Top 20 of spring 2013


Atlantic City second baseman Dean D’Alessandro applies a sweep tag to the face of Holy Spirit baserunner Nick Cordivari, but the Spartans got the last laugh with a victory over the host Vikings at Sand Castle Stadium in Atlantic City. (Glory Days photos/Dave O’Sullivan)


Holy Spirit junior right-hander Mike DiIanni throws a pitch against Vineland in April. DiIanni pitched an outstanding game, but Vineland worked out of a late bases-loaded jam late in the game to hang on for a 1-0 win in Absecon.


Outfielder Ryan Ganard, right, celebrates with Drew Roesch as teammates rush to mob Roesch, who beat out a potential double play grounder, allowing the winning run to score in the bottom of the seventh inning of Absegami’s thrilling victory over Vineland in April.


Absegami’s Matt Branco celebrates after scoring the winning run in the Braves’ dramatic, walk-off victory over visiting Vineland.


The Atlantic City softball players bow their heads for a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings prior to the Vikings’ victory over host Mainland Regional.


Ocean City first singles player Nate Roberts hits a return shot during his team’s loss to host Mainland Regional.


Attacker Anna Gordon, a senior who graduated as Mainland Regional’s all-time leading scorer, celebrates after the Mustangs knocked off powerful rival Ocean City 8-7 during the regular season.


Mainland Regional goalie Brianna Gerstel makes a save on a close-range shot by Ocean City’s Kelly Hanna during the Mustangs’ win over the Red Raiders in Linwood.


Mainland Regional pitcher Abby Roberts delivers a pitch during the Mustangs’ game against Egg Harbor Township in Linwood.


Seniors Taylor Klever, left, and Anna Gordon embrace after Mainland Regional’s dramatic win over Ocean City.

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Egg Harbor Township’s Troy Dixon drives a ball to center field during the semifinals of the Carpenter Cup Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in late June. The Tri-Cape all-stars fell 4-1 to Lehigh Valley.


Kevin Campbell of Elizabeth High School makes a play deep in the hole at shortstop at the Diamond Nation complex in Flemington during the inaugural Garden State Underclass Games, an invitational tournament featuring more than 100 of the top sophomore and junior baseball players in the state.


Egg Harbor Township catcher Troy Dixon goes after a foul popup during Tri-Cape’s dominating 13-6 win over SOL American/Continental (Pa.) during the quarterfinals of the Carpenter Cup Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia in late June.


Vineland shortstop Johnny Malatesta makes a play on the run during the Garden State Underclass Games in Flemington.


Absegami’s Darren Sewell tries to maintain possession after taking a hit from an Oakcrest defender during the Braves’ 11-10 loss to the Falcons in the season finale.


Absegami senior Austin Goodwin hugs his mother, Kimbra, at halftime of the season finale against Oakcrest. Goodwin scored his 100th goal in the first half and graduates as the school’s all-time leading scorer.


Mainland Regional seniors, from left, Erin O’Connell, Taylor Klever, Anna Gordon, Miranda Lamey, Caity McDonnell and Brianna Gerstel pose for a photo on senior day. The six seniors helped the Mustangs go 16-3 including a huge win over rival Ocean City and a playoff victory over Lacey Township. It was the most successful season in program history, according to head coach Bernadette Daley.


Ocean City’s Zach Zellers (wearing helmet) is mobbed by teammates after delivering the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 9th inning against Absegami.


Mainland Regional senior Taylor Klever drives toward the goal on a penalty shot during the Mustangs’ 21-10 win over Millville in the final game of the season.


Vineland freshman JaQues Colon sends a shot down the right-field line during Vineland’s 6-2 win over city rival Sacred Heart during the final “City Series” matchup. Sacred Heart High School closed following the 2012-2013 school year.


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