Buena beat Franklin Township 8-4 to win the Senior League (16-under) Section 4 baseball championship Saturday in Cherry Hill.
Franklin Township had beaten Buena 5-3 on Friday to force a decisive game for the title.
In Saturday’s final, Dom Lopez had two hits and drove in two runs for Buena. Brandon Corraluzzo also got two hits and scored one run.
Lenny Coulter (four innings), Lopez (two) and Jock Cartier pitched for Buena. Lopez got the win with Cartier pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning to earn the save.
Buena already trailed 3-0 with two outs in the third inning when it made a key defensive play to prevent further damage. Right fielder Cody Jelinek threw to cutoff man Kris Morgenweck, the first baseman, who threw to catcher George DiBiase to nail a runner at the plate to end the inning.
Three men share the duties of running the Buena all-star team: manager Lou Maldonado and coaches Ken Morgenweck, who is Kris’ father, and Mike Jelinek, the father of Cody.
“I wouldn’t go to battle with any other 13 guys,” Ken Morgenweck said of their players. “We play for the name on the front of the jersey. ... Everyone had a job to do, and they all did it.”
The elder Morgenweck also said he was impressed by Franklin Township after having played that team two days in a row.
“I can’t say enough about their team,” he said, praising Jimmy Forte for having pitched 61/3 strong innings in Franklin Township’s victory Friday night. “He really pitched a great game.”
Buena advances to play the Section 2 winner from North Jersey in the first round of the state tournament Friday at 8 p.m. at Franklin Township. The Section 2 winner had not been determined as of Sunday afternoon.
The winner of the state tournament in Franklin Township will advance to the regional tournament in West Deptford.
Hammonton beat host Northfield 14-4 in four innings to win the Little League (ages 10-11) District 16 softball championship Saturday.
Mikayla Rodriguez had two hits, including a three-run triple, and scored two runs. Her triple highlighted a six-run second inning that broke the game open.
Nikki Raup went 2-for-3, including a two-run double, in the win. Sam Ortiz, Paige Souder and Sara Perretti each had an RBI hit. Perretti pitched all four innings to get the win.
Hammonton manager Pepi Leo said his team “played very tight defense” overall and that second baseman Nicolette Leo, who is his daughter, “made two great plays.”
Hammonton advances to play Pennsville in the sectional tournament at 7 p.m. July 29 in Hammonton.