The Egg Harbor Township High School baseball team made its first Saturday trip of the season a successful one this past weekend.
The Eagles beat Cherokee 3-2 at Cherokee. Todd Henry hit a two-run, two-out triple in the top of the fifth inning to spark EHT. Relief pitcher Jordan Wisser entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh and got a groundout for the final out. Cherokee had beaten EHT by the combined score of 26-0 the past two seasons.
"I think (the win) was a big confidence booster for us," EHT coach Bryan Carmichael said.
EHT (3-0) joins St. Augustine Prep (3-0), Vineland (3-0), Buena Regional (3-0) and Ocean City (2-0) as the Cape-Atlantic League's only undefeated teams after the season's first week.
The game against Cherokee was the first of several weekend trips EHT will take to test itself against perennial South Jersey powers this season. The Eagles will play in the Tom Heinkel Tournament at Bishop Eustace this Saturday. The other teams in that event are Malvern Prep, of Pennsylvania, and St. Augustine Prep.
The Eagles also will play in a tournament at Eastern Regional on April 26 and at West Deptford on May 3.
"Our schedule us unforgiving, and I'm the guy that made it," Carmichael said. "I don't care about my record. My job is to make kids better, and the only way you're going to do that is by playing good competition."
EHT became one of the biggest stories of the season's first week when Misael Castillo threw a no-hitter in his first varsity start to propel the Eagles to a 2-0 win over Holy Spirit. The junior struck out 14 in seven innings.
The Eagles also beat Lower Cape May 7-4 last week as Monny Strickland hit two doubles.
Carmichael emphasizes pitchers throwing strikes and hitters having quality at-bats. He says if the Eagles do that, the results will take care of themselves.
"We have a confident bunch of kids. They believe in themselves," he said.
A look ahead
It's big week for Holy Spirit. The Spartans (3-1) have won three straight games. They play at Mainland Regional (2-1) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a CAL American Conference Division II game. Spirit then hosts St. Augustine (3-0) on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Millville (0-2) also faces a tough early week. The Thunderbolts' winless start is deceiving. They lost in extra innings to Vineland, 3-1, and to Absegami, 2-1. Millville hosts Buena Regional (3-0) at 4 p.m. today and Hammonton (2-1) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
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