On the Trail With Ted
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|
Penn Charter 1, Malvern 0
If your desire on the baseball trail is to see competitive games, those involving Archbishop Ryan might be your best bet. Coach Nick Chichilitti's Raiders have played nine Catholic League games so far and seven have been decided by one or two runs. Ryan is 5-0 in one-runners and 0-2 in two-runners. It won big (by six, seven) in the others. Its final three regular season games will be played vs. O'Hara, La Salle and McDevitt.
Ryan 9, Bonner-Prendie 3: Robbie McWilliams (three RBI) and Dom Young (two hits) supported winner Pat Reilly and Jason Keen.
Ryan 3, Neumann-Goretti 2: In an emergency start (the original guy hurt himself during warmups), junior Brennan Hatala went 6 1/3 innings and soph Anthony Giordano locked down the save. Brian Yost provided the lead with a two-run double in the visiting seventh. Dave Delvecchio had Ryan's earlier RBI. He and Adam Estrada halved four hits.
Wood 3, Ryan 1 (8 inn.): J.R. Gifford won it with a two-run double. Dan Trimber pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits/runs. Jack Colyar allowed three hits over the first six.
Ryan 2, Lansdale 1: Pat Reilly pitched a four-hitter with eight whiffs, the RBI went to Dave Delvecchio and Cory Hunter, and Brian Yost doubled twice.
Ryan 12, SJ Prep 5: At Ryan, with B-P as the home team, Jason Keen picked up the win while Dave Delvecchio and Andrew Costello halved six hits/six RBI.
Roman 4, Ryan 2: Aidan Welch spun a two-hitter with seven punchouts. Dom Gillaspy notched two hits and Billy Dougherty scored three runs.
Ryan 3, Conwell-Egan 2: Jason Keen (six innings, nine strikeouts) upped his record to 3-0 and Brennan Hatala claimed the save. All five runs were unearned. Nick Glebocki knocked in the game-winner off a fielder's choice.
Ryan 1, Carroll 0: Jason Keen fanned five and scattered eight hits in 6.2 innings and had to leave due to the pitch-count rule with the bases loaded. Brennan Hatala notched the save. Carroll's Tyler Kehoe allowed four hits. Ryan scored on Adam Estrada's fifth-inning single.
Ryan 7, Judge 6: The Raiders overcame a 5-1 deficit as Adam Estrada (double) and Dom Young (single) thumped hits worth two RBI apiece. Reliever Brennan Hatala (five innings) picked up the win.
Well, the streak is over and the school that slapped it together deserves some praise. From late 2012 through early 2017, SCH Academy won 10 consecutive games against not-far-away Penn Charter. From the time win No. 1 was secured through last week, SCH was 28-18 in Inter-Ac play and PC was 24-22, so it wasn't as if the former was a mighty power and the latter was quite the doormat. Yet, the Blue Devils stormed to a 70-30 advantage in runs scored and seven times held the Quakers to none or one. Just once did the BDs score fewer than three. Pretty amazing. The recaps are below.
SCH Academy 4, Penn Charter 0: Matt "Squeeze" Kozemchak scattered six hits and halved 4 hits with Sam Feirson. Zach Jancarski and Matt Caldwell posted RBI doubles.
SCH Academy 3, Penn Charter 1: Ross Mintzer spun a three-hitter while improving his record to 5-0.
MAY 10, 2013
SCH Academy 16, Penn Charter 1: Major support for Michael Hayes came from Matt Caldwell (two doubles, two RBI), Zach Jancarski (three runs), Mike Melady (four RBI) and Matt Rowland (two RBI).
SCH Academy 7, Penn Charter 5: Jake Silverman's single to left field scored the go-ahead run for Springside Chestnut Hill in a four-run visiting seventh. A.J. LaBella tied it on a double. Craig Alleyne had two RBI and played strong defense at shortstop. Gunnar Hayes worked 2.1 innings in relief for the win.
SCH Academy 11, Penn Charter 8: Frosh Andrew Singer went 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
SCH Academy 5, Penn Charter 1: Gunnar Hayes threw four scoreless innings and struck out three.
SCH Academy 11, Penn Charter 6: AJ LaBella went 3-for-4 with a double, sac fly and four RBI while Dan Shubert went 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI. The teams combined for 22 hits. PC's headliners were frosh Mike Siani (double, homer, three RBI), Kenny Bergmann (double, triple, one) and Dillon Malandro (3-for-3, double, walk, two).
SCH Academy 4, Penn Charter 1: Aidan "Curly" Frye scattered five singles (two infield variety) over 6.2 innings and Bryce Cunningham logged a one-batter save. Danny Shubert and Ian Diaz stroked RBI singles and second baseman Chris "Bubba" Alleyne made two great defensive plays.
SCH Academy 8, Penn Charter 7: With the bases loaded, nobody out and the infield up in the home seventh, reliever Aidan "Curly" Frye sent a groundball single up the middle to give himself the win. The Blue Devils (6-3) trailed by 6-1 after 3 1/2 innings. Ian Diaz went 3-for-4 with four RBI and his two-run, fence-clearing homer to dead left created a 7-7 tie in the sixth. PC's Kenny Bergmann went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI.
SCH Academy 1, Penn Charter 0: Aidan "Curly" Frye pitched a three-hitter with five whiffs (three in the last two innings) and became a winner when Sam Aslansan drew a two-out, bases-loaded, five-pitch walk in the home seventh to bring home pinch-runner Pat Elliott. The 1-0 win was Frye's third in Inter-Ac play in his three-year varsity career; he's just a junior. PC's Joey Lancellotti also allowed four hits and recorded 12 strikeouts.
Penn Charter 5, SCH Academy 3
Due to dicey weather, baseball seasons never go smoothly. Some days all games do get played, but the rescheduled games take place in scattered fashion with three here, two there and sometimes just one. With that in mind . . . This is season No. 18 in this century and just three times have two Catholic League shutouts with VERY low scores been played on the same day. The scores yesterday and in 2004 were 1-0 and 2-0. They were 1-0 and 1-0 in 2005. Conwell-Egan twice beat La Salle in those back-in-the-day tilts.
MAY 2, 2017
Ryan 1, Carroll 0: Jason Keen fanned five and scattered eight hits in 6.2 innings and had to leave due to the pitch-count rule with the bases loaded. Brennan Hatala notched the save. Carroll's Tyler Kehoe allowed four hits. Ryan scored on Adam Estrada's fifth-inning single.
Neumann-Goretti 2, Wood 0: Phil Sanborn fired a one-hitter (two-out single in the sixth), walked one and struck out seven and RJ McGettigan stroked two hits.
APRIL 5, 2005
Conwell-Egan 1, La Salle 0 (9 inn.): Joe Marziano's pinch-hit single scored winning reliever Matt Burns (double) in the home ninth. Ryan Geiss pitched seven no-hit innings with eight strikeouts. La Salle's Matt Zielinski pitched eight innings with seven whiffs.
Carroll 1, SJ Prep 0 (8 inn.): Brian Rorick's walk-off homer, hit high and deep to dead leftfield, made a winner of reliever Dan "The Vulture" Ritter (one-third of an inning). Rorick had two of the game's six hits and worked the first five innings (one hit, 10 Ks). Brian Puliti went 2 2/3 innings (also one hit).
APRIL 21, 2004
Dougherty 1, Wood 0: Mike McCann struck out nine in a two-hit shutout and won when Josh Guevara scored on a third-inning groundout. Losing pitcher Chris Kirk threw a nine-strikeout one-hitter.
Conwell-Egan 2, La Salle 0 (8 inn.): Matt Burns pitched a five-hitter and Alex Szathmary drove in the winner on a sacrifice fly. La Salle's Matt Zielinski fanned eight.
