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JULY 12
TEDBIT
 
At least in "modern" times (1978-forward), Mike Lake now owns a Catholic League record for baseball coaches -- largest gap (18 years) between stints at the same school. And he's pretty close to the record for the other major sports. Succeeding his father, Al, Mike coached Ryan's diamond squad from 1990 through 2001 and he has just been hired for the 2019 season. In between he coached La Salle University for 10 seasons (2008-17) and for four years beforehand assisted Lee Saverio. The cake-taker for the three major sports is Eddie Burke, who had a 22-year gap between stints as St. Joseph's Prep basketball coach ('71/'93). Eddie guided Drexel University's squad for 14 seasons (1978-91). He had quite the coaching life. How many guys, anywhere, in any sport, were the head coach at different schools in four consecutive years? Eddie steered St. Thomas More in its last year of existence ('75), then McDevitt in '76 and West Catholic in '77 before moving up to Drexel. Also, he won CL crowns in consecutive seasons -- '71 at SJ Prep and '72 at ST More. Amazing. John "Jocko" Collins also lived quite the sporting life. He was a Phillies scout and prominent college basketball ref and coached at four CL schools -- North Catholic (1930-31), Salesianum in Delaware (1936-37) and ST More ('43) in addition to the Prep stints listed below. Jack Concannon's stretches at Monsignor Bonner/Bonner-Prenderdast, separated by 19 years, lasted nine total seasons. No football bosses qualify for the list. 
 
Name/School Years Gap
Eddie Burke 1969-71 22
St. Joseph's Prep 1993-99  
John "Jocko" Collins 1944 19
St. Joseph's Prep 1963-65  
Jack Concannon 1992-96 19
Msgr. Bonner/Bonn.-Pren. 2015-18  
Mike Lake 1990-2001 18
Archbishop Ryan 2019  

JUNE 27
TEDBIT
 
I first picked a Daily News All-City Baseball Team in 1978 and the times were much different. Multi-sport contributors, even stars, were numerous. As shown on the list below, five guys also earned first team All-City honors in football and two more were second-teamers. Three of the baseball-football first teamers were also quality basketball players. Strong guess: Those times are gone forever. Feel free to feel sad.

Details in the Other Major Sports for First Team All-City Baseball Players in 1978

Pos.

Name

School

Football

Basketball

1B

Tito Nanni

Chestnut Hill

1st team All-City defensive back

1st team All-Inter-Ac forward

INF

Craig Shumock

Gtn. Academy

1st team All-City defensive back

GA's second leading scorer

INF

Ed Lowery

Roxborough

   

INF

John Loughery

Penn Charter

1st team All-Inter-Ac quarterback

2nd team All-Inter-Ac forward

C

Frank DeSantis

Penn Charter

2nd team All-City DB

 

OF

Bob Loscalzo

Dougherty

2nd team All-City QB

 

OF

Marc Fleming

Judge

   

OF

Steve Harvey

Franklin

1st team All-City punter

 

DH

Tom Dunfee

Bartram

1st team All-City linebacker

 

P

Tom Stauffer

Bonner

   

P

Joe Lynch

Egan

Played receiver and kicked

 

JUNE 26
TEDBIT
 
The list below shows all black players who earned first team All-City baseball honors from 1978 through 2018. Most were also key performers, even stars, in football and/or basketball. The McAllisters (Jon and Jawan) are brothers. Josh Ockimey owns 11 homers and 37 RBI in 59 games for Boston's AA team and is pushing hard to become the fourth black city leagues player to reach the majors. The others: Gratz' Roy Campanella (Hall of Fame) and Harold "Pat" Kelly and Overbrook's Jeff Leonard. Leroy Kelly, Pat's brother, is in the NFL Hall of Fame.
 

