By TOM WILLIAMS
The NJSIAA tournaments continue for Ocean City High School on Tuesday.
Just 24 hours after the boys lacrosse team won its first South Jersey title, the OCHS baseball and girls lacrosse teams will be in action in South Jersey semifinals.
Baseball (16-7) will host Central Regional (15-8) at the 5th Street and Bay Avenue field starting at 4 p.m. And Girls Lacrosse (12-3) will make the trip to Burlington County to face Moorestown (13-2) at 3:45.
The Ocean City pitching has not allowed a run in its first two Group 3 victories – 10-0 over Camden Tech and 3-0 over Lacey. Junior Tom Finnegan, who started slowly with a sore shoulder this season, will get the start. He has pitched 11 strong innings in his two starts.
Central defeated Hammonton, 7-3, in a Saturday quarterfinal. Ocean City split with Hammonton during the regular season. The Raiders have one other common opponent with the Golden Eagles – Central lost to Lacey, 7-5, in a regular season game.
In Tuesday’s other Group 3 semifinal, Mainland will host Moorestown. The winners will play on Friday. If Mainland reaches the final it will be in Linwood. Ocean City would host the championship game on Friday if the Raiders win and the Mustangs lose.
Girls lacrosse is attempting to reach the South Jersey final for the third straight season. The Raiders defeated Jackson Memorial, 22-3, and Cherry Hill West, 11-9, in the first two rounds. Moorestown defeated Northern Burlington, 19-0, in its quarterfinal game after a first round bye.
The Raiders and Quakers have already played this season. Moorestown came down to the Tennessee Avenue Complex in late April and defeated OCHS, 13-7. Alexis Smallwood scored three times for the Raiders with Racheli Levy-Smith and Delainey Sutley each scoring twice.
Junior Katie Buck, a Rutgers recruit, created a problem for the Raiders by scoring six goals and winning eight draw controls. Buck comes into Tuesday’s game with 50 goals and 19 assists this year and 136 draw controls, one of the best records in the state.
The winner of the Ocean City-Moorestown game will face the winner of Tuesday’s other semifinal game between Shawnee (12-5) and Clearview (13-6) on Thursday. As the No. 4 seed, the Raiders would be on the road Thursday if they win at Moorestown.
The action continues Tuesday for the OCHS spring sports teams.