Tues. S.J. boys’ roundup: Buena downs Raritan to reach Group 2 final

Posted: June 06, 2012

Justin Geri slapped a bases-loaded single in the top of the seventh inning to drive in the winning run and make himself the winning pitcher in Buena's 6-4 victory over Raritan in the state Group 2 baseball semifinals on Tuesday at Rider University.

Jared Corniell scored the winning run, and a wild pitch plated Anthony Lopez with an insurance run, sending the Chiefs (25-7) to the state final against Mahwah, a 12-2 winner over Madison.

Geri pitched a complete game, settling down after allowing three first-inning runs, posting six strikeouts and no walks. Lopez also contributed a key two-run double in the top of the first inning and matched Corniell with two hits apiece.

State Group 3. Ed Zaleski of Freehold Boro (18-12) scored on an error in the bottom of the 13th inning to end a 2-1 marathon semifinal win over Hammonton (20-7) at Monmouth University.

Chris Matos scored Hammonton's run in the fourth inning on a fielder's choice by A.J. Scibilia, and Blue Devils starter George Reed allowed one run in 10 innings.

State Group 4. Nick Follet homered and Casey Coyle had two hits, but Cherokee (23-6) gave up 13 walks and hit four batters in dropping a 13-3 state semifinal to Manalapan at Rutgers University.

Manalapan (17-11) coach Brian Boyce posted his 200th career win.

South Jersey Non-Public B. Derek Edge scored with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Tim Rodriguez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving Marist a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart (16-9) in the sectional title game at Overbrook.


Cinnaminson senior co-captain Kyle Pottieger piled up 12 digs, seven kills, two blocks, and two aces, but the Pirates' season ended with a 25-21, 25-19 loss to Fair Lawn in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinals at South Brunswick.

The Central Jersey-champion Pirates (24-9) also featured Colin Lynch's 13 assists and four digs, Zack Palin's six kills and three digs, and Chris Bastos' five digs.

Fair Lawn will face Southern Regional, a 26-24, 25-20 winner over Bayonne, in Thursday's6.7 final.


Haddonfield's Matt Godlewski and Sean Campbell posted a 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinal triumph and advanced to Wednesday's6.6 semifinals in the NJSIAA state doubles tournament at Mercer County Park.

Moorestown's Hamza Husain and Dan Schafhauser were beaten, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, by a Newark Academy duo, and Millburn's top-seeded Jared Wishnow and Mac Johnson eliminated Haddonfield's Luke Grabiak and Isaac Anderson, 6-4, 6-3, in other quarterfinal results.

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