“We wanted to come and go on this ground and win a South Jersey championship. And everything went as we planned. I couldn’t be prouder of our children. This team gave us everything they had, and we gave it back straight away. Every punch we took, we returned one. What an aerial combat it was. They make a great team and a great program. Getting this victory is huge.
Gloucester Catholic sophomore RJ Mustaro registered a two-run single in the fourth inning. Jeremy Wolf, a junior shortstop, hit a solo homerun in the fifth, which reduced the Rams’ deficit to 5-3.
But Holy Spirit extended their lead to 9-3 early in the sixth inning. Trevor Cohen, hit by a pitch, scored on a mistake. Steven Petrosh single at Shertel. David Hagaman then hit a two-run single, scoring Spina and Petrosh.
Shertel was called out in the sixth inning and Gloucester Catholic added four runs.
The Spartans have gone through a few pitchers. Donovan Patten came on to earn the save, including pulling out the last Rams on strikes, which was immediately followed by his teammates storming the infield.
“We didn’t let this lead, which was huge,” said Normane. “Our pitchers got in trouble, but they got through it and we never gave up that early lead.
“The mere fact that we were able to keep fighting when they hit us in the mouth was a huge testament to these guys. They worked all season for it.