South Jersey Baseball . . .
Rob Christ's Coaching History

 Eastern Regional coach Rob Christ, after earning career
win No. 400 (Gateway & ER) in the 2018 season.

  Rob Christ, a product of Willingboro High ('82) and Elizabethtown College (Pa.), has led
two South Jersey high school baseball programs for 22 seasons into the 2018-19 season --
Gateway for six (1996-2001) and Eastern Regional for 16 (2004-19).
  His teams have qualified for sectional playoffs in 20 of his 22 seasons, including the last
10 in succession. Recaps of those playoff games are below, along with a list of the records
vs. all opponents.
  Rob won one South Jersey sectional title at Gateway (in '99) and has won three at ER (in
'13, '14 and '19) along with one state championship (in '13).
  His records in playoffs: 8-5 at Gateway, 26-14 at ER, 34-19 overall.
  Overall record through 2019: 424-159 (104-49 at Gateway, 320-110 at Eastern).
  In 2019, Rob was named the South Jersey Coach of the Year by the Courier Post.

  Details obtained primarily from stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer
and Camden Courier-Post.

To reach Ted Silary -- tedtee307@yahoo.com


Year Round Opponent W-L Score Details
  At Eastern (Group 4)
2019 First Brick Memorial Won 5-0   Cole Boyan, who allowed five hits and no walks, became just the third guy to pitch
          a complete game playoff shutout for coach Christ. Nick Zellner turned three hits into
          one RBI and scored twice. Dylan Stezzi added two hits; one was an RBI double.
  Qtr Williamstown Won 5-2   Sam Portnoy hurled a four-hitter with one walk. RBI came from Matt Karpousis,
          Isaac Fendrick (one double apiece), Dylan Stezzi and AJ Funari. The fifth inning
          was delayed by a thunderstorm.
  Semi Cherokee Won 4-3   Mike Bonomo pounded a two-run double in the second, but Cherokee pitcher
          Jake Prince answered in the visiting seventh with a three-run double. Nick Zellner's
          triple in the bottom half created a tie and Dylan Stezzi -- after a hit by pitch and
          intentional walk loaded the bases, and the outfielders were brought waaaaay in --
          launched a one-out, game-winning "single" far over the centerfielder's head.
  Final Cherry Hill East Won 7-2   While seizing their first SJ crown since 2014, the Vikes offered quite the memorable 
          moment. They expanded a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a trick play: Dylan Stezzi flopped
          about halfway toward third base. The catcher's pickoff throw was high and Jack
          Winsett frolicked home from third. Highlights in the three-run sixth were RBI by
          frosh Mike Bonomo (triple) and Ryne Kremer (single). Sam Portnoy allowed seven
          hits and fanned five over 5 2/3 innings. Kremer earned the save.
  *Semi Manalapan Won 1-0   Cole Boyan crafted another shutout while allowing four hits and getting major
          help from his defense. Centerfielder Nick Zellner started two doubleplays; catcher
          Dylan Stezzi made the tag to end one of them.  AJ Funari's squeeze bunt made it
          1-0 in the fourth. With out and runners on second and third in the seventh, Manalapan 
          made it 1-1 with a squeeze on a pitchout . . . until the plate ump ruled the batter out for
          making contact from outside the batter's box. 3B Isaac Fendrick caught a liner on
          the next pitch to end it.
  *Final Ridgewood Lost 2-1   Ridgewood scored the game's one earned run in the first inning on a sac fly
          and used another SF to make it 2-0 in the sixth. Cole Boyan allowed just two hits
          over 6 2/3 frames. Eastern scored in the home sixth as AJ Funari walked, stole
          second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scurried home on an errant pickoff
          throw to first. Nick Zellner's double was the best of Eastern's two hits. The Vikings
          fanned 12 times.
2018 First Atlan. County Tech Won 12-2   Eastern's seven hits included Jack Herman's triple and doubles by Ron
          Silvestro/Jesse Barbera/Isaac Fendrick. Ryne Kremer earned the win.
  Qtr Shawnee Lost 6-4   The Vikings fell behind for good, 4-3, in the visiting fifth. AJ Funari  and
          Jack Herman smacked doubles.
2017 First Atlantic City Won 13-0   Zach Ray went 3-for-3 with five RBI, Davis Schneider added three RBI and
          Spencer Perez went four innings to pick up the W.
  Qtr Lenape Lost 2-1   The Vikings were held to three hits.
2016 First Toms River  North Lost 4-3   Davis Schneider (one RBI) and Ron Silvestro notched two hits apiece.  TRN
          posted three runs in the home seventh.
2015 First Brick Twp. Won 9-5   Collin Fabio went 3-for-3, scored three runs and collected all three of his
          RBI on a sixth-inning double that expanded a 6-5 lead.
  Qtr Clearview Won 6-0   Alex Schwartz twirled a two-hitter and Matt Woods, the No. 9 hitter, matched
          two doubles with two RBI. Corey Kreston went 4-for-4.
  Semi Cherokee Lost 9-5   Tyler Dixon went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Davis Schneider also
          rapped two hits. Cherokee led, 9-2, after 5 1/2 innings.
2014 First Vineland Won 4-3   The Vikings, the No. 11 seed (they'd begun the season with just one returning
          starter), toughed out this upset as Austin Friedant, after allowing seven hits in the
          last two innings, ended the game with a three-pitch strikeout. Vineland had
          already scored twice in that frame and runners were on first and second. 
          Eastern scored four in the fourth and Tyler Dixon, the No. 9 hitter, stroked 
          a two-out, two-run single.
  Qtr Williamstown Won 7-4   Alex Schwartz earned the win. Tom Flacco (two) and Matt Woods hit triples.
          Joey Caruso, Collin Fabio and Corey Kreston contributed doubles.
  Semi Washington Twp. Won 5-4   Alex Schwartz went five innings to post the W. Tyler Travis (double) and Tom
          Flacco (single) had RBI in the two-run third. Two more runs were scored in the
          fourth after miscues followed Corey Kreston's sacrifice bunt. Collin Fabio
          launched a solo homer in the sixth. The Vikings turned three doubleplays.
