The 8th seeded Lancers beat St. Joseph’s 3-1 at Toms River East for the Non-Public “A” state championship. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction
Justin Chin pitched 6 1/3 innings to run his record to 10-0 to lead St. John Vianney to a 3-1 win over St. Joseph’s to win the Non-Public “A” state baseball championship at Toms River East. For the Lancers, it’s their first state baseball title since 1981. St. John Vianney got in the board in the second after Chris Morris laid down a bunt that saw an errant throw to left field plate Joe Rotelli who doubled earlier in the frame.
The only other run-scoring play for St. John Vianney was a two-run base hit by Anthony LaVigne in the third. Chin didn’t give up a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning and got a home run saving catch from Evan Pietronico in the sixth inning. In the 7th, Chin allowed runners on first and third and induced a long fly out and turned the ball over to Dan Schirmacher. Following a strikeout, Mark Fossati got St. Joseph’s on the board with an RBI single that was charged to Chin, but the righty Lancers reliever ended it on a strikeout.
St. John Vianney entered the post-season as a #8 seed and toppled top seed Bishop Eustace, Shore Conference Tourney Champ CBA, #2 seed Gloucester Catholic and North 3rd seed St. Joseph’s to win it all.