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One inning was just enough for a victory

One inning was just enough for a victory
The Timber Creek Baseball team played Thursday, but the game lasted just one inning and the Chargers are not complaining.That's because it was the continuation of a tie game with Triton in the Camden County Tournament.The teams played to a 6-6 tie through eight innings last Sunday at Campbell's Field, home of the Camden Riversharks. The game was suspended because of darkness, then resumed in the ninth inning.Timber Creek won on a two-out, bases-loaded single by senior first baseman Andrew Muceriao."I felt like the Phillies , winning a game in two days," said Timber Creek coach Frank Torcasio referring to the Phillies' World Series-clinching win. "It's strange that you get ready for a game and play just one inning, but it's fine with us."Timber Creek visits Cherokee today in the Grand Slam Classic before departing with Winslow Township to Tarboro, N.C., where the two South Jersey teams will compete in an eight-team tournament.The Chargers are 2-1 and have received outstanding pitching from senior righthander Jim Schramm, who has made a commitment to attend Rider.Schramm is 1-1 and has virtually identical statistics in both games, a 5-3 loss to Washington Township and a 4-2 win over Camden Catholic. In both games, Schramm pitched six innings, struck out eight, and walked two.The extra-inning win over Triton advanced Timber Creek to the semifinals of the Camden County Tournament, which will be played at a date to be determined.In the semifinals, Timber Creek will host Cherry Hill East and Eastern will travel to Winslow Township.Busy week.

Eastern will leave Friday night for a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y. The Vikings will visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and on Saturday will play a game at Ilion High, about 45 minutes from Cooperstown.Before the Vikings (2-2) depart, they have games scheduled against Pennsauken, Kingsway and Pitman. Strong start. Despite all the rain, Pitman has played six games. More impressive is that the Panthers are 6-0.Sophomore third baseman/pitcher John Dunn (2-0) is 17 for 21 (.809) with eight doubles, one home run, and 11 RBIs. Seniors Kevin Gibbs and Mark Lucas and junior Ryan Dill all have three or more doubles.On Thursday, the Panthers trailed Gloucester by 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning before scoring 11 runs in that frame.This will be a big week for Pitman, with games against Penns Grove, Pennsville, Eastern and Salem."We have completed our first of four phases," Pitman coach Gene Reid said. "We're just trying to go about our business and keep it quiet after a 6-0 start."That may be hard to do. The word is out that the Panthers appear to be the team to beat in the Tri-County Classic Division and should make serious noise in Group 1. Improved catcher. Last season, Penns Grove junior Jack Morrow hit three home runs. The catcher already has three in the first four games for the 3-1 Red Devils."I hit the weight room and focused on driving the ball and things have worked out so far," Morrow said. Hitting to the max. Deptford senior Max McCarthy has switched to first base after playing third for the previous two seasons, but it hasn't affected his offense. McCarthy, who will play football at Widener, is batting 10 for 15 (.666) for the 3-2 Spartans. He has five doubles, one triple, eight RBIs and has been walked intentionally three times and hit by pitches twice.With 12 seniors on the team, Deptford has the ability to hang with the best teams in the Tri-County Royal, despite losses to Highland and Williamstown, two other strong contenders. Finally. There is less than a month until the May 8 cutoff date to qualify for the state tournament. Teams need a .500-or-better record to qualify, and with all the rainouts, each game becomes crucial from now until the cutoff date. The Inquirer TOP 10 Baseball Team Record With last week's rankings in parentheses. Records are through Saturday. 1. Bishop Eustace (1) 2-0 Senior Chris Bzozowski is 5 for 6 (.833) with five runs scored and 13 total bases. 2. Millville (2) 4-0 Righthander Josh O'Neill is 2-0 with one save. 3. Gloucester Catholic (3) 4-0 The Rams meet Bishop Eustace at 10 a.m. today at Cherokee. 4. Buena (6) 5-0 Ken Miles has hit home runs in consecutive games. 5. Cherry Hill East (8) 3-0 The Cougars have averaged 9.3 runs in wins over Pennsauken, Gloucester, and Haddon Township. 6. Washington Township (NR) 2-1 The Minutemen bounced back from a loss to Buena by beating Lenape, 10-4. 7. Cherokee (NR) 1-0 The Chiefs have been idle since opening with a 20-16 win over Shawnee on April 1. 8. Delran (10) 3-0 The Bears are averaging 15.6 runs per game. 9. Shawnee (NR) 3-1 Anthony Montefusco (2-0) struck out 32 in wins over Cherry Hill West and Triton. 10. Moorestown (NR) 2-0 Tyler Harris has both wins for the Quakers. Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Cumberland (2-0), Hammonton (2-0). - Marc Narducci Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or

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