Baseball Friday NJSIAA Tournament Scoreboard, 5/29/15
Central Jersey Group I
(8) Middlesex 15, (6) Shore 3
Tristan O'Connor threw a workman-like six innings and also added a two-run double to lead the Blue Jays to past the defending Group I champion Blue Devils in the sectional finals. He scattered eight hits and walked four over six innings while striking out nine and throwing 124 pitches.
Dhillon Barbetti and Devin McLaughlin each had an RBI double in a three-run third for Shore, which cut Middlesex's lead to 4-3. Matt Carovillano, however, hit a three-run homer with two out in the fourth to stretch the lead back to 8-3, the second three-run home run that Middlesex hit in the game. Dom Lampasona hit a three-run shot in the top of the first innning to stake the Blue Jays to a 3-0 lead.
Middlesex put the game away with six runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Blue Jays will play Haddon Heights in the Group I semifinals on Tuesday.
South Jersey Non-Public A
(4) CBA 14, (9) Immaculata 4 (6 Innings)
Junior Luca Dalatri and senior Will Morgan both homered and Andrew Buccellatto finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two stolen bases to help the Colts (24-5) coast past the Spartans and into the South Jersey Non-Public A final against the winner of Friday evening's showdown between Bishop Eustace and Gloucester Catholic.
Dalatri - playing in his first game since being named Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year on Thursday - slammed a two-run home run inside the left-field foul pole on a 2-0 count in the bottom of the first to extend CBA's lead to 4-0.
The Colts took a 1-0 lead on a sharp single by Buccellatto that hopped up over the head of Immaculata shortstop Conor Deforge, scoring Cid Porter from second. Junior catcher Brandon Martorano followed with a double inside the third base bag and down the left-field line to chase home Buccellatto, who had stolen second base.
After Immaculata cut the Colts lead to 4-3 with three runs in the top of the third, CBA scored four in the bottom of the fourth, starting with a two-out, two-run single on a 0-2 pitch by Buccellatto. After Buccellatto's single made it 6-3, Morgan blasted a 2-1 pitch from Immaculata starter Colin Donnelly over the right-field fence to stretch the lead to 8-3.
Trey Nelson added a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the fifth and Porter ended the game with a three-run double that activated the 10-run rule.
Senior right-hander Mike Garvey allowed four runs - one earned - on six hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. He left the game with one out and runners on first and second in the top of the sixth and reliever Joe Gargana needed only two pitches to induce an inning-ending double play - the last pitch a CBA pitcher would need to throw on Friday.
CBA will play Red Bank Catholic in the Shore Conference Tournament championship on Monday night at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood before playing in the sectional final on Tuesday at a site still to be determined. The Colts have won 10 straight and are now three wins shy of becoming just the second Shore Conference team to win a division, county, conference and state group championship.