Emerson Boro defeats Glassboro with 8 run 7th inning come back in NJSIAA State Group 1 Baseball Championship in Hamilton, NJ on June 8, 2019. Emerson Boro defeats Glassboro with 8 run 7th inning come back in NJSIAA State Group 1 Baseball Championship in Hamilton, NJ on June 8, 2019.  (Photo: Peter Ackerman)

Story by Greg Tartaglia / Record Sports

HAMILTON — The Comeback Cavos struck again, and this time, a state championship is their reward.

Emerson trailed Glassboro by five runs entering the seventh inning of Saturday’s NJSIAA Group 1 baseball final. It then scored eight runs, with No. 9 hitter Frankie Savino delivering the go-ahead, two-run double, to emerge with an 8-5 win at Veterans Park.

“I don’t even know how to describe it, it’s just unbelievable how they did that,” Cavos coach Chris Sommerhalter said.

To render Sommerhalter near disbelief takes some doing. Two years ago, his team came back from 10 runs down to win a sectional title. In Monday’s state semifinals, it overcame deficits of 4-0 in the first inning and 8-7 in the eighth to win.

Savino, a sophomore who was not a starter to begin the spring, finished 3-for-4 with a run scored. Yet his impact went beyond that.

“Midseason, Frankie created this mantra that he follows, and the kids bought into it,” Sommerhalter said. “He’s a big reason why we won this tournament.”

“It’s, ‘confidence, positive mindset and faith,'” Savino said. “As long as we keep those three pillars, I guess you could call them, we’ll be successful. And the whole entire team was.”

What it means

The Cavos finished 23-7 and collected their second state championship in five years, as well as well as their sixth all time.

It’s also apparent that “Karma-sino” is a real thing.

Senior Joe Carmosino earned the win in relief, pitching the final three innings to cement his reputation for clutch performances. His brother, junior catcher Mike Carmosino, delivered the two-run double to right-center that tied the game at 5.

“He smoked that ball,” Joe said. “It really gave us a lot of momentum.”

“We’ve got a lot of heart,” Mike said. “We’re the type of team that, it doesn’t matter if we go down 15 runs, we’re never going to give up.”

Anatomy of a rally

Glassboro starter Justin Tongue held Emerson to four hits through the first six innings before Brendan Pattermann led off the seventh by reaching on an error at second base.

Savino followed with a single, and Pattermann was awarded third on the play due to an obstruction call – which allowed him to score on the errant pickoff throw that followed.

Ryan Taub’s bunt single near the mound re-loaded the bases for Pete Durocher, and his RBI single chased Tongue from the game. His twin, Drew Tongue, was able to record an out on Joe Carmosino’s sac fly, but a hit-by-pitch set things up for Mike Carmosino’s double.

The Bulldogs went to the bullpen again, to no avail. Three batters later, Savino sent the game-winning hit to the fence in right, and Taub tacked on an insurance run with another infield single.

All told, Emerson tallied eight runs on six hits, two errors, three walks and a hit batter in the top of the seventh.

“That’s what state champions do,” Savino said.

By the numbers

Pattermann started the game and permitted three earned runs over four-plus innings. Joe Carmosino (7-3) went three scoreless with three hits and no walks allowed, striking out two.

Glassboro scored all five of its run in the home third, thanks to four hits, an error and a combination of four passed balls/wild pitches. Santino Mancini’s RBI double got the outburst going.

They said it

“To be totally honest with you, I knew we were going to win this game. I knew it.” —Savino