Staff Report

High school baseball fans in South Jersey didn’t have to wait long for some outstanding playoff performances. Monday’s opening round was full of them. Here’s a quick look at what you missed if you had to work late on Monday afternoon:

NEW RECORD HOLDER: Cameron Flukey, a senior at Egg Harbor Township High and Coastal Carolina commit, may very well get drafted in June during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He’s tall, lanky and can throw a baseball 97 miles-per-hour. He’s now the new strikeout king at EHT after a dominating performance on Monday in the Eagles’ 2-0 win over Toms River North in the opening round of South Jersey Group 4. He allowed just three hits while striking out 10, setting a new single season record for whiffs (83) as well as the new career mark (159). EHT got RBIs from Braeden Thies and Zach McLaughlin to advance to the quarterfinals, where the No. 3 Eagles will face No. 11 Eastern, a 12-0 upset winner over No. 6 Millville.

PARTY CRASHERS: Also in SJG4, No. 13 seed Cherry Hill East advanced, the lowest seed to do so in the first round. The Cougars topped Lenape, 6-2, by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie. Ethan Haddock went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, and Alex Tanaka added a pair of RBIs. The Cougars were able to outlast Lenape ace Jonathan Adelmann, who was lifted after 91 pitches in six innings. His outing featured eight strikeouts and only two hits allowed.

WALK-OFF WINNER: Cherry Hill West came into SJG3 as the No. 3 seed, but the Lions were put to the test by No. 14 Toms River South — a perennial championship contender during the long career of skipper Ken Frank, one of the best coaches in state history. The game was 1-1 into the bottom of the ninth when Josue Holloway, a sophomore outfielder, belted a walk-off three-run home run to left to send Cherry Hill West into a quarterfinal date with No. 11 Moorestown, a 3-2 winner over No. 6 Absegami. The Lions’ top pitcher, Ryder Garino, went eight innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 13.

ONE-HIT WONDER: Dante Edwardi, a Fairleigh Dickenson recruit, had it going for Ocean City in the Red Raiders’ opening round, 8-2 win over Clearview. The senior allowed just one hit in six innings of work while striking out eight, getting No. 7 Ocean City into the quarterfinals, where it will face No. 2 Delsea on Friday. O.C.’s Evan Taylor continued his torrid pace at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. He’s hitting .522 with 36 hits, including five homers and 13 doubles, and a program-record 39 RBIs.

NOT TODAY: Haddonfield senior Dane Samartino wasn’t about to let his team go down in the Bulldogs’ opening-round game against Oakcrest. He twirled a no-hit shutout, striking out 11 in Haddonfield’s 9-0 win over the Falcons. He came within one error of pitching a perfect game!

BOUNCE-BACK WIN: Buena Regional was snuffed out, 11-3, in the Cape-Atlantic League Tournament championship game by Vineland on Friday, but the Chiefs — the top seed in SJG1 — bounced back in a big way, rolling to a 9-0 win over No. 16 Gateway in the opening round. Austin Wokock got the win, fanning eight in four innings of work, and Allen Adkins and Charlie Saglimbeni each chipped in a pair of RBIs. Buena is now 23-3 on the year.