Not often do Catholic League games take place on a Saturday, but there was one two days ago and it provided inspiration for this nugget. Reason? Andrew Cossetti hit a grand slam as La Salle beat Wood. Now, there has been at least one slam by a Catholic or Inter-Ac player, in a league game or City Title, in every year in this decade. The list is below. La Salle guys have hammered six and the most notable was launched outta here by Tyler Kozeniewski in 2012; it helped to give then-coach Joe Parisi his 400th win in 26 seasons. Some other extras: In 2013, La Salle's Pete Auteri posted two grand slams. Josh Ockimey's slam for Neumann-Geumann vs. Philadelphia Academy in 2014 was the first in City Title history. The 2012 dinger by Roman's Matt Simon upstaged an absolutely outrageous performance by Ryan's Matt Graber, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and eight RBI. In 2011, Wood's Brett McCrossen went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in addition to the slam for seven RBI. Oh, and his brother, Kyle, turned two homers into four RBI. In 2010, Germantown Academy's Greg Guers, at that time a part-timer, went 3-for-3 with a two-run double, a three-run homer and the slam for nine RBI. The opponent was Penn Charter. Geez, did I have to mention that? (smile) If you know of other slams that aren't mentioned here, and can provide confirmation, please speak up. Thanks!
|Grand Slams in League Games/City Titles by Catholic/Inter-Ac Players, 2010-17|
|2017||Andrew Cossetti||La Salle||Wood|
|Greg Martin||SJ Prep||Carroll|
|2015||Nick Greco||Haverford School||Germantown Academy|
|2014||Josh Ockimey||Neumann-Goretti||Phila. Academy|
|Pete Auteri||La Salle||Judge|
|Pete Auteri||La Salle||Roman|
|Tyler Kozeniewski||La Salle||SJ Prep|
|2010||Ian Whalen||La Salle||O'Hara|
|Matt Lengel||Haverford School||Episcopal|
|Greg Guers||Germantown Academy||Penn Charter|
|T.J. Burgmann||La Salle||Roman|
Can't imagine too many pitchers, at any level, can make this statement . . . "I was part of a four-man no-hitter one season and a three-man one-hitter the next." Two Penn Charter guys can, sr. RH Matt Gorman and sr. LH Brendan "Chooch" Cellucci. They filled different roles. Chooch started in '16 and pitched middle relief in '17. Matt closed in '16 and was a three-inning starter yesterday. Details are below . . .
|May 18, 2016 -- Home vs. Haverford School -- Won, 6-1|
|Frank Driscoll (W)||2.2||0||0||0||1||1|
|April 28, 2017 -- Away vs. Episcopal -- Won, 5-2|
|Brendan Cellucci (W)||3||0||0||0||2||2|
|Joey Lancellotti (S)||1||0||0||0||0||3|
Penn Charter 5, Episcopal 2
Neumann-Goretti soph RH Joe Messina, who'd allowed just two hits, undoubtedly knew he'd done something special yesterday by the end of a 5-0 Catholic League victory over La Salle. After all, shutouts in high school baseball are not THAT common. Turned out he did something VERY special. La Salle had scored in 107 consecutive CL regular season games -- the last 10 in 2009, all 92 from 2010 through '16, and the first five this season. Its last regular season blanking had occurred vs. Bonner and Justin Stauffer on April 2, 2009. The list below details the shutouts vs. La Salle in the 2000s. Two occurred in playoffs and, oddly, four occurred in the '04 regular season. Joe Messina's father, also Joe, is the long-time, good-guy pitching coach at Neumann/N-G.
