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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Gaynor, Roth, Ranaudo hurl gems. Point Boro bats are silenced, Weinkofsky's bat booms at last

Well..let's start with the Ocean County Tournament. In the first game Casey Gaynor of TR East was too much for the young Indians of TR South, 5-0, fanning eight. Gaynor now goes to 28-4 career and will be on the mound in the OCT final, whenever that is, should be later this week at night at TR South.

The Indians, though, are a championship team in waiting, beginning next season. Frosh Tyler Bigler is a Todd Frazier look alike, a better pitcher which wasn't Todd's forte though he did well on the mound, and will be a good hitter. TR South starts almost all underclassmen.

""Good pitching stops good hitting" (bet you've heard that before) proved to be true in Game Two as Lacey's Todd Roth stopped the big bats of Point Boro, 6-2. Roth struck out 16 and, after falling behind briefly in the third inning 2-1, the senior right-hander took over.

Throwing a drop-off-the-table curve ball, Roth struck out 11, Pat Biserta went 1-for-3 with a sharp single, and Tom Heuer popped up and walked twice. Gerry Gaytas hit a "no doubt about it" two-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 5-2 and this time there would be no Boro comeback.

Lacey players reminded me after the game that I almost never picked them in football season...heck, all they did was get to the SJ III final!!. Well, we don't pick baseball games but if it's Gaynor vs. Roth I gotta go with TR East, 3-1, in a well-pitched game. Just trying to be consistent here.

Earlier today I said St. Rose needed some more big wins to give more credibility to their un beaten season. So they go out in the Shore Challenge and blank a good Bergen Catholic team, 6-0, behind a two-hit gem by junior Anthony Ranaudo who struck out 16!!

James Reilly drove in all six runs, with two home runs, a two-run and three-run shot and an RBI single. Ok...The Roses are for real. Certainly Ranaudo is!! Looking forward to seeing how St. Rose fares in the Shore Conference Tournament. CBA also won its Shore Challenge

Until a few days ago big Keith Weinkofsky of Ocean hadn't hit gone deep all season after clouting four in 2005.. Now he has four in his last four games capped by today's three-run walk off blast in the eighth that downed Southern, 6-3.


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