Cherokee High School’s Brian Marconi opened the South Jersey Group 4 baseball playoffs by throwing a first-round shutout for an upset on Monday.
Marconi threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and three walks as the visiting Chiefs, seeded 13th in the 16-team field, blanked fourth-seeded Rancocas Valley, 11-0, and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Hunter Mason singled, tripled, scored a run and drove in another for Cherokee.
Washington Twp. 9, Kingsway 0: The 12th-seeded Minutemen also succeeded on the road, blanking fifth-seeded Kingsway on Chris Haruch’s complete-game one-hitter.
Alex Gattinelli and Tim Seagreaves each had two hits and scored twice, and Nick Grosso and Nick DiFranesco drove in two runs apiece.
Clearview 7, Lenape 3: The Pioneers advanced as Pete Liccio drove in two runs with two hits, and Kenny Mendoza and Jared Datz (two runs) added two hits and an RBI apiece. Ryan Shuts homered and drove in all three Lenape runs.
Egg Harbor Twp. 4, Absegami 3: The Eagles pulled out a dramatic victory with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. J.J. Swentkowski singled twice and doubled, and Andrew Holmes singled, doubled and scored a run.
Williamstown 7, Toms River East 4: Denny Bentley’s complete-game pitching gave him his eighth victory. Nick Dalessandro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Eastern 9, Brick Twp. 5: The top-seeded Vikings snapped a 5-5 tie with a run in the fifth inning and added three in the sixth on a three-run double by Collin Fabio (3-for-3, three runs).
Toms River North 3, Shawnee 2 (8 inns.): The Renegades got doubles from Max Milano and Greg Albert but narrowly missed the upset of second-seeded TRN.
S.J. GROUP 3
Ocean City 10, Camden County Tech 0: Zach Altieri fanned 13 of the 18 batters he faced in five innings and Zach Zellers, Dominic Fiorentino and Joe Clifford rapped three hits apiece for the top-seeded Red Raiders.
Seneca 4, Burlington Twp. 3: The Golden Eagles, seeded 13th, scored all of their runs in the first inning, including back-to-back homers by Zach Evans and Wyatt Thomas to oust the fourth-seeded Falcons.
Delsea 9, Central Reg. 1: The Crusaders rolled as Greg Avis slapped three hits and scored twice, Matt Birmingham had two RBIs with a single and a double and winning pitcher Joe Brewin went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.
Highland 8, Hammonton 4: Winning pitcher Anthony Masselli was one of six Tartans with two hits each in a 14-hit attack, and Masselli fanned seven in six innings.
Triton 6, Pinelands 0: The Mustangs advanced easily as Matt Emenecker drove in two runs and Tylique Carey had two hits and scored twice.
S.J. GROUP 2
Audubon 6, Cedar Creek 0: Dillon Tassi and Mic Mannion each had two singles and drove in two runs in support of Dan Wilson’s six-hit pitching.
Haddonfield 4, Cape May Tech 0: Matt Jones made sure top-seeded Haddonfield advanced by pitching a one-hit shutout on 99 pitches. Jones fanned 10 and walked two, while the Bulldawgs’ Mark Walker, Joe Loperfido and John Tedeschi each had a single and an RBI.
Glassboro 9, Middle Twp. 2: John Oberkehr homered and drove in three runs and Justin Perry and Dominic D’Alessandro chipped in with two RBI each for the Bulldogs. Middle’s runs came on two solo homers from Jimmy Versage.
Deptford 9, Woodstown 7: The Spartans beat Woodstown for the third time this spring as nine players contributed hits, including two each by Chris Beck, Nick Ferrett and Julian VanOyen (two runs).
S.J. GROUP 1
Schalick 3, Palmyra 2: The Cougars, seeded No. 11, surprised the sixth-seeded Panthers as pitcher Dante Camilli pitched a complete game and survived a seventh-inning jam when Palmyra closed the gap with a run.
Pennsville 7, New Egypt 1: Jared Cornman doubled in a run and also pitched six innings with eight strikeouts for the Eagles. Peyton Sorrels singled and tripled for two RBIs.
Gateway 6, Woodbury 1: After splitting a pair of regular-season games, the Gators won the tournament matchup with six strong innings by pitcher Nick Ruiz, plus two hits each by Zach Ready and Shane Hughes.
Wildwood 5, Paulsboro 3: Anthony Korobellis drove in three runs and the Warriors took the lead for good with a four-run fifth inning, but needed a bases-loaded double play and a ground out to get out of a seventh-inning jam.
Haddon Heights 6, Haddon Twp. 3: Heights broke a 3-3 deadlock with two runs in the fourth inning and Adam Laskey earned the pitching win.
Riverside 7, LEAP Ac. 6: Run-scoring hits by Tanner Clifford and John McElroy sparked a six-run third inning for Riverside, which allowed no earned runs.
Gloucester 16, Maple Shade 3: The Lions piled up 16 hits, including Anthony Rodriguez’s four hits and three RBIs and Marc Seibert and Josh Dobelman with two hits and three RBIs each.
C.J. GROUP 3
Northern Burlington 8, Red Bank Reg. 0: Tyler O’Dell struck out six in five innings and also knocked in two runs for top-seeded Northern. Ryan Shinn, Bret Parlante and Mike Wainwright added doubles in the Greyhounds’ nine-hit offense.
C.J. GROUP 2
Delran 2, Manchester Twp. 1: Troy Hunter carried the Bears into the second round by allowing just three hits in a complete-game effort. Luke Smith and Matt Rafferty scored for Delran in the second inning.
Bordentown 4, Raritan 3 (8 inns.): George Kalargheros reached base in the eighth with his first career hit and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Cody Schroeder to end the game.
Cinnaminson 12, Pt. Pleasant Boro 9: The top-seeded Pirates outslugged Boro as Mike McAndrews had a homer and three RBIs, Travis Pewor posted two hits, three RBIs and four stolen bases, and Christian Massara chipped in with two hits and two RBIs.
C.J. GROUP 1
Florence 8, Perth Amboy Tech 0: Matt Million struck out 10 in just four innings, and David Cartier doubled in two runs for the Flashes.
Moorestown Friends 12, King’s Christian 1: Second baseman Adam Quaranta, who will attend Franklin and Marshall, became the first player in Moorestown Friends history to reach 100 career hits when he singled with the bases loaded in the third inning. Quaranta also holds the school records for most runs scored and RBI.