Black First Team All-City Honorees

Name / Position

School

Year(s)

Steve Harvey, of

Franklin

1978

Ricky Ford, inf

Germantown

1979

John DeLeon, 1b

University City

1979

Lamont McGill, of

Franklin

1980

David Orr, of

Malvern

1981

Ernell Harley, of

Mastbaum

1981

Deron Miller, inf

Franklin

  1983-84

Anthony Franklin, of

Franklin

1984

Chris Wyche, of

Germantown

1985

Scott Thompson, of

West Catholic

1987

Terrell Berthau, inf

Franklin

1989

Rob Hale, p

Southern

1989

Courtney Batts, inf

Penn Charter

1992-93

Larry Abney, of

Olney

1992

Ed Bowman, inf

Mastbaum

1997

Eric Pugh, inf

Overbrook

1999

Mike Gibbs, dh

Roxborough

2002

Jon McAllister, of

Chestnut Hill

2009-10

Aaron Wilmer, dh

Washington

2010

Josh Ockimey, dh-1b

Neumann-Goretti

2012-14

Jawan McAllister, of

SJ Prep

2013-14

Marquise Wood, of

Roman

2018

Brandon Sanders, 1b

SJ Prep

2018

Isaiah Payton, inf

Episcopal

2018

JUNE 25
TEDBIT
 
All-City baseball teams have been picked for 41 years and the list below shows the Top 5 schools in terms of first team honorees. Penn Charter leads the way with 37 -- 28 guys once, five twice and two thrice. Malvern (36), Neumann/N-G (34), La Salle (29) and Judge (27) round out the Top 5. Malvern is No. 1 in the most-different-honorees with 30.

PENN CHARTER (37)

 

MALVERN (36)

 

NEUMANN/N-G (34)

 

LA SALLE (29)

 

JUDGE (27)

 

