Absegami High School's Matt Ardente and Brandon Bowen pitched the Braves to a 3-1 win over Haddonfield in a Grand Slam Classic baseball tournament first-round game at Washington Township High School on Monday.
Ardente pitched six innings and gave up four hits, with nine strikeouts and one walk. Bowen worked the seventh inning and ended the game with a strikeout. Bowen went 2-for-3 at the plate, singling in Michael Dolan with the first Absegami run in the first inning. Matt Branco's sacrifice bunt had put Dolan on second base.
Ardente singled in Ryan Ganard to make it 2-0 in the third. Ganard had singled and went to second on a bad throw on the same play. In the sixth, Drew Roesch singled for the Braves, and Rashad Kinlaw pinch ran. Kinlaw stole second and scored on an error.
Absegami will play a Grand Slam Classic semifinal at 2 p.m. Saturday against host Washington Township.
Haddonfield 000 001 0-1 4 5
Absegami 101 001 x-3 7 3
WP-Ardente 9k (1-0). LP-Fitcher 6k (0-1).
Records-H 0-1. Absegami 1-0.
Cape Atlantic League
Buena Regional 7, St. Joseph 3
Tom Pace hit a two-run single for Buena in the first inning as the Chiefs jumped out to a 5-1 lead. Denny Brady struck out seven in five innings and had two hits.
Luke Ordille doubled for St. Joseph.
Away 110 000 1-3 9 3
Home 500 011 x-7 7 3
2B-Ordille SJ; Corniell BR.
WP-Brady (1-0) 7k. LP-Rosenblue (0-1) 3k.
Records-St. Joseph 0-1; Buena 1-0.
Southern 8th at Wall Invitational
The Southern Regional High School golf team placed eighth among 13 teams in the Wall Invitational golf tournament at Shark River Golf Club.
Tommy Burns of St. Rose won the tournament.
For Southern, Jackson Fiel tied for 21st with an 89, and Tristan Lemine tied for 25th.
Southern Regional 261, Toms River East 271
At Atlantis Golf Course (par 36)
TRE-Brielle Pearson 65, Paige Murray 66, Morgan Osborn 70, Hannah Amos 70.
SR-Lauren Sheehan 57, Danielle Sheehan 66, Britttany Cannon 66, Victoria Sidorakis 72.
Records-TRE 0-1. Southern 1-0.
Vineland match postponed
Vineland's season-opening match at home against Haddonfield was postponed due to rain and not immediately rescheduled.