NJ Sectional Baseball Finals Preview

Posted: June 01, 2012

NJ Sectional Baseball Finals Preview

All games at 4 p.m.

South Jersey Group 4

No. 12 Lenape (16-9) at No. 2 Cherokee (22-5)

Road to the final: Lenape beat Millville (3-1), Pennsauken (8-6), and Williamstown (9-6); Cherokee beat Egg Harbor Township (10-0), Eastern (6-4), and Toms River South (5-1).

Lenape player to watch: Bobby Isopi is 4 for 6 with six RBIs in the last two tournament games.

Cherokee players to watch: Pitchers Colin Perro and Sean Kelly are a combined 10-1.

Side note: Cherokee beat Lenape by 4-3 and 10-4 this season.

South Jersey Group 3

No. 6 Ocean City (16-9) at No. 1 Hammonton (19-6)

Road to the final: Ocean City beat Woodrow Wilson (10-1), Moorestown (7-5), and Delsea (2-0); Hammonton beat Lacey (1-0), Oakcrest (4-3), and Central (12-6).

Ocean City player to watch: Justin Healey has 10 doubles and three triples.

Hammonton player to watch: Justin Smith had two doubles and a home run in the win over Central.

Side note: Hammonton beat Ocean City, 4-3, on opening day.

South Jersey Group 2

No. 2 Buena (23-7) at No. 1 GCIT (20-5)

Road to the final: Buena beat West Deptford (5-2), Cinnaminson (3-1), and Sterling (6-2); GCIT beat Woodstown (10-0), Delran (3-2), and Haddonfield (6-0).

Buena player to watch: Anthony Lopez has five homers, four triples, and 10 doubles.

GCIT player to watch: Zach Funk has six triples.

Side note: GCIT is playing in its first sectional final.

South Jersey Group 1

No. 4 Haddon Township (17-6) at No. 2 Audubon (21-6)

Road to the final: Haddon Township beat Woodbury (5-2), Gateway (6-5), and Maple Shade (9-3); Audubon beat LEAP (16-0), Pitman (4-3), and Pennsville (4-3).

Haddon Township player to watch: Pat Burns has eight pitching wins and 10 doubles.

Audubon player to watch: Boomer Wickersham leads South Jersey with 17 doubles.

Side note: Haddon Township beat Audubon, 7-3, on April 16, and Audubon beat Haddon Township, 3-1, on May 8.

Central Jersey Group 1

No. 6 Florence (13-10) at No. 1 Point Pleasant Beach (15-6)

Road to the final: Florence beat East Brunswick Tech (10-0), Highland Park (5-0), and South River (16-3); Point Pleasant Beach beat Keyport (4-2) and Burlington City (5-4).

Florence player to watch: Ben Horner had six RBIs in the win over South River.

Point Pleasant player to watch: D.J. Pfeffekorn was the winning pitcher against Burlington City.

Side note: Florence has allowed five runs in its last four games.

- Phil Anastasia

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