Aj Martinez and Andrew Biggs each pitched three scoreless innings and Joe Brooks cracked a two-run single as Tri-Cape beat Berks County, 6-2, Tuesday in the first round of the 26th annual Carpenter Cup baseball tournament.
Martinez, a junior from Holy Spirit, and Biggs, a junior from Millville, led the way on the mound as Tri-Cape advanced to face Jersey Shore in the quarterfinals Friday at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Brooks, a junior from Gloucester Catholic, rapped a two-run single in the third.
Six pitchers combined for a three-hitter Monday as Olympic-Colonial won a 6-1 decision over Inter-Ac/Independents in the first round of the Carpenter Cup baseball tournament at Ashburn Field in FDR Park.
Haddon Heigths' Dean Wilson, West Deptford's Tony Urban and Washington Township's Tyler Bright each pitched two innings for Olympic-Colonial, which advanced to face the winner of Monday's game between Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia Public in Friday's quarterfinals at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Bishop Eustace's Keith Wallace, Eastern's Steve Volpe and Audubon's Kevin Kraemer pitched one inning apiece for Olympic-Colonial.
Joe Banes hit a three-run homer and Kevin Comer earned his fifth tournament victory as Seneca won the Group 3 state title with a 12-3 victory over Paramus.
Cameron Bahr added a home run and Ryan Williams had three hits for Seneca (16-7), which won its second state title.
-- Phil Anastasia
Joe Banes hit a three-run homer and Cameron Bahr added a solo shot as Seneca took a 10-3 lead over Paramus through five innings in the Group 3 state title game.
Kevin Comer pitched into the sixth for Seneca. He struck out seven and allowed three runs on five hits.
-- Phil Anastasia
Chris Fehr pitched six-plus strong innings and Brian Flacco delivered a two-run single as Audubon won the Group 1 state title with an 8-6 victory over Waldwick Saturday at Toms River East.
Fehr, a senior left-hander, left the game in the top of the seventh with an 8-1 lead. Fehr allowed three runs, two earned, and became the winning pitcher in Audubon's third consecutive tournament victory.
Flacco had the big hit in a four-run rally in the second. Justin Jannetti drove in three runs for Audubon and Boomer Wickersham was 2-for-2 and reached base four times.
Seneca has three seniors who were eighth graders when their older brothers played for Seneca's 2007 state championship team.
Now the younger brothers are trying to make their own history.
Ryan Williams, Mark Steen and Roger Hoffmann all watched the state title game in 2007.
Cherry Hill West graduate Vince Voiro, a right-handed pitchers who just finished his junior year at Penn, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 47th Round (1,433 overall) of the major-league baseball draft Wednesday.
“It has always been a dream of mine to be drafted,” Voiro said in a release issued by Penn. “I hasn’t really thought too much about it coming true until after last summer, and it has been a crazy ride since then. There is still a lot of work to be done, so hopefully this is just the start of the journey.”
The 6-4 Voiro struck out a career-high 57 hitters during the 2011 season while allowing just 24 walks. He threw five complete games.
Here are the sites and times for South Jersey teams in state finals Saturday at Toms River:
At TR North
Gloucester Catholic softball vs. Morris Catholic, 11 a.m.