Philadelphia High School Baseall, Top 25 Performances in CL finals, 1970-2019

Philadelphia High School Baseball

Top Performances in Catholic League
Finals Over 50 Years, 1970-2019

  The list below represents my opinion of the the Top 25 performances
by members of winng teams in Catholic League finals over the 50-year
period from 1970 to 2019.
  The 2020 season was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.
  Decisions based on quality of performance and/or whether the
player "outperformed" himself.
  All-Catholic honors, if any, listed last.

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  Top 25 Performances
(All by Members of Winning Teams)

  1. Craig Houck, P, 1978, Roman vs. Egan, 1-0 (8 innings). Pitched a five-hit shutout and escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the eighth by retiring the 3-4-5 hitters. No honors.
  2. Joe gSpankyh Jenkins, 2B, 1984, Ryan vs Bonner, 8-3. Went 5-for-5 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored. Second team.
  3. Mike Fuchs, C, 1996, Carroll vs. La Salle, 11-4. Went 5-for-5 with a triple and five RBI. First team.
  4. Jim Vanderslice, C, 1980, Ryan vs. Carroll, 12-4. The No 8 hitter went 2-for-4 with four RBI. No honors.
  5. Scott Seifert, LF, 1983, OfHara vs. Egan, 10-6. Went 4-for 5 with three RBI. The Lions overcame a 5-2 deficit in the seventh. Seifert had two hits in the frame: double and RBI triple. No honors.
  6. Ron Brunner, 1B, 1985, Judge vs. St. James, 11-5. Went 3-for-4 with a double and five RBI. No honors.
  7. Chris Gies, P, 1985. Judge vs. St. James, 11-5. The soph pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball in relief. No honors.
  8. Matt Fischer, LF, 2007, SJ Prep vs. Ryan. 10-0 (5 innings). The No. 7 hitter went 2-for-2 with a walk, double and four RBI. No honors.
  9. Shawn OfNeill, P, Judge, 1976 vs. OfHara, 7-0. Pitched a two-hitter and notched his seventh strikeout to end it after OfHara loaded the bases. First team.
  10. Mike Costanzo, 3B, 2002, Carroll vs. La Salle, 16-0. Went 4-for-4 with a homer to center and five RBI. First team INF, second team P (MVP).
  11. John Price, P, 1998, Ryan vs. Judge, 6-1 (9 innings). The soph went the distance, allowing six hits and one walk while fanning 11. First team.
  12. Matt Schwartz, DH, 2015, Wood vs. Neumann-Goretti, 3-2. Out of the 8 hole, went 2-for-3 with a double and all three RBI. No honors.
  13. Dave Mastropietro, RF, 1986, North Catholic vs. Neumann, 13-7. Collected three RBI thanks to two homers. First team.
  14. Marty Higgins, LF, 2001, Carroll vs. Kennedy-Kenrick, 8-2. Went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. No honors.
  15. Dan Kusters, P, 1990, Wood vs. Carroll, 1-0. Allowed two hits and struck out 11 while becoming just the third pitcher in CL history to record two playoff shutouts in the same season. First team at 1B (co-MVP).
  16. Chris Cashman, SS, 2004, Carroll vs. Ryan, 7-3. Due to rain, this game covered two days. After his foul popup was dropped, he crushed a grand slam to dead leftfield a few minutes before the skies opened. First team.
  17. John Zeglinski, 1B, Ryan, 1974 vs. Bonner, 3-2. Went 4-for-4 with a tying RBI double and a game-winning RBI single. First team.
  18. Ken Sanger, 1B, North Catholic vs. Neumann, 13-7. Went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI.
  19. Danny Quinn, 2B, 1994, La Salle vs. SJ Prep, 11-8. Stroked a two-run double in a seven-run seventh to finish 3-for-5. No honors.
  20. Mark Donato, P, 2009, Neumann-Goretti vs. La Salle, 3-1 (8 innings). Spun a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and allowed no runs over the final seven frames. Also went 2-for-3 with one RBI. First team 1B, second team P.
  21. Gerard Oakes, P, 2000, Carroll vs. SJ Prep, 3-0. Whiffed seven while allowing five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Also went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI. First team as P and OF (MVP).
  22. Steve Kusters, P, 1993, Wood vs. Neumann, 2-1. Spun a three-hitter while notching both RBI with a double and a sacrifice fly. No honors.
  23. Mike Fuchs, C, 1997, Carroll vs. Judge, 4-2. Broke a 2-2 tie in the home sixth with a two-run homer to left-center that traveled 400 feet and landed hallway up a fir tree beyond the driveway behind the fence. Had two hits. First team.
  24. Joey Gorman, P, 2011, Neuman-Goretti vs. Bonner, 3-1 (8 innings). Pitched a four-hitter and retired 13 of the final 14 batters. First team.
  25. Ken Keser, P, 1973, Judge vs, Carroll. 4-0. Allowed three hits while striking out seven. First team.