HADDON HEIGHTS (N.J.) - The lore of Greenville Drive outfielder Nick Decker of the Boston Red Sox organization rings loudly amongst those in the Seneca baseball program. The last time the Golden Eagles won a sectional title Decker was on the team.
Seneca defeated Haddon Heights, 5-0, in the South Jersey Group 2 final on Friday to end a five-year drought for its first sectional title since 2018.
Seneca's Aydan Davis pitched a complete game shutout as the Golden Eagles earned a 5-0 win over Haddon Heights in the South Jersey Group 2 final in Haddon Heights, New Jersey on Friday, June 2, 2023. Chris Baker/ D2 Sports Network
Seneca starter Aydan Davis stifled a potent Haddon Heights lineup with a complete game shutout, allowing seven hits and striking out two batters in just 71 pitches.
"My plan was just to go out there and throw strikes," Davis said. "I had trust in my defense like I've had all year and they've yet to make me think otherwise."
Future Rowan College of South Jersey-Gloucester pitcher Mason Dobbs was a bright spot for Haddon Heights. Dobbs pitched three innings in relief and allowed a lhit and tallying five strikeouts.
Liam Trzaskawka smashed a two-run double in the top of the first inning to give Seneca a 2-0 lead. Michael Orth and Alex Argabright each collected an RBI single and Nate Park scored on a passed ball.
A lot of homegrown kids have one thing in common when it comes to Seneca baseball. All of them look up to aforementioned Red Sox prospect.
"The last time we won a sectional title was (Decker's) senior year," Trzaskawka said. "A lot of us look up to him and he's blazed a trail for us to follow."
Being the youngest school in the Lenape Regional School District, the Golden Eagles have five sectional titles to show for since the school opened in 2003.
"I have to give credit to the guys before me," Seneca coach Greg Sevening said. "They laid the foundation and expectations that we all try to live up to. This win means everything to us, especially since as a nine seed everyone looked over us."