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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A big day for Shore teams in the NJSIAAs, and some wild wild games

Overall.. Shore teams did very well Monday going 6-2 in games vs. non-conference teams. Winners were Raritan (CJ 2), a CJ III sweep with wins by Colts Neck, Monmouth, and Freehold, Freehold Twp in CJ IV, and TR East in SJ IV also were winners. With career win No. 31 Casey Gaynor of TR East is now two shy of the Shore Conference record

As we thought we already have a guaranteed CJ III finalist from among the above trio or Wall which had a bye Monday and plays Colts Neck Friday. Ocean would have to emerge from the other side of the bracket to make it an All-Shore CJ III final.

Thanks to Mater Dei coach Pat Ridell for informing us of his Non-Public B game Wednesday at Gloucester Catholic.

Saw that wild Brick-Brick Memorial game today while Steve Falk of the Observer went through three pencils, three erasers, and two pens in the TR South 14-12 win over TR North.

One of the more interesting developments in the Brick game was when Dragon coach Jason Groschel let senior Albert Fayad bat with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and Brick still down 8-4. The light-hitting Fayad had been DH'd for the last two or more weeks but Groschel decided to give him a shot to swing the bat there and he cracked an 0-2 pitch into right field for a two-run single.

Defensive Play of the Day was RF Billy Winters of Brick making a diving catch in the gap to rob Mark Cerrachio of extra bases in the second inning. Memorial still scored four runs in the inning, two on Danny Romanowski's booming 2-run HR to right center but the run Winters saved turned out to be big.
Winters two-out single in the seventh loaded the bases for Craig McNelis' decisive hit.

Tuesday night TR East will send Adam Panoski to the mound at TR South looking to nail down that unprecedented sixth straight Class A South title. TR South, which was dipping into third graders by the end of the TR North game, will probably start Evan Bigler (8-0) who was unavailable Monday due to NJSIAA pitching limitations. As for Wednesday's starter vs. St. Rose in the SCT, anybody out there got a glove?

The Roses put their 19-0 record on the line 4 p.m. Tuesday vs. Manasquan which has nothing to lose. Then 7-0 Anthony Ranaudo I expect will start Wed. night 7 p.m. at TR South. St. Rose has also added a game with Brick Thursday.

Freshman Tyler Gebler is the next "big time" player at TR South. Remember you heard it here first. Of course, if he doesn't pan out, forget I ever mentioned it. But he looks like a special talent.

Monmouth Reg. will play Raritan Wednesday in an MCT game. Friday in CJ III Monmouth and Freehold square off for the third time this year in a game in Colonial Country. That could be my port of call. Freehold took the first two, 2-1, and 5-3 in eight innings.

Freehold Township, TR East, and TR South are playing three games back to back to back Monday (NJSIAAs) ,Tuesday in Class A South and the MCT, and Wednesday games in the SCT. Will all three make it through unscathed? I think not. I'd say TR East has the best chance.
We'll see what happens.




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