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Friday, June 23, 2006

All-State Baseball from the Associated Press

Thought you might like to see in detail the full all-state baseball team (First team) as sent over by the Associated Press..

I was a tad disappointed that junior catcher Keith Weinkofsky of Ocean (11 HR, 33 RBI) did not make First Team as catcher or DH but the numbers of the kids that made it were pretty impressive and they were seniors...

A.J. Casario of Overbrook and Mike Murray of Westfield are the catchers. Murray batted .560 with 51 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 44 RBI. The Wake Forest-bound senior also walked 15 times. Defensively, he had 18 assists and made one error all season.
Casario, who was drafted in the 27th round by the Dodgers, led South Jersey with 14 homers. He batted .561 with 10 doubles and 49 RBI. He plans to attend Maryland next year.


Brett Garlick of Livingston and Chris Henderson of Cherokee were picked as the designated hitters.
Garlick batted a remarkable .681 with 49 hits in 72 at bats. The Ohio State-bound senior had 10 doubles, two triples and six homers. He had a .736 on-base percentage, a 1.125 slugging percentage and was successful on all 25 stolen base attempts.
Henderson hit .495 with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 48 RBIs. He plans to attend George Mason.



By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) … Billy Rowell and Dewey Oriente of Non-Public B state champion Bishop Eustace were chosen to The Associated Press All State baseball team for the second-straight year Thursday.
Casey Gaynor of Toms River East and Tim Fedroff of Hillsborough also were repeat selections on the team that was selected by sports writers from around the state who covered high school baseball this season.
Group IV state champion Steinert and Old Tappan each had two players on the first team, while Non-Public A champion Seton Hall Prep and Group III titlist Morristown had one.
Infielder Michael Moceri and pitcher Greg Hough were selected from Steinert. Pitcher Eric Katzman and infielder Rob Segedin were tapped from Old Tappan. Seton Hall Prep was represented by pitcher Mike Ness. Morristown had Zack Brown chosen as the utility player.
Joining Gaynor, Hough, Katzman and Ness on the pitching staff is Sean Black of Lenape.
A.J. Casario of Overbrook and Mike Murray of Westfield are the catchers. Adam Kramen of J.P. Stevens is the first baseman.
Rowell, the ninth pick in the recent baseball draft, joined Moceri and Segedin as the infielders.
Pat Biserta of Point Pleasant Boro, Fedroff and Oriente are the outfielders.
Brett Garlick of Livingston and Chris Henderson of Cherokee were picked as the designated hitters and Brown chosen as the utility player for his combination of pitching and hitting.
Rowell batted .561 with 10 doubles, a triple and seven home runs, including one in the championship game against St. Mary's of Rutherford. He knocked in 37 runs, stole 22 bases and walked 34 times.
Oriente batted .525 with 52 hits, 49 runs batted in and 37 runs scored. The Villanova-bound senior had 14 doubles, three triples and six home runs, including a grand slam in the state championship game.
Fedroff hit .573 with five doubles, four triples and 10 homers and 38 RBI. The University of North Carolina-bound senior had 34 career home runs. He also had 11 walks, stole 13 bases and struck out just three times this season.
Gaynor went 12-1 with one save, finishing his career with a 34-4 record. In 84 innings this season, he struck out 135, walked 21, allowed 57 hits and had a 1.25 ERA and five shutouts. He plans to attend Rutgers.
Hough had a 9-2 record with 1.27 ERA for the Group IV state champs. He had a 3-0 record in the state tournament, allowing one run. For the season, he had 68 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.
Katzman posted an 11-0 record with a 0.30 ERA. In 70 innings, he allowed 29 hits, struck out 91, walked 21 and allowed 29 hits, 3 doubles and 26 singles. He is headed to Michigan to be the Wolverines' closer.
Ness, who is headed to Duke, posted an 11-2 record. The right-hander struck out 111, walked eight and allowed 55 hits in 80 innings. He threw a complete-game five-hitter, struck out 11 and walked none in the win over Bishop Ahr in the state title game.
Taken in the second round by Washington in the recent draft, Black posted a 4-1 record. Using a fastball that was clocked in the 90-mph range in the seventh inning, he struck out 67 in 43 innings. He finished with a 1.66 ERA.
Murray batted .560 with 51 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 44 RBI. The Wake Forest-bound senior also walked 15 times. Defensively, he had 18 assists and made one error all season.
Casario, who was drafted in the 27th round by the Dodgers, led South Jersey with 14 homers. He batted .561 with 10 doubles and 49 RBI. He plans to attend Maryland next year.
Kramen had 39 hits in hitting .470. He had seven doubles, a triple and four home runs. The senior drove in 31 runs, scored 25 and walked 13 times.
A leadoff hitter, Moceri had six homers and led Mercer County with 41 RBIs and 44 runs scored. He batted .466, setting a Steinert single-season record with 55 hits.
Segedin had 57 hits and 39 RBI in batting .559. The junior had eight doubles, seven triples and eight homers. He struck out four times in 119 at bats.
Biserta hit .520 (53-for-102) with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 41 RBI. He set school single-season records for hits, runs scored 40 and slugging percentage (.951).
Garlick batted a remarkable .681 with 49 hits in 72 at bats. The Ohio State-bound senior had 10 doubles, two triples and six homers. He had a .736 on-base percentage, a 1.125 slugging percentage and was successful on all 25 stolen base attempts.
Henderson hit .495 with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 48 RBIs. He plans to attend George Mason.
Brown batted .410 with 41 hits, 30 RBI, 38 runs scored, 14 doubles, 24 walks and 18 stolen bases. He capped his career by going 4-for-4 in the Group III title game against Ocean (like we had to be reminded!). He pitched Morristown into the finals with a 3-1 victory over Old Tappan, finishing 6-1 overall.

