Ethan Arter powers Moorestown past Cherry Hill West in divisional showdown
CHERRY HILL (N.J.) - With the Diamond Classic on the horizon, both Cherry Hill West and Moorestown were looking for a key division win to boost their respective resumes.
Moorestown's Ethan Arter drove in all three of Moorestown's runs with a two-run double and the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the seventh inning in a 3-2 win over Cherry Hill West at Cherry Hill High School West in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Chris Baker/ D2 Sports Network
Ethan Arter assured the Quakers, ranked 13th in the latest Baker's Dozen Top 13 high school baseball rankings, came out victorious with three runs batted in in a 3-2 victory over No. 10 Cherry Hill West on Thursday.
The Lions struck first as North Carolina commit Jon Young, Jr. shot a double to right-center field. Nick Berckman followed up with a sacrifice bunt before a RBI groundout by Brendon McCargar provided Cherry Hill West with a 1-0 lead.
Moorestown answered back with two runs on a two-run double by Arter in the top of the third inning.
West responded with a RBI single from Nick Mirarchi to tie the contest at 2-2. North Carolina commit Ryan Lynch settled in and shut down the Lions' offense for the rest of his outing.
Arter wasn't done yet.
The senior had one more clutch hit left in him in the top of the seventh inning as he shot a liner over the second baseman's head to score Penn State commit Ethan Tolbert to give Moorestown a 3-2 lead.
Matt McCandless earned the save as he only allowed a walk in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Lynch allowed eight hits, two earned runs, two walks, and earned 10 strikeouts over six innings.
Ryder Garino went six innings, allowed four hits, two earned runs, three walks, and racked up 12 strikeouts for Cherry Hill West.
Moorestown coach Mike Appalucci wasn't shocked about his team's gusty performance to snag a win over No. 10 Cherry Hill West.
"This team has no quit in them," Appalucci said. "We didn't push across as many runs as we should've but to just get the win was important."
Arter's approach at the plate was simple. A simple approach that translated to big hits.
"I just went up there looking for a pitch to hit," Arter said. "I found my pitches and drove them and the runs came in with the hits as well."