Friday, May 27, 2005
By Jason Brown
It was a pitcher’s duel taking place at Highland High School between the seventh seeded Chargers from Timber Creek and the Tartans who were the second seed in the South Jersey Group 3 tournament. Ryan Buchter and Andrew Storms were the starting pitchers who were responsible for keeping the runners off the bases. Storms would record ten strikeouts on the mound for Timber Creek, but the one hit he gave up would decide this quarterfinals game. Paul Painter would provide what seemed to be a harmless solo home run early in the game that turned out to being the biggest hit of the game. That run would be more than enough support for Buchter to work with as Highland would advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Highland would be rewarded a first round bye as they waited for the winner of the Timber Creek hosting Clearview results. The Chargers would advance past the tenth seeded Pioneers setting up today’s matchup. Buchter would have command of all of his pitches as he would strikeout fifteen batters and only walk two. That type of command allowed the players for Highland to relax in the field and come up with the plays to record the outs. Painter’s home run in the second inning as a no doubt about it. From that point on, both teams would make the necessary plays and the Highland Tartans would be the winners advancing to take on Delsea who had defeated Ocean City.