Eastern Regional High School
(This New Jersey School in the Eastern Section of
Camden County Serves Berlin Borough,
Gibbsboro Borough and Voorhees Township)
Under coach Rob Christ, Eastern won consecutive Group 4
(Eastern also advanced to Group finals in 1971, 1972, 1983,
Details obtained from stories in the
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Starting Lineup in State Final
Nick Tierno, 2b
Ryan Delaney, cf
Tom Flacco, 3b
Steve Priolo, p
Jake Quinn, 1b
Alex Bussison, rf
Matt Marella, lf
Billy Beasley, c
Ben Hoffman, ss
Eastern 4, Millville 2: Steve Priolo surrendered four hits, two of the infield variety, and retired 12 of the final 14 batters. Tom Flacco launched a homer and bagged another RBI on a groundout.
Eastern 7, Toms River North 3: Steve Priolo struck out five and went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Matt Marella and Tom Flacco lashed two hits apiece. The former had two RBI; the latter scores two runs.
Eastern 4, Williamstown 0: The Vikings made Alex Bussison a winner by packing four runs into the fourth inning. Jake Quinn pounded a double.
Eastern 16, Shawnee 6 (6 inn.): Steve Priolo pitched a complete game and enjoyed being part of a seven-hit, seven-run first inning. He finished with three hits. Nick Tierno thumped a solo homer and scored three times while Tom Flacco went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple while scoring four runs. The first four guys in the batting order -- Tierno, Ryan Delaney, Flacco, Priolo -- totaled 11 hits, six RBI and 11 runs scored.
Eastern 2, Hunterdon Central 1: At Monmouth University, the Vikings scored their runs in the first inning and got the last out of the game on a close play off a grounder, second baseman Nick Tierno to first baseman Jake Quinn.
Eastern 8, Westfield 1: At Toms River North, after heavy rain caused a one-day postponement, Steve Priolo fired a five-hitter with seven punchouts and Nick Tierno tripled. Later? Glad you asked. They made it back to Eastern in time to make late appearances in the Camden County Senior All-Star Game and clubbed back-to-back homers! Against Westfield, Jake Quinn went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one brought home two runs in a four-run fifth. Ben Hoffman went 3-for-3 with a double and RBI single. He also experienced the thrill of stealing home. Tom Flacco mixed two steals with two runs scored. In six playoffs, coach Rob Christ's Vikings outscored their opponents by 41-13.
Starting Lineup in South Jersey Final
Joey Caruso, rf
Tyler Travis, c
Tom Flacco, ss
Ryan Keen, 1b
Collin Fabio, dh
Austin Friedant, p
Davis Schneider, 3b
Corey Kreston, 2b
Matt Woods, cf
Tyler Dixon, lf
Eastern defeated Delsea: Details currently unavailable.
Eastern 3, Gateway 2: At Williamstown, lefty Dave Evans (two-hitter, 11 strikeouts) gave himself the win by
stroking an RBI single in the ninth. The Vikings' two runs in the third came courtesy of Bill Clarke's triple. This was
Eastern's 14th consecutive win. Gateway waved bye-bye to a 16-game winning streak.
Eastern 4, Penns Grove 3: At Hammonton, the winning two-run rally featured Bill Clarke's RBI single to score
Dave Wyche and a wild pitch to bring home Rich Brown. Earlier, Tom Teall hammered a two-run double. Dave
Evans allowed seven hits, fanned 10.
Haddonfield 1, Eastern 0: At Sterling, a homer produced the only run in the third. The Vikings created a stir with
two away in the seventh when Tom Teall and Mike Pizarro singled. Alas, Tom Taylor's liner was caught by the
rightfielder. Eastern entered this game with 17 consecutive wins.
Eastern 5, Delsea 3: The Vikings scored a first-inning run as Bill Clarke tripled and scored on a triple. In the fifth,
Clarke delivered an RBI double and scored on Mike Pizarro's sac fly. Ed Salter earned the win.
Eastern 4, Gateway 1: Steve Kosyla sat down 11 in a five-hitter. Big hits came from Tom Taylor (RBI double)
and John Barker (RBI single).
Haddonfield 10, Eastern 0: The Vikings were limited to three hits and allowed a close one to become a blowout
by getting burned for eight runs (four earned) in the seventh. Steve Deichert and Bob Callaway stroked
back-to-back, two-out singles in the second, but a strikeout ended what turned out to be the only serious threat.