  Final Rancocas Valley Won 5-1   Coach Rob Christ's Vikings hit the road for a fourth consecutive time in the
          playoffs and. hey, no one minded as a second consecutive South Jersey crown
          was secured. Austin Friedant crafted a four-hitter with no walks and five.
          strikeouts. Joey Caruso and frosh Davis Schneider had matching performances:
          2-for-3, one RBI, one run scored. Ryan Keenís RBI single in the first put
          Eastern ahead for good.
  *Semi Jackson Twp. Lost 6-5    The Vikings fell into a 6-2 hole before almost completely staging the hoped-for
          rally. They scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Davis Schneider posted
          three RBI thanks to a two-run homer and one-run single.
2013 First Millville Won 4-2   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.
  Qtr Toms River North Won 7-3   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 scored
          two runs.
  Semi Williamstown Won 4-0   The Vikings made Alex Bussison (three-hitter, seven Ks) a winner by packing 
          four runs into the fourth inning. Jake Quinn pounded a double.
  Final Shawnee Won 16-6   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.
  *Semi Hunterdon Cent. Won 2-1   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.
  *Final Westfield Won 8-1   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.
2012 First Toms River North Won 7-4   Mike Marchitto fanned eight and helped his own cause with three RBIs,
          including a two-run double in the sixth inning. Eastern overcame a 4-1 deficit
  Qtr Cherokee Lost 6-4   After pinch-hitter Jake Quinn provided major excitement by launching a
          two-out, two-run homer in the visiting seventh . . .Cherokee posted a three-run
          swat in the bottom half.
2011 First Oakcrest Won 6-1   Tylor Love went 3-for-3, Tom Bordi cracked a solo homer and Steve Volpe
          allowed four hits.
  Qtr Williamstown Won 9-2   Matt Lawson's 3-for-3 performance included a triple and two RBI, Tom
          Bordi doubled and Steve Volpe pitched for 5 1/3 innings.
  Semi Lenape Lost 11-0   The Vikings were limited to four hits (all singles).
2010 First Washington Twp. Lost 9-5   Eric Oliver and Evan Levicoff tripled for Eastern, which failed to score until
          the final two innings
2009 First Lenape Won 10-5   Bobby Foley (back from injury after missing 1 1/2 months) and Nick Caputi
          rapped two hits apiece and the former had two RBI. Derek Scott got the win.
  Qtr Cherry Hill East Lost 8-6   The Vikes surrendered four runs in the visiting seventh.
2008           Did not qualify
2007 First Cherry Hill West Lost 4-1   Eastern's only hits were bagged by  Mitch Primas (double) and Wes Sweet
           (single). The run scored on a wild pitch.
2006 Qtr Washington Twp. Won 5-4   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.
  Semi Toms River South Won 11-10   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.
  Final Toms River East Lost 3-2   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.
2005 Qtr Winslow Twp. Won 14-4   The Vikings exploded for 12 runs in the last two innings of this five-frame
          game. Rick Fugeroy went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI and Pat
          Monaghan collected the win.
  Semi Washington Twp. Lost 8-0   Eastern was held to one hit.
2004 First Cherokee Lost 4-3   Jeff Daniels and Nate Rosborough stroked RBI singles in a two-run visiting 
          seventh as Eastern fell one run short.
  At Gateway (Group 2)
2001           Did not qualify
2000 Qtr Haddon Heights Lost 2-1   Josh Schwartz spun a three-hitter in defeat.
1999 Qtr Audubon Won 6-5   In the 10th, Luke Miller drove in Mike Peterson (3-for-4) to win it. Joe
          Saporetti earned the W with 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
  Semi Cinnaminson Won 12-2   Josh Schwartz whiffed eight in five innings while Matt Bush and Joe
          Saporetti posted two hits apiece and combined for five RBI.
  Final Kingsway Won 8-4   Jim Bastien, Mike Peterson and Scott Long (two hits, four RBI) contributed
          run-scoring singles in a three-run first as the Gators made a quick statement en
          route to their first SJ title. Luke Miller (RBI double) also provided support
          for winner Josh Schwartz.
  *Semi Ridge Won 2-1   Josh Schwartz allowed two hits and fanned six over seven innings. In the
          eighth, singles by Schwartz and winner Joe Saporetti created a first-and-third
          situation and an intentional walk loaded the bases. Mike Peterson's squeeze
          bunt (almost caught by the sprawling pitcher) allowed the Gators to advance.
          With a diving catch, CF Matt Bush made the defensive play of the day.
  *Final Gov. Livingston Lost 4-2   The Gators did lead, 2-1, thanks to Jim Bastien's two-run double. but a 
          doubleplay off a missed suicide squeeze proved to be a killer. Joe
          Saporetti and Matt Bush halved four hits.
1998 First Sterling Won 8-7   This classic lasted 15 innings and Josh Schwartz' single drove in Matt Bush
          (double) to win it. The Gators forced extras with three in the home seventh,
          thanks mostly to Andrew Colanero's two-run single, and Brad Tully's RBI
          single made it 7-7 in the 13th.  Soph Sam Dunn pitched the last nine innings,
          allowing four hits and one run while striking out six.
  Qtr Manchester Twp. Won 5-4   Joe Saporetti clubbed an RBI double in a three-run fourth. Brad Tully had
          a two-run double.
  Semi Audubon Lost 13-3   The deficit was 11-1 after three innings. Josh Schwartz, Joe Saporetti and
          Andrew Colanero managed to stroke doubles.
1997 First Delran Lost 1-0   Mike Peterson pitched well, but allowed a homer to Ted Trump in the first, 
1996 First Haddonfield Won 3-2   Eric Berry (also a triple) gave himself the win in the eighth inning with a single
          after Tony Gismondi's triple was followed by two walks
  Qtr Buena Won 11-6   The Gators exploded for eight runs in the sixth to erase a 5-3 deficit.
  Semi Northern Burlington Lost 16-1   Gateway, which scored its run in the visiting first, was held to five hits.