John Loughery, inf

1978

David Orr, of

1981

Nick Martino, c

1982

*Gene Schall, p

1988

Marc Fleming, of

1978

Frank DeSantis, c

1978

Mike Laino, inf

1982

Anthony Grosso, 1b

1986

Jack Stanczak, 1b

1989

Dave Gallo, inf

1979

David Amaro, of-1b 

1979-80

Mike DeNoia, p

1983

Rob Carfagno, p

1988

Chris Massella, inf

1990

Mike Stankiewicz, inf

1980

*Mark Gubicza, p

1981

Bill Lockhart, of

1985

Lou Spadaccini, of

1991-92

Roger Harrington, of

1992

Cosmo Losco, of

1980

*Ruben Amaro, inf

1983

Tim Kerns, dh

1988

Nick Del Percio, dh

1991

Kevin Kline, dh

1994

Harry Murray, of

1982

Steve Floirendo, dh

1986

Matt O'Brien, of

1993

Ray Russo, of

1993

Drew Middlemiss, 1b

1997

Pat Waninger, p

1982

Dave Healy, p

1986

Glenn Davis, 1b

1994

Doug Rubino, p

1995

Ed Bongard, c

1998

Mark Iacovelli, inf

1985

Jamie Dimond, inf

1987

*Ben Davis, c

1994-95  

Tom Daly, c

2003

Jeff Pietrak, of

1998

Kerry Cahill, inf

1986

Dave Nanni, dh

1989

Dave O'Brien, of

1996

Mark Donato, 1b-p

2008-10

Bryan Harvey, inf

2000

Chris Gies, p

1987

Courtney Batts, inf

1992-93

Josh McKinley, inf

1997-98

Al Baur, inf

2009

John Reifsnyder, inf

2001

Ron Filippo, of

1988

Mike Samuel, p

1993-94

Ryan Edginton, of

1999

Mike "Zoom" Zolk, inf

2011

Ryan Parfitt, of

2001

George Beisel, inf

1990

Mike Sposato, of

1994

Derek Duclos, p

2001

Joey Gorman, p

2011-12

Dan Waters, of/p

2002-03

*Bob File, inf

1994

Frank Maletta, inf

1995

Will Romanowicz, p

2004

Jimmy Kerrigan, of

2012

Matt Zielinski, p

2005-06

Kevin McGerry, p

1997

Domingo Negron, 1b

1996

Tom Grandieri, of

2006

Josh Ockimey, dh-1b

2012-14

Sean Saverio, c

2007

Kris Dufner, inf

1998

Pat Larkin, of

1997

*Phil Gosselin, inf

2007

Bay To, of

2014

Shawn O'Neill, p

2009

Brian Kearney, c

1999

Matt Arizin, p

1997

Chris "Goose" Gosik, of

2008

Pat Doudican, p

2014

Joe Forcellini, 1b

2011

Eric Ruhland, of

2000

Joe Larkin, of

1999

John Gentile, p

2008

Charlie Jerla, p

2014

Corey Baiada, c

2012

Kirk Bucholski, of

2000

Kenny Devenney, of

2000-01

Mike Lubanski, dh

2009

Vinny Vaccone, inf

2015

Kevin Long, p

2012

Dale Curry, dh-c

2003-04

Aaron Greenfield, c

2002

Ty Young, inf

2010

Matt McKeown, of

2015

Dominic Couci. p

2013-14

Matt Compton, p/dh

2005-06

Taylor Baum, 1b

2003

Chris O'Brien

2011

Tommy Nardini, c

2015

Chris Melillo, 1b

2013

Ryan Kreider, 1b

2007

Ryan Nanni, of

2005

Nick Bateman, of

2011-12

Nicky D'Amore, inf

2016

Jimmy Herron, cf

2014-15

Kevin Conroy, 1b

2010

Mark Adzick, p

2005-07

Joe Ravert, 1b

2012

Brian Verratti, of

2016

Nick Dermo, c

2014

Mike McLaughlin, of

2011

Doug Fleming, c

2008-09

Joe Poduslenko, inf

2012-13

Jeff Ciocco, p

2016

Andrew Cossetti, c

2017-18

Christian Lutz, dh

2016

Mark Rhine, inf

2009

Steve Robinson, c

2013

Jared Healey, inf

2017

Eric Marasheski, ss

2018

Dan Hammer, p

2016

Kenny Koplove, p

2012

Matt Maul, inf

2014

Colin Eiser, of

2017-18

Joe Miller, p

2018

Chuck Kelley, p

2018

Steve Cohen, inf

2014

Tim Quinn, dh

2015

           

Mike Siani

2016-18

Chris Butera, p

2015

           

Joey Lancellotti, p

2017

Shane Muntz, c

2016

           
   

Chris Newell, 2017

2017-18

           
   

Billy Corcoran, p

2017-18

           
*-advanced to MLB                  

JUNE 20
TEDBIT
 
The club is small, but its members are very proud. This is year No. 41 for All-City baseball teams and just six guys have earned first team honors three times. Penn Charter's Mike Siani is the newest honoree. The sr. CF recently was selected in the fourth round of the amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. If he can't reach terms on a contract, he'll head to the University of Virginia, to which he committed before he played a varsity game at PC. Now for the amazing part about these six guys: Five batted and/or threw lefthanded. Howie Freling, Mark Donato, Josh Ockimey and Siani are lefty swingers and Mark Adzick pitched lefthanded, as did Donato (senior honors as pitcher). Ryan's John Price pitched righthanded. He was also a quality football player, earning second team All-City honors as a defensive back in 1998. He also quarterbacked the Raiders in that season, leading them to the Catholic League championship game. He missed much of his senior season due to a broken hand.
 

First Team All-City Three-Times
Name School Years Pos. *Minors #Length

Howie Freiling

Northeast

1982-84

1B

AAA

4 years

John Price

Ryan

1998-00

P

no  

Mark Adzick

Penn Charter

2005-07

P

np  

Mark Donato

Neumann-Goretti

2008-10

1B-P

high A

3 years

Josh Ockimey

Neumann-Goretti

2012-14

DH-1B

AA

5 years

Mike Siani

Penn Charter

2016-18

OF

TBD

 

*Highest level reached . . . #Length of pro career

JUNE 19
TEDBIT
 
In the 2003 and '04 seasons, Malvern compiled a 1-6 record (ouch) in one-run Inter-Ac League games. The Friars reversed that trend by going 3-1 in '05 and they've done rather well over the last 14 seasons. Their record in one-runners is 19-12 and they've won 10 championships (seven outright, three shared). The breakdown is below. One extra note: Malvern's first one-run I-A game in this century was a 1-0 win over Germantown Academy in 2000. The run scored on a third inning homer by Mike Ryan. He's the brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, a Penn Charter product.
 

