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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Ocean facing a legend Saturday

That would be long time Morristown coach Harry Shatel whose 751 wins are the most in the history of New Jersey high school baseball. That includes Tuesday's 3-1 win over Old Tappan in the North Jersey III final. Shore Conference leader Ken Frank (TR South) has 638.
Old Tappan was unbeaten until a few days ago when it also lost in its county tournament. Ocean and Morristown meet 2 p.m. Saturday at TR East in the Group III final, Ocean's first trip to the championship since it won in 1985. It bowed in its only other attempt in 1980.

In Ocean's Tuesday win over Moorestown, The Big Red Machine scored seven runs on seven hits in the fourth inning doing the big and little things. Keith Weinkofsky's double helped load the bases for a Jamie Rosenkranz three-run double snapping and the hits sand runs just kept coming as after that it was pretty much good-by ball game.

Before the inning ended Greg Spatz had an RBI double, Corey Giddings bunted beautifully for a hit to keep things rolling, Tony DeSantis laid down a perfect squeeze bunt single and a Mike Rochford single capped the rally.

Then in the fifth Weinkofsky sent a 1-0 pitch towards Port Jervis, well at least the condos beyond the left field fence at TCNJ, his 10th of the season and 18th of his career.

Not to be overlooked was another splendid five innings from Eric Hinkle (three hits, six Ks) and another efficient pair of close out innings from Kyle Norman.

It was Ocean's second straight NJSIAA shutout and fifth in its last nine games, Hinkle starting four Matt Segall the other. Ocean also played errorless ball.. another trademark of its winning streak now at 12 games, a run that has reached 17 of 18.

Have to feel for TR East and senior Matt Padgett. Padgett pitched seven terrific innings in a 1-0 loss to Steinert losing on an RBI ground ball single to right field. East had a few chances but had runners cut down on the bases and left a runner at third.

We expect Casey Gaynor to be looking for record-setting career win No. 34 Wednesday when the Raiders and Brick Memorial meet in a Class A South finale. The drama here surrounds not only Gaynor going for the Shore Conference victory record but TR East looking to become the first Class A South team to win or share six titles in a row. It would share the 2006 crown with Toms River South.

Point Boro? Well..I thought there could be 22 runs scored in the game but not 18 by Governor Livingston. Still, a super, record-setting season for Point Boro. Governor Livingston any relation to ""Dr. Livingston I presume?""


Blogger Boxseat said...

All Shore awards/ County etc out yet?

12:03 PM, June 08, 2006  

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