Sometimes in baseball, it's best to trust your gut. That's what Camden Catholic coach Robert Bergholtz did when he called off a bunt sign while Dan Hartson was at the plate in the fourth inning.
The decision to let the junior rightfielder swing the bat on a 1-0 count paid off, as Hartson belted a three-run homer to begin a 10-run inning for Camden Catholic, leading the way to a 13-2 win over visiting Timber Creek on Wednesday in an Olympic National game.
"I trusted him in the situation, so I took the sign off," Bergholtz said. "Dan really came through for us today."
In the same inning, Hartson cleared the bases again, hitting a grand slam. He finished the game 2 for 3 with seven RBIs and two runs scored, the RBIs and runs all coming in the fourth.
Dom Messina ended the game with a two-run homer for Camden Catholic, improving the Irish to 6-2 in league play and 10-5 overall.
In other Olympic action:
Tyler Phillips pitched a one-hitter, setting down three on strikes, for host Bishop Eustace in an 11-0 victory over Seneca. Nick Browne went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs for the Crusaders. Justin Hagenman scored three runs.
Cherry Hill West's Kyle Bordner drove home three runs on a pair of hits as the Lions defeated visiting Winslow Township, 14-4. Alec Fisher picked up the win, allowing two runs in his four innings on the mound.
Olympic American. Mike Brambilla pitched six innings, allowing one hit and striking out eight, leading Cherry Hill East to a 7-1 win at Eastern. Nick DiEva went 3 for 4 with a triple for the Cougars.
Steve Bucci drove in three runs to lead host Washington Township to victory as the Minutemen defeated Lenape, 5-4. Rich Racobaldo earned the win, pitching six innings, striking out three, and allowing three runs.
Cape-Atlantic American. Justin Smith got the 100th hit of his career on a first-inning single for Hammonton as Atlantic City defeated the visiting Blue Devils, 5-3. Murray Kanter belted a home run the Vikings.
St. Augustine defeated Egg Harbor Township, 2-1, behind nine strong innings from pitcher Mike Vasturia. The sophomore set down 11 on strikes to earn the victory. Cody Sadreameli scored the winning run on an error.
Nonleague. Maple Shade's Gary Ormsby and Ray Silvey each went 2 for 3, driving in two runs and scoring two, in the Wildcats' 12-0 win over visiting Moorestown Friends.
Jared Chiachetti and Joe Eisele each scored a hat trick for St. Augustine, leading the Hermits to 10-3 victory at Lenape in a nonleague game.
Charlie Kitchen and Chase Young netted a pair of goals in the win.