EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Jonathan Storz only had one hit Monday.
But it could not have come at a better time for the Egg Harbor Township High School baseball player.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Storz hit a game-ending single that drove in Trey Henry to give the Eagles a 2-1 victory over Ocean City in a Cape-Atlantic League interdivision game.
"It was a great thing," Storz said. "I knew I was due, and with bases loaded, I had to come up big. I feel really good about it."
Storz, a 17-year-old senior catcher, jumped in celebration as his teammates mobbed the game's hero.
"I had all the confidence in the world in him," EHT coach Bryan Carmichael said. "He rose to the occasion."
Henry doubled to lead off the final inning. Ryan Alverson, the next batter, was intentionally walked.
After an ensuing groundout, Bobby Baxter drew a walk.
"I wasn't nervous," Storz said. "I have been through a lot of these situations. I just stayed focused and got the job done. Plus, having only one out calmed my nerves."
Ocean City (13-2) is ranked No. 2 in the Press Elite 11. EHT (13-4) had lost its previous two games — 12-5 to Oakcrest on Wednesday and 19-3 to Vineland on Friday.
Carmichael, knowing the team had the weekend off, wanted his players to relax and come back rejuvenated.
"I wanted them to just go out there, have fun and play Egg Harbor Township baseball," Carmichael said. "They never backed down, and they battled the entire time."
Jordan Sweeney struck out five and walked one for the Eagles. The 17-year-old junior pitched a complete game and improved to 4-0.
"Whenever you play a team like that, it's good (to win)," Sweeney said. "I am not one for personal achievements, but if I get the win, the team gets the win. That's all that matters."
Sweeney also doubled.
"We knew the two losses didn't define us," he said. "Even though we won today, we still have things we need to improve on. It was a step in the right direction, but we are not satisfied yet."
Red Raiders starting pitcher Brandon Lashley walked in the second, and Billy Farnan replaced him as the baserunner. At third base with two outs, Farnan scored on a passed ball to give Ocean City a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Eagles' Robbie Petracci singled in Angel Murray to even the score.
"(I told them to) just answer back and that there was a lot of baseball left," Carmichael said. "It gave the kids a sigh of relief and swung the momentum a bit."
Sweeney allowed eight hits — all singles.
"Right now, he emerged as our guy," Carmichael said. "He stepped up big on the mound — pounding out strikes and mixing things up. I couldn't be more proud of him."
Lashley struck out six and walked two for the Red Raiders. Dan Nunan and Issac Robertson singled twice.
"They had a good pitcher," Storz said. "But we did well batting, and we grinded them out. It is really good to get the win."
Ocean City;010 000 0—1
EHT;000 100 1—2
2B—EHT, Sweeney, Henry.
WP—Sweeney 5k. LP—Lashley 6k.
Records—EHT 13-4; OC 13-2.