NON-PUBLIC B CHAMPIONSHIP
Marist 11, Newark Academy 10
Late rallies were the hallmark of Marist’s march to the state final so it was only fitting for the Royal Knights to mount one final comeback with a state championship on the line.
Tim Rodriguez capped a three-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single as the Royal Knights won their first title since 1991. The win also broke the stranglehold South Jersey schools had on the Non-Public B crown.
Marist (24-5) became the first North Jersey representative to claim the title since St. Mary’s of Rutherford in 1998.
GROUP 4 CHAMPIONSHIP
Manalapan 2, Hillsborough 0
Vito Gadaleta belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to lift the Braves (18-11) to their second straight Group 4 championship. In the process, Manalapan became only the fifth program in Group 4 history to successfully defend its title, joining Hunterdon Central (’08 and ’09), Steinert (’98,’99 and ’00), Cherry Hill West (’89 and ’90) and Edison (’81 and ’82).
Joe Serrapica tossed a three-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks to pick up the win and improve to 6-3.
GROUP 2 CHAMPIONSHIP
Mahwah 11, Buena 4
Brendan Brown snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the fifth when Mahwah scored seven times on the way to the Thunderbirds’ first state championship.
Brown’s single was part of a seven-run outburst by Mahwah (24-6) during the fifth. Cole Fabio contributed a single that scored two during the uprising.
Junior right-hander Chris Baldi (12-2) scattered seven hits, walked four and struck out five to complete a 5-0 record in the post season.
GROUP 1 CHAMPIONSHIP
Audubon 6, Pompton Lakes 1
Pompton Lakes ran into a tough southpaw in East Carolina-bound Andrew Schorr, who crafted a one-hitter as Audubon won its second straight Group 1 championship. The senior helped his cause by counting an RBI triple among his three hits.
Jon Steele accounted for the lone hit for Pompton Lakes with an infield single in the sixth.
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