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CLASS AAAA STATE PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND 6/6
Neshaminy 5, Frankford 1
Kenny "F" Miller, Chris "K" Britan and Sean "D" Henderson were on hand to support the Pioneers.
1B Juan Carlos Torres fires to third to complete a doubleplay.
Ramon Reyes pulls into 1B with Frankford's first hit and Juan Namnun tells him to stay there.
Luis Alicea takes a cut.
Coach Bob Peffle talks to his squad after the game.
PUBLIC LEAGUE FINAL
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CATHOLIC LEAGUE FINAL 6/1
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PUBLIC LEAGUE SEMIS 5/31
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CATHOLIC LEAGUE SEMIS 5/28
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NORTHEAST 3, GAMP 2 5/26
PUBLIC LEAGUE QUARTERFINAL
GAMP coach Art Kratchman pitches BP.
Chris Steinke (L) is the first of four Northeast second basemen to take
groundballs. Yes, that's
Center City in the background.
1B Craig Young was unable to get this throw.
Catcher Derek Butler gets a force at home on Anthony Venafro as Preston Moody makes the call.
And here comes Craig Young and he's going to be out on Eric Funaro's tag.
Vinnie Evangelista looks on calmly.
Vinnie Evangelista takes a pitch. He sent the next one deep to RF for an out.
Ryan Challender gets around Derek Butler to score a run.
CONWELL-EGAN 5, RYAN 3 5/25
CATHOLIC SECOND-ROUND PLAYOFF
C-E's Ryan Geiss works on Rob Fisher. Matt Burns is the catcher.
Joe Marziano takes a pitch. He doubled on the next. The catcher is Nick DiEnno.
Chris Dolan scrambles back into first. Joe Marziano gloves the throw.
Chris David steams toward third as Rich Dupell's RBI double hits against the
Ryan Geiss (11) heads for bench after being removed in the seventh inning.
RYAN 3, JUDGE 1 5/24
CATHOLIC FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF
Ryan's Kyle Unger gets back to 1B as Jason D'Ambrosio reaches for errant throw.
Dan Higgins tops a grounder to shortstop.
Matt Compton follows through on a curve.
Ed Kovacs fouls off a bunt attempt.
The Raiders remain lively though they're down to their last out.
SAUL 7, PREP CHARTER 0 5/23
CLASS AA SEMI, PL PRELIMINARY PLAYOFF
Frosh RH Esteban "Shorty" Meletiche works on a Prep Charter batter.
Take two braids and hit to right . . . Kasmir Zysk bats against Bill McGovern.
SS Kasmir Zysk catches a popup in front of 2B Kevin Trethaway.
Harris Trobman beats pickoff throw to 1B Julian DiPietro.
Harris Trobman scores as throw for forceout pulls Michael Bariana away from the plate.
And Enrique Meletiches checks in on another error.
The Battery Brothers -- Enrique and Esteban "Shorty" Meletiche
O'HARA 7, KENNEDY-KENRICK 2 5/17
O'Hara's Jonathan Szeliga prepares to take a third-inning hack . . . and it resulted in a homer.
Notice the big smile on Jonathan's face (not). He's a low-key kind of guy.
K-K first baseman Kevin Lawrence catches a high popup. Harry Duke (20) has
already reached first base.
Matt Catania steams toward the plate, and C D.J. Santoro, after pinch-hitter
Jim Young laid down a
Mike Dayton is easily picked off first base. Jonathan Szeliga awaits the throw.
Tom Mahoney scores K-K's first run on Lenny DelGrippo's RBI single.
Plate ump Carlos Deno (left) and base ump Gene Otto wind down in the
NORTHEAST 5, CENTRAL 3 5/16
Central coach Bob Barthelmeh was not on hand due to health issues for a family
member, so sr. Andrew
"Potter" Reynolds hit grounders for infield practice.
Brandon O'Malley went the distance for the win.
Courtesy runner Justin Mosley scores as catcher Derek Butler awaits the throw.
Ex-FB player Pete Zoltowski (76), among others, was on hand to grill free hot
dogs and burgers for the fans. This event has
become a tradition. Pete now attends Temple.
Jared Farbman's pitch is en route and Seth Shapiro is about to hammer it for a double. Later . . .
Shapiro slammed a home run to center and Chris Steinke was
the first to greet him.
Nick Diamond is retired by catcher Joe Magdovitz on a throw from the OF. P Dave
Kisleiko backs up
the play and Brandon O'Malley looks on with anticipation.