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Records vs. Playoff Opponents
(italics -- opponents at Gateway)
School W L Pct.
Williamstown 4 0 1.000
Brick Twp. 2 0 1.000
Atlantic City 1 0 1.000
Atlantic County Tech 1 0 1.000
Clearview 1 0 1.000
*Hunterdon Central 1 0 1.000
*Manalapan 1 0 1.000
Millville 1 0 1.000
Oakcrest 1 0 1.000
Rancocas Valley 1 0 1.000
Toms River South 1 0 1.000
Vineland 1 0 1.000
#Westfield 1 0 1.000
Winslow Twp. 1 0 1.000
Buena 1 0 1.000
Cinnaminson 1 0 1.000
Haddonfield 1 0 1.000
Kingsway 1 0 1.000
Manchester Twp. 1 0 1.000
*Ridge 1 0 1.000
Sterling 1 0 1.000
Toms River North 2 1 .667
Washington Twp. 2 2 .500
Cherry Hill East 1 1 .500
Shawnee 1 1 .500
Audubon 1 1 .500
Lenape 1 2 .333
Cherry Hill West 0 1 .000
*Jackson Twp. 0 1 .000
#Ridegwood 0 1 .000
Toms River East 0 1 .000
Delran 0 1 .000
#Gov. Livingston 0 1 .000
Haddon Heights 0 1 .000
Northern Burlington 0 1 .000
Cherokee 1 3 .250
  34 19 .642
*-state semi      
#-state final      

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