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Thursday, June 15, 2006

More all-star info for you

In the wonderful world of reporting stories often get cut before they reach print do to over writing (who me?), space limitations, etc.
So beginning with the bottom of the 10th inning of the Wednesday all-star game here is the full complete story for you with more quotes , notes, and information...!!
MikeDoherty (Mater Dei) began the 10th reaching on an error before Avella blasted a pitch from John Rose (Point Boro) over the left field fence. ""I finally hit the ball hard, first time today,'' said Avella, hitless to that point. ""It's a great thrill. I had left the team hanging earlier. It felt good to pick them up.''
Monmouth received shutout pitching from starter B. J. Martin (Manalapan), Bobby Wyrwa (Monmouth Regional), Brett Brach (Freehold Township), and Al Rodriguez (Middletown North) before Ocean rallied in the ninth. Jay Cramer (Jackson) doubled in a run, another run came in with an infield out, and the third run scored when Monmouth booted a potential game-ending ground ball off the bat of Casey Gaynor of Toms River East.
Jay Frank (Brick Memorial) then lined a single to right field to bring home the tying run. Joe Florentine (Manasquan) who got the last out in the ninth, retired Ocean in order in the 10th to gain the victory.
""We made a couple of mistakes early but these kids played their hearts out,'' said Ocean coach Bill Frank, head coach of Toms River East. ""That's what this is all about, for the kids to showcase themselves.''
In a showcase performance All-time Shore Conference victory leader Gaynor struck out seven in three innings after coming on in the seventh inning. Martin, bound for St. John's University struck out the side in two of his three innings.
Monmouth scored its first three runs without benefit of an RBI. Mike Daly (Monmouth Regional) tripled to deep center in the third inning and stole home while Avella was being retired at first base after a dropped third strike. Sal Cassero (Keansburg), courtesy running for Jayson Hernndez (St. Rose), who went 2-for-2, scored in the fourth on throwing error.
In the fifth an RBI single by Doherty and another throwing error enabled Monmouth to take a 4-0 lead. Ocean had some chances.
In the third after a double by Chris James (Brick Memorial) it left runners at second and third with one out, and left the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth innings.

NOTES...According to eyewitness accounts Monmouth belted 14 home runs in batting practice while Ocean hit two. Greg Geran (RBC) tagged four for Monmouth, Ryan Cuneo (Freehold), Hernandez, Avella, and Chad Tirpack (Wall) two each. James McNulty (Manasquan) and Doherty also went deep.
Evan Bigler (Toms River South) and Steve Elliott (Toms River East) left the yard for Ocean. Standing behind the Ocean cage during batting practice were 1,786 high school coaching victories in Ken Frank of Toms River South (638), Bill Frank of Toms River East (412), retired Jackson coach Larry D'Zio (407), Ted Schelmay of Toms River North (214), and John Musolf of Manchester (115). Red Bank Catholic senior Ryan Kalish ran out to centerfield to begin the seventh inning and was introduced to the crowd but did not remain in the gme. Monmouth coaches decided to take no chances playing Kalish, ninth round pick of Boston in the recent Major League draft. Game director Kevin James said proceeds from the 2007 game will benefit the "Going to Bat for Brian Fund.'' Brian Malast, New Jersey State trooper and former Manchester High School football and baseball standout, was critically injured last fall in auto accident while on duty.

By the way..the versatile Bigler did his usual third base to the mound back to third base trip during the game...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony - Who pitched the top of the ninth inning for the Monmouth County team? I see Florentine finished the ninth but who got tagged for all the runs?


7:27 AM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Well...lets' see if I can read my notes correctly. By this time, with all the subs, pinch-hitters, pitching changes etc., my scorebook looked like "War and Peace" (which it does usually anyway..but this time more like two volumes)

Kevin Ruffler (SJV) started the inning..did not do a bad job.. gave up a single, got an out, then an RBI double by Jay Cramer of Jackson made the score 4-1, then there was an error, then Monmouth just missed turning a 6-4-3 DP that would have ended the game as a run crossed to make it 4-2.

Then Matt Segall (Ocean) was summoned and walked Ryan Rudnicki (TRN). Now Casey Gaynor was up with two on, two out. Another infield error made it 4-3. At that moment the score board flashed the score was 5-2 further confusing at least me. Then after a little while it reverted back to 4-3.

Jay Frank lined an RBI single to right to tie the game.

After that Joe ("Billy Wagner") Florentine came in to restore order.

There were four runs, three hits, two errors, a walk, two left, and two broken pencil points.

11:00 AM, June 16, 2006  

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