The Southern Regional baseball team entered Thursday on a five-game winning streak and took down the last three of those opponents in one-run, extra-inning games.

Toms River South, however, didn't let the game get to extra innings and put an end to Southern's surge in the Shore Conference Class A South.

T.J. Scuderi launced a three-run home run and Tom Campo belted a two-run bomb as the No. 1 Indians cooled off the Rams, snapping Southern's five-game win streak. Scuderi also pitched the final 1 1/3 to close out a win for sophomore starter Matt Hartshorn, who improved to 2-0 while allowing one earned run in 5 1/3 innings of work and 77 pitches.

Toms River South senior Matt Shiffer. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Toms River South senior Matt Shiffer. (Photo by Ray Richardson)

Scuderi and Campo each added a sacrifice fly, giving Scuderi four RBI and Campo three. Matt Shiffer was also 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Marcos Matias was 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI to lead the Southern offense. Nolan Watson also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Rams.

Andrew Luongo look the loss, throwing 65 pitches in four innings.


Box Score

Toms River South 7, Southern 3

Southern (8-5, 7-5)1000020381
TR South (12-1, 10-1)300211X783



Andrew Luongo (L, 0-1)45551265
Garret Lange12110018
Nick Simone11110017


Matt Hartshorn (W, 2-0)5.25311277
T.J. Scuderi (S)1.13000222


Top Hitters

SouthernGame Stats
Marcos Matias3-3, 2B, R, RBI
Nolan Watson2-4, 2B, R
Joey Robertson2-4
TR SouthGame Stats
T.J. Scuderi1-2, HR, 4 RBI
Tom Campo1-2, HR, 4 RBI
Matt Shiffer2-3, 2B, 2 R
Matt Fitzpatrick1-3, 2B, R
Connor Leatherman1-3, 2B


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