In the first two innings of the Carpenter Cup Classic, Burlington County allowed seven runs.
In the last 34 innings, Burlco allowed six runs.
That's why Burlco won the title for the third time in seven years, beating SOL American/Continential, 3-1, on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
Burlington City's Pedro Perez, Moorestown's Dan Schurer and Holy Cross' Jon Mackie each pitched three innings for BC in the title game. They combined to allow just one run on six hits, with eight strikeouts.
Perez, a junior who played SS the first three games, was lights-out. He pitched three perfect innings, with four strikeouts. He threw just 29 pitches, 19 for strikes.
"I loved pitching on that mound," Perez said.
Schurer got the win with three scoreless innings and Mackie held off SOL's late charge and got the save.
The hitting star for BC was Holy Cross' Chris Burns, who cracked a two-run HR in the sixth. Lenapes Bobby Isopi drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly.
"I was taking my time," Burns said of his trot around the bases in the Phillies' home park.
BC was behind Berks County, 7-1, after two innings on a rainy Tuesday morning. But the South Jersey team rallied for a 12-8 victory and rolled to its third title since 2006.
""We're rivals during the season and have so much camaraderie once this tournament starts," said Schurer, who pitched seven scoreless innings in the tournament. "It's like enemies become friends."
SOL Amer & Cont..... 000 000 100 - 1 6 1
Burlington County... 000 003 00X - 3 9 0
E - B. Hauser, SOL. DP - SOL A&C 1; Burl Co 1. LOB - SOL A&C 5; Burl Co 10. 2B - E. Posavec, SOL; H. Fillmyer, BC. HR - C. Burns, BC. HBP - R. Knox, SOL; C. Embler, BC. SF - R.
Isopi, BC. SB - H. Fillmyer, BC.
-- Phil Anastasia