NJSIAA NON-PUBLIC A
CBA (26-5) VS. DON BOSCO PREP (29-0).
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Where: Toms River High School East.
Directions to the field: Garden State Parkway South to Exit 82 and Route 37 East. Take Route 37 East 4-5 miles to the Coolidge Avenue jughandle. Take the Coolidge Avenue jughandle back across Route 37 and stay on Coolidge Avenue almost to the end. Then, make a left onto Raider Way and then another left into the entrance for the school. There is parking in front of the school. The baseball field is behind the school.
CBA road to the final: Defeated Camden Catholic 6-0; St. Augustine 4-3; Immaculata 14-4; Bishop Eustace 2-0.
CBA’s previous state championships 1977, 2009.
CBA’s Previous appearances in the state championship game: 1977, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009.
Don Bosco Prep road to the final: Defeated DePaul 7-0; Bergen Catholic 10-0; St. Joseph (Montvale) 13-1.
Don Bosco Prep previous state championships: 1979, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2012.
Don Bosco previous appearances in the state championship game: 1972, 1979, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2008, 2012.
CBA probable starting lineup: Cid Porter (Jr., CF., .317, 10 2B, 21 RBI; Andrew Buccellatto (Sr., 2B., .281, 9 2B, 1 3B, 13 RBI); Will Morgan (Sr., RF., .378, 4 HR, 10 2B, 2 3B, 21 RBI); Brandon Martorano (Jr., C., .442, 10 HR, 9 2B, 2 3B, 29 RBI); Luca Dalatri (Jr., P., 8-0, 1 save, 0.98 ERA, 110 K, 6 BB, 63 IP, .405, 8 HR, 11 2B, 42 RBI); Shane Turk (Sr., LF., .289, 2 2B, 11 RBI); Matt D’Angelo (Sr., SS., 323, 2 2B, 16 RBI); Trey Nelson (Sr., DH., .263); James Miller (Sr., 3B., .254, 3 2B, 6 RBI); Ken Campbell (Jr., 1B).
Don Bosco Prep key players (stats and lineup not provided): Alex Mastando (P); Cullen Dana (P/1B); Josh Shaw (SS); Tristan Dacey (DH); Sean Buckhout (OF); Nick Berger (OF); Frank Nigro (C); Brian Meerholz (OF); Alex Santos (2B); Tyler Panno (3B). Either Mastando, who has signed with Monmouth University or Dana, who has signed with Seton Hall University, will likely be the starting pitcher. Kevin Romero was the winning pitcher in the sectional final on Wednesday.
Outlook: CBA is trying to become the first Shore Conference team since Wall in 2004 and just the second Shore team ever to win the “Quadruple Crown” (overall state group championship, Shore Conference Tournament title, county tournament championship and Shore Conference divisional title).
The Colts have already won the SCT, the Monmouth County Tournament title and shared the Shore Conference Class A North championship with Middletown South. They have won 13 straight games, 10 in tournament play.
A huge roadblock stands in CBA’s way of the “Quadruple Crown” in Don Bosco Prep, ranked No. 9 nationally by Max Preps.
The Ironmen are deep both in their lineup and pitching-wise. They are a senior-dominated team.
However, with Dalatri, who is 19-0 over the last two seasons and 24-2 for his career, CBA does have a legitimate chance.
Dalatri will be pitching on two days rest after his two-inning relief outing Wednesday in the win over Bishop Eustace in the Non-Public South A championship game.
He threw 33 pitches and struck out five and allowed two hits in that outing as he picked up the save in relief of senior right-hander Mike Garvey, who pitched five innings of one-hit ball.
Dalatri also warmed up and took the mound Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood, in the rained out SCT championship game. He did not throw a pitch in that outing, but Saturday will be the third time he has warmed up in five days. He can pitch eight innings in this game under NJSIAA pitching rules.
The one time Dalatri has pitched on short rest in his career came last year in the SCT championship game against Barnegat. He threw a complete-game, seven-hit shutout with nine strikeouts that night.
Garvey is available for up to five innings of relief under NJSIAA pitching rules, if needed.
Martorano, who like Dalatri has made a non-binding, oral committment to the University of North Carolina, has been red hot over the last month. His 10 home runs lead the Shore.
CBA pitchers have thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings entering the game.
Colts head coach Marty Kenney became the state’s second-winningiest all-time coach with 755 Thursday night with CBA’s 4-0 win over Red Bank Catholic in the SCT final. Toms River South’s Ken Frank is the state’s all-time winningiest coach with 825.
It is the second time in the last eight seasons CBA has met an unbeaten Don Bosco Prep in a state final. An Ironmen team that finished 33-0 defeated the Colts 5-4 in the 2008 Non-Public A championship game.