Malvern's One-Run Inter-Ac Games, 2005-18
Year Winner Loser Score

O-2018

  Germantown Academy

  Malvern

3-2

 

Malvern

SCH Academy

4-3

 

Malvern

Penn Charter

3-2

2017

Malvern

Haverford School

6-5

 

  Penn Charter

  Malvern

1-0

 

  Penn Charter

  Malvern

1-0

O-2016

Malvern

Germantown Academy

3-2

 

Malvern

SCH Academy

3-2

 

  Episcopal

Episcopal

6-5

 

  Penn Charter

  Malvern

1-0

 

  SCH Academy

  Malvern

6-5

O-2015

Malvern

Episcopal

7-6

 

Malvern

Haverford School

7-6

 

  Haverford School

  Malvern

4-3

 

Malvern

Penn Charter

5-4

S-2014

  Haverford School

  Malvern

3-2

 

Malvern

Germantown Academy

6-5

O-2013

None

 

 

O-2012

Malvern

Chestnut Hill

7-6

 

Malvern

Germantown Academy

4-3

O-2011

Malvern

Haverford School

5-4

 

Malvern

Episcopal

2-1

 

  Germantown Academy

  Malvern

3-2

 

  Haverford School

  Malvern

1-0

2010

None

 

 

2009

Malvern

Episcopal

5-4

O-2008

None

 

 

S-2007

Malvern

Haverford School

5-4

S-2006

  Penn Charter

  Malvern

4-3

 

Malvern

Haverford School

5-4

2005

Malvern

Chestnut Hill

8-7

 

  Germantown Academy

  Malvern

3-2

 

Malvern

Haverford School

7-6

 

Malvern

Germantown Academy

6-5

JUNE 18
TEDBIT
 
This is year No. 33 for the Carpenter Cup Classic and 19 Catholic League guys have played in three tourneys. Infielder Tom Sergio, of the ol' Bishop Kenrick, in Norristown, even played in four (1990-93). He then started for four seasons at North Carolina State and was selected in the fourth round of '97 draft by the Texas Rangers. After his minor league days ended -- in '99 at AA Tulsa, he hit .291 with 38 doubles, 10 homers, 72 RBI and 19 steals -- he was the coach for Kennedy-Kenrick's final three seasons (2008-10). That school was in Kenrick's old building and included kids, mostly from Conshohocken/nearby, who would have attended the ol' Archbishop Kennedy. That one closed in '93.
 

The Catholic League's Three-Time Carpenter Cup Classic Participants

Last Name

First

School

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Bell

Mike

Ryan

1995

1996

1997

 

Carey

Marty

O'Hara

1987

1988

1989

 

Carr

Harry

Roman

1990

1991

1992

 

Daley

Matt

Roman

2001

2002

2003

 

DiMaggio

Frank

Carroll

1993

1994

1995

 

Dolan

Tom

Ryan

2002

2003

2004

 

Donato

Mark

Neumann-Goretti

2008

2009

2010

 

Furman

Steve

Bonner-Prendie

2014

2015

2016

 

Harrington

Roger

La Salle

1990

1991

1992

 

Kusters

Dan

Wood

1989

1990

1991

 

Manto

Jeff

C-E (1)/SJ Prep (2)

2015

2016

2017

 

McCrossen

Kyle

Wood

2008

2009

2010

 

Pietrak

Jeff

La Salle

1996

1997

1998

 

Price

John

Ryan

1998

1999

2000

 

Sergio

Tom

Kenrick

1990

1991

1992

1993

Spadaccini

Lou

Neumann

1990

1991

1992

 

Sywulak

Gregg

La Salle

2015

2016

2017

 

Williams

Shane

SJ Prep

2011

2012

2013

 

