"I couldn't be more proud of this team," Buena coach George West said. "They took it to [GCIT] from the start of the game. Beating that team was a tremendous accomplishment."
South Jersey Group 3. Justin Smith's 10th pitching victory in 11 decisions this spring made Hammonton (20-6) the sectional champion via a 6-1 triumph over visiting Ocean City (18-10).
Smith scattered five hits, struck out five, and received plenty of offensive support when the Blue Devils scored five runs in the third inning. Cris Matos went 3 for 4 with a double and scored a run, and Smith had a single, a home run, and two runs batted in.
Central Jersey Group 1. Ben Horner's two-run triple ignited a three-run first inning, sending Florence (14-10) to a 4-2 win at Point Pleasant Beach in the sectional-title matchup. Greg Perri pitched five innings and Heath Fillmyer relieved for the Flashes.
South Jersey Non-Public A. John Murphy continued his successful freshman season for Gloucester Catholic by pitching the Rams' 4-0 shutout of visiting Bishop Eustace in the semifinals.
Murphy (6-2) struck out six in a complete-game effort, putting the Rams in Tuesday's sectional final.
Pat Kane scored the deciding run on Brett Tenuto's ground ball in the fourth inning, and Gloucester Catholic added three insurance runs in the fifth, including Joe Brooks' two-run single.
South Jersey Non-Public B. Sacred Heart rolled to a 10-1 semifinal success against visiting Moorestown Friends.
Tovine Potts rapped three hits, including the 100th of his career, and Theo Mercurio lined two singles and two doubles to drive in four runs. Holvin Figueroa fanned 11 Foxes for the win.
Cinnaminson (24-8), seeded No. 4, won the NJSIAA Central Jersey championship with a 25-9, 20-25, 27-25 marathon at Christian Brothers Academy (25-10). The Pirates, who will compete in the Tournament of Champions on Tuesday, were powered by Luke Garvey's 36 assists and eight digs, Chris Bastos' 15 digs and four kills, Kyle Pottieger's 17 digs and 11 kills, and Zack Palin's 18 digs and 16 kills.
In the South Jersey championship match, Eastern (19-4) suffered a 25-14, 25-18 loss at powerful Southern Regional (38-1).