The Paul VI baseball team completed its long, strange trip on a positive note on Saturday, as the Eagles won twice in convincing fashion to capture the Roseboro Tournament title at Collingswood.
After wrapping up a 3-win, 2-loss, five-day stay in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Friday, the Paul VI squad drove over 600 miles - and appeared anything but road weary.
The Eagles scored four times in the first inning en route to a 12-6 triumph over Kingsway in Saturday's opener. Ned Kerr batted 3 for 4 and scored three times, while John MacAuley and Brian Almand contributed three RBIs apiece.
In the championship game, freshman Devin Ruiz celebrated his first varsity start by knocking in four runs with a pair of doubles as Paul VI defended its title with a 16-2 rout of Bordentown.
MacAuley, named the tournament's most valuable player, and Paschal Petrongolo hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season.
Bordentown used the long ball to reach the final, getting a two-run homer from Austin Chaszer and one-hit pitching by Joe Cutowski in a 14-0 opening-round romp past Collingswood.
Tri-County. Dave Young threw the first seven-inning no-hitter by a Clearview pitcher in 22 years and narrowly missed a perfect game as the Pioneers blanked visiting Cumberland, 3-0.
Young struck out seven, walked none and allowed one baserunner on an error with two outs in the sixth inning.
Dan Kelley scored Clearview's first run on a fourth-inning passed ball, and Brett Solomen and George Eisenhart later added run-scoring hits.
Burlington County Tournament. Taylor Steen's first-inning double made him the second player in New Egypt history to reach 100 career hits, but the win went to Cinnaminson, 8-3, with Jon McGugan launching a two-run homer.
Northern Burlington fashioned a five-run outburst in the sixth inning to win its first-round game, 7-2, over visiting Riverside. Frank Bilancio doubled twice in support of winning relief pitcher Bernard Luongo.
Winning pitcher Jon Michnick helped himself with five RBIs, including a three-run home run in the first inning, and host Moorestown went on to thrash Willingboro, 15-3.
Camden County Tournament. Sean Hunter's triple with two runners aboard ignited an eight-run first-inning uprising, and Eastern went on to pound Pennsauken Tech, 13-0, at Campbell's Field.
Hammonton Tournament. Overbrook coach Chuck Marciano gained bragging rights over his son, Triton coach Frank Marciano, when the Rams defeated the Mustangs, 10-5, in the title game. Overbrook's Kevin Fought gave up two earned runs and was named tourney MVP.
Overbook reached the final by silencing Palmyra, 10-0, in the semifinals.
Dominic Scafidi drove in four runs with three hits, Justin Wroblewski had three hits and scored three times, and Nick DiPalmo held host Hammonton to three hits, sending Triton to a 12-2 semifinal win.
Hammonton rebounded to take the third-place game, 18-2, over Palmyra. Greg Morano went 3 for 4 with four RBIs for the Blue Devils.
Trenton Central Tournament. Tim Taggart and Kyle Hohwald starred at the plate and on the mound in keying Pennsauken's march to the title.
Taggart pitched a four-hit shutout, batted 3 for 3 and scored a run in a 4-0 semifinal win over Neptune. Nick Meoli doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Indians.
In the championship game, Hohwald limited Trenton Central to four singles over five innings while going 3 for 3 with four RBIs to highlight Pennsauken's 18-1 romp. Alex Polanco knocked in three runs with a pair of doubles, and Taggart added a hit and three RBIs.
Nonleague. Pitman rebounded from its first loss with an 8-7 win over visiting Seneca, ranked No. 7 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. The Panthers plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh as three singles loaded the bases, John Dunn walked to score a run and Alex Matchett singled for his second RBI of the game.
Top-ranked Gloucester Catholic eased past host Cherry Hill East, 15-0, with John Breu and Brett Tenuto each belting a two-run home run in the Rams' 13-hit attack.
Corey Sloan and C.J. Hertz delivered two-run singles in a five-run fifth inning, helping host Sterling double up Pennsville, 8-4.
Ryan Ilgenfritz launched a pair of three-run homers in host Winslow Township's 15-3 rout of Masterman.
Shannon Grim drove in five runs and her grand slam fueled a six-run sixth-inning rally that lifted Williamstown over Shawnee, 7-5, in the opening round of the Hammonton Tournament.
Burlington County Tournament. Liana Newton was perfect at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two runs and one stolen base, and Britt Runyen batted 3 for 4 with three RBIs to highlight Cinnaminson's 10-6 triumph over Bordentown.
Burlington County. Rachel Bintliff shut out Holy Cross over the final six innings and sparked Delran's offense with three hits, fueling the host Bears' 5-3 comeback win.
Nonleague. Winning pitcher Alyssa Welsh teamed up with Colleen Connolly and Ryan Hyndes to produce eight of Gateway's nine hits along with six RBIs, as the Gators rolled at Riverside, 8-1.
Lindsay Sheehan struck out 11 in tossing a two-hitter, and Hope Barnstead and Callia Abbott combined for four hits, three runs and two RBIs in Winslow Township's 6-2 home win over Masterman.
Sophomore Sean Pryzbylkowski's three-goal, two-assist performance was more than enough for New Egypt to open the Mercer County Tournament with a 13-4 victory over Ewing.
Olympic. Goalie John Coppola's 18 saves kept Gloucester Catholic close, but Lenape received two goals apiece from Kevin Rapp and Reed Hofmann in pulling out a 6-3 road win.
Laurel Falana and Taylor Ng scored four goals apiece and Gretchen Kiep contributed three goals and three assists, guiding host Haddonfield past Eastern, 18-11, in an Olympic Conference match.
Kaitlyn Og and Serena Hitchins each had a hat trick for the Vikings.
Jessica Loizeaux led a balanced attack with five goals and Clearview claimed its second Gloucester County Cup, as the host Pioneers dominated West Deptford, 13-1.