|CL Shutouts vs. La Salle in This Century|
|May 23||2000||North Catholic||7-0||Ed Slavin|
|June 5||2002||Carroll||16-0||Frank Gailey|
|April 25||2003||North Catholic||3-0||Shaun Gallagher|
|April 8||2004||Carroll||4-0||Brian Rorick|
|April 21||2004||Conwell-Egan||2-0||Matt Burns|
|May 6||2004||SJ Prep||4-0||Joe McElwee|
|May 13||2004||Conwell-Egan||2-0||Chris David|
|April 5||2005||Conwell-Egan||1-0||Matt Burns (relief)|
|May 15||2006||Conwell-Egan||1-0||Brian Herman|
|May 20||2008||Neumann-Goretti||*1-0||Mark Donato|
|April 2||2009||Bonner||5-0||Justin Stauffer|
|May 17||2014||Neumann-Goretti||#1-0||Charlie Jerla|
|April 24||2017||Neumann-Goretti||5-0||Joe Messina|
|#-losers bracket game in double-elimination playoff|
All-City Baseball Teams go back to 1978 and Players/Pitchers of the Year have always been named. In most years, complete to rather complete stats have been available for the winners, though in SOME cases the stats were only for league play. There's still a decent amount of time remaining in this season, of course, but for now Penn Charter sr. RH Joey Lancellotti ranks very high on two lists that include stats for Pitchers of the Year -- No. 1 for ERA and tied for 3rd for strikeouts per inning. The No. 2 guy on the Ks list, Jeff Randazzo, is now an agent. He was in attendance yesterday to watch PC's 1-0 win over Malvern. Joey's current pitching line: 3-1 record, 26.2 innings, 13 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned run. 8 walks, 51 whiffs. He suffered his one loss by a 1-0 score to SCH Academy and jr. RH Aidan "Curly" Frye. . . Note: Other recent Tedbits involving 1-0 scores and double-figure strikeouts have been updated.
Penn Charter 1, Malvern 0
Six brackets of Catholic League baseball are in the books and more than half (seven) of the teams (13) own the same number of wins (four). How nuts is that? The first teams on the list below, La Salle and Wood, have lost just once. The others have lost twice. Where will the standings go from here? Only the baseball gods know. And they're not even remotely sure. I have final standings going back to 1978. In the Northern Division in 1983, North Catholic, Ryan, Egan and Dougherty finished in a four-way tie for first at 11-5. The 1996 season ended with three-way ties for first in the North AND South -- Ryan, Dougherty and La Salle at 10-4; SJ Prep, Kennedy-Kenrick and Carroll also at 10-4. Let this competitive season continue! smile
|Seven CL Teams Own the Same Number of Wins Right Now|
|School||Victories Over . . .|
Penn Charter 14, Haverford School 6
Though the end result was a 1-0 loss due to a walk-off walk, Penn Charter sr. RH Joey Lancellotti last Wednesday became just the fourth Inter-Ac pitcher in this century to twice record as many as a dozen strikeouts in one game in the same season. Also, he was just the second to do so in back-to-back starts and his gap between starts was the shortest -- five days. In 2005, PC then-soph Mark Adzick, a lefty, fanned 14 and 13 in starts that were one week apart. In between, visiting PC beat Malvern, 7-5, in eight innings, and Sean Rust was the winning pitcher. That tilt featured an oddity. In the seventh and again in the eighth, PC scored three runs and Malvern scored one. Speaking of weird goings-on . . . how 'bout that Phillies game yesterday down in Washington, DC. It started with a homer (by Cesar Hernandez) and ended with a homer (by Bryce Harper). That can't be too common, right?
UPDATE: On April 21 vs. Malvern, in a 1-0 victory, Lancellotti again posted double-figure strikeouts with 12. That made him the first Inter-Ac guy in this century to record double-figure punchouts in the same season.
