Junior left-hander Eric Auman held No. 9 Northeast to three hits and the South River baseball team upset the host Eagles, 3-1, at Harry Lentz Field in Pasadena yesterday.
Auman struck out four and did not walk a batter on just 72 pitches.
The only run he gave up, in the sixth, was unearned. The Seahawks went to 6-1, as did the Eagles, and Auman improved to 4-0.
"He is one of the best pitchers we've seen all year," Northeast coach Adam Bolling said. "He's crafty and a pitcher's pitcher. He wasn't a thrower. He was a true pitcher."
South River scored two runs off Northeast ace John Hodges in the third and added an unearned run in the top of the seventh. Hodges, who gave up four hits, walked two and hit a batter on 86 pitches through six innings, balked in the first run, and Brendan Ring's sacrifice fly brought in the other.
"Spotting my fastball got me through it," said Auman, who used a bevy of pitches to stymie the Eagles.
"My teammates have got my back and when they made it a 2-1 game, I wasn't worried. I was looking forward to pitching against Northeast, and I was ready to get the win, too."
Auman retired the Eagles' top of the order in the sixth after the unearned run had scored. Second baseman Russ Donaldson made an outstanding backhand stop to get Tyler Drinkard, who led off the bottom of the seventh.
"This might be the most talented bunch we've had here," said South River coach Ken B. Dunn, who is in his 31st season and led the Seahawks to a state final in 1983.
"We've been getting timely hitting, good pitching and our defense is getting there." firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 4, Seton Keough 3, 9 inn. -- Delaney Bell drove in Casey O'Neill in the bottom of the ninth as the Cavaliers (4-0) got a close win over the visiting Gators. Bell came up with the bases loaded and knocked an 0-2 pitch into right field for the game-winning hit. Bell finished 3-for-5 with a triple. The two teams traded runs in the eighth inning after Seton Keough tied the game in the sixth.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.