Washington Twp. tops Highland in 12 in Diamond Classic

Posted: May 15, 2011

Dan Simnor's two-run single in the 12th inning capped a big day at the plate and helped Washington Township finish off host Highland, 13-10, on Saturday in the first round of the Diamond Classic baseball tournament.

Simnor doubled twice in batting 3 for 5 and drove in four runs, while Nick Valori and Mark Jankowski combined to go 6 for 11 with four RBIs for the Minutemen.

Washington Township erupted for five runs to open the game and extended their lead to 8-0 in the third. But Highland climbed back from a 10-2 deficit with an eight-run sixth inning.

In other Diamond Classic openers:

Pat Spiers and winning pitcher Tyler Keen stroked two-run singles, Joe Catrambone scored on a passed ball and Kevin O'Brien's squeeze bunt brought home another run in a wild sixth inning that enabled host Paul VI to outlast Millville, 12-10.

The Thunderbolts struck for two runs in the seventh - on back-to-back home runs by Andrew Biggs and Colin Neardro - to keep it interesting until the final out. The Eagles rang up a dozen hits, with Nick Gallo going deep twice and John McCully belting one out.

C.J. Wallowitch homered with one runner aboard in the seventh for Holy Spirit, which pushed across 14 runs in its final two at-bats to bury host Haddon Heights, 19-7.

Host Buena bashed Delran, 8-2, with Sawyer Brown and Anthony Lopez teaming up for four hits, four runs, and two RBIs.

Gloucester Catholic hammered Pitman, 11-1, with Steve Wilgus supplying a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the fifth. Brett Tenuto had two hits, two runs and three RBIs for the Rams and Codey Brown, after surrendering a first-inning run, shut the Panthers down on three hits.

Burlington County. Josh Limon's two-run home run and Kyle Oschell's two-run single sparked a seven-run sixth inning, sending host Rancocas Valley past Florence, 8-3, in a semifinal.

The Red Devils will face Cinnaminson for the tournament championship on May 22 at Riverfront Stadium in Trenton.

Camden County. Anthony Lizzi's bases-loaded double ignited a four-run third inning, and Brenden DeMonte struck out 11 while yielding one hit over six innings of host Cherry Hill West's 5-3 victory over Triton in a tournament semifinal.

Russ Spicer. Joe Cifelli (3 for 4, two RBIs, three runs) and Evan Holland (2 for 2, two RBIs, two runs) had the hot bats for host Timber Creek in a 9-5 triumph over St. Joseph.

Tri-County. Corey Makos hit the trifecta - collecting three hits, three runs and three stolen bases in pacing host Woodstown past GCIT, 10-2. Nick DiPietropolo went the distance for the win, despite giving up a solo home run in the seventh to the Cheetahs' Tom Kleinhans (2-3, 2 RBIs).

Cape-Atlantic. Tovine Potts scored four times and Sacred Heart emptied the bat rack in blasting host Wildwood Catholic, 18-6.

Nonleague. Freshman Matt Bolle didn't allow an earned run over four innings of work to notch his first varsity win, and Lorenzo Plaza checked in with two hits, two steals and two runs scored as host Wildwood cut down Camden County Tech, 11-2.

Lou Mazzola homered and drove in five runs to key Burlington City's 9-4 home win over Moorestown Friends.


Danielle Carey scored the go-ahead run on Brittany Granahan's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Maple Shade nipped Burlington City, 5-4, for the Palmyra Tournament championship.

Carey earned tourney most valuable player honors by batting 6 for 10 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and the Wildcats' freshman catcher also threw out runners at second and third base.

Maple Shade opened the tournament with a 16-0 rout of Doane Academy, with Lauren Routzahn hurling a one-hitter. In a 7-6 semifinal win over Paulsboro, Granahan hit a three-run homer in the sixth and Routzahn wriggled out of a seventh-inning jam.

