan Baratti went 3 for 3 with a double, triple, and run scored to key Washington Township's 5-2 defeat of visiting Shawnee. Mark Scarpa notched the win.
Camden County Tournament. Tim Brant's two-run double in the sixth inning lifted Overbrook over Eastern, 9-6, in the quarterfinals at Campbell's Field. Eastern had scored six times in the top of the sixth to take the lead.
Also at Campbell's Field:
John Lindenborn starred on the mound and at the plate to lead Gloucester past Camden County Tech, 4-2. Lindenborn threw a three-hitter and went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Mark Seibert doubled and stole two bases.
Dan Williams struck out seven, and Timber Creek blanked Sterling, 5-0. Evan Holland and Brad Rollier each had two hits and an RBI.
Kevin Shannon struck out 10 in four innings, and Duane Stevens had four hits and four RBIs as Triton cruised to a 17-0 win over Lindenwold.
Colonial. Sophomore lefthander Nick Ruiz threw a no-hitter in Gateway's 7-0 win at Lindenwold. Ruiz struck out 15. Ryan Sole went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
Matt Donnelly had two goals and assisted on three others, and Clearview edged visiting Seneca, 12-9, in an Olympic American game.
Collin Love and Tyler Richardson each scored three goals. Joe DiBabbo made 15 saves, and Pat Hall collected 11 ground balls.
Olympic Patriot. Anthony Cacciavillano racked up two goals, one assist, and one ground ball in Kingsway's 8-2 triumph at Paul VI. Billy Moran also scored twice.