The St. Augustine Prep baseball team, ranked fifth in The Press Elite 11, defeated Malvern Prep (Pa.) 15-9 in a Tom Heinkel Memorial Tournament semifinal game Saturday, before losting to host Bishop Eustace Prep 4-0 in the championship game in Pennsauken. Bishop Eustace (11-1) is No. 4 in the Elite 11.
In the championship, Devin Smeltzer pitched a three-hitter for Bishop Eustace with eight strikeouts and three walks. Hermits freshman pitcher Mike Vasturia went six innings, allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked one. Teammate Mike Elfreth doubled.
In the first game, St. Augustine senior catcher Barry Buchowski went 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run homer and four RBIs. Buchowski has five homers this season.
Also for the Hermits, right fielder Sean Carew was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three runs. Winning pitcher Chris Oakley went 5 innings, struck out eight and walked four.
St. Augusine Prep 204 504 0-15 14 0
Malvern Prep 003 006 0-9 10 2
2B-Buchowski, Carew, Piscitelli SA. Paduslako, Butera, Grandieri MP. 3B-Carew SA. HR-Buchowski SA.
WP-Oakley 8k (4-0). LP-Inglis 2k.
St. Augustine Prep 000 000 0-0 3 2
Bishop Eustace Prep 210 001 x-4 7 0
2B-Elfreth SA. Smeltzer, Browne BE.
WP-Smeltzer 8k. LP-Mike Vasturia 4k (0-1).
Records-St. Augustine 7-3, Bishop Eustace 11-1.
Wildwood Catholic 5, Wildwood 1
Wildwood Catholic's Tyler Norris pitched a three-hitter with eight strikouts and six walks. Teammate Kevin Laffey went 2-for-3 with a double, a run and two RBIs. Jackson Rogers had a double, a run and an RBI for the host Crusaders.
Wildwood's Billy Bolle had a hit and a run.
Wildwood 001 000 0-1 3 1
Wildwood Catholic 002 030 x-5 5 1
2B-Rogers, Moretti, Mayer, Laffey WC.
WP-Norris 8k. LP-M. Bolle 4k.
Records-W 3-6, W.C. 4-3.
Delsea Regional 8, St. Joseph 3
Aiden Kolansky hit a home run for Delsea Regional.
St. Joseph 001 010 1-3 8 2
Delsea Regional 050 030 x-8 8 1
Records-St. Joseph 2-8; Delsea 7-2.
Marlboro 8, Pinelands Regional 2
Marlboro pitcher Adam Ashenfarb struck out 11 in six innings. Mike Santoromita hit a grand slam for Marlboro (6-4). Pinelands is 2-8.