Cherokee's Shane Lynch hit a three-run home run and teammate Kyle Warren scored the winning run in the fifth inning to defeat Millville, 4-3 in Saturday's opening round Joe Hartmann Diamon Classic at Deptford.
It was the first loss for Millville (13-1) which is ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inqurier. No. 9 Cherokee is now 8-4.
Sophomore lefthander Will Cordero earned the win in relief for Cherokee while ace Dan Smith got the save with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Mike Trout, the area's top Major League prospect, took the loss for Millville. Trout is a prospect as a centerfielder, but also is a talented pitcher.