Zolk

Mike

Neumann-Goretti

2009

2010

2011

 

JUNE 17
TEDBIT
 
As the list below shows, the Inter-Ac's first round results in the Carpenter Cup Classic have been kinda bad/very good over two centuries. From '86 to '99, the I-A went 3-11. Since 2000, the record is 12-7 and the latest hot stretch is 6-for-7. There was also a 6-for-7 stretch from '01 through '07. There have been three versions of I-A participation through the years. The I-A played on its own in '86 and '87, joined with the Bicentennial League from '88 through '04 and switched to team up with independent schools beginning in '05. Thursday, I-A/Indy beat Berks County, 12-3, as SCH Academy soph Jared Sprague-Lott went 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI. The batters rapped nine hits and drew 10 walks while the pitchers recorded 15 strikeouts. The I-A's first game in '86 was a classic. In part for what happened, but more for how late it happened. I-A defeated the Central League, 15-3, at Veterans Stadium and the game ended at . . . 12:18 a.m.! It was the third game of a tripleheader that began at 1 p.m. The far-and-away highlight was a three-run homer by Germantown Academy soph Mark Steffens, who wound up playing in the minors. Mark batted lefty and the ball cleared the fence in right-center a few feet to the right of the 371-foot sign. The shot would have been a grand slam, but just one pitch earlier GA's Joe Petko raced home on a wild pitch.
 

I-A's First Round CCC Wins

Year

Opponent / Score

'86

Central, W, 15-3

'91

Catholic, W, 4-3

'95

Mercer Co., W, 6-4

'01

Delaware Co., W, 9-3

'03

Catholic, W, 6-4

'04

Oly./Colonial, W, 11-1

'05

Burlington Co., W, 6-0

'06

Oly./Colonial, W, 7-3

'07

Burlington Co. W, 11-10

'12

Delaware South, W, 12-11

'13

Public League, W, 14-4

'14

Delaware South, W, 14-1

'16

Delaware North, W, 4-1

'17

Delaware County, W, 2-1

'18

Berks County, W, 12-3

JUNE 16
TEDBIT
 
If you've paid attention to the Catholic League's participation in the Carpenter Cup Classic over the last seven years, perhaps you've said to yourself, "Is there now a rule? Every team must have a Furman?" (smile) Might as well be. The Furman brothers -- Dan, Steve and Nate -- have played throughout and Nate is only a soph, so let's expect two more appearances. To keep the family thing going, Joe DeBarberie was Bonner-Prendie's coach through 2017 and the current Friars' boss is . . . you got it, son Steve. Below are stats for the Furmans. Dan was a pitcher for Pitt. Steve's a catcher for Iona. Nate is an infielder.

Stats for B-P's Furman Brothers in the Carpenter Cup Classic

 Dan

Opponent

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2012

Chester County

0

2

3

0

1

0

2013

SOL American/Continental

1

0

0

0

0

2

 

Totals

1

2

3

0

1

2

 Steve

Opponent

AB

R

H

BI

 

 

2014

Tri/Cape

2

0

0

0

 

 

2015

Mercer County

1

1

0

0

 

 

 

Berks County

2

0

0

0

 

 

2016

Burlington County

3

0

2

1

 

 

 

Delaware South

3

0

0

1

 

 

 

SOL National/Bicentennial

2

0

0

0

 

 

 

SOL American/Continental

2

1

1

0

 

 

 

Totals

15

2

3

2

 

 

 Nate

Opponent

AB

R

H

BI

 

 

2017

SOL American/Continental

2

0

1

2

 

 

2018

Tri/Cape

2

0

1

1

 

 

 

Totals

4

0

2

3

 

 

 

Steve-Nate Totals

19

2

5

5

 

 

JUNE 15
TEDBIT
  Aidan "Curly" Frye
, a recent SCH Academy grad and four times a first team All-Inter-Ac honoree, certainly has fared well on that big stage called the Carpenter Cup Classic. In three appearances over four years -- yes, he made the Inter-Ac/Independents squad as a freshman -- he has allowed just one hit and one run (unearned) over seven innings while walking NONE and recording 11 strikeouts. The breakdown is right below. Curly's next stop will be La Salle University.

