Sports Roundup

Southern Regional Seniors Return, Have Little Trouble Helping Tennis Team Improve to 6-1

Apr 25, 2018

Sometimes when a team’s seniors go on the school’s senior trip, it takes them a couple of days to get back into the swing of things. Such was not the case for the Southern Regional boys tennis team on Monday. Behind straight-set victories from all three of their singles players, including seniors Tommy Franks and Colton Little, the Rams improved to 6-1 overall by knocking off Toms River East, 4-1. Franks recorded a 6-1, 6-1 win over Nick Sardano at first singles, while second singles player Eloin Dunwoody bounced Paul Blanchini, 6-4, 6-0, and Little wiped out Vin Rotonda, 6-2, 6-3, at third singles.

Senior Sean Distelcamp and first-doubles partner Joseph Dunwoody won a 7-6 (7-0), 6-0 victory, but Burke Flynn and second-doubles teammate Anthony DelRio fell short in completing the sweep, dropping a 4-6, 1-6 contest.

On April 17, prior to Southern’s senior trip, the Rams edged Shore Conference Class A South rival Central Regional, 3-2. Against the Golden Eagles, Franks and Eloin Dunwoody came up on the losing end of three-set contests – Franks dropping a 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (3-7) match against J.T. Murray, and Dunwoody going down to Jake Wilfred, 3-6, 6-2, 5-10.

However, Little managed a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kwando Bekoe at third singles, before Distelcamp and Joseph Dunwoody won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles and DelRio and Flynn scored an identical victory at second doubles.

Pinelands, Southern Golfers
Cruise to 6-0

After each team delivered solid efforts in the Ocean County Tournament early in the week, the Pinelands and Southern golf teams continued winning streaks against divisional foes last week, each improving to 6-0 on the season.

Fueled by Austin Carney’s 40, during which he birdied the par-3, 144-yard second hole at Cedar Creek Golf Course, the Wildcats scored a 174-191 victory over Shore Conference Class B South rival Lacey. Connor Carney birdied the par-4, 346-yard fifth hole and ended up with a 44, while Kayla Gutierrez – who took third in the OCT on April 16 as part of the team, then grabbed second in the girls’ OCT as an individual the next day – also carded a 44. Ben DeFiglio’s 46 helped seal the victory over the Lions.

As for the Rams, their most recent victory occurred April 20, as they cruised to a 172-205 win over neighboring Barnegat. Chris D’Alessandro carded a 40 to lead Southern, while Caleb Rossi delivered a 42, Peter Fabian arrived to the clubhouse with a 43, and Stephen Oakes managed a 47 to round out the scoring. Maxwell Lares led the Bengals with a 46.

Two days earlier, the Rams easily knocked off Shore Conference Class A South foe Brick, 175-207, as Rossi led the way with a 41, followed by Fabian’s 42, D’Alessandro’s 44 and Jonathan Sheehan’s 48. Oakes also shot a 48 at Ocean Acres Country Club.

At Monday’s Shore Conference Tournament, Southern placed seventh with a team score of 332, well behind defending state champion Christian Brothers Academy, which cracked the 300-stroke mark with a 298. The Rams were led by Nick Campanelli, who tied for 11th place with a 77, while Rossi managed to tie for 18th with a 79. For Pinelands, Gutierrez led the way with an 81, which was good enough to tie for 26th.

Rams Riding
Roller Coaster So Far

The Southern softball team had another roller-coaster stretch last week, scoring a couple of big wins while falling short in a pair of others. The young Rams started the week on April 17 with an impressive, 6-4 win over Shore Conference Class A South rival Brick, as junior catcher Taylor Bass went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and two walks and junior pitcher Tatiyana Ford went the entire eight innings for the victory in the circle.

Unfortunately, the Rams’ win streak ended a few days later with a 4-3 loss to Brick Memorial. But during the Oakcrest tournament on Saturday, Southern again came up big, scoring a 9-3 victory over the host squad. Junior Christina D’Amodio had the hot bat, going 3-for-4, while Keeley Himmelreich contributed to the onslaught with a double, home run and four runs batted in. Kendall Adams also went 2-for-4. Ford scattered 10 hits and struck out seven.

In the final of the Oakcrest tourney, Southern was shut out by Buena, 7-0. The Rams registered six hits and committed three errors. Buena scored three runs in the bottom of the third, then added three more in the fifth and one in the sixth to cap the scoring.

David Biggy

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