The Hammonton High School baseball team won its own Blue Devil Invitational Tournament on Sunday, beating Triton Regional 5-3 in the semifinal and Burlington Township 6-1 in the championship game of the one-day, four-team tournament.
Hammonton left fielder Nick Ezzi went 4-for-7 with three RBIs on the day and was named tournament MVP.
Ezzi doubled in Shane Guyer and Chris Smith in the bottom of the sixth inning against Triton to make it 5-3. Teammate Alex Padovani tripled in that game. Winning pitcher Andrew Hamilton went the distance and gave up four hits, striking out three and walking three.
In the championship game, Smith went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Hammonton pitcher Anthony Cappuccio went six innings for the win, striking out one and walking three. Blue Devils reliever Keith Salmon worked the seventh inning.
Burlington Township beat Overbrook 2-1 in its semifinal.
Triton Regional 002 010 0-3 4 0
Hammonton 000 032 x-5 6 1
2B-Hawn T. Ezzi H. 3B-Shaw T. Padovani H.
WP-Hamilton 3k (2-0). LP-Martucci 1k.
Burlington Township 001 000 0-1 5 2
Hammonton 010 050 x-6 10 3
WP-Cappuccio 1k. LP-Bell 1k.
Al Hedelt Tournament
Buena Regional, Holy Spirit, Pennsville and host Oakcrest won first-round games at the 21st annual Al Hedelt Tournament.
Oakcrest defeated Atlantic County Institute of Technology 13-1 in five innings. Buena, No. 10 in The Press Elite 11, beat Absegami 4-2. Pennsville topped Sacred Heart 6-1. Holy Spirit defeated Cedar Creek 9-3, scoring all nine runs in the sixth inning.
The semifinal games will be at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakcrest. The championship and third-place games will follow at 3:30 p.m. Oakcrest meets Pennsville in one semifinal and Buena goes against Holy Spirit in the other.
Oakcrest's Ryan Johnson pitched three innings to get the win against ACIT and went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Buena's Robert Bunton was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs against Absegami. Ian Bertucci got the win.
Holy Spirit's Ryan Solari had two hits and four RBIs against Cedar Creek. For the Pirates, JD Langlois homered and singled.
Sacred Heart's Chris Repice hit a solo homer in the loss to Pennsville.
In consolation games, Absegami topped Cedar Creek 6-2 and Sacred Heart beat ACIT 11-6. David Snyder was the winning pitcher for Absegami, and Buck Amend and Jake Marsico each went 2-for-4. Cedar Creek's Mac Boney was 2-for-3. Sacred Heart's Kevin Allen was the winning pitcher against ACIT.
Oakcrest 008 50-13 7 3
ACIT 100 00-1 2 2
WP-Johnson 3k. LP-Armaramo 0k.
Buena Regional 300 001 0-4 8 2
Absegami 010 000 1-2 1 4
WP-Bertucci 7k. LP-Ardente 8k.
Sacred Heart 100 000 1-1 3 2
Pennsville 400 011 x-6 11 0
2B-Shimp (3), Walker, Flickinger P. HR-Repice SH.
WP-Westfield 8k. LP-Steigerwalt 6k.
Holy Spirit 000 009 0-9 8 2
Cedar Creek 000 030 0-3 8 0
HR-Solari HS. Langlois CC.
WP-White 4k. LP-Langlois 5k.
Absegami 201 011 1-6 8 1
Cedar Creek 010 000 1-2 5 1
Sacred Heart 018 002 0-11 11 3
ACIT 000 042 0-6 5 2
2B-Steigerwalt (2), Allen (2), Repice SH. O'Toole, Niedhardt A.
WP-Allen 3k. LP-Sceg 4k.
No. 7 St. Augustine Prep 5, Holy Cross (N.Y.) 0
The host Hermits, No. 7 in the Elite 11, gave coach Mike Bylone his 100th career victory.
The Prep's Jay Higbee was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Christian Adorno went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Anthony Meduri pitched five innings for his first varsity win, allowing three hits and striking out three.
Holy Cross 000 000 0-0 3 1
St. Augustine Prep 101 210 x-5 10 0
2B-Adorno, Higbee, Sadreameli, Piscitelli, Tobert.
WP-Meduri 3k (1-0). LP-Conlon.
Records-St. Augustine 8-3; Holy Cross 12-7.