|Inter-Ac Pitchers With High-K Games in Same Season, 2000-17|
|Joey Lancellotti||PC||MP||12||2017||4/21||9 days|
Wednesday turned out to be quite the history-maker for Inter-Ac and Catholic league baseball. Yesterday, we detailed how SCH Academy jr. RH Aidan "Curly" Frye became the first guy in this century to win a 1-0 Inter-Ac game for a third time. In fact, no one else has done so more than once. Also Wednesday, two CL guys, O'Hara's Liam Nihill and SJ Prep's Colin Scanlon, fired no-hitters and that was double no-no CL occurrence No. 3 in this century. Those details are below. Annnnnnd . . . As Episcopal beat Haverford School, 5-1, in an Inter-Ac game, sr. RH Kyle Virbitsky, a Penn State signee, spun a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and slugged two homers to account for all five runs. That stirred memories of a first-round playoff game in 1999 involving O'Hara and Kennedy-Kenrick. It was played at Philadelphia University (then known as Philadelphia Textile) and O'Hara rolled to a 9-2 win. Throwing lefthanded, Jeff Randazzo, who went on to pitch in the minors and is now an agent (he also started in basketball), fired a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Batting righthanded, he blasted a pair of two-run homers. I covered that game in person and as noted in the recap, his second home-run ball was 35 feet high as it left the field about 40 feet to the right of the leftfield foul line. Also in that game, B.J. "Butch" Hogan had a three-run triple. He's now O'Hara's football coach.
|Days With Two No-Hitters in Catholic League Play, 2000-17|
|4/12||Colin Scanlon||SJ Prep||Conwell-Egan||13-0||5||7||0|
|2013||3/27||Tom Mullin||SJ Prep||Roman||10-0||5||7||2|
|4/25||Bill Edger||SJ Prep||West Cath.||16-0||7||10||6|
Originally posted last year . . . Now updated.
The date was April 14, 2000, and the winning pitcher was Penn Charter soph RH Gerry Sasse. Not only did he fire a two-hitter, he received just one run in the way of support. Did he mind? No way! Maybe because he knew he'd be a notable part of a future Tedbit (smile). Sasse -- his dad, also named Gerry, these days is an assistant to PC's athletic directors and was a varsity baseball assistant from 2003 through '08 -- became the first pitcher to notch a 1-0 win in Inter-Ac play in this century. Now, we're in the 18th season and the total is up to 15. The latest occurred yesterday as SCH Academy bested PC, 1-0, on a bases-loaded walk in the home seventh. Junior righthander Aidan "Curly" Frye earned the win (he went the distance) and that name is not exactly unfamiliar. Over the last three years, he has won THREE TIMES by 1-0 scores and no one else has achieved the feat as often as twice. In that 2000 game, CJ Mittica singled, stole second and scored on Aaron Greenfield's single. CJ is the oldest son of PC's softball coach, Don "Doc" Mittica. Look below at that other 2000 1-0 game, which was played on April 25. Malvern's run, via a homer, was provided by Mike Ryan. His brother, Matt, plays quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. For a while, Mike assisted PC's former long-time coach, Rick Mellor. The 1-0 games have produced one no-hitter. It was posted in 2003 by Malvern's Will Romanowicz. . . In Catholic League play in this century, only Conwell-Egan's Brian Herman twice has won by 1-0 scores. His efforts occurred in the same season, 2006 -- three-hitter vs. La Salle, one-hitter vs. Judge. Also, Malvern has been blanked just four times in Inter-Ac games in this century. Three times the score was 1-0 and those games are listed below. As for the other one: On the final day of the 2004 season, the Friars fell to Germantown Academy, 8-0. Joe Matteo pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts and Alex Kaplan provided the hitting highlight with a two-run homer.
UPDATE: On April 21, PC beat Malvern, 1-0, as sr. RH Joey Lancellotti scattered five hits and fanned 12. Alex Cohen drove in the run with a second-inning single.
UPDATE: On May 9, PC again beat Malvern, 1-0, as sr. RH Joey Lancellotti allowed five hits and fanned nine. Alex Cohen drove in the run with a sac fly in the visiting seventh.
UPDATE: On May 16, Germantown Academy beat SCH Academy, 1-0, as soph RH Colten Smith allowed one hit -- single by Jack Cucinotta to start the seventh inning -- and struck out five. Colton Niedzielski drove home the run in the first.
|1-0 Inter-Ac League Games in This Century|