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Gloucester Catholic outlasts St. Augustine in 11-inning classic at Coaches vs. Cancer showcase

Gloucester Catholic's Tate DeRias throws a pitch against St. Augustine in the Coaches vs. Cancer baseball game played at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Lukas Guerrier/D2 Sports Network

LINWOOD - One of South Jersey's largest high school baseball events is hosted each year at Mainland Regional High School. The Mustangs' Coaches vs. Cancer showcase is a three-day event that features teams from all over South Jersey and other regions of the state.

The three-day showcase features games from morning until dusk with a main event that tends to draw the largest crowds.

In the past two seasons, St. Augustine and Gloucester Catholic have been the subjects of those main events.

The Rams remained atop South Jersey with a 1-0 win over St. Augustine in an 11-inning classic and early Game of The Year candidate on Sunday.

Gloucester Catholic also defeated the Hermits, 2-0, in the Coaches vs. Cancer event a season ago.

“I think everyone did their job today when asked to,” Gloucester Catholic coach Dennis Barth said. “Tate (DeRias) threw well, Evan (Brasberger) threw well, and so did Sal (Marziani), so I’m just happy that the offense was finally able to get a run across.”

Miami commit Tate DeRias delivered the go-ahead RBI on a single up the middle in the top of the 11th inning.

The Miami commit also started on the hill for Gloucester Catholic and put on a performance that wowed scouts in attendance. DeRias tossed 6.1 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit. He struck out 13 batters in the process.

“This win feels great for me and the team,” DeRias said. “It’s always good when we get to beat them, but it means more to me since I went there my freshman year.”

After DeRias’ departure in the seventh inning, Evan Brasberger delivered on the mound and held St. Augustine scoreless. He hurled 3.2 innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

Northwestern commit Matt Kouser finished with a no decision for the Hermits. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits with five strikeouts.

After 11 innings, Sal Marziani earned the win on the mound for the Rams. Marziani only threw 0.2 innings this season in an 11-1 win over Clearview prior to his appearance on Sunday.

The junior answered when his number was called against the Hermits.

“I wasn’t entirely sure if I’d pitch today,” Marziani said. “Anytime coach needs me to try and do what I can to win, I always just go out there and try to put us in a position to win.”

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