TOMS RIVER, N.J. - They were eight outs away from one of the biggest upsets of the baseball season.
"That shows how far this program has come," Burlington Township coach Jason Stec said.
Cranford rallied for three runs in the fifth inning Sunday and earned its second consecutive Group 3 state title with a 4-2 victory over Burlington Township at Toms River East.
Senior lefthander Ryan Williamson, a North Carolina State recruit and 28th-round pick in the major-league baseball draft, pitched a five-hitter with eight strikeouts for Cranford (25-1), ranked No. 2 in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger.