On the Trail With Ted
In early August, Anthony Valucci stepped down as Roman's coach and before the end of the month . . . he was being hired as the coach at St. Joseph's Prep! Recently, a list of CL coaches over the last 40 years was posted. WITHIN those 40 years, nine guys coached at two CL schools and six combined to win 12 championships. Rich Papirio was fortunate enough to pull off the titles-at-both-schools feat -- two at Ryan, one at Conwell-Egan. Anthony is very dedicated to his players and we wish him the best at The Prep!
|CL Coaches at Two Schools, 1978-2017|
|Frank Allison||Carroll||1988-98 (3)|
|Fr. Ed Casey||West Catholic||1994-96|
|Nick Chichilitti||North Catholic||2008-09|
|Paul Ellis||Wood||1986-92 (1)|
|Joe Falcone||La Salle||1994|
|John Fleming||O'Hara||2003 (1)|
|Jim O'Hara||SJ Prep||1988-90|
|Rich Papirio||Ryan||1978-86 (2)|
ST. JOSEPH’S PREP NAMES VETERAN PCL MANAGER TO HEAD BASEBALL PROGRAM
By Bill Avington
PHILADELPHIA -- St. Joseph’s Prep has announced that Anthony Valucci will be the new baseball coach. Coach Valucci has a wealth of experience in coaching, including serving as the head coach the last seven years at Roman Catholic High School where he led the team to the postseason five times and into the PCL championship once. In addition, Coach Valucci spearheaded several fundraising campaigns for the baseball program and also organized a pre-season trip to Vero Beach Florida for the past two years.
“I am excited by the opportunity to bring Coach Valucci to the Prep,” says Prep Athletic Director Dennis Hart. “I had the opportunity to coach against his teams in my role as an assistant coach for the Prep and always respected his baseball acumen and his method of coaching. My appreciation for Coach Valucci grew last year when I served as Philadelphia Catholic League moderator for baseball, working closely with Coach Valucci on the daily operations for the league. When the head coaching position became available, I was extremely excited that Coach Valucci was interested in the position and I jumped at the chance to bring him in for an interview.”
In addition to his time at Roman, Coach Valucci spent years coaching in the Roxborough Rox Babe Ruth program and has learned under the tutelage of two outstanding coaches, PA Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Morris, brother of our own legendary Speedy Morris, and Rick Norwood from the University of Texas. He has studied how to run an outstanding high school program and I am excited to have him at the Prep.
“I am very excited to be the new head coach of St. Joseph’s Prep,” says Valucci, who was an assistant coach for the 2013 Carpenter Cup team and also worked on the staff at Lansdale Catholic and Kennedy-Kenrick. “I have been fortunate to learn from creative baseball minds on the best ways to run a program. I am looking forward to the chance to use that knowledge at the Prep.”
Release by John Thiel about Justin Hanley, Penn Charter's new baseball coach . . .
William Penn Charter School is pleased to announce that Justin Hanley will coach the Quakers next year as head baseball coach.
Justin has served since 2013 as the varsity pitching coach/associate head coach at Penn Charter. During his tenure at PC, our pitchers have finished in the top tier ERA/WHIP stats leaders in Southeastern Pennsylvania, highlighted by a 1.31 ERA in 2017 en route to the school’s second Inter-Ac championship in four years. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Justin was an assistant coach for the Inter-Ac / Independent All-Stars in the Carpenter Cup Classic, an annual tournament showcasing the best high school baseball players in the tri-state area.
After a standout career at Wyomissing Area High School in Berks County, Justin majored in business management and played college baseball at West Chester University, where he was a four-year starter and co-captain. Justin was a starting left-handed pitcher on a staff that finished #1 in the nation in ERA in 2004, and fourth in 2005. In four seasons at West Chester (2002-2005), the Golden Rams set school records for victories, and played in multiple NCAA Division II Championships.
Justin is co-founder and director of baseball operations for Miller Baseball, a travel baseball organization with teams from 10U to 17U focusing on player development.
Outside of baseball, Justin works for Rittenhouse Ventures, a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm. He and his wife, Shawna, live in East Falls with their two children.
Director of Athletics and Planning
This list, like the Catholic League version six days ago, includes Inter-Ac League football/basketball/baseball coaches with lengthy stints within the last 40 school years. Of course, some of these men began their careers before the 1977-78 school year. The leader is ex-Penn Charter baseball boss Rick Mellor, who was the head man for 33 seasons. He was the co-coach in a 34th year, but declines to count that one. There are two mixture guys. Bill Gallagher coached football and hoops at PC and Craig Conlin, now Episcopal's basketball coach, formerly guided Germantown Academy's baseball squad. There are 12 men on the list -- four football, five basketball and five baseball (counting the sports of Gallagher/Conlin).
|Inter-Ac League Coaches With Lengthy Stints, 1977-78 Through 2016-17|
|33||Rick Mellor||Penn Charter||base||1979|
|28||Jim Fenerty||Gtn. Academy||bask||1990|
|25||Bob Castell||Haverford School||base||1993|
|24||Bill Gallagher||Penn Charter/Episcopal||foot/bask||1981|
|23||Stan Parker||Chestnut Hill||base||1978|
|20||Jim Auch Jr.||Episcopal||foot||1977|
|16||Craig Conlin||Gtn. Acad./Episcopal||base/bask||1999|
|15||Rick Knox||Episcopal/Chestnut Hill||foot||2001|
Former website writer John Shiffert is about to open a running store in Flourtown, Montgomery County. Please check out a press release he wrote in preparation. Best of luck, John!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Shiffert - firstname.lastname@example.org -- 215-948-3316 - @WissValRun
250 Years of Running Experience Coming to Flourtown
Flourtown, PA, Aug. 11, 2017 -- With the opening of Wissahickon Valley Running LLC (WVR), 250 years of running experience and expertise will soon be available to , Erdenheim, Flourtown, Oreland, Ft. Washington, Lafayette Hill, Plymouth Meeting, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and everyone who runs and walks on Forbidden Drive in the scenic Wissahickon Valley.
No, one of General Lafayette’s Native American scouts has not come back to inform local runners and walkers on the ins and outs of long distance. Rather, specialty running store Wissahickon Valley Running, in addition to serving the loyal denizens of Forbidden Drive and providing discounts to a wide variety of customers, will feature the expertise of a number of well-known local runners who are members of the store’s Advisory Board. Including former national class runners, masters champions, race directors, podiatrists and coaches, the Advisory Board will serve WVR owner and former Middle Atlantic Road Runners Club Executive Director John Shiffert (who has 39 years running experience himself) and the local running population in talking running and walking.
Located at 1518 Bethlehem Pk., Flourtown, PA (next door to the fire station), Wissahickon Valley Running will have a trial run on August 18 and open its doors for good on August 23. A Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16.
WVR will feature discounts for local running clubs, high school and college teams, Bruno’s (the Official Restaurant of WVR) customers, seniors, military, first responders, classic race shirts, current race numbers, fast times, slow times, loyal customers, and more.
“Everyone loves a good deal,” says Shiffert. “Our primary target audience is anyone who runs on Forbidden Drive in the Wissahickon Valley. Geographically, Flourtown is well-centered in regards to all the local municipalities, Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy, and Harper’s Meadow.
“We can also help walkers, nurses, retail clerks, waiters and others who spend a lot of time on their feet find a good, comfortable shoe. And, we can direct you to other running resources, such as podiatrists, PTs, orthopedists and coaches, and we will provide free meeting space for running clubs, clinics and seminars by members of our Advisory Board.”
That’s another value of the Advisory Board, which includes: Dr. Ira Meyers, podiatrist and former Philadelphia Marathon champion; Tony DeSabato, the former race director of the Philadelphia Distance Run; Pat Barrett, the former course record holder for the Broad Street Run, the fourth place finisher in first official Boston Marathon womens’ field, a sixth place finisher in the AAU National 10K road championships, a 16th place finisher L’Eggs Mini-Marathon 10K, and a long time running coach; Bill McClellan, the “Mayor of Forbidden Drive,” one of the area’s most successful age group runners at 82 and a former age group winner in the Chicago Marathon; Bob Fortunato, a participant in all 39 Philadelphia Distance Runs and a dozen Boston Marathons and the head track and field and cross country coach at Roman Catholic High School; and Springfield Township High School coaches Chris Mazurek and Niara Woods.
“Considering that Forbidden Drive is unquestionably the best place to run in the Philadelphia region, if not the entire country, it’s been too long since a running store was dedicated to serving this population,” says Shiffert. “As a former employee of the Phidippdes Running Center that was located at Springfield Avenue and Germantown Avenue many years ago, I felt there was an opportunity to serve a loyal local running community, and we intend to do just that.”
Being able to put together a list of Catholic League baseball coaches over the last 40 seasons led to this one: CL baseball/basketball/football coaches with lengthy stints within the last 40 school years. Of course, some of these men began their careers before the 1977-78 school year. One thing that forever provides amazement: Baseball coaches who stick with it "forever." I'm thinking that sport has to provide twice as many frustrations as the others when you factor in weather issues and the fact that some games can take a l-o-n-g time to finish and cause you to get home way after dinner. Anyway, the list below includes 31 coaches -- 12 basketball, 10 baseball and nine football. Not all coaches guided teams straight through. Special mention to John Mooney. He guided St. James' baseball team for 39 seasons (1955-1993) and stepped away only because the school closed. He was also the Bulldogs' basketball coach for four seasons (1961-64) and the long-time athletic director. In St. James' last year, he was a vice principal, business manager and maintenance director. He also taught one period of English, spent another period supervising the lunchroom and published newsletters (alumni/principal).
UPDATE: McDevitt's Jack Rutter (bask) has been added. Sorry for the mess-up. Thanks to Jack for emailing up.
|Catholic League Coaches With Lengthy Stints, 1977-78 Through 2016-17|
|28||Joe Parisi||La Salle||base||1986|
|21||Joe Colistra||La Salle||foot||1985|
|20||Speedy Morris||Roman/SJ Prep||bask||1978|
|17||Jim DiGuiseppe Sr.||Wood||base||1995|
|16||Tom Stewart||St. James||bask||1978|
|16||John Mooney||St. James||base||1978|
|16||Mike "Stump" Coyne||Bonner||foot||1988|
|15||Ed "Bubby" DiCamillo||West/Neumann||foot||1984|
|15||Marty Jackson||La Salle||bask||1987|
After a one-year break, we can inform you that a school has earned a berth on this special list. Annnnnd . . . it's a first-time honoree! Thanks to three football players and one guy apiece in basketball and baseball, Archbishop Wood produced first team All-City honorees in the three major sports during the 2016-17 school year. The list below now covers 40 school years. Congrats to these special Vikings.
Schools With All-City First
Teamers in the Three Major Sports
In the Same School Year, 1977-78 to Present
|1979-80||Northeast||Karl Siegle, K||Willie Oliphant, G||Scott Vogel, P|
|Steve Poole, DE|
|1980-81||Frankford||Eric Leak, OL||Anthony Chennault, G||Bruce Konick, P|
|Bob Brett, DE|
|1981-82||Frankford||Brian Ramsey, DE||Rico Washington, C||Rich McKay, P|
|George Heineman, DB|
|Bonner||Dan Brodeur, OL||Walt Fuller, G||Dan Hirst, INF|
|Jim Chupein, K|
|Tom Abram, LB|
|1985-86||Bonner||Pete Ruggieri, DL||Ivan "Pick" Brown, G||Mike Weber, INF|
|Joe Gallagher, LB|
|1987-88||Bonner||Art Serano, DL||Brian Daly, F||Jon Schaffer, OF|
|Dan Summers, DL|
|1990-91||Roman||Marvin Harrison, MP||Bernard Jones, F||Harry Carr, OF|
|1991-92||Dougherty||Manny Gonzalez, DL||Cuttino "Cat" Mobley, G||Chris Dugan, INF|
|1992-93||Olney||Kenyatta Carter, Rec.||Jason Lawson, C||Larry Abney, OF|
|Roman||Joel Rivers, DL||Marc Jackson, C||Bill Black, INF|
|1993-94||Penn Charter||Mike Samuel, QB||Steve Goodrich, C||Mike Sposato, OF|
|Brandon Shepherdson, RB||Mike Samuel, P|
|1994-95||Carroll||Andrew Garchinsky, DL||Rafal Bigus, C||Frank DiMaggio, INF|
|Greg See, LB|
|1996-97||Carroll||Sean Scott, DB||Martin Ingelsby, G||Jay Aquilante, INF|
|Mike Fuchs, C|
|1997-98||Judge||Joe Mahoney, OL||Jim Reeves, F||Kris Dufner, INF|
|Jim Casey, RB|
|1998-99||Northeast||Dante Poole, RB||Randy Dukes, G||Pat Brady, INF|
|2000-01||Roman||Joe McCourt, MP||Tamal Forchion, F-C||Joe McCourt, OF|
|Scott Paxson, DL|
|2001-02||Episcopal||Joe Person, OL||Terrence Mack, F||Adam Murray, INF|
|2002-03||Penn Charter||Matt Ryan, QB||Sean Singletary, G||Taylor Baum, 1B|
|Tony McDevitt, LB|
|2003-04||SJ Prep||Mike Buscaglia, OL||Chris Clark, G||Mark Noonan, INF|
|Matt Parkhurst, DL|
|Brian Tracz, LB|
|Dan Jones, DB|
|Greg Ambrogi, DB|
|2003-04||Malvern||Andrew Mackrides, K||Brian Grandieri, G||Will Romanowicz, P|
|Dan Onorato, LB|
|2004-05||Central||Cornelius Bunch, DL||Scott Rodgers, G-F||Andrew Reynolds, INF|
|Gtn. Academy||Phil Azarik, K||Ryan Ayers, G-F||Tyler Stampone, INF|
|Tyler Stampone, DB|
|2007-08||Ryan||Nick Ferdinand, Rec.||Andrew Rogers, G||Nick Ferdinand, OF|
|2009-10||Neum.-Goretti||Will Huff, P||Tony Chennault, G||Mark Donato, P|
|Tyreek Duren, G|
|2011-12||La Salle||Ryan Geiger, OL||Eddie Mitchell, G||Joe Forcellini, 1B|
|Jamal Abdur-Rahman, RB|
|Connor Daly, LB|
|Kevin Forster, DB|
|Malvern||Michael Mooney, OL||Brendan Kilpatrick, G||Joe Ravert, 1B|
|Connor Mahoney, DL||Joe Poduslenko, INF|
|Joe Nilan, LB||Nick Bateman, OF|
|2012-13||SJ Prep||David Tracz, OL||Stephen Vasturia, G||Jawan McAllister, OF|
|Paul Johnson, DL||Tom Mullin, P|
|Todd Jones, LB|
|John Reid, DB|
|La Salle||Sean Coleman, Rec.||Amar Stukes, G||Chris Melillo, 1B|
|Ryan Winslow, P||Dominic Cuoci, P|
|Tom Spiteri, DL|
|Zaire Franklin, LB|
|2013-14||SJ Prep||Jon Daniel Runyan, OL||Chris Clover, G||Jawan McAllister, OF|
|Chris Martin, QB|
|Jake Strain, DL|
|Ryan McNulty, LB|
|John Reid, DB|
|2014-15||SJ Prep||Jon Daniel Runyan, OL||Chris Clover, G||Dino Cattai, OF|
|Olamide Zaccheaus, MP||Colin Scanlon, P|
|D'Andre Swift, MP|
|Jake Strain, DL|
|John Reid, DB|
|Wood||Anthony Diodato, OL||Collin Gillespie, G||John "JR" Gifford, DH|
|Mark Webb, Rec.|
|Raheem Blackshear, MP|
This was submitted by Gerry Sasse, an assistant to Penn Charter's athletic directors. Thanks, Sas.
He noted that Tom McClain (RIP) was inducted into the Philadelphia Softball Association HOF in 1990. Here's the bio that appeared in the program.
Tom McClain - (Umpire)
Tom McClain has been officiating for 30 years. He has umpired approximately 2000 softball games, including the 1960 Philadelphia Catholic League Championship, the 1984 PIAA State Championship, the 1981 Ivy League Championship, ASA regional tournaments from 1965-1972 and the Women’s Class-A National in Utah. He is the PIAA State representative for District-1. Tom has worked as a football official and has done games for Army, Syracuse, Miami and Notre Dame, plus Philadelphia Catholic and Philadelphia Public League Football Championships. He doesn’t relax in the winter, but does high school and college basketball, where he has also had State High School Playoff Games and College League Championship Games. Tom has always been highly respected in al three sports and coaches say they are always happy to see him appear at their games. They know that they will have a knowledgeable, constantly hustling official. Tom Resides in Bridesburg and works for Admiral transportation Company.
My report on a crazy day from the 2000 season . . .
MAY 8, 2000
Carroll 25, West Catholic 3
Frustrating day on the trail, folks. I started in Norristown, hoping to see Neumann/Kennedy-Kenrick, but the game had been switched to Neumann's home field. My next thought was to rush to La Salle and catch the Explorers' game with Dougherty. En route, though, I got stuck in traffic on Germantown Pike and I was fearful of not getting there by 3:30. Last alternative? Hop on the Blue Route and go to Carroll. Oh, brother. West got there late and then proceeded to struggle big-time. Carroll scored two in the first, nine in the second, zero in the third (hooray!) and eight in the fourth. I'm not sure how the total got to 25 because I had to leave to cover a basketball all-star game in nearby Conshohocken. By the way, the Carroll folks called in the score to the Scholastic Scoreservice as 15-3, even though two reporters were in attendance. Why do guys do that? The West kids knew they lost by 22 runs. (This isn't the first time Carroll has under-reported a victory margin; it happens in the Public League, too.) Let's say a score is under-reported. I guarantee this happens at the losing school the next day. "Hey, I saw you lost by 10 runs," a non-player says to a player. "Ten? It was really 20," the player responds. Then they have a good laugh and take another bite out of their hoagies. Kids are so resilient. Here's another reason coaches should be discouraged from under-reporting scores: It can make papers look bad. If the Norristown paper covers the game and, of course, publishes the correct score, the Inquirer and Daily News will look bad if they publish the fabricated score. We don't need that. And vice versa. Anyway, before I left, sr. SS Mick Hannan and sr. CF John Zamichieli hit three-run homers, sr. 1B Ted Piotrowicz picked up three RBI on a pair of singles and sr. C Jim Gillin had three RBI on a single, triple and fielder's choice. Sr. RHP Dave Omlor allowed just one hit in the first five innings, a solo homer to jr. 2B Greg Scannapieco. The lefty swinger sent a blast two-thirds of the way up the trees in dead centerfield.
My report on a crazy game in a crazy week from the 2003 season . . .
MAY 1, 2003
Washington 24, Northeast 23 (click here for boxscore, and here for Randy's tidbits)
Hmmmm. What are the chances that I own a national sports writing record for highest-scoring games seen in a week? The other day it was 36 runs, as Ryan beat O'Hara, 20-16. Today it was 47 runs!! Amazing!! The first two innings gobbled up 87 minutes and the game in total took 4 hours, 6 minutes. It ended at 7:24 as jr. 2B Adam Eisman (five RBI) lined a single to left to score pinch-runner Justin Presley and set off a wild celebration. Jr. 3B-P Ken Radziak opened the home seventh with a single to right and yielded to Presley. Sr. 1B-P Harry Parfitt fanned on a pitch in the dirt and, with first base occupied, was automatically out. But he dashed toward first and sr. C Brandon O'Malley, momentarily duped, made an offline throw, enabling Presley to advance to third. Eisman followed with his hit. As he was being mobbed, he bellowed, "Let's play another one!" Let's not and say we did (smile). This game was often brutal, but since it became such a memory-maker with so many twists and turns and comebacks and blown leads and such, I didn't mind being there for so long. DN sports writer Mike Kern arrived at 4:45 from a round of golf in South Jersey thinking he'd see two innings. He saw five! His son, Steve, is GW's sr. SS. They were 40 hits, 8 doubles, 2 triples, no homers, 23 walks, 3 hit batsmen, 17 stolen bases, 14 errors and 8 wild pitches. Twelve of the runs were unearned. Only three half-innings were scoreless. In seven, at least nine players batted. Northeast sr. Steve Sandberg was scratched as the starting pitcher because of arm tenderness and a hamstring problem. He played first base, then later relieved. Off a full outing Monday, Lihotz pitched twice in relief and went 4 1/3 innings total. Parfitt, who also pitched Monday, got the win by going 2 2/3 innings. At 5:56, with only the fourth inning about to end, Northeast soph DH Dennis Heebner departed for a doctor's appointment. For Washington, sr. CF Marcus Kennedy reached base all six times with three hits and three walks, jr. RF Brian Morgan went 4-for-6 with a double and three RBI, sr. handyman Dennis Massott went 3-for-4 with two walks and three RBI, sr. DH Bruce Bauer had a double and triple en route to six RBI, and Radziak went 4-for-6 with three RBI. For Northeast, jr. SS Joe Cross collected two hits, three walks and two RBI, jr. P-OF Bryan Adamson went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI, and jr. OF Jay Banks had two hits and two walks en route to three RBI. Northeast blew leads of 8-0 and 15-8.
This is Year No. 40 for All-City Baseball Teams -- man, where has the time gone! -- and four guys have earned Player/Pitcher of the Year honors. Penn Charter sr. RH Joey Lancellotti now owns a spot on the list and he's the first to be honored NOT in consecutive seasons and while representing different schools; he played for Archbishop Wood in 2015. If Joey had not pitched this season, he would have been a strong contender for Player of the Year. The first baseman when not hurling, he hit .487 (38-for-78) with six doubles, two triples, 10 homers and 36 RBI. He's headed for the University of North Carolina . . . This year's Player of the Year, Neumann-Goretti sr. SS Jared Healey, was the Catholic League's Defensive Player of the Year and a major factor on offense. Plus, he was at his best during the Saints' eight-game run to CL, CT and state championships. He went 11-for-20 (.550) with three extra base hits, five RBI and eight runs scored. He's headed to Chestnut Hill College.
|Available Stats for Dual Players/Pitchers of the Year|
|2017||Joey Lancellotti||Penn Charter||6-1||0.60||46.2||26||16||85|
The Pellegrini and Zolk families are forever linked. In 1978, having freshly arrived from St. Joseph's Prep, Gaspare "Gamp" Pellegrini (RIP) steered Malvern Prep to the Inter-Ac League football championship and went on to enjoy wild success during his 31 seasons as the Friars' coach. His son, Kevin, was his replacement and also won a championship (shared) in his first season. Meanwhile, Mike Zolk became Neumann-Goretti's baseball coach in 2012 and guided the Saints to the Catholic League championship. His son, Mike, a k a "Zoom", took over the program this season and likewise produced a CL champ. These Saints also forged ahead to win a state crown at the Class 2A level.
Can't imagine too many basketball/baseball combos in any state have experienced this kind of success, let alone in Pennsylvania. Since the Catholic League joined the PIAA for the 2008-09 school year, N-G has captured nine state titles (seven bask/two base) and racked up a record of 58-8 (.879). Plus, seven of the eight setbacks have featured deficits of no more than five points/runs. Plus, part two, the combined record over the last four years is 33-2 (.943). The breakdown is right below.
|Details for N-G in Bask/Base State Playoffs|
|Year||Bask||Lost by||Base||Lost by|
|2009||2-1||5 pts||2-1||5 runs|
|2013||2-1||5 pts||0-1||4 runs|
|39-2||10 pts||17-6||23 runs|
Here's some advice: Don't do research while trying to watch the NBA finals (ha ha). Hopefully, the list below is complete, but Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, LeBron James, etc., provided many distractions so please speak up if other teams deserve to be on it. Yesterday, two-run singles by winning pitcher Phil Sanborn, shortstop Jared Healey and catcher Eric Nardini helped to power Neumann-Goretti to 10 runs vs. Bellwood-Antis in a Class 2A state semi. In the quarterfinal, Healey's three-run homer was the highlight in a 13-10 win over Old Forge. This is the ninth time (maybe) a Catholic League team has scored at least 10 runs in a postseason game. Neumann/N-G has pulled off the feat four times. The efforts by La Salle and N-G in 2013 and '14 occurred in the CL's double-elimination playoffs.
UPDATE: Not a surprise, folks. We have an update! (smile). In 2013 a double-elimination format was in effect and I neglected to include La Salle's 10-0 win over SJ Prep in the overall final. Three in a row for the 'Splorers! Thanks to then-coach Joe Parisi for speaking up.
|Catholic League Teams With at Least 10 Runs in Back-to-Back Postseason Games|
|Dougherty||1969||15||St. James||CL final|
|Neumann||1986||11||Bonner||CL 2nd round|
|Carroll||1996||10||O'Hara||CL 1st round|
|11||Kenn.-Kenrick||CL 2nd round|
|Wood||2010||10||Franklin Towne||3A City Title|
|10||West York||3A 1st round|
|La Salle||2012||14||Frankford||4A City Title|
|10||Upper Dublin||4A 1st round|
|Neumann-Goretti||2013||13||Lansdale Catholic||CL quarterfinal|
|18||La Salle||CL semifinal|
|La Salle||2013||11||Wood||CL WB 1st round|
|10||Ryan||CL WB final|
|10||SJ Prep||CL overall final|
|Neumann-Goretti||2014||11||Roman||CL "1st final"|
|11||Roman||CL "2nd final"|
|Neumann-Goretti||2017||13||Old Forge||2A quarterfinal|
The baseball season for Catholic League teams rolls along and rolls along and rolls along and then you reach that day where, geez, it could come to a sudden end. Only St. Joseph's Prep (6A) and Neumann-Goretti (2A) are still alive and both will play today in state quarterfinals. There's a new format this year -- six classifications instead of four; the CL has never been involved with 1A -- and the record in first round games was 2-3 while the runs for-runs against numbers were 15-19. Since joining the PIAA in the 2008-09 school year, CL schools are 29-22 and the RF-RA numbers are 166-172. Three state titles have been won: La Salle in 4A in 2012 and 2014 and N-G last year in 2A. Good luck to the Hawks & Saints today! The breakdown is below . . .
UPDATE: The chart below has been updated through the 2017 state playoffs. The CL is eight games over .500, but is still being ever-so-slightly outscored.
|Results for Catholic League Teams in State Playoffs (31-23, 197 RF-200 RA)|
|CLASS 4A||CLASS 3A||CLASS 2A|
|CLASS 6A||CLASS 5A||CLASS 4A||CLASS 3A||CLASS 2A|
It's the bottom of the seventh and your team needs a clutch base knock to win the game. Which player would you love to see step into the batter's box? Jones? Williams? Smith? Johnson? Hitman? . . . Thought you'd go with that last guy (smile). Max Hitman is a freshman infielder at Archbishop Carroll and his scholastic career is off to an impressive start. On the Coaches' All-Catholic Team, The Maxster received second team honors. In this century he's the seventh frosh to earn A-C honors. Mark Donato, who then transferred to Neumann-Goretti, was honored as a pitcher AND first baseman while playing for Roman in 2007. Mike "Zoom" Zolk, N-G's current coach (and an alumnus), was honored while playing for North Catholic in 2008. He remained at North through '09, but was not around for the school's final season in '10. Wood's Kyle McCrossen, the lone first-teamer on the list below, maintained that status all the way through his high school career. Meanwhile, if Hitman is the coolest name ever for a baseball player, this one might deserve that honor for hoops: Rodney Basketbill. He was a starting guard for McDevitt in the 1974-75 season.
|All-Catholic Freshman Honorees in This Century|
|2008||Mike "Zoom" Zolk||North||Red||C||2nd|
|2015||Andrew Cossetti||La Salle||Overall||C||2nd|
The Catholic League no longer owns wins in EVERY City Title since the Catholic-Public showdowns were resumed in 2009. In fact, for the second consecutive year, the Pub has triumphed in the highest classification -- 4A in 2016 (Olney over Judge) and 6A in 2017 (Frankford over SJ Prep). The CL has won the other 25 showdowns and the average victory margin now stands at 9.2 runs. The breakdown is below. The original series -- one game each year -- lasted for 35 years from 1945 through '79. The Pub twice put together three-game winning streaks -- 1947-49 (Southern each time) and 1959-61 (Southern, then Bartram twice).
|Victory Margins for CL Teams in City Titles, 2009-17|
Information on assorted websites says lefthanders make up only 10 percent of the population, though I did see one mention of 12 percent. But check this out: Over the last 42 years, 33 percent of the winning pitchers in Catholic League finals have been lefties. Neumann-Goretti's Phil Sanborn recently joined the club and he's the fourth Saint to have done so in the last nine years.
|Winning Lefties in Catholic League Finals, 1976-2017|
|2009||Mark Donato||N-G||La Salle||8||4||1||1||5||10|
|2005||Matt Zielinski||La Salle||C-E||7||4||3||3||0||9|
|2002||Frank Gailey||Carroll||La Salle||7||3||0||0||1||6|
|1994||*Roger Burns||La Salle||SJ Prep||1/3||0||0||0||0||0|
|1991||Keith Conway||Carroll||Wood||4 1/3||3||0||0||2||6|
|1986||*Javier Barreto||North||Neumann||3 2/3||1||0||0||2||5|
Imagine the pride felt by the parents of someone who starts for a championship team. Now multiply by six. Or even nine. Say hello to Dom and Tina Nardini. Their sons -- Nicky, Tommy and Eric -- have started for Neumann-Goretti in all six of its victories in Catholic League finals since 2009 and Nicky has been an assistant with the last three champs. Amazing! Nicky was the designated hitter in '09 and the catcher in '11 and '12. Tommy ('14) and Eric ('16/'17) were also catchers. Eric is only a soph, so it's possible (likely? certain? - smile) we haven't seen the end of these joyful days. There have been two other brother acts during this run: Al (3b in '09) and Aidan Baur (3b in '17); Dom (cf in '09, dh in '11) and Mike Riverso (1b in '09). Aidan is only a junior. Dudes of a certain age will remember the "first" Al Baur, the kids' father. He was a first team All-City pitcher for Southern in 1986 AND a starting forward for the Rams' Public League basketball champs. That team was headlined by future NBAer Lionel Simmons. Al pitched for a stretch in the Phillies' farm system. Young Al is a part-time first baseman for a Class A Pirates team in West Virginia. He's batting .319 in 20 games and has a .798 OPS. (Jimmy Kerrigan, who started in center for the title squads in '11 and '12, is a starting outfielder for an independent team, the River City Rascals, in Missouri. He's hitting .250 through 16 games.) . . . Congrats to the Nardini family!
To borrow/alter a now-famous phrase . . . It takes a village of children to raise multiple Catholic League baseball championship plaques. Neumann-Goretti has captured six since over the last nine years (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) and the starting lineups have included 41 players. Three guys have started three times, 12 have done so twice and 25 have done so once. There have been four head coaches during this stretch. One assistant, Joe Messina, who handles the pitchers (his son, a soph also named Joe, is one of them), has been on the staff for the last five triumphs. Josh Ockimey, one of the three-year guys, is currently starring for a Class A team in the Red Sox' system. He is averaging just under one RBI per game (46 in 48) and has seven homers along with a .309 average. Also, his OPB and SLG numbers are .416 and .506, respectively.
|Starters for Neumann-Goretti's Six CL Champs, 2009-17|
|Year||Name, Position||Year||Name, Position|
|--- Three-Time Starters ---||--- One-Time Starters ---|
|2011||Josh Ockimey, 1b||2014||Chris Ciliberto, lf|
|2012||Josh Ockimey, 1b||2009||Al Baur, 3b|
|2014||Josh Ockimey, 1b||2014||Bay To, rf|
|2009||Marty Venafro, ss||2009||Billy Fulginiti, 2b|
|2011||Marty Venafro, ss||2017||Brian Reynolds, rf|
|2012||Marty Venafro, ss||2014||Charlie Jerla, p|
|2011||Nicky Nardini, c||2016||Ethan Pritchett, lf|
|2012||Nicky Nardini, c||2017||George Masciulli, lf|
|2009||Nicky Nardini, dh||2016||Jeff Ciocco, p|
--- Two-Time Starters ---
|2012||Joe Kinee, 3b|
|2016||Aidan Baur, 2b||2016||Joe LaFiora, dh|
|2017||Aidan Baur, 3b||2009||Joey Armata, c|
|2011||Anthony Adams, lf||2014||Justin Curtin, ss|
|2012||Anthony Adams, rf||2016||Lou Testa, 1b|
|2014||Brian Verratti, cf||2012||Mario DiFebbo, lf|
|2016||Brian Verratti, cf||2009||Mark Donato, p|
|2017||Colin Eiser, cf||2011||Mike "Zoom" Zolk, 2b|
|2016||Colin Eiser, rf||2009||Mike Riverso, 1b|
|2009||Dom Riverso, cf||2014||Pat Doudican, dh|
|2011||Dom Riverso, dh||2017||Phil Sanborn, p|
|2016||Eric Nardini, c||2017||R.J. McGettigan, 1b|
|2017||Eric Nardini, c||2009||Reno Regalbuto, lf|
|2016||Jared Healey, ss||2017||Steve Pizza, 2b|
|2017||Jared Healey, ss||2014||Tommy Nardini, c|
|2011||Jimmy Kerrigan, cf||2014||Vinny Vaccone, 2b|
|2012||Jimmy Kerrigan, cf|
|2012||Joey Glennon, 2b|
|2011||Joey Glennon, 3b|
|2011||Joey Gorman, p|
|2012||Joey Gorman, p|
|2009||John Snyder, rf|
|2011||John Snyder, rf|
|2014||Nicky D'Amore, 3b|
|2016||Nicky D'Amore, 3b|
|Indented names not part of batting order; DHs not used in '12/'17|
Five days before Christmas, Bill "Babs" Haines probably wondered if he'd ever be able to umpire again, let alone pull off a special accomplishment. On that day he had DOUBLE knee-replacement surgery. He was back on the calls-making job exactly two months later (in college games) and this past Saturday he became just the second guy over the last 42 years to work the plate six times in a Catholic League final. Congrats, Babs! He shares the honor with Ed Kerrigan. Gene Otto does the assigning for CL games and the other guys, around the bases from first to third, were John McArdle, Carlos Deno and Mike Finney. "Los" (No. 2 with five) and Mike have also handled dish duties in this time frame. Babs is a West Catholic grad. In 1973, he earned first team All-City football honors for his play at center for the Burrs.
|Plate Umps in Catholic Baseball Finals, 1976-2017|
|Name||No.||------- Years -------|
|Bill "Babs" Haines||6||2017||2016||2011||2008||2006||2002|
PAISAA Tournament Semifinal
SCH Academy 9, Penn Charter 5
(At Perkiomen School)
|Starting Lineups Used in League/Tournament Play|
|Mike Siani||cf||Mike Siani||cf||Mike Siani||cf|
|Joey Lancellotti||p||Joey Lancellotti||1b||Joey Lancellotti||1b|
|Dom Toso||3b||Dom Toso||3b||Dom Toso||3b|
|Sammy Siani||rf||Sammy Siani||rf||Sammy Siani||dh|
|James Gabor||lf||James Gabor||lf||James Gabor||lf|
|Brendan Pell||2b||Brendan Pell||2b||Brendan Pell||2b|
|Steve Lorenz||dh||Steve Lorenz||dh||Steve Lorenz||rf|
|Alex Cohen||1b||Brendan Cellucci||p||Matt Gorman||p|
|Adam Holland||ss||Adam Holland||ss||Adam Holland||ss|
|Gavin Zavorski||c||Gavin Zavorski||c||Gavin Zavorski||c|
If you saw the scores from yesterday's Catholic League semifinals. you knew this was coming, right? (smile) . . . This list shows all semifinal shutouts since scheduled semis became part of the CL process in 1973. This is only the second time both games have produced blankings. For years and years and years, the semis were played as a doubleheader on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Ryan's Tom Filer, who shut out North Catholic in 1974, wound up pitching in the majors for six seasons and compiled a 22-17 record. He's now the pitching coach for the West Virginia Black Bears, a short-season Class A team in the Pirates' farm system. . . There were also semis in 1959. In Dougherty's 4-0 win over Bonner, Jack Shepper pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and six walks.
|Shutouts in Catholic League Semifinals, 1973-2017|
|1975||O'Hara||St. James||7-0||Jim Wilks|
|1980||Ryan||La Salle||8-0||Joe Cohill|
|1983||O'Hara||St. James||1-0 (8)||Norm Hanratty|
|1990||Wood||La Salle||6-0||Dan Kusters|
|1999||SJ Prep||Ryan||1-0||Matt Altomare|
|2012||La Salle||Carroll||10-0||Dom Cuoci|
|2017||Wood||SJ Prep||7-0||Kody Cracknell|
|*-advanced to majors|
Penn Charter 6, Gtn. Academy 3
In Sixth Inning . . .
Out -- James Gabor, flyout to right
Walk -- Sammy Siani
Sacrifice fly -- Dom Toso
Run -- Pinch-hitter Alex Cohen (started inning with walk)
Strikeout -- Mike Siani
In Fifth Inning . . .
Groundout -- Steve Lorenz
Stolen base -- Sammy Siani
In Fourth Inning
Single -- Mike Siani (to center)
In Third Inning . . .
Home run -- Joey Lancellotti (solo to dead left)
In Second Inning . . .
Double -- Adam Holland (to left-center)
Vs. GA on 5/18
In Fourth Inning . . .
Hit for multiple RBI -- Sammy Siani (two-run single to left)
HBP -- Brendan Pell
In Third Inning
Grounded into DP -- Dom Toso (6-4-3)
Vs. Mercersburg on 5/26/16
In Fifth Inning
Triple -- Sammy Siani
In Seventh Inning . . .
Win -- Matt Gorman
Save -- Mike Siani
Strikeout -- Mike Siani (to end game)
Walk -- Mike Siani
In Sixth Inning . . .
Flyout -- Brendan "Chooch" Cellucci
Gorundout -- Brendan "Chooch" Cellucci
In Fourth Inning . . .
Hit -- Matt Gorman (single)
Vs. GA on 5/18
Perfect Game -- Joey Lancellotti (4 inn.)
Vs. SCH Academy on 4/12
Loss -- Joey Lancellotti
Major league games last at least nine innings, of course (minus weather woes), and yesterday two Catholic League quarterfinals also did so. It was the first time in CL playoff history that two games went at least nine innings on the same day. Ryan beat Carroll, 6-3, and Neumann-Goretti beat Judge, 3-2. History was on the winners' side. N-G is now 4-0 in playoffs of at least nine innings while Ryan is 4-1.
|Catholic League Playoffs That Lasted at Least Nine Innings|
|1999||2nd round||La Salle||Conwell-Egan||5-4||11|
|2010||1st round||Judge||SJ Prep||5-4||11|
|1994||1st round||SJ Prep||Kennedy-Kenrick||6-5||9|
|2013||LB 1st round||Neumann-Goretti||O'Hara||8-7||9|
|2014||WB 1st round||Roman||O'Hara||6-5||9|
|LB: Losers bracket in double-elimination format|
|WB: Winners bracket in double-elimination format|
Through yesterday's 17-0 win over Germantown Academy, in which sr. RH Joey Lancellotti fired a four-inning perfect game with seven strikeouts, Penn Charter has racked up 38 consecutive scoreless innings. "Lance" and sr. LH Brendan "Chooch" Cellucci are 2-0 during the stretch while two more seniors, RHs Justus Sanders and Matt Gorman, are 1-0. RH Alex Cohen, who pitched one inning in the win over Central Bucks South, is also a senior. The Quakers have scored 50 runs during this stretch. According to the website of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the record for high school ball is 56 1/3 innings by Jamesville (NC) in 1979 and South San Francisco in El Camino (CA) in 1977. (Some organizations count outs that end innings WITH runs. In that case, PC's streak is 38 1/3 innings.) The MLB record is 56 by Pittsburgh way back in 1903. The record for the Division 1 level in college baseball is 64 by Arizona State in 1972. This streak came within a foot of ending in the fourth inning of the game vs. Judge. An errant throw to third base squirted over toward the out-of-play line near PC's bench. Gorman made a slide and gloved the ball to keep it in play. PC's coaching coach is Justin Hanley. When this season began, he set a goal for his crew: fewer than 75 walks, more than 200 strikeouts. The current totals are 60 and 190 heading into today's non-league game at Germantown Friends. The Indy Schools Tourney will follow.
UPDATE: The streak ended today in the first inning of a game vs. Germantown Friends. The run scored on consecutive singles by Tom Primosch, Alex Mirage and Ben Mass. PC's pitcher was sr. RH Jon Lewis.
|Penn Charter's Streak of 38 Consecutive Shutout Innings|
|Date - Opponent - Score||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|5/4 at Haver. School, 6-0|
|Brendan Cellucci (W)||7||1||0||0||5||8|
|5/9 at Malvern, 1-0|
|Joey Lancellotti (W)||7||5||0||0||5||9|
|5/12 at Gtn. Academy, 9-0|
|Brendan Cellucci (W)||7||4||0||0||1||14|
|5/15 at Cent. Bucks South, 7-0|
|Justus Sanders (W)||6||2||0||0||2||2|
|5/16 Judge, 10-0 (6 inn.)|
|Matt Gorman (W)||6||3||0||0||2||7|
|5/18 Gtn. Academy, 17-0 (4 inn.)|
|Joey Lancellotti (W)||4||0||0||0||0||7|
Penn Charter 17, Gtn. Academy 0 (4 innings)
One thing's for sure when it comes to high school baseball honors . . . NOTHING is for sure. In 2016, 19 underclassmen earned first, second or third team honors on the Coaches' All-Catholic Baseball Team. An amazing 13 did not repeat in 2017. The reasons are numerous. One guy transferred. Two guys decided not to play anymore. The 10 others did not perform as well and/or suffered injuries. Two players kept their spots on the first team: La Salle C Andrew Cossetti, now a junior and the Offensive Player of the Year, and Carroll P James Kelly, now a senior and a double honoree, MVP and Pitcher of the Year. One kept his spot on the third team: Bonner-Prendie P Evan Raiburn, now a senior. One player went up two teams: O'Hara sr. OF Isaiah Hammond from third to first. One player went up one team: SJ Prep sr. P Colin Scanlon from second to first. One player went down one team: SJ Prep jr. OF Luke Donaphon from second to third . . . Also, 13 schools (all except for West Catholic) play CL baseball. Four have no honorees this season: Roman, Lansdale, Conwell-Egan and McDevitt. That might be a record. That club had only two members last season (C-E & McDevitt).
For the first time since 1997 and ninth time over 60 years, Penn Charter has won baseball and track championships in the same year. Overall, that feat has been accomplished 18 times by Inter-Ac League/Catholic League schools. Mike Hickey, formerly of Malvern, is now the coach at Episcopal. Yesterday, La Salle won the CL track championship. We'll see if the baseball squad can match the feat.
Inter-Ac/Catholic Schools With
Baseball/Track Titles in Same Year, 1958-2017
|Year||School||Baseball Coach||Track Coach|
|1959||*Penn Charter||Ralph Palaia||Russ Faber|
|1963||Penn Charter||Ralph Palaia||Russ Faber|
|1964||Judge||Bob Ryan||Pete Toughill|
|1969||Dougherty||Ray Merkle||Ned Moore|
|1981||Penn Charter||Rick Mellor||Steve Bonnie|
|1984||Ryan||Rich Papirio||Ed Ulmer|
|1986||Penn Charter||Rick Mellor||Steve Bonnie|
|1987||*Penn Charter||Rick Mellor||Steve Bonnie|
|1988||*Penn Charter||Rick Mellor||Steve Bonnie|
|1995||Penn Charter||Rick Mellor||Steve Bonnie|
|1997||Penn Charter||Rick Mellor||Steve Bonnie|
|2003||O'Hara||John Fleming||Tom Kennedy|
|2008||Malvern||Mike Hickey||Mike Koenig|
|2011||Malvern||Freddy Hilliard||Mike Koenig|
|2012||Malvern||Freddy Hilliard||Mike Koenig|
|2013||La Salle||Joe Parisi||Greg Bielecki|
|2014||Malvern||Freddy Hilliard||Mike Koenig|
|2017||Penn Charter||David Miller||#Steve Bonnie|
|Catholic schools indented|
|#-overall director of boys/girls track; Bryan Skelly handles boys|
A couple times on this site through the years, we mentioned the special place in Catholic League baseball history owned by Archbishop Carroll product Chris Cashman. Remember him? Chris formerly sat behind home plate at Phillies home games and wielded a radar gun, so MPH numbers could be posted on the scoreboard. The Phillies debuted an automated system after the 2015 season and Chris now focuses on his duties as an advanced scouting analyst. In the 2004 championship game, played at La Salle University over two days due to a serious rainstorm, Chris hit the first (and still only) grand slam in championship game history as Carroll earned a 7-3 win. Here's the blurb from the recap: In the top of the seventh on Day One, Chris Cashman, after being granted new life due to a dropped foul popup, delivered a grand slam -- the first in CL title history -- to dead leftfield to erase a 3-1 deficit. The ball reached the loading dock of a building beyond a driveway. Estimated distance: a shade over 400 feet. The next two batters reached base and the skies opened big-time, forcing a suspension. The infield was a mess, plus La Salle's groundskeepers finished their workday and headed home two minutes before the game was halted. The Day Two resumption lasted just 12 minutes. It began as Ryan Stewart delivered a bad-hop, two-run single. There was no activity thereafter. . . And then there's Ed Kraus. He holds a special place in the history of Pub title games. Not a great one, but what happened after he did his thing wasn't his fault. The 1989 final, in which Roxborough beat Northeast, 7-5, was played on Frankford's field. In the bottom of the fifth, Ed pinch-hit for Northeast and the result was a triple play. The sequence began with a fly to leftfielder Dave Brotherton. Jeff Weiss was out at the plate on a relay from third baseman George Shepherdson. Catcher Joe Turvey (he wound up playing in the minors) spotted Tom Cross, trying to advance from first, and fired to second for out No. 3. Roxborough wound up winning, 7-5. These days, Ed is the executive manager at a Nissan dealership in Woodbury, NJ. And he appears in an entertaining commercial that now appears during Phillies post-game shows. What are the chances? A grand slam guy works for the Phillies and a triple play guy can be seen in commercials connected to their games. Click here to see the commercial that features the good-natured Ed "Dusty" Kraus (smile).
For the 13th time in this century, the Inter-Ac League has produced an outright champion. Penn Charter, with one game still to go, earned that status yesterday by besting Germantown Academy, 9-0. The Quakers have allowed just 13 runs in league play and have posted four shutouts. How does that performance rank? Pretty well. Malvern's 2002 squad ranks No. 1 in terms of fewest runs allowed (12) and PC will remain second if it can surrender no more than one run in next Thursday's rematch with GA. That '02 Malvern squad, and GA's 2004 squad, also posted the most shutouts with five and four of Malvern's were notched in succession. PC owns three in a row. The list below shows a breakdown for runs allowed, shutouts and top two pitchers in alphabetical order.
