Looking at the South Jersey Division Winners in High School Baseball

by Marc Narducci | May 28, 2024
Looking at the South Jersey Division Winners in High School Baseball
While the NJSIAA playoffs are currently underway, the conference and division championships have been decided in high school baseball. Here is a look at how the championships were earned.

Burlington County Scholastic League

Freedom Division: Holy Cross Prep had a 9-1 record to win the division by a game over Doane Academy. The two teams split their regular season games, but Doane Academy also lost a 6-2 regular season decision to Riverside. As an aside, Holy Cross is actually 2-1 over Doane Academy, having won, 9-1 in the South Jersey Non-Public B tournament.

Independence Division: Medford Tech ran the table, going 8-0. Westampton Tech was 6-2, losing two slugfests to Medford Tech, 11-8 and 12-10.

Liberty Division: Burlington Township went 6-0 in this competitive division. Cinnaminson and Northern Burlington were both tied for second with 3-3 marks.

Patriot Division: Bordentown and Pennsauken tied for the title with 7-1 records. After losing the first game between the two, 6-3, Pennsauken earned a share of the title with a 4-3 victory. For a team that was just 1-12 overall and 0-7 in the division two years ago, Pennsauken’s program made tremendous strides.

Cape Atlantic League

American Division: This was a tight race and Mainland and St. Augustine both shared the title with 10-2 marks. Mainland not only won both regular season games against St. Augustine, but defeated the Hermits, 1-0 in the Cape Atlantic League championship.

National Division: Hammonton went 9-3 to win the division by a game over Cedar Creek (8-4). What was key was Hammonton sweeping the season series with Cedar Creek, winning 10-8 and then 2-1 as winning pitcher Lucas Guerrier pitched five shutout innings. Hammonton also beat Cedar Creek, 6-2 in an opening Cape Atlantic League tournament game.

United Division: This was among the tightest in South Jersey. Oakcrest won the division with a 9-3 mark. Three teams finished one game out at 8-4 – Atlantic City, Cape May Tech and Middle Township.

Colonial Conference

Liberty Division: Haddon Heights went 10-0 to win the Liberty, two games ahead of 8-2 Audubon. Heights beat Audubon 8-2 and 4-0. In the clinching 4-0 win, Drew Harris pitched a seven-hit shutout, while striking out nine.

Patriot Division: Gloucester and Collingswood each shared the title with 4-2 records, while Haddon Township was just behind at 3-3.

Olympic Conference

American Division: This was a highly competitive race. Cherokee won with a 6-2 record, with Eastern runner-up at 5-3. To demonstrate how balanced this division was, Rancocas Valley and Lenape were 4-4.

National Division: Bishop Eustace continued its dominance in the National by winning with a 9-1 mark. Paul VI, which split with Eustace, also lost a conference game to Camden Catholic to finish second.

Patriot Division: This was another tight race with Cherry Hill West (6-2) emerging as champion, followed by Shawnee (5-3), Moorestown (5-3) and Seneca (4-4).

Tri-County Conference

Classic Division: Pitman and Pennsville shared the title with 7-1 records. Pitman earned its share of the title with a 4-3 win on May 14 over Pennsville as Connor Sharkey scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to break the tie.

Diamond Division: Woodstown (7-1) won the title by a game over Schalick (6-2). The difference for Woodstown was two wins over Schalick, 9-4 and 12-4.

Liberty Division: Delsea went 10-0 to win the division, while second place Timber Creek was 6-4.

Royal Division: Gloucester Catholic went 10-0 while the second place team was Washington Township (6-4).

Photo: Holy Cross Prep / Marc Narducci

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