Northeast 2B Chris Steinke greets his first cousin,
3B-LF Jim Benek, in the post-game line. Their moms
are sisters and Jim Taylor, Mastbaum's basketball
coach, is the boys' uncle.
NEUMANN-GORETTI 11, WEST CATHOLIC 10 5/12
N-G coach Gaeton Lucibello hoses down the infield as some Saints stretch and
train rumbles past above 25th Street.
West FB player Matt DeMarco checks his swing. Kyle Ogozarek is the catcher.
Sean Beach beats out an infield single as Matt DeMarco stretches.
Sal Filippello sprints toward home with his three-run, third-inning homer.
George Hatton is telling him to stand and the Saints
at the fence are getting excited.
George Hatton is nipped at 1B on a bunt. The coach
is Huck's best buddy, Matt "Cauls" McCauley.
Steve Roman looks down for a sign. He then beat out an infield single to finish
with four RBI.
Josiah Morley (7) can't believe it (among others) after he was called safe,
on a play at the plate. His early slide did appear to leave him way short of the plate,
but ump Joe George first called him safe, then made a short walk to the other slide
of the plate and was convinced by catcher Kyle Ogozarek (already off the field and
in the dugout by the time this photo was taken), that Morley never touched the plate.
The Daily News' Steve Falk gets a shot of N-G's Kyle Ogozarek as the ball
visible) hits the knob of his bat.
PENN CHARTER 10, GTN. ACADEMY 5 5/10
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Matt Brown beats out an infield single.
GA starter Mark Shimrock.
Matt Brown rounds third after hitting solo homer.
3B Danny Overcash gives chase of a foul popup.
KENNEDY-KENRICK 8, ROMAN 7 (9 INN.) 5/9
K-K's Lenny DelGrippo throws the first of his 182 pitches. The batter is Carmen
Delmastro. The catcher is
Roman 1B Nick DeMalto falls forward after getting the putout on Tom
Lenny DelGrippo, as viewed through one of the holes in the back wall of Roman's dugout.
Lenny DelGrippo makes the putout at 1B after taking a flip from Mark Brennan.
Dennis Morgan is out at 1B despite a big stride.
Mike Dayton, whose ninth-inning grounder was misplayed for an error, bringing in the winning run, is caught in midair.
O'HARA 12, SJ PREP 8 5/5
O'Hara's Steve Cook leads off the game against Matt Leddy. That's downtown
Philly WAY beyond the fence in
right-center. This is Richie Ashburn Field, across Broad Street from the Wachovia Center in FDR Park. An
elevated portion of I-95 is maybe 75 yards behind home plate.
Tom Elliott is hitting. Nelson Russom is about to.
Sean Barksdale (7) exchanges forearm bumps with Brian Giacobetti (1) after
clubbing a three-run homer. The ball cleared the fence
in right-center almost exactly at the same spot beyond Barksdale's right shoulder. We're estimating 385 feet (smile).
The now-famous rip in the pants of O'Hara SS Matt Catania.
The legendary Rich "Dickie V, Baby!" Varrasse closed things out for the Lions.
FRANKFORD 16, CENTRAL 7 5/4
Frankford's players kill time before the game behind a big mound of dirt.
Central's Andrew "Potter" Reynolds checks in with a first-inning run . . .
And right behind him, courtesy runner Chris Gargano checks in with another run.
Both scored on
Matt Smith's single. The catcher is Ramon Reyes. The ump is Bill Hall.
Some of Frankford's active rooters.
Carlos Rosado lashes a seventh-inning single to finish 5-for-5 with a sac fly and four RBI.
PENN CHARTER 5, MALVERN 1 5/3
Malvern C Darren Hepke looks to throw to 1B after getting force at plate. The runner is Sean Rust.
Soph LH Mark Adzick struck out eight in going the distance.
Bobby Malonoski heads back to first as Sean Rust awaits the throw.
Ryan Nanni stomps on plate while completing third inning home run trot.
Zack Zeglinski stops short when he notices that a pickoff throw is instead headed for 2B.
Penn Charter coach Rick Mellor (right) winds down the post-game meeting on the mound.
EDISON 3, WASHINGTON 2 5/2
Washington pitcher Marc Tankel (L) hangs out briefly before the game with
injured C Justin Presley (short term, hopefully) and
OF Matt Yankowitz (long term, unfortunately).
Edison's Carlos Maldonado gets back to 1B as Chris Phares snags the pickoff throw.
Javier Lafuente follows through on a curve.
Soph C John Fuentes, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI, gets back to 1B after stroking his game-winning single in the sixth.
Washington righthander Marc Tankel.