Cape-Atlantic. Natalie Carlucci (2 for 3, 2 RBIs) doubled in one run and then scored on Bri Long's single in a sixth-inning rally that lifted host Holy Spirit over Atlantic City, 4-2. Atlantic City loaded the bases in the seventh, but Spartans' left fielder Karly Newcomb ran down a deep fly ball to end the game.

Danielle Lugo's two-run double and a run-scoring single by Rachel Gavigan provided more than enough support for Rosie LaGrotta, who scattered six hits as Sacred Heart blanked Buena, 3-0. Brittany Scott took the loss despite striking out 13 and allowing just four hits.

Track and Field

Damiere Byrd, Kevin Potter and Quanzell Lambert won two events each and helped Timbeer Creek win the Division 2 boys' team title at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.

The Chargers also grabbed the girls' team trophy with 151 points, easily outdistancing runnerup Winslow Township (75).

Byrd took the 100 (10.90 seconds) and 400-meter (49.30) dashes, Potter led the fields in the 200 (22.67) and 110 hurdles (14.90), and Lambert grabbed gold medals in the shot put (50 feet, 111/2 inches) and discus (147-5) as the Chargers scored 153 points.

In the girls' competition, Highland's Megan Venables ran away from the fields in the 1,600 (5:08.74) and 3,200 meters (11:13.53), winning the latter race by 54 seconds.

Timber Creek's Bryanna Williams long jumped 15-103/4, tripled jumped 36-31/4 and joined teammates Bre'shae Pierce, Paige Furlow and Melissa Arnold on the winning 4x400 relay.

Camden County Division 1. Haddon Heights scored 120 points and edged Haddonfield by six points for the team title, secured by a win in the 4x400 relay in 3:23.93.

Darius Jones anchored the Heights relay and also won the 400 (50.20) and high jump (6-2), while teammate Dominique Irons pervailed in the long jump (22-73/4) and triple jump (46-3/4).

Burlington County. Willingboro, Cinnaminson and New Egypt claimed boys' team titles, and Rancocas Valley, Cinnaminson and Riverside won girls' trophies in the league's division championships at Northern Burlington.

Willingboro's Isaac Williams won three gold medals in the Liberty Division meet, taking the 100 (11.40), 110 hurdles (14.81) and high jump (6-2).

Delran's Dennis Fields matched that feat in the Patriot Division boys' meet, winning the 100 (11.50), long jump (21-2) and triple jump (44-13/4).

Cinnaminson's Amaris Kobolak dominated the Patriot Division girls' meet with first-place efforts in the 200 (26.37), long jump (16-9) and triple jump (35-113/4).

Boys' Lacrosse

Mike Sutton netted three of his four goals in the second half and goalie Joe Gigantiello made 11 saves, enabling St. Augustine to rally for an 8-7 upset at Salisbury Township (Md.), which is ranked 11th nationally by Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour.

Colonial Valley. Connor Ryan continued his scoring assault, producing four goals and three assists, and host Rancocas Valley clinched the conference title by routing Lawrence, 15-1. Ryan has 64 goals on the season and 87 in his career, and his all-time point total stands at 145. Colin McDonald and Drew Pagenkopf added four goals apiece for the Red Devils.

Dylan Wills established New Egypt's career scoring record with 205 points, as the senior contributed three goals and two assists in a 14-3 win at Ewing. New Egypt's Sean Pryzbylkowski had a game-high four goals.

Olympic. Host Haddonfield relied on a balanced attack to edge West Deptford, 12-11. Gunnar Apgar had four goals, Andrew Augugliaro recorded a hat trick, and Matthew Porter and Alex Walter added two goals apiece for the Bulldogs. Mike Reardon and Eric Jendron led the Eagles with four goals each.

Nonleague. Greg Yingling scored four times and set up five goals in guiding Moorestown Friends to a 15-5 romp past visiting Camden Catholic.

Girls' Lacrosse

Behind four goals by Lindsay Brophy, host Haddonfield claimed its first outright Olympic Conference Freedom Division title by topping Camden Catholic, 13-11.

Laurel Falana added a hat trick while Carolynn Clark and Maddie Kiep chipped in two goals each for the Bulldogs.

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