UPDATE: The original list below had a typo. GA's '04 squad posted five shutouts. Thanks to former GA assistant Jon Cross (later he was PC's head coach) for speaking up.
|Breakdown for Runs Allowed by Outright Inter-Ac Champs in This Century|
|(Losses in Blue -- RA = Runs Allowed -- S = Shutouts)|
|MP '01 / 8-2||MP '02 / 9-1||GA '03 / 9-1||GA '04 10-0||PC '05 / 9-1||MP '08 / 9-1||PC '09 / 9-1|
|HS '10 / 9-1||MP '11 / 9-1||MP '12 / 10-0||MP '13 / 9-1||MP '15 / 8-2||PC '17 / 8-1|
Penn Charter 9, Germantown Academy 0
On a wonderful day in PC's baseball history, GA assistant Marc Ross made the very best play. After a doubleplay ended it (sr. 3B Dom Toso to sr. 2B Brendan Pell to sr. 1B Joey Lancelotti), after the full-blown dogpile formed near the mound, after the teams shook hands, after everyone grouped in shallow left field to hear short speeches from coach David Miller (who was surprise-doused by sr. backup C Jon Lewis) and assistants Justin Hanley and Charlie McGeehan, and after assorted pics were snapped, everyone began heading back toward the dugout and Ross, former star pitcher for George Washington, came walking over from the GA side. He handed me a baseball and good-naturedly said something along the lines of, "Tell the kids they should keep the ball after they win an important game." Yes, it was the final game ball. Maybe Joey had thrown it up into the air? Maybe it squirted out of his glove just before the dogpile was formed? Whatever, Marc noticed and was classy enough to retrieve the ball and make sure the Quakers would go home with a quality piece of memorabilia. Assistant athletic director Ed Foley was the guy who tossed the ball to Miller. Click here. Thanks, Marc! You're the man! PC had clinched at least a share of the title Thursday, when second place Malvern dropped to 5-3 after falling to Episcopal. Because GA owned an 0-7 record entering today's game, a loss for PC would have been an all-time disappointment (and shocker). Yet, the Quakers had to DO the job, not just EXPECT it to happen. Focus was present from the outset, even though no runs were scored in the first. Sr. LH Brendan "Chooch" Cellucci was dominant throughout. He scattered four hits (one in the infield, two bloopers to the opposite field, hard single also to right in the seventh) and mowed down 14. He racked up six in the first two innings, though one of the victims reached first on a K/WP combo. No scouts with radar guns were on hand today, but it appeared that Chooch was throwing his most sizzling fastballs of the season. Also, his control on offspeed pitches was mostly pinpoint and he racked up four/five Ks on those. PC scored two in the second (RBI to Cellucci on a single and sr. SS Adam Holland on a sac fly), one in the third (RBI to sr. LF James Gabor on a ringing double to left-center), two in the fourth (RBI to jr. CF Mike Siani on a hard grounder through the right side and Lancellotti on a sac fly), three in the sixth (RBI to Toso on a looping single to center, to Gabor on a fielder's choice and to sr. DH Steve Lorenz on a walk) and one in the seventh (RBI single to sr. PH Oliver Cataldi on a scratch infield single). After going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI against Haverford School back on April 18, Siani, who committed to Virginia in the fall of his freshman year, somehow went 0-for-18 before he stroked today's single. At least three teammates couldn't help but playfully bust his chops from the dugout. They yelled, respectively, "'Bout time! . . . Fiiiinally, Mike! . . . Blind squirrel finds his nut!" Mike's smile lit up the cloudy skies. This is PC's first title since 2014 (shared) and its first outright version since 2009. GA's hits were notched by sr. C Ben Werkheiser, soph INF Dakota Barbet (cool name!), sr. RH-SS Mike Reilly and soph 2B-RH Jack Popolizio. Reilly pitched 5.2 innings before yielding to Popolizio. PC will again meet GA next Thursday. Also, a few non-league games will be played and an appearance will be made in the state independent schools tourney. That's why Miller reminded the 19-1 Quakers that their legacy "is not finished." Among the notables on hand: GA coach Tim Ginter and assistant Calvin Jones (in addition to Ross), GA AD Jim Fenerty, former GA assistant Joe O'Hara, GA football assistant Al Picariello (his son, sr. Nick, started in left field), GA football-basketball-track star Kyle McCloskey, GA football star Jimmy McGettigan, former PC football coach Bill Gallagher, former PC infielder Steven Cohen (his brother is sr. 1B Alex "Malvern Killer" Cohen) and PC teacher/yearbook moderator John Burkhart. Apologies to others whose names I neglected to write down.
This is crazy! Back on April 20, the Tedbit made note of the fact that more than half (seven) of the Catholic League's teams (13) owned the same number of wins (four). Now, here we are, with just Monday's bracket remaining, and there's a five-way tie for first place. And two more teams are one game behind. As mentioned earlier, the 1983 Northern Division campaign finished with a four-way tie for first between North Catholic, Ryan, Egan and Dougherty at 11-5. This nutty outcome will be matched if Carroll (8-3) beats Judge (7-4), La Salle (8-3) beats O'Hara (6-5) and Neumann-Goretti (8-3) beats Roman (4-7). The fourth squad: Winner of SJ Prep vs. Wood (both are 8-3). Of course, there's always the chance that just ONE team will finish 9-3. Not looking likely, however.
|CL Craziness With One Game Remaining|
|6A||La Salle||8-3||16||at O'Hara|
|6A||SJ Prep||8-3||16||*at Wood|
|*Prep will be the official home team.|
Somehow I sensed that PC sr. RH Joey Lancellotti, with clutch help from his fielders, had not quite forced Malvern to "break a Major League Record" yesterday in an Inter-Ac League classic. The score was 1-0 and the Friars stranded 10. Ten over seven innings translates to 13 over nine innings. Over all these years, some team must have stranded more than 13 while getting blanked in a nine-inning game, right? Correct. According to www.baseball-almanac.com, the record is 16 and two teams own it -- the Cardinals in 1994 and Seattle in 1998. Guess who the Cards played? Your Philadelphia Phillies! The game was played on May 24 at Busch Stadium and the Phillies won, 4-0. They did not score until the ninth and the runs came on a double by first baseman Ricky Jordan and a three-run, pinch-hit homer by Pete Incaviglia. Four guys did the pitching -- David West, Bobby Munoz, winner Heathcliff Slocumb and Doug Jones. Their stats are below. None of the four left the game in the middle of an inning The full box is on www.baseball-reference.com and it shows this inning-by-inning breakdown for the Cards' LOBs -- 0 2 1 3 2 3 2 1 2. They went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Imagine the frustration. In that 1998 game, Toronto beat Seattle, 6-0, as Roger Clemens bested future Phillie Jamie Moyer, a Souderton High product.
|Phillies' Pitchers in 4-0 Shutout vs. Cardinals on May 24, 1994|
|Heathcliff Slocumb (W)||2||2||0||0||1||2||3|