Eastern Regional High School
Baseball History
(This New Jersey School in the Eastern Section of
Camden County Serves Berlin Borough,
Gibbsboro Borough and Voorhees Township)

  Under coach Rob Christ, Eastern won Group 4 South Jersey championships in 2013, '14 and '19 and also captured the Group 4 state title in '13.
  Below are lineups/recaps.

  (Eastern also advanced to Group finals in 1971, 1972, 1983,
1989 and 2006. Details for playoffs in those seasons are at the
bottom of this page. If you know of other finals appearances
by Eastern, please speak up. Thanks!)

  Details obtained from stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer
and/or Camden Courier-Post. Thanks also to Coach Christ.

  To reach Ted Silary -- tedtee307@yahoo.com

Olympic Conference Titles
(Includes Shared)
National: 1972
National: 1973
National: 1975
National: 1977
National: 1979
American: 1994
American: 1995
American: 1996
American: 1997
American: 2011
American: 2013
American: 2015
American: 2016
American: 2018

Starting Lineup in State Final

Nick Tierno, 2b
Ryan Delaney, cf
Tom Flacco, 3b
Steve Priolo, p
Jake Quinn, 1b
Alex Bussison, rf
Matt Marella, lf
Billy Beasley, c
Ben Hoffman, ss

First Round
  Eastern 4, Millville 2:
Steve Priolo surrendered four hits, two of the infield variety, and retired 12 of the final 14 batters. Tom Flacco launched a homer and bagged another RBI on a groundout.
  Eastern 7, Toms River North 3:
Steve Priolo struck out five and went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Matt Marella and Tom Flacco lashed two hits apiece. The former had two RBI; the latter scores two runs.
  Eastern 4, Williamstown 0:
The Vikings made Alex Bussison a winner by packing four runs into the fourth inning. Jake Quinn pounded a double.
  Eastern 16, Shawnee 6 (6 inn.):
Steve Priolo pitched a complete game and enjoyed being part of a seven-hit, seven-run first inning. He finished with three hits. Nick Tierno thumped a solo homer and scored three times while Tom Flacco went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple while scoring four runs. The first four guys in the batting order -- Tierno, Ryan Delaney, Flacco, Priolo -- totaled 11 hits, six RBI and 11 runs scored.

  Eastern 2, Hunterdon Central 1:
At Monmouth University, the Vikings scored their runs in the first inning and got the last out of the game on a close play off a grounder, second baseman Nick Tierno to first baseman Jake Quinn.
  Eastern 8, Westfield 1:
At Toms River North, after heavy rain caused a one-day postponement, Steve Priolo fired a five-hitter with seven punchouts and Nick Tierno tripled. Later? Glad you asked. They made it back to Eastern in time to make late appearances in the Camden County Senior All-Star Game and clubbed back-to-back homers! Against Westfield, Jake Quinn went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one brought home two runs in a four-run fifth. Ben Hoffman went 3-for-3 with a double and RBI single. He also experienced the thrill of stealing home. Tom Flacco mixed two steals with two runs scored. In six playoffs, coach Rob Christ's Vikings outscored their opponents by 41-13.
Starting Lineup in South Jersey Final

Joey Caruso, rf
Tyler Travis, c
Tom Flacco, ss
Ryan Keen, 1b
Collin Fabio, dh
  Austin Friedant, p
Davis Schneider, 3b
Corey Kreston, 2b
Matt Woods, cf
Tyler Dixon, lf


First Round
  Eastern 4, Vineland 3:
The Vikings, as the No. 11 seed (they'd begun the season with just one returning starter), toughed out this upset as Austin Friedant, after allowing seven hits in the last two innings, ended the game with a three-pitch strikeout. Vineland had already scored twice in that frame and runners were on first and second. Eastern scored four in the fourth and Tyler Dixon, the No. 9 hitter, stroked a two-out, two-run single.
  Eastern 7, Williamstown 4:
Alex Schwartz earned the win. Tom Flacco (two) and Matt Woods hit triples. Joey Caruso, Collin Fabio and Corey Kreston contributed doubles.
  Eastern 5, Washington Township 1:
Alex Schwartz went five innings to post the W. Tyler Travis (double) and Tom Flacco (single) had RBI in the two-run third. Two more runs were scored in the fourth after miscues followed Corey Kreston's sacrifice bunt. Collin Fabio launched a solo homer in the sixth. The Vikings turned three doubleplays.
  Eastern 5, Rancocas Valley 1:
Coach Rob Christ's Vikings had to hit the road for a fourth consecutive time in the playoffs and. hey, no one minded as a second consecutive South Jersey crown was secured. Austin Friedant crafted a four-hitter with no walks and five strikeouts. Joey Caruso and frosh Davis Schneider had matching performances: 2-for-3, one RBI, one run scored. Ryan Keenís RBI single in the first put Eastern ahead for good.

