From Press staff reports
The Ocean City High School baseball team scored four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth inning and beat visiting Central Regional 6-3 to advance to the South Jersey Group III final.
Ocean City, the No. 3 seed, gave up nine hits and two unearned runs to 10th-seeded Central, but held on for the win.
Ocean City won the sectional title in 2010 and returned last year before falling to Hammonton.
In the fourth inning, Christian Candeloro doubled with one out. After compiling the second out, Central Regional intentionally walked Beau Hall, setting up Kieran Tracey's two-run double. Sean Mooney then scored Tracey on a single and Mike Inacio's hard hit ground ball to shortstop was misplayed to bring in Mooney.
The Red Raiders, ranked No. 6 in the Press Elite 11, scored two more runs in the sixth on a throwing error.
Kyle Andrews earned the win with four strikeouts, while improving to 6-1.
Ocean City (23-3) will host No. 5 seed Burlington Township on Friday.
Central Regional 000 020 1-3 9 3
Ocean City 000 402 X-6 4 1
2B-Candeloro, Tracey OC.
WP-Andrews (6-1) 4K. LP-Corrigan 6K.
St. Joseph 6
Alex Padovani paced Hammonton, going 5-for-5, including a triple, RBI and five runs scored. D.J. Maimone was 3-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored for the Blue Devils.
St. Joseph 202 020 0-6 7 3
Hammonton 106 034 X-14 17 0
2B-Craig, Ordille SJ; Ezzi, Salmon, Cruz H.
3B- Maimone, Padovani H.
WP-Cahill (2-2) 0K. LP-Vaccarrella 4K.
Records-S.J. 8-19, Hammonton 11-13.
Cedar Creek 14,
Pleasantville 1 (4.5 innings)
Aaron Zimmermann and C.J. Potoski each went 2-for-3 with a double.
Zimmermann also scored twice and drove in two runs, while Zach Newman was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Pleasantville 000 01-1 3 4
Cedar Creek (10)00 4X-14 13 0
2B-Potoski, Rheault, Zimmermann CC. HR-Z. Newman CC.
WP-C. Newman (3-1) 6K. LP-Tejada 1K.
(2) Moorestown Friends 3,
(10) Sacred Heart 0
Details were unavailable from the South Jersey Non-Public B quarterfinal. Sacred Heart dropped to 6-14.