“This team’s pitchers are really good,” said Vanesko, who also started the semifinals for Tri-Cape. “I knew in the first three innings, their first three hitters (including Petrone), I pitched against them before. (Petrone) took a good look at the ball, so respect to that kid.
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“But I knew we were going to score. We undoubtedly had the best attack in the tournament. I wasn’t worried about a race. I went out there and tried to compete more. I think I did a good job. »
Holy Spirit senior Dave Hagaman pitched the next two innings, striking out four and allowing no hits. Hagaman’s Spartans teammate Jayden Shertel struck out four batters in two innings. Egg Harbor Township sophomore Justin Sweeney pitched the eighth, striking out one, and Williamstown junior Chris Montone earned the save.
“It was great. Sweeney is probably one of the best young arms in South Jersey,” Vanesko said. “He didn’t hit (St. Augustine), who I play for. It was cool to watch. , even though we lost. Then Jayden (Shertel) and Dave (Hagaman), I’m with them almost every day at the (Baseball Performance Center in Pleasantville).
“Dave also threw really well in the (non-public B final, which the Spartans won) so I’m really proud of him. I love watching my friends do well,” added Vanesko, who pledged to Bryant.