  Jackson Township 6, Eastern 5:
At Overbrook, the Vikings fell into a 6-2 hole before almost completely staging the hoped-for rally. They scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Davis Schneider posted three RBI thanks to a two-run homer and one-run single.



Starting Lineup in South Jersey Final

Nick Zellner, cf
Matt Karpousis, lf
Jack Winsett, ss
Dylan Stezzi, c
Sam Portnoy, p
AJ Funari, rf
Isaac Fendrick, 3b
Mike Bonomo, dh
Teddy Moos, 1b
  Cole Regn, 2b
First Round
  Eastern 5, Brick Memorial 0:
Cole Boyan, who allowed five hits and no walks, became just the third guy to pitch a complete game playoff shutout for coach Christ. Nick Zellner turned three hits into one RBI and scored twice. Dylan Stezzi added two hits; one was an RBI double.
  Eastern 5, Williamstown 2:
Sam Portnoy hurled a four-hitter with one walk. RBI came from Matt Karpousis, Isaac Fendrick (one double apiece), Dylan Stezzi and AJ Funari. The fifth inning was delayed by a thunderstorm.
  Eastern 4, Cherokee 3:
Mike Bonomo pounded a two-run double in the second, but Cherokee pitcher Jake Prince answered in the visiting seventh with a three-run double. Nick Zellner's triple in the bottom half created a tie and Dylan Stezzi -- after a hit by pitch and
intentional walk loaded the bases, and the outfielders were brought waaaaay in -- launched a one-out, game-winning "single" far over the centerfielder's head.
  Eastern 7, Cherry Hill East 2: While seizing their first SJ crown since 2014, the Vikes offered quite the memorable moment. They expanded a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a trick play: Dylan Stezzi flopped about halfway toward third base. The catcher's pickoff throw was high and Jack Winsett frolicked home from third. Highlights in the three-run sixth were RBI by frosh Mike Bonomo (triple) and Ryne Kremer (single). Sam Portnoy allowed seven hits and fanned five over 5 2/3 innings. Kremer earned the save.

  Eastern 1, Manalapan 0:
At Monmouth University, Cole Boyan crafted another shutout while allowing four hits and getting major help from his defense. Centerfielder Nick Zellner started two doubleplays; catcher Dylan Stezzi made the tag to end one of them. AJ Funari's squeeze bunt made it 1-0 in the fourth. With out and runners on second and third in the seventh, Manalapan made it 1-1 with a squeeze on a pitchout . . . until the plate ump ruled the batter out for making contact from outside the batter's box. 3B Isaac Fendrick caught a liner on the next pitch to end it.
   Ridgewood 2, Eastern 1:
At Veterans Park in Hamilton Township, Ridgewood scored the game's one earned run in the first inning on a sac fly and used another SF to make it 2-0 in the sixth. Cole Boyan allowed just two hits over 6 2/3 frames. Eastern scored in the home sixth as AJ Funari walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scurried home on an errant pickoff throw to first. Nick Zellner's double was the best of Eastern's two hits. The Vikings fanned 12 times.




Group 2
First Round
  Eastern defeated Delsea:
Details currently unavailable.
Eastern 3, Gateway 2: At Williamstown, lefty Dave Evans (two-hitter, 11 strikeouts) gave himself the win by
stroking an RBI single in the ninth. The Vikings' two runs in the third came courtesy of Bill Clarke's triple. This was
Eastern's 14th consecutive win. Gateway waved bye-bye to a 16-game winning streak.
  Eastern 4, Penns Grove 3: At Hammonton, the winning two-run rally featured Bill Clarke's RBI single to score
Dave Wyche and a wild pitch to bring home Rich Brown. Earlier, Tom Teall hammered a two-run double. Dave
Evans allowed seven hits, fanned 10.
  Haddonfield 1, Eastern 0: At Sterling, a homer produced the only run in the third. The Vikings created a stir with
two away in the seventh when Tom Teall and Mike Pizarro singled. Alas, Tom Taylor's liner was caught by the
rightfielder. Eastern entered this game with 17 consecutive wins.

Group 2
  Eastern 5, Delsea 3:
The Vikings scored a first-inning run as Bill Clarke tripled and scored on a triple. In the fifth,
Clarke delivered an RBI double and scored on Mike Pizarro's sac fly. Ed Salter earned the win.
  Eastern 4, Gateway 1:
Steve Kosyla sat down 11 in a five-hitter. Big hits came from Tom Taylor (RBI double)
and John Barker (RBI single).
  Haddonfield 10, Eastern 0:
The Vikings were limited to three hits and allowed a close one to become a blowout
by getting burned for eight runs (four earned) in the seventh. Steve Deichert and Bob Callaway stroked
back-to-back, two-out singles in the second, but a strikeout ended what turned out to be the only serious threat.

