EAST BRUNSWICK – The Amazin’ Rams of Southern Regional lost Wednesday afternoon 5-2 to Hunterdon Central in the NJ Group IV state playoffsThe Rams took on the Central Jersey Group IV champion Red Devils at East Brunswick Tech' High School's Richard J. Cipperly Field.

Southern became SJ Group IV champions June 3 after a tremendous 6-2 victory over Lenape High School. The Rams had not gone this far in the playoffs in 50 years. This was Southern’s first sectional championship since they won the Central Group II title in 1967.

Southern’s accomplishments this season also include a trip to the Ocean County Tournament championship game for the first time since 1983 where they lost to Toms River South.

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The Amazin’ Rams advanced as the No. 11 seed in South Jersey Group IV. They ended up being the champions that is an amazing feat. Southern finished the season with an overall 18-10 record.

Southern took an early 2-0 lead. The Rams loaded the bases in the bottom of the second. Vaughn Walker walked to push the first run in. Cole Markley grounded to shortstop on a fielder’s choice that drove in the second run.

 

Andrew Ollwerther smacked a two-run triple in the bottom of the second to tie the game. Pete Cosentino had an RBI single in the third inning to put Hunterdon Central in the lead for good at 3-2.
 

Hunterdon scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to bring the score to 5-2.  Hunterdon Central’s Peter Woltersdorf pitched the entire game for the victory. His season record on the mound was 8-0.

Southern had an incredible season with 12 seniors on the squad. “I am very proud of this team,” said Southern’s head coach Keith Cocuzza. “I cannot thank these players enough for such a tremendous ride this season.”

Hunterdon Central will face Millburn in the Group IV final Saturday in Toms River.

 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 RUNS HITS ERRORS

Southern

 0   2   0   0   0   0   0   2   6   0

 Hunterdon Central  

0 0 3 1 1 0 0 5 7 0

 

Batting

Southern

PLAYER AB RUNS HITS RBI   2B   3B   BB   HBP AVG
Pat Barrett 3 -     1    - - - - - .333
Noah Brown 3 - - - - - - - .000
Connor Ciliberto       - 1 - - - - - - -
Garret Lange 3 - - - - - - - .000
Cole Markley 2 - - 1 - - - - .000
Marcos Matias 3 1 2 - 1 - - - .667
Zach Oddo 2 - 1 - - - - 1 .500
Joey Robertson 3 - - - - - - - .000
Vaughn Walker 2 - - 1 - - 1 - .000
Nolan Watson 3 - 2 - - - - - .667

Hunterdon Central

PLAYER AB R H RBI 2B 3B BB HBP AVG
Brian Adams 3 -         -        -          -       -       - - .000
Pete Cosentino 4 - 1 1 - - - - .250
Kevin Johnson 3 1 1 - - - - - .333
Ryan Koep 3 - - - - - - - .000
Garrison LeGros      - 2 - - - - - - -
Sal Lombardo 3 - 1 1 - - 1 - .333
Colin Mason 4 - 1 - - - - - .250
Andrew Ollwerther 3 1 1 2 - 1 1 - .333
Matt Padre 1 - - - - - 2 1 .000
Mark Saponara 3 1 2 1 1 - 1 - .667

Pitching

Southern

PLAYER IP H R ER BB K HB W L ERA PIT
Pat Barrett 4 5    4    4 2 3 - 0 1 7 70
Zach Fillmore     1 1 1 1 2 1 - - - 7 -
Nick Simone 2 - - - 1 2 - - - 0 -

Hunterdon Central

PLAYER IP H   R ER BB K HB W L ERA PIT
Peter Woltersdorf 7 6 2 2 1 3 1 1 0 2 102