( CNBNews video)--Deptford High School May 12, 2018(CNBNEWS video)-The first round of the Diamond Classic. The bottom of the 5th Rams leading 3-2 Hermits Josh Hood hits a double scoring 2 runs. Final Hermits 4 Rams 3
by CNBNews Staff
DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP NJ (May 12, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)—St. Augustine and Gloucester Catholic met today in the first round of the 45TH Annual Joe Hartman Diamond Classic held at Deptford Township High School. The Rams got on the score board early in the first with two runs. The Rams held that lead until the fourth when the Hermits tied the game 2-2. Top of the fifth the Rams jumped ahead by one. In the bottom of the fifth the Hermits Josh Hood smacked a double driving home two runs to take the lead for good.
Final St. Augustine 4 Rams 3.
Andrew Vail (senior/LHP)pitched the entire game for Gloucester Catholic. There were a number of scouts at the game clocking Vail's pitching speed which hit 90 mph at times.
The 16-team tournament, which includes 10 automatic berths and six at-large teams, started today, Saturday at four sites according to NJ.com .
Automatic qualifiers included: West Deptford (Colonial Liberty); Riverside(Burlington Freedom); Bishop Eustace (Olympic National); Holy Spirit (Cape-Atlantic National); Gloucester High (Tri-County Classic); Clearview (Tri-County Royal); Gateway (Colonial Patriot); Eastern (Olympic American); Bordentown (Burlington Liberty); St. Augustine (Cape-Atlantic American).
Next weekend, the quarterfinals of the Diamond Classic are set for Saturday, May 19, with double-headers being played at Deptford and Washington Township. Game times are 10:30 AM and 1 PM. The semifinals will be played on Sunday, May 20 at Deptford and Washington Township at 1 PM. The championship game is scheduled for 5 PM Sunday at Eastern High School.
The Rams regular season continues on Monday afternoon when they face Deptford High School at Deptford. First pitch 4PM. Both teams play in the Tri-County Diamond League. The Rams' league record is 6-3 and 13-7 overall. Deptford's record is 3-4 in the League and 7-12 overall.
Gloucester High who played the second game of today's tournament double header at Deptford lost to Seneca 10-0. Gloucester High's league record is 10-0 with a overall record of 14-6. Seneca's league record is 6-2 with an overall record of 13-5.
St. Augustine captured the 2017 Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic with a victory over Gloucester Catholic.