PENNSVILLE — The South Jersey Group 1 baseball final saw the host team storm out of the gate early and prevail in six innings thanks to the 10-run rule as top-seeded Pennsville prevailed 12-2 against the 11th seed, Glassboro.
Pennsville started fast with a single by Drew Burdsall. Josh Shimp followed with a double to right, to put men on second and third. Eric Lankenau then hit a sacrifice fly to score Burdsall. The Eagles went on to add three more runs in the first inning.
Glassboro closed the gap in the second as Dominic D'Alessandro hit a monster home run to center to make it 4 to 1 in favor of Pennsville.
Pennsville's offense continued to pound out hits as Josh Shimp went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Eric Lankaneu was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Winning pitcher John Straub scattered eight hits while fanning five. After allowing that monster home run to D'Allesandro, Straub said "I knew I had to just refocus and just throw the way I knew how."
Straub also said: "We knew they were better than the 11th seed and we knew what they had."
Colin Rieger, Austin Moore and Colin Flickenger combined for seven hits (all singles) and four RBIs in the win. The threesome reached safely nine times in 11 plate appearances.
Pennsville moves into the Group 1 state semifinals and will tangle with Central Jersey Group 1 champion Shore, which earned its spot with a 3-2 win over New Egypt Friday. The semifinal will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Monmouth University.
The other Group 1 state semifinal will feature Ridgefield against Dayton Tuesday at Ramapo College.