Eastern 12, Triton 9: The Vikings needed to pull off an upset win on the final qualifying day just to make the
playoffs. Then, as the No. 11 seed, they surprised No. 6 Triton mostly thanks to Mark Virgilio, who rang up six
RBI with a two-run homer and two doubles for four more ribbies.
Eastern 3, Collingswood 0: Tim Walsh pitched a three-hitter with six Ks and Ken Dischert produced the winning
run with an RBI single in the second. Two more scored in the seventh when Rich Diaz' bunt single was accompanied
by a costly error.
Eastern 8, Moorestown 1: The top seed was vanquished as Rich Diaz netted four RBI from two doubles and Rick
Kerr laced a two-run double. Amazingly, Bob Lewis (three-hitter) held the losers to one run despite issuing 12 walks.
Absegami 4, Eastern 0 (9 inn.): The Vikings were held to three hits and left Hammonton's field crushed after
Absegami cleared the fence with a walkoff grand slam.
Eastern 5, Brick Memorial 1: Bill Artz, a catcher until late in the season, scattered seven hits and Greg Collins clubbed
a solo homer.
Eastern 10, Oakcrest 7: Against the No. 1 seed, the Vikings roared to nine runs in the first three innings. In a five-run
third, Greg Collins (two-run) and winning pitcher Bill Artz went yard.
Eastern 7, Mainland 2: Winner Bill Artz rapped a triple and Paul Wendolowski stroked a run-scoring single to break a
2-2 tie in a four-run fourth.
Edgewood 1, Eastern 0 (8 inn.): The Vikings were no-hit for 6.2 innings before back-to-back singles by Brian Bonsall
and Glen Wiser created a first-and-third situation. The rally fizzled and Edgewood won on a two-out single.
Eastern 5, Washington Twp. 4: Winning pitcher Pat Monaghan turned two doubles into three RBI, Rick Fougeray
slashed a triple and Kris Herman stole home. The Vikings scored four times in the fourth.
Eastern 11, Toms River South 10 (9 inn.): The Vikings stormed back from 5-0, 8-6 and 10-8 deficits. Reliever
Matt Pizzutillo became a winner when Pat Monaghan delivered a walkoff, three-run double in the home ninth.. He
also had a triple.
Toms River East 3, Eastern 2: Pat Monaghan twirled a three-hitter and had a no-no through four innings. Brendan
Moles lofted a solo homer in the home seventh to get the Vikings within one run, but the next two batters were retired.
CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JOE HARTMANN DIAMOND CLASSIC
Eastern 6, Gloucester Catholic 1: The Vikings earned their first title in this tournament -- it dates back to 1974
and in 1998 was named to honor Eastern's coach from 1969 through 1986 -- one year after they fell to Bishop Eustace,
4-1, in the championship game. Soph Jesse Barbera, primarily a second baseman, got the start and twirled a five-hitter
with one walk. He'd pitched only 6 1/3 innings all season. Davis Schneider posted two RBI, Ronny Silvestro added two
apiece of hits/runs scored and Jake Cudeyro had two hits, one RBI. Eastern claimed the championship by winning
three games within 28 hours (Cherry Hill West Saturday, Lenape Sunday morning, GC Sunday night).
Eastern 4, St. Augustine 1 (8 inn.): Jesse Barbera went the distance and allowed two hits while earning his second
JHDC title win in three years. He needed just five pitches to record a 1-2-3 eighth. In the top half, Jack Herman walked,
moved to third on Dylan Stezzi's single and scored on a wild pitch. Matt Karpousis and AJ Funari added RBI singles.
In a semifinal six days earlier vs. Washington Township, coach Rob Christ earned career win No. 400 in 21 seasons
(1996-2001 at Gateway, 2004-18 at Eastern).
|Starting Lineup in 2016
Jesse Barbera, p
Jake Cudeyro, dh
Jack Herman, cf
Frank Pallante, 1b
Lou Priolo, lf
Zach Ray, c
Davis Schneider, 3b
Ronny Silvestro, rf
Tyler Travis, 2b
Steve Love, ss
|Starting Lineup in 2018
Jesse Barbera, p
Jack Winsett, ss
Jack Herman, cf
Dylan Stezzi, c
Matt Karpousis, 1b
AJ Funari, rf
Ronny Silvestro, lf
Isaac Fendrick, 3b
Devin Hunt, dh
Cole Regn, 2b