I am on vacation until the middle of the week of July 4 and later this summer the blog should be switching over to the college page for the onset of Monmouth University football and basketball....but will always welcome high school baseball comments.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you tell us which first team all state player you did not vote for in favor of the Ocean catcher?

4:32 PM, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I was unable to attend the meeting due to a Doctor's appointment my wife had in Phila. that day.


However.. Steve Falk of the Observer attended the meeting for the Press and Observer.

With him I sent my first team nominations which were Gaynor, Weinkofsky, and Biserta.

After viewing the stats of the players that made it over Keith I can't quibble much with the choices.

Actually.. the vote was rather close, 2-4. I know Joe Hoffman (Morristown paper) voted for Weinkofsky. (He saw him hit the HR in the Group III final).

11:07 PM, June 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No he didn't. Here's his team from his blog:

The Associated Press All-State baseball meeting was last week in East Brunswick. Here is one man's first-team ballot. Remember, this is NOT the first-team All-State team, although some of these guys made it.
P-Greg Hough, Steinert
P-Casey Gaynor, Toms River East
P-Mike Ness, Seton Hall Prep
P-Eric Katzman, Old Tappan
P-Alex Meyer, Don Bosco
C-Mike Murray, Westfield
C-AJ Casario, Overbrook
1B-Adam Kramen, JP Stevens
INF-Billy Rowell, Bishop Eustace
INF-Mike Moceri, Steinert
INF-Rob Segedin, Old Tappan
OF-Dewey Oriente, Bishop Eustace
OF-Pat Biserta, Point Pleasant Boro
OF-Tim Fedroff, Hillsborough
DH-Ryan Doolittle, Seneca
UT-Zack Brown, Morristown

2:06 PM, June 24, 2006  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

You are correct. Maybe Falk told me he did but not certain. Anyway, he said the vote was 4-2. Really doesn't matter, does it?

2:33 PM, June 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe accuracy in newspaper reporting is of the highest importance, even on a blog.

10:29 PM, June 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony is the Press all state different from the star ledger's, because Biserta's not on the first team in the Ledger, he's on the 2nd team, or was there a mistake?

8:16 AM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The Asbury Park Press and many other NJ newspapers publish the Associated Press All-State Baseball team.

Unlike the SL, the Assoc. Press Poll is comprised of a vote of a dozen or so reporters from around NJ who cover high school baseball.

As I noted earlier I was unable to attend this year's meeting but Steve Falk of the Observer voted for me (Gaynor, Biserta, Weinkofsky).

The Ledger does not run the Assoc. Press team, and particiatping AP papers (Press and Observer included) do not use the Ledger team. This also holds true in softball and football.


We (Press, Observer, and others) consider the AP team the official All-State team.
I have not seen the Ledger's (it is irrelevant to me), but Biserta was a no-brainer First Team in my opinion.

10:52 PM, June 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ledger All-State players in the outfield were Brett Garlick from Livingston, Dewey Oriente from Bishop Eustace and Tim Fedroff from Hillsborough. Which of these players would you eliminate in favor of Biserta? Garlick hit .671, Oriente and Fedroff are repeaters on AP with monster seasons and stats better than Biserta by any objective measure.

Also, you say you consider the AP team the official All-State team. You voted for three first team possibilities in your coverage area. But you likely haven't seen most of the other candidates and were not there to listen to discussion and debate. You state in your blog that you didn't see stats until the team was already selected. But your vote stood and was counted.

I believe AP voters are generally territorial in their picks, pushing the kids they covered and like. It's only natural. You are a case in point with your declaration that Biserta is a no-brainer first team player. (I note here that I believe Biserta to be a great performer and this is less about him and more about you.) Please make your case for Biserta against the three Ledger outfielders on All-State. Thanks.

11:22 AM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Really, I don't know where you're going with all this. And if this is about me, than we're on the wrong path.

You'll notice the Assoc. Press somehow managed to get all four players - Biserta, Garlick, Oriente, and Fedroff on First Team with Garlick a DH. Biserta could have been the DH. Either way, he is a First Teamer in my opinion and apparently that of my fellow AP voters.

Yes..I do consider the AP-All State Team as the official All-State Team as does my newspaper. I am sure those who work for the SL consider that All-State team "official". As for fans, they have two teams to choose from which makes (as we see first hand ) for some interesting debates.

For a player..and this is about players.. not me, and not the voters..it's a very high achievement(s) to make one or both teams.
Biserta told me it was "an honor" to be named first team All-State by the AP.



Thank you for your comments.

11:28 PM, June 27, 2006  

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