Group 3
First Round
  Eastern 12, Triton 9:
The Vikings needed to pull off an upset win on the final qualifying day just to make the
playoffs. Then, as the No. 11 seed, they surprised No. 6 Triton mostly thanks to Mark Virgilio, who rang up six
RBI with a two-run homer and two doubles for four more ribbies.
  Eastern 3, Collingswood 0:
Tim Walsh pitched a three-hitter with six Ks and Ken Dischert produced the winning
run with an RBI single in the second. Two more scored in the seventh when Rich Diaz' bunt single was accompanied
by a costly error.
  Eastern 8, Moorestown 1:
The top seed was vanquished as Rich Diaz netted four RBI from two doubles and Rick
Kerr laced a two-run double. Amazingly, Bob Lewis (three-hitter) held the losers to one run despite issuing 12 walks.
  Absegami 4, Eastern 0 (9 inn.):
The Vikings were held to three hits and left Hammonton's field crushed after
Absegami cleared the fence with a walkoff grand slam.

Group 3
First Round
  Eastern 5, Brick Memorial 1:
Bill Artz, a catcher until late in the season, scattered seven hits and Greg Collins clubbed
a solo homer.
  Eastern 10, Oakcrest 7:
Against the No. 1 seed, the Vikings roared to nine runs in the first three innings. In a five-run
third, Greg Collins (two-run) and winning pitcher Bill Artz went yard.
  Eastern 7, Mainland 2:
Winner Bill Artz rapped a triple and Paul Wendolowski stroked a run-scoring single to break a
2-2 tie in a four-run fourth.
  Edgewood 1, Eastern 0 (8 inn.):
The Vikings were no-hit for 6.2 innings before back-to-back singles by Brian Bonsall
and Glen Wiser created a first-and-third situation. The rally fizzled and Edgewood won on a two-out single.

Group 4
First Round
  Eastern 5, Washington Twp. 4:
Winning pitcher Pat Monaghan turned two doubles into three RBI, Rick Fougeray
slashed a triple and
Kris Herman stole home. The Vikings scored four times in the fourth.
  Eastern 11, Toms River South 10 (9 inn.): The Vikings stormed back from 5-0, 8-6 and 10-8 deficits. Reliever
Matt Pizzutillo became a winner when Pat Monaghan delivered a walkoff, three-run double in the home ninth.. He
also had a triple.
  Toms River East 3, Eastern 2: Pat Monaghan twirled a three-hitter and had a no-no through four innings. Brendan
Moles lofted a solo homer in the home seventh to get the Vikings within one run, but the next two batters were retired.


At Eastern
  Eastern 6, Gloucester Catholic 1:
The Vikings earned their first title in this tournament -- it dates back to 1974
and in 1998 was named to honor Eastern's coach from 1969 through 1986 -- one year after they fell to Bishop Eustace,
4-1, in the championship game. Soph Jesse Barbera, primarily a second baseman, got the start and twirled a five-hitter
with one walk. He'd pitched only 6 1/3 innings all season. Davis Schneider posted two RBI, Ronny Silvestro added two
apiece of hits/runs scored and Jake Cudeyro had two hits, one RBI. Eastern claimed the championship by winning
three games within 28 hours (Cherry Hill West Saturday, Lenape Sunday morning, GC Sunday night).

At Eastern
  Eastern 4, St. Augustine 1 (8 inn.):
Jesse Barbera went the distance and allowed two hits while earning his second
JHDC title win in three years. He needed just five pitches to record a 1-2-3 eighth. In the top half, Jack Herman walked,
moved to third on Dylan Stezzi's single and scored on a wild pitch. Matt Karpousis and AJ Funari added RBI singles.
In a semifinal six days earlier vs. Washington Township, coach Rob Christ earned career win No. 400 in 21 seasons
(1996-2001 at Gateway, 2004-18 at Eastern).

Starting Lineup in 2016 Final
Jesse Barbera, p
Jake Cudeyro, dh
Jack Herman, cf
Frank Pallante, 1b
Lou Priolo, lf
Zach Ray, c
Davis Schneider, 3b
Ronny Silvestro, rf
Tyler Travis, 2b
  Steve Love, ss
Starting Lineup in 2018 Final
Jesse Barbera, p
Jack Winsett, ss
Jack Herman, cf
Dylan Stezzi, c
Matt Karpousis, 1b
AJ Funari, rf
Ronny Silvestro, lf
Isaac Fendrick, 3b
Devin Hunt, dh
  Cole Regn, 2b