The Middle Township High School baseball team beat host Wildwood 5-2 on Sunday in the championship game of the seventh annual Warrior Classic Tournament.

Middle has now won the tournament three years in a row and four times overall.

Middle's Jim Versage went 2-for-3 with two runs, and was named the Tournament MVP. Also for the Panthers, winning pitcher Jeff Keyes went the distance and gave up six hits, with three strikeouts and no walks.

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At the plate, Keyes was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and two RBIs. JT Hickman added a double, a run and an RBI.

"We hit the ball a little bit and fielded the ball well," Middle Township coach Chuck Dougherty said. "Our pitchers (Erik Arenberg on Friday, Steve Hand on Saturday and Keyes on Sunday, in three wins) walked two batters all weekend.

"It's a good tournament. The kids are all local and they all know each other. All the teams are getting better, and they play hard."

Versage, a junior catcher, picked a runner off second base. The Panthers ended the game with a 4-6-3 double play.

Wildwood pitcher Brendan Bean also went seven innings, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six.

Middle Township 030 200 0-5 5 1

Wildwood 000 002 0-2 6 2

2B-Hickman, Keyes MT. Mormile W.

WP-Keyes 3k. LP-Bean 6k.

Records-Middle 8-5, Wildwood 13-9-1.

From Saturday

Wildwood Catholic 9, Cape May Tech 0

Catholic's Sal Zampirri went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs, and Garret Moretti had three hits, a run and RBI. Kevin Laffey doubled and drove in two runs.

Tyler Norris pitched a complete game, allowing one hit and six walks while striking out two.

CM Tech 000 000 0-0 1 2

Wildwood Cath 103 005 x-9 12 0

2B-S. Zampirri, Laffey WC.

WP-Norris 2k. LP-Gehring 3k.

Wildwood 18, Wildwood Catholic 1

Wildwood scored eight runs in the fifth and 10 runs in the sixth to beat Wildwood Catholic.

Billy Bolle allowed one run on four hits and a walk, striking out seven in six innings. Chris Mormile went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, and Matt Bolle doubled and drove in two runs for the Warriors.

Tyler Norris went 2-for-3 for Wildwood Catholic.

Wildwood 000 08(10)-18 10 1

Wildwood Cath. 100 000 0-1 4 2

2B-M. Bolle, Valentin W.

WP-B. Bolle 7k.


No. 6 St. Augustine Prep 10, Millburn 4

St. Augustine pitcher Joe Gatto improved to 3-1 on the season, allowing two hits in six innings, with four strikeouts in the gameĀ  at Toms River South. At the plate, Gatto had a homer and two RBIs.

St. Augustine (12-4) is ranked sixth in The Press Elite 11.

Prep left fielder Ryan Piscitelli went 3-for-5 with two runs. First baseman Cody Sadreameli added a homer and two RBIs. .

St. Augustine Prep 013 013 2-10 13 2

Millburn 200 010 1-4 4 4

2B-Piscitelli, Carew, Quast SA. Ruibal M. HR-McCourt, Sadreameli, Gatto SA.

WP-Gatto 4k (3-1). LP-Talpalar 1k.

Records-Prep 12-4, Millburn 14-5.

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