Sat. S.J. boys’ and girls’ roundup: Colon’s blast boosts Buena

Posted: March 31, 2012

Manny Colon's two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning allowed ninth-ranked Buena to pull out a 5-4 victory at Moorestown on Saturday in a nonleague baseball game.

Anthony Lopez, who picked up the win in relief, led the Chiefs attack with two singles, a home run, and three runs scored.

Nick Savino had a pair of base hits and scored twice for Moorestown. The Quakers pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh, but stranded two baserunners when Lopez induced a game-ending groundout.

In other nonleague action:

Branon Kincaid drove in two runs, including the game- winner when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting host Hammonton over Ocean City, 4-3.

A double by Greg Morano kick-started the decisive rally, and Blue Devils sophomore righthander Justin Smith struck out eight and scattered three hits in going the distance for the victory.

Brenden Delmonte struck out 10 in tossing a two-hitter and Matt Giampetro tripled and drove in a pair of runs, pacing 10th-ranked Cherry Hill West past visiting Woodbury, 5-3.

The Lions' Danny O'Sullivan batted 2 for 3 with one RBI.

Senior catcher Shawn McGuriman knocked in three runs with a pair of doubles as host Overbrook outslugged Delran, 11-8.

Dan George had a double, a home run, and three RBIs for the Bears.

Senior centerfielder Pete Galiano had two singles, a triple, and a home run in batting 4 for 4 with four RBIs, and sophomore shortstop Joey Craig (2 for 4, 3 RBIs) also went deep for host Camden Catholic in a 12-7 triumph over Highland.

Sophomore starter Jake Banner and junior reliever Chris Giunta combined on a one-hit, five-inning shutout as host GCIT made quick work of Palmyra, 10-0.

Banner (2 for 2, 2 RBIs) also joined Chris Gilcrest (3 for 4, 3 runs) and Kevin Smith (2 for 4, 4 RBIs) in powering the Cheetahs offense.

Wildwood Catholic routed host Wildwood, 11-1, behind Tyler DeGroff's one-hit pitching and a 2-for-4, two-run effort by Devon Bradshaw.

Josh Shimp batted 4 for 4, scored one run, and drove in two as host Pennsville mounted an 18-hit attack in routing Woodstown, 13-3.

Dylan Cummings went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Ryan Hawthorne drove in three runs with two hits - including a two-run single that ended the game in the sixth.

Daulton Plumley and Paul Vento each drove in a pair of runs as Glassboro rallied late to pull out a 6-5 decision at Deptford.

Eric Gilham had two RBIs for the Spartans, who stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Pitman outhit Williamstown, 11-8, and mounted a three-run seventh-inning rally, but Braves reliever Kyle Grimm came on to squelch the comeback and preserve a 7-4 home win.

Brett Virnelson went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for Williamstown, which came out on top thanks to a six-run fifth inning.

Cape-Atlantic. Sacred Heart pitcher Brandon Triantos picked off a baserunner to close out his team's 2-1 victory over visiting St. Joseph.

Chris Repice singled in runs in the second and sixth inning for the Lions, who also saw Holvin Figueroa record his 100th career hit.

Tri-County. Delsea scratched out four runs on three singles in winning its Royal Division opener, 4-2, at Cumberland.

Joe Branco's groundout brought home one run and Jon Cosenza singled in another in support of winning pitcher Nick Freijomil.


Freshman Dominique Dandrea pitched a three-hitter in winning her varsity debut and homered in her first at- bat, leading the host Wildcats over Haddon Heights, 3-2, in a nonleague game.

After the Garnets grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, St. Joe pulled even in the bottom of the frame on Lexi Otto's two-run single. Dandrea's blast in the second closed out the scoring.

Losing pitcher Shayla Sweeney struck out nine and accounted for two of Haddon Heights' three hits.

In other nonleague games:

Senior Kelsey Dominik fanned 11 batters in shutting down Mainland and drove in five runs with two hits, as host Kingsway coasted, 19-0.

The Dragons' Katie Dickson and Tori Danner combined to bat 5 for 5 with seven RBIs.

Erynn Sobieski celebrated her 16th birthday by striking out 13 and batting 4 for 4, including a three-run home run, as GCIT pounded host Palmyra, 23-2.

Taylor Favinger added three hits, three runs ,and five RBIs for the Cheetahs.

Winning pitcher Shayla Loud helped herself at the plate, producing two hits and two runs scored, helping host Cumberland squeeze past Pitman, 8-6.

Rachel Gavigan and Lindsay Dwyer combined for two runs and two RBIs in support of winning pitcher Rose LaGrotta, as Sacred Heart shut down host Pennsville, 3-0.

Girls' Lacrosse

In a season-opening marquee matchup, Taylor Ng and Carolyn Clark scored four goals apiece to help fourth-ranked Haddonfield hold off No. 8 Clearview, 15-12.

Gretchen Kiep added a hat trick and Laurel Falana produced two goals and three assists for the hosts, who ran out to an 8-4 halftime lead. Gianna Bowe found the back of the net five times to fuel Clearview's comeback attempt.

Seventh-ranked Eastern shared the ball on offense, receiving scoring from nine players en route to a 19-5 romp at Egg Harbor Township.

Serena Hitchins, Danielle LaRocca and Alexa Rubino had three goals apiece, and Sierra Slack picked up two goals and four assists for the Vikings.

Boys' Lacrosse

St. Augustine, ranked No. 1 in The Inquirer's Top 10, began its campaign with a 9-7 loss at 2011 State Group 2 finalist Chatham.

Bill McMenamin had a hat trick and Tommy O'Neill contributed a pair of assists for the Hermits.

Aaron Bennett's six-goal season debut highlighted Rancocas Valley's 11-10 triumph at Northern Burlington.

Sean Mullin had a hat trick, Brendan Arnold totaled one goal and three assists, and goalie Jesse Whitbeck made 14 saves to keep the Greyhounds close.

Ryan Bralski, Chris Kaczmarski and Robert Warley combined for 10 goals as host Mainland rolled over Winslow Township, 12-0.

Boys' Volleyball

Clearview senior Sam Pisker was named most valuable player of the Moorestown Tip-Off Tournament, as the Pioneers went 13-1 in pool play and eliminations - capped by a 26-24 win over Williamstown in the final.

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