Baseball roundup: Kenny Merlock gives Oakcrest win over Hammonton on walk-off HR
Kenny Merlock hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Oakcrest High School to a 8-5 victory over Hammonton in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference baseball game Thursday.
Merlock, a junior, went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. Tyler Manno was 1-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run for the Falcons. Oakcrest freshman Ryan Johnson pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first career victory.
For Hammonton, Alex Padovani doubled, tripled, scored one run and had two RBIs.
Hammonton 010 004 0-5 10 2
Oakcrest 100 220 3-8 10 3
2B-Padovani, Caprio, Guyer (2) H; Johnson, Manno O. 3B-Padovani H. HR-Merlock O.
Records-Hammonton 4-3; Oakcrest 2-4.
Mainland Regional 8, tlantic City 4
Mainland's Colin O'Shea had three hits and an RBI, while teammate Roman Papademetriou singled in two runs, and Matt McLaughlin had two hits. Winning pitcher Matt Tepedino went three innings. Silas Nixon worked the final two innings for the Mustangs and allowed no runs.
Atlantic City's Matt DiCerbo hit a grand slam in the fifth inning. Teammates Giancarlo Martinez and Murray Kanter each doubled.
Atlantic City 000 040 0-4 4 2
Mainland Regional 007 001 x-8 9 2
2B-Martinez, Kanter AC. HR-DiCerbo AC.
WP-Tepedino 5k (1-1). LP-Myers 0k.
Records-A.C. 4-4; Mainland 3-4.
Ocean City 6, No. 10 Buena Regional 5
Ocean City scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to win it. Beau Hall tied it at 5-5 when he scored from second base on an infield error. After a walk loaded the bases, the host Red Raiders scored when Evan Oakland was hit by a pitch. Sean Mooney was the winning pitcher in relief.
Robert Bunton went 3-for-4, including a double, for 10th-ranked Buena.
Buena Regional 000 050 0-5 10 3
Ocean City 004 020 x-6 6 2
2B-Bunton BR; Mooney, Candeloro, Hall OC.
WP-Mooney 2k (1-0). LP-Colon 2k.
Records-Buena 7-1; O.C. 6-3.
Cape May Tech 23,
Pleasantville 5, 4 innings
Trevor Gehring doubled and had four RBIs for Cape May Tech. Will Winter and Paul Edmunds also doubled for the Hawks.
Pleasantville 022 1-5 4 7
Cape May Tech 738 5-23 14 2
2B-Winter, Gehring, Edmunds CMT.
WP-Sawyer 5k. LP-Hernandez.
Records-Pleasantville 1-4; Tech 2-4.
No. 5 St. Augustine Prep 12, Absegami 2, 6 innings
Barry Buchowski doubled, homered, scored two runs and had two RBIs for St. Augustine, ranked fifth in The Press Elite 11. Christian Adorno was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs.
Absegami's Buck Amend went 2-for-3 and Drew Roesch was 1-for-1, walked and scored a run.
St. Augustine Prep 140 016-12 9 0
Absegami 020 000 0-2 5 5
2B-Buchowski, Adorno SA. HR-Buchowski, Sadreameli SA.
WP-Warren 6k. LP-Bowen (0-2) 3k.
Records-Prep 6-2; Absegami 3-4.
Egg Harbor Township 4, 10 innings
Millville's Roberto Rivera threw 97 pitches in nine innings and allowed four runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. The Thunderbolts broke a 2-2 tie with a five-run rally in the top of the 10th inning.
Millville 001 010 000 5-7 13 3
Egg Harbor Township 000 100 100 2-4 7 2
2B-Santiago M; Strickland EHT.
Records-Millville 3-6; EHT 3-4.
Lower Cape May Regional 13, St. Joseph 7
Lower's Eric Conrad hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Winning pitcher Eric Goss worked five innings of relief and at the plate had three hits. Teammate Connor Magee doubled.
For the host Wildcats, Alec Craig had two doubles and three RBIs, and Salaam Horne added a double.
Lower Cape May Regional 510 102 4-13 11 3
St. Joseph 410 200 0-7 10 3
2B-Magee LCM. Craig (2), Horne SJ. HR-Conrad LCM.
WP-Goss 2k (2-0). LP-McGough 1k (0-1).
Records-Lower 4-2; St. Joseph 2-8.
Middle Township 13, Sacred Heart 2, 4.5 innings
Middle Township's Jeffrey Keys, Erik Arenberg, Steve Hand and Zach Vogelei had two hits apiece. Doug Schwartz doubled, scored a run and had two RBIs.
Sacred Heart 002 00-2 5 3
Middle Townhip 543 1x-13 13 0
Records-Sacred Heart 2-3; Middle 4-3.
Wildwood Catholic 10, Bridgeton 4
Winning pitcher Sal Zampirri tossed six innings, walked two and struck out seven. At the plate, he was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Chris Meyer went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs for the Crusaders.
For Bridgeton, Anthony Jannelli had two hits and two RBIs.
Wildwood Catholic 122 410 0-10 11 2
Bridgeton 012 000 1-4 5 2
2B-Norris, Morretti, Meyer WC; Celaya, Rizzo B. 3B-Jannelli B.
WP-Zampirri (1-0) 7k. LP-Vann (0-2) 2k.
Records-Wildwood Cath. 3-3; Bridgeton 0-9.
Cedar Creek 6, Atlantic County Institute of Technology 0
Mac Boney was 3-for-3, including a double, for Cedar Creek.
Cedar Creek 010 410 0-6 8 1
ACIT 000 000 0-0 5 0
2B-M. Boney CC.
WP-A. Boney. LP-Rataski.
Records-ACIT 3-5, Cedar Creek 5-2.
Pinelands Regional 2, Barnegat 0
Bailey Taylor was 2-for-3 for Pinelands and scored both runs. Taylor scored the first run in the first inning on Anthony Blasco's RBI single. Taylor scored from third base in the fifth inning when a pickoff attempt to first went wide.
Winning pitcher Chad Astemborski went the distance, scattered five hits, struck out nine and walked five.
Barnegat 000 000 0-0 5 2
Pinelands Regional 100 010 x-2 5 1
WP-Astemborski 9k (1-2). LP-DeSanti 4k (0-2).
Records-Pinelands 2-5; Barnegat 3-3.