Story by Greg Tartaglia/ Record Sports

HAMILTON — Kenny Quijano flung his glove in the air and spiked his baseball cap to the ground. The St. Mary state-championship wait was over.

Quijano, a senior right-hander, struck out 12 Gloucester Catholic batters in a complete game to lead the Gaels to a 4-3 victory in Thursday’s NJSIAA Non-Public B baseball final at Veterans Park.

St. Mary (21-9) captured its first state title since 1998, when coach Dennis Hulse was a player. This is the program’s fourth championship all-time, counting two in the now-defunct Non-Public C group in 1976-77.

“I’m almost at a loss for words,” Hulse said. “Everyone looks at Kenny, as they should with the game he threw. But it’s a collective [effort] with seven seniors leading the way.