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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Runs to be scarce in OCT? Al Kunzman Day Saturday at Central Regional

Look for a low scoring Ocean County Tournament final 7 p.m. Wednesday at Toms River South when Lacey (12-7) tangles with Toms River East (15-3). Having said that a 13-12 game is now almost a sure thing.

Neither team has been swinging the bats well lately. Aside from it's shootout loss the other day to Point Boro, Lacey hasn't scored more than six runs since an April 26 win over Pinelands. Yes, I know they scored 11 Tuesday vs. Asbury Park, but that hardly counts.

After roaring through an early stretch when TRE East rattled home 39 runs in three games vs. B Mem., Southern, and Brick, the Raiders have scored in double figures just once. And Tuesday they fell to Middletown South (6-14) by a 6-1 count. Granted, they may have rested a few regulars (Casey Gaynor played and got two hits) but no matter, the bats have not been jumping. And with the likes of Tod Roth (6-1, 0.75 ERA) going for Lacey and Gaynor (6-1, 1.00 ERA) hurling for TR East this may not be a get well night for the lineups. Having said that...15-14 is now a forgone conclusion.

Who said sports writers aren't fans, too? If yu were in our office tonight for the ninth inning of the Phillies-Mets game you would have seen allegedly grown men jumping up and down and cheering when Delgado hit the home run in the ninth inning. Of course one was almost in tears (me).

Ah, but in the bottom of the ninth was my turn to howl. That was some Ruthian blast by Abreu wasn't it?

A nice moment coming up Saturday at Central Regional when legendary coach Al Kunzman is remembered on Al Kunzman Day with ceremonies for the late 300 plus game winner at 11 a.m. Many family members and former players are expected to attend. Central will play Lakewood in a regular season game following the ceremonies.

Including Tuesday's win over Shore, St. Rose has quietly fashioned a 23-game winning streak dating back to last season's run to the Non-Public B crown. The streak should be tested this weekend by 13-4 Delsea in the Shore Challenge.

Freehold Township ace Brett Brach went to 7-0 with Tuesday's win over Colts Neck. When Brett joins brother Brad next year at Monmouth U. it could ensure the Hawks maintain their%


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