Curly Frye's Pitching Stats in the Carpenter Cup Classic

Year

Opponent

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2015

Berks County

1

0

0

0

0

0

2017

Delaware County

3

0

0

0

0

5

2018

Berks County

3

1

1

0

0

6

 

Totals

7

1

1

0

0

11

JUNE 14
TEDBIT
 
The Catholic League played on Day 1 of this year's Carpenter Cup Classic and the result, though not even close to ugly, wasn't desirable. The CL fell to Tri/Cape, 4-3, and that was the fifth first-round loss over the last seven years. This is year No. 33 for the CCC and the CL has experienced first round setbacks 15 times. It won the tournament in '87, '90 and '05.

CL'S First Round CCC Setbacks

Year

Opponent / Score

'86

Suburban One American, L, 15-8

'89

Mercer County, L, 9-4

'91

Bicentennial/Inter-Ac, L, 4-3

'94

Mercer County, L, 16-4

'96

Delaware North, L, 5-3

'00

Burlington County, L, 9-0

'01

Suburban One National, L, 10-4

'02

Suburban One American, L, 7-5

'03

Bicentennial./Inter-Ac, L, 6-4

'08

Burlington County, L, 10-7

'12

Chester County, L, 13-7

'13

Suburban One American/Continental, L, 8-3

'14

Tri/Cape, L, 6-4

'17

Suburban One American//Continental, L, 20-5

'18

Tri/Cape, L, 4-3

JUNE 13
TEDBIT
 
The 2017-18 school year is over for Catholic League teams and maybe you're wondering, How did the teams match up in the three major sports? The breakdown is below. Included are regular season league games, CL playoffs, City Titles and state playoffs. Neumann-Goretti's winning percentage was an impressive .826 while Roman, Wood and La Salle formed a close-together three pack down the line a little. Eight of the 14 schools finished above .500.

Performances by CL Schools in the Three Major Sports, 2017-18

School

Foot

Bask

Base

Totals

Pct.

Neumann-Goretti

9-1

18-2

11-5

38-8

.826

Roman

2-5

20-2

8-6

30-13

.698

Wood

10-1

8-6

8-5

26-12

.684

La Salle

5-3

6-8

17-2

28-13

.683

Carroll

0-7

14-5

15-4

29-16

.644

SJ Prep

11-1

11-8

6-8

28-17

.622

Bonner-Prendie

1-6

18-3

6-9

25-18

.581

O'Hara

4-4

6-9

10-4

20-17

.541

West Catholic

6-2

3-10

none

9-12

.429

Ryan

4-4

6-8

2-10

12-22

.353

Judge

1-6

1-12

9-5

11-23

.324

Conwell-Egan

5-5

4-13

4-11

13-29

.310

Lansdale Catholic

5-4

2-12

1-12

8-28

.222

McDevitt

1-5

7-11

0-12

8-28

.222

JUNE 12
TEDBIT
 
The Catholic League's three-game winning streak in state semifinals, accomplished by Neumann-Goretti, came to an end last night when Carroll fell to Lower Dauphin, 3-2, in Class 5A. Now it's up to La Salle to make sure the CL's overall semis record doesn't dip below .500. The CL is now 5-5 and the Explorers' opponent -- 4 p.m. at Immaculata University -- will be Bensalem. Four of the five semis survivors (all but N-G in 2015) have powered forward to win state crowns.

