NUTLEY, NJ - Sophomore Kevin Hogan launched a two-out, solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a two-run rally that lifted No. 2 seed Nutley over seventh-seeded Chatham, 4-3, on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 state baseball tournament played at the Oval.

Chatham center fielder Tyler Brock raced back to the fence in left-center and leaned over the fence in an attempt to rob Hogan, but he couldn't bring the ball back as it glanced off his glove for the game-ending home run. It was Hogan's second home run of the season and his mother greeted him with a promise of a steak dinner for his heroic feat.

Chatham (16-8) led, 3-2, with one out in the bottom of the seventh before Marty Higgins connected with a 1-2 pitch for his fifth homer of the season for Nutley (20-8). One out later, Hogan ended it with his drive to the cement bleachers in left center.

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Higgins, who came on in relief to pitch the top of the seventh, improved his mound record to 4-1 with the win. 

Two batters before Hogan's game-winning homer, Marty Higgins launched a homer to tie the game at 3-3 with one out in the bottom of the seventh for Nutley