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Friday, May 26, 2006

A big day about to unfold, A Colts Neck injury, Casey Gaynor goes for number 32

After going 6-2 vs. non-conference teams in NJSIAA action Monday, most Shore Conference teams hit the road today and probably will be hard pressed to match that figure
. Some 11 local teams see action today, weather permitting, vs. non-conference clubs. There is one game - Monmouth at Freehold in CJ III - where we have clash of locals. Freehold has beaten Monmouth twice in close games (one in extra innings this season) and both games were successful in the outcome though ace Bobby Wyrwa was on the mound for Monmouth. He figures to be there again today.....

The winner will take on Colts Neck in the CJ III semifinals after the Cougars ousted Wall Thursday.
CN coach Mike Yorke told me tonight that sophomore Anthony DeSclafani (5-2) is out for the year (back). That definitely would seem to put a crimp in their CJ III hopes but you never know
The Wall Knights, the Class B North co-champs this season, ended with a seven-game losing streak and still had a great record.

Casey Gaynor goes for career win No. 32 career hosting Vineland at Raider Ravine today in the NJSIAA Tournament. That would leave him one behind all-time Shore Conference leader Chipper Hirst of Manasquan (1970). and he would have a shot to tie the mark next Tuesday. So this is a big one.

I remember talking to Chip a few years ago when Jeff Frazier of TR South (who ended with 32 wins) was chasing the mark. Hirst told me there was no fanfare back then over his record. Somebody mentioned it at an awards banquet and that was it. Times have changed.

Freehold Township, which visits Edison today in CJ IV, is the only Shore team left with a chance at the 2006 Quadruple Crown (4 championships including an overall state title.) Gotta like their chances if 9-0 Brett Brach is on the hill. Have to think they will throw him and then I presume Jason Elo tomorrow vs. Ocean in the SCT.

That game tomorrow is at 1 p.m. In the other SCT semifinal CBA slayer Point Boro visits TR South 7 p.m. Saturday.

Let's see. Since last Saturday I saw six games and, hopefully this weekend, will see at least three. If you like high school baseball this is like the NCAA Tournament minus the points!

Speaking of Frazier, this time Todd. Have been chatting with him every day the last few days as Rutgers competes for the Big East championship and we've been running those comments in the Press.
He likes his team's chances today against Louisville but RU has to win twice over Louisville to advance to the finals tomorrow (Saturday). RU is 0-4 vs. Louisville this season including the 9-8 defeat Tuesday and Louisville is on an 11-game winning streak. A tall order for the Knights.
He also has been talking with brother Charlie of course, now a TR S coach, and has been following the Indians' wild week. Said it reminds him of his 2001 championship year in high school.

Todd now has 20 career home runs at RU. The record of 34 belongs to Jeff, and like Jeff, Todd figures to leave after his junior year for the big leagues.

Anoher former local high school standout Joe Testa (Brick), a sophomore at Wagner, got the Seahawks off to a good start Thursday in the Northeast Conference Tournament.

Will try to post the local hs scores on the blog soon as I can this evening when I get back from the Freehold-Monmouth game.



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