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Last Dance World Series presented by RWJBarnabas Health

Round of 16

South Region

Numbers in () indicate original pool numbers

At FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood

(15) Brooklawn (Gloucester Catholic) 1, (2) Middletown North 0 - Story

Tyler Parks fired a one-hit shutout and Adam Gates went 2-for-3 with a double, drove in the game's lone run in the sixth inning and cut down a runner at the plate in fourth to carry Brooklawn past Middletown North and into the South Region quarterfinals.

Ryan Rozinski pitched 4-plus shutout innings out of the gate for the Lions and junior Dan Frontera struck out the first three men he faced to strand a runner on second in the fifth.

Jeremy Wolf led off the Brooklawn sixth with a double down the left-field line on a 3-2 offering from Frontera and Gates followed two batters later with a line-drive single to center to chase home Wolf.

Brooklawn loaded the bases but Frontera escaped further damage and finished his outing allowing one earned run on three hits, one intentional walk and five strikeouts. Rozinski struck out six and walked one while allowing three hits in his four innings.

Senior second baseman Mike Roditis accounted for Middletown North's only hit - a line-drive single to centerfield to lead off the fourth. The Lions loaded the bases with one out with an eight-pitch walk by senior Shane Doyle and a hit-by-pitch by sophomore catcher Andrew Lombardi. Junior third baseman Colin Dowlen lofted a shallow fly ball to right, where Gates ran the ball down in foul territory, squared himself up and threw out Roditis by a wide margin.

Parks struck out seven, walked one and needed only 81 pitches to finish the game.

Brooklawn - comprised of players from Gloucester Catholic - will play the winner of Tuesday's night's game between teams from Notre Dame and Hamilton West Wednesday at 11:30 at FirstEnergy Park.

(11) Dragons Baseball (Kingsway) 4, (6) Blue and Grey (Howell) 3 - Story

Kevin Pandorf slammed an RBI triple to spark a three-run seventh inning that helped Dragons Baseball rally to stun the Blue and Grey.

Howell junior Vin Impresa cruised through five innings, retiring 14 straight at one point before Ben Maiers doubled with one out in the sixth inning and scored on two throwing errors on a pickoff attempt to cut the Howell lead to 3-1.

Impresa walked Kingsway starter Landon Edwards to lead off the seventh and turned the game over to the bullpen after throwing 88 pitches. Junior Chris Ellison took over on the mound and Pandorf greeted him with a ringing triple to the right-center gap on a 2-2 offering.

Ellison bounced back to strike out the next batter and the Blue and Grey opted to intentionally walk pinch-hitter Tom Goldberg to pitch to another pinch-hitter, Connor Griscom. On a 2-1 pitch, Griscom executed a hit-and-run for a game-tying RBI single, setting the Dragons up with runners on first and third with one out.

After Howell conceded a stolen bases, senior reliever Jake Lenardo came on and faced just one batter before leaving with apparent shoulder discomfort. On his final pitch, he uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Goldberg to score the go-ahead run.

Howell threatened to win the game in the bottom of the seventh against closer and North Carolina commit Justin Szestowicki by loading the bases with one out, but Szestowicki got a strikeout on a 3-2 fastball and a game-ending pop-up behind the plate.

Howell scored first in the bottom of the fourth when Ellison slammed a triple off the left-field wall and scored on a groundout by senior catcher Chris Acampora. Later the same inning, shortstop Nick Guerrino singled home first baseman Jack Bearse, who walked, with the second Howell run.

Impresa led off the fifth with a single and courtesy runner Nick Barracatta scored when he stole third and the throw skipped into left field.

Senior second baseman Brandon Troop went 2-for-3 with a double for Howell's lone multi-hit performance of the game.

Impresa allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out nine and walking one over six-plus innings.

(9) Washington Twp. 11, (8) Sussex Red (High Point) 1 (5 Innings)

(5) SJ Falcons (St. Joe’s Metuchen) 6, (12) SJ Spartans (Deptford) 3

 

At Arm & Hammer Park, Trenton

(1) Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 4, (16) Middlesex 0

Junior right-hander and Coastal Carolina commit Matt Potok fired a three-hit shutout and Jackson grounded the Blue Jays to reach the Last Dance South Region quarterfinals as the last Shore-area team dancing.

Sophomore Chris Cartnick broke the ice in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double to put Jackson ahead, 2-0, after the Jaguars squandered opportunities with runners on first and second base with one out in both the first and second innings. Cartnick's double was Jackson's first hit against Middlesex starter Matt Rowe, who issued four walks in the first two innings before firing a clean third inning.

Senior first baseman and Wake Forest commit Carmine Petosa scorched an RBI double to stretch the Jackson lead to 3-0 in the fifth and came around to score on an RBI single by senior third baseman Jake Wendell.

Middlesex's best shots at breaking through on Potok came on a leadoff hit batter in the second and back-to-back two-out singles in the third, but the Blue Jays could not cash in on either chance.

Jackson advances to Wednesday's region quarterfinals at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, where the Jags will face Washington Township at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to play in next Tuesday's South Region semifinals in Lakewood.

(10) Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking (Hamilton West) 6, (7) Notre Dame 2

 

At Owens Park, Williamstown

(3) Sader Baseball Club (Bishop Eustace) 11, (14) Marlton Chiefs (Cherokee) 5

(13) Williamstown 7, (4) BPC Spartans (Holy Spirit) 3

 

Last Dance World Series Regional Quarterfinals

Wednesday, July 22

South Region

At FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood

(3) Sader Baseball Club (Bishop Eustace) vs. (11) Dragons Baseball (Kingsway), 8:30 a.m.

(10) Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking (Hamilton West) vs. (15) Brooklawn (Gloucester Catholic), 11:30 a.m.

(5) SJ Falcons (St. Joseph Metuchen) vs. (13) Williamstown, 3 p.m.

(1) Jackson Jags (Jackson Mem.) vs. (9) Washington Twp., 6:30 p.m.