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Monday, June 05, 2006

Great win by TR East. Emotional loss for St. Rose

Nuts N' Bolts of it all is Casey Gaynor gets win No. 33 in relief in the 3-2 win over Eastern. Amazingly Pete Dacenko, who hit the go-ahead home run, had been pinch hit for in a prior at bat but re-entered.

Casey gave up a one-out HR in the bottom of the seventh to the No. 9 hitter, but got the next two batters to end it. Looks like senior Matt Padgett (0-0) will be starting vs. Steinert (25-5) Tuesday. Casey will be in the game at some point, however.

Now.. somehow the Eastern field was in pristine shape today according to Observer reporter Steve Falk. No water standing (or sitting) water anywhere. Amazing how Eastern could suddenly fix it up if they apparently really wanted to.

By the way, TR East will play Brick Memorial in Wednesday's Class A South make up game. East will become the first Class A South team to win or share six straight division titles if it prevails. Theoretically Casey will have at least two and maybe three shots at gaining career win no. 34 to set the conference record.

St. Rose was coasting along Sunday 9-3 went everything went haywire...walks, hit batters, a pop fly bunt single that tied the game and eventually St. Rose lost in the ninth 11-9. The Roses played sparkling defense and turned three ground ball double plays including one in the sixth when Sacred Heart scored six runs to tie the score.

Emotional scene in the dugout after the game as coach Dave Parnell, nearly in tears, blamed himself for the defeat. It wasn't really his fault but he wasn't going to let the kids, and they are kids after all, feel any worse than they did.

With Dave stepping down, look for former coach Bart McInerney to return after a one-year hiatus for business reasons. Bart knows the program inside out, and with his business venture it would appear running smoothly, would be the natural fit as he does want to return to coaching.
I then wouldn't be surprised to see Dave rejoin Bart's staff on a part time or volunteer basis.

Big news in South Jersey III was Seneca being upset by Moorestown, 2-0. Moorestown will be Ocean's opponent in Tuesday's Gr. 3 semifinal at TCNJ.

Look for complete coverage of the TR East win Monday in the Press and Observer and the story of the Saint Rose game in the Press.

Then Tuesday we'll have coverage of Monday's CBA-RBC Monmouth County final, have our detailed advance boxes for the three NJSIAA semifinals, and Scott Stump talks with Ryan Kalish of RBC about the Major League draft Tuesday.

It'll be junior Kyle Slate (5-1) for CBA vs. junior J. C. Menna (7-0) in the MCT championship game.


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