Brick Post 348 Still Alive in American Legion State Playoffs
One local team, Brick Post 348, is still alive in the American Legion state playoffs, while Point Boro saw its run come to an an end over the weekend.
Brick Post 348 will play Atco Post 311 at 1 p.m. on Monday at Mercer County Park. Brick has one loss in the double-elimination tournament, so it has to win on Monday to keep its playoff run alive.
There also is still more playoff baseball to come, as Ocean County has its own county tournament, which begins today. Scroll down for the schedule.
American Legion state tournament
Vailsburg Post 395 (12) - Point Pleasant Boro (6)
Vailsburg Post 395 jumped out to a 6-0 and held on to beat a young Panthers team 12-6. Damon Del Priore had two hits and 3 RBI's on the day for Boro, which was eliminated with the loss.
Brooklawn Post 72 (19) - Brick Post 348 (2)
Brooklawn looked like the two-time defending American Legion Baseball National champions they are in pounding out 18 hits en route to a 19-2 win over Brick Post 348. Brick however is still alive in the double-elimination State Tournament and takes on Atco Post 311 on Monday.
Results from State Tournament Play on Saturday, July 18:
District #2: Teener Field Union
Hamilton Post 31 (4) - Point Pleasant Boro (3)
Point Boro lost a very close game to a tough Hamilton Post 31 team that is made up of players from Steinert High School.
Boro took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out single by sophomore Tom Paul that scored junior Sebastian Severio, who doubled earlier.
Hamilton tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth. In the eighth, Panthers sophomore Damon Del Priore hit an RBI single, scoring Frank Graziano, who had led off the inning with a single.
In the top of the ninth Hamilton Post 31 rallied for three runs on four consecutive singles to take a 4-2 lead. The Panthers would not go away easily, as junior Mark Leyble drew a lead off walk in the bottom of the ninth, followed by a single to center by Thomas Paul that put runners on first and third.
Junior Ryan Carne then picked up an RBI on a fielders choice that was thrown away, moving Carne to second as the tying run with one out. However, Hamilton changed pitchers and shut down the Panthers to end the game.
Sophomore Josiah Gliddon pitched seven strong innings, allowing one unearned run; striking out two, and was backed by a strong defensive effort. Four Point Boro players had multiple hits.
District 3: Mercer County Park
Brick Post 348 (6) - Delaware Valley (1)
Nic Chirichello pitched eight innings and allowed three hits while striking out eight and walking two in Bricks 6-1 win. Justin Santiago's 2-run double in the second gave Brick a 2-0 lead for all the runs it would need.
Jake Scott, Johnny Prato and Matt Soldo all added RBI singles for Brick.
Ocean County American Legion Double-Elimination Tournament:
Monday, July 20: (5:45p.m.)
Seaside Post 351 @ Point Pleasant Boro
Mystic Island Post 493 @ Lacey
Donovan Catholic @ Toms River North
Toms River South Post 129 @ Brick Post 348 *(Cancelled-Brick still alive in States)