State crowns champions in baseball and softball

State crowns champions in baseball and softball

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State crowns champions in baseball and softball

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John Bednarek worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and finished with a complete game win as Cinnaminson defeated Mahwah 2-1 in the NJSIAA Group II baseball championship game on Sunday.

Cole Pewor drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning.

Bednarek gave up two hits and a walk in the sixth to load the bases with no outs, then got a groundout and a pair of strikeouts to end the threat and keep the game tied at 1-1.

Group III

Matt Ravitier’s single in the bottom of the fifth inning drove in the go-ahead run and left-hander Ryan Williamson hurled a five-hitter as Cranford defeated Burlington Township, 4-2, for the Group III crown.

It was Cranford’s fifth state title in school history.

Williamson finished the year 11-0 as he struck out eight and walked.

Cranford (25-1) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Tommy Trotter led off with a single and Sean Feeney doubled him home.

Burlington Township took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on Dennis Stewart’s RBI single and an RBI groundout by Zach Schuyler.

Cranford loaded the bases in the fifth inning, and Ravitier singled in two runs for a 3-2 lead. Cranford added another run on a scarifice fly.

Non-Public A

A sterling outing from Maryland-bound right-hander Mike Shawaryn led Gloucester Catholic to a 2-0 victory over Seton Hall Prep in the NJSIAA Non-Public A final.

Shawaryn (8-2) allowed four hits over six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks, and his teammates scored two runs against Seton Hall Prep’s Mike Sgaramella, who threw a six-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks.

Group II

Lauren Fischer hit a line drive over the center field fence in the sixth inning for a tiebreaking home run that sparked Robbinsville to a 3-1 victory against Hanover Park in the Group II final. It was Robbinsville’s second title in the past three seasons.

Fischer got the win in the circle, finishing with seven strikeouts and two walks while allowing one earned run on three hits.

Group III

Junior pitcher Devin Durando threw a complete game with 13 strikeouts and senior Kristen Waters went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Indians Hills over Wall, 4-2, in the NJSIAA Group III final.

Indian Hills (32-3) won its first state title since capturing the Group II crown in 2010. Wall (25-5) was seeking its first Group III title since 2007.

Durando (30-3) allowed five hits with four walks and one hit batter. After giving up two runs in the fourth, Durando stranded a pair of runners in each of the last three innings, including a forceout at third on a grounder to shortstop Nicole Leocata to clinch the title.

Indian Hills took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third against Wall freshman pitcher Jackie Howarth (18-4). Waters hit a one-out single, went to second on a bunt and scored on a two-out double by Nicole Paiotti.

The Braves then scored three times in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead as Julia Ferraro hit an RBI single, Karley Jo Greulich grounded out to bring in a run, and Waters hit a two-out single to left to make it 4-0.

The Crimson Knights answered with two runs in their half of the fourth. Sydney Canessa hit a leadoff double, then stole third and came home on a throwing error for Wall’s first run. Dani Petrone followed with a home run to center, her 16th this season.

Group I

Senior right-hander Shayla Sweeney pitched Haddon Heights its first state title since 2001, a 5-3 win over Saddle Brook in the Group I final.

Chelsea Thomas singled with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to drive in two runs for a what would be the game-winning runs.

Thomas also made a leaping catch at the fence in center field in the seventh inning to preserve the lead.

Non-Public A

St. John Vianney junior Katie Baron jumpstarted her team’s offense by leading off the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run and junior right-hander Katie Beriont pitched a four-hitter as the Lancers rallied from an early two-run deficit and defeated Immaculate Heart Academy 4-2 in the Non-Public A championship game.

It was third state championship in the last four seasons for St. John Vianney (29-2) and sixth overall. It also avenged a loss to Immaculate Heart Academy (31-2) in last year’s state final.

Beriont (26-2) struck out 12 and walked three. She allowed just two hits after the first inning, when the Blue Eagles (31-2) scored both their runs.

Sophomore left fielder Claire Stefanelli, who went 3-for-3, put the Lancers ahead for good with an RBI single off shortstop Daniella Ibarra’s glove in the bottom of the fifth that scored courtesy runner Caitlyn Kelly.

Non-Public B

Immaculate Conception of Lodi defeated Sacred Heart of Vineland 6-4 for the NJSIAA Non-Public B title.

The Blue Wolves scored a run in the first inning and added three unearned runs in the top of the second before Sacred Heart rallied back from the deficit to tie the game in the third inning.

Immaculate Conception scored the go-ahead run in the fifth and added an insurance run in the inning.

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