Results for Catholic League Teams in State Semifinals

Year

Class

Team

Opponent

Result

Score

2009

4A

SJ Prep

Parkland

Lost

4-2

 

3A

Neumann-Goretti

Abington Heights

Lost

9-4

2012

4A

La Salle

Hatboro-Horsham

Won

7-5

 

3A

Neumann-Goretti

Lampeter-Strasburg

Lost

2-0

2014

4A

La Salle

Spring-Ford

Won

3-0

 

2A

Neumann-Goretti

Loyalsock

Lost

4-3

2015

2A

Neumann-Goretti

Loyalsock

Won

9-1

2016

2A

Neumann-Goretti

North Schuylkill

Won

3-0

2017

2A

Neumann-Goretti

Bellwood-Antis

Won

10-9

2018

5A

Carroll

Lower Dauphin

Lost

3-2

 

6A

La Salle

Bensalem

TBD

 

JUNE 10
TEDBIT
 
Well, we're halfway through the state playoffs for 2018 and the Catholic League now owns more runs than its opponents over 10 years of competition. The CL already owned a winning record through 2017 at 31-23, but trailed in runs by 200-197. That problem has been fixed, at 234-223, and the winning percentage is up to .581 (at 36-26). La Salle in 6A and Carroll in 5A are still alive and their semifinal clashes will take place tomorrow. Good luck to both squads!

Results for Catholic League Teams in State Playoffs (36-26, 234 RF-223 RA)

Original Format

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 4A

 

CLASS 3A

 

CLASS 2A

 

 

 

 

 

W-L

RF-RA

 

W-L

RF-RA

 

W-L

RF-RA

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

2-1

8-10

 

2-1

13-13

 

0-1

1-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

0-1

1-4

 

1-1

10-8

 

1-1

3-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

0-1

3-8

 

0-1

1-3

 

  --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

4-0

23-17

 

2-1

11-4

 

  --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

0-1

4-11

 

0-1

6-9

 

0-1

2-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

4-0

16-6

 

0-1

1-3

 

2-1

9-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

1-1

3-2

 

0-1

0-2

 

3-1

18-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

0-1

1-2

 

0-1

5-6

 

4-0

12-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-6

59-60

 

5-8

47-48

 

10-5

45-45

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Format

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 6A

 

CLASS 5A

 

CLASS 4A

 

CLASS 3A

 

CLASS 2A

 

W-L

RF-RA

 

W-L

RF-RA

 

W-L

RF-RA

 

W-L

RF-RA

 

W-L

RF-RA

2017

1-1

4-6

 

0-1

0-2

 

0-1

3-7

 

0-1

5-6

 

4-0

34-26

2018

2-0

17-1

 

2-0

10-4

 

0-1

0-8

 

0-1

3-4

 

1-1

7-6

 

3-1

21-7

 

2-1

10-6

 

0-2

3-15

 

0-2

8-10

 

5-1

41-32

JUNE 9
TEDBIT
  This is year No. 10 for the Catholic League as a PIAA participant and if there's one thing we have learned, primarily via Neumann-Goretti, it's this: NEVER know what'll happen when you face teams from around the state. In a quarterfinal yesterday, the Saints, who won state crowns in 2016 and 2017, were blanked by Schuylkill Haven, 4-0, in a Class 2A quarterfinal. That was the third time they've been shut out in state action -- also 2-0 by Lampeter-Strasburg in a 2012 3A semi and 9-0 by Neshannock in the 2015 2A final. But get this: In Catholic League playoffs and City Titles, Neumann/N-G has scored in 64 consecutive games! The breakdown is 55 CL playoffs and nine City Titles. In 1983, when the nickname was Pirates and the colors were orange and black, Neumann was blanked by long-closed St. James, 2-0, in a second round playoff. SJ's pitcher was lefty Joe Knoud, who allowed three hits. Neumann's pitcher was lefty Frank DiMichele, who wound up pitching in the majors. He also allowed three hits. In the 64 games, Neumann/N-G has racked up 398 runs for an average of 6.2. The numbers over the last 10 years are 40-263-6.6. Again, those numbers do not include state playoffs. . . . In all, CL teams have suffered seven shutouts in state play. Wood has also thrice been blanked -- in 2010, 2015 and 2017 -- while Bonner-Prendie got hit with a donut earlier this week.
 

Neumann/N-G Has Scored in 64 Consecutive CL Playoffs/City Titles
Year Games Runs Year Games Runs Year Games Runs

1984

1

2

1996

x

 

2008

2

2

1985

1

2

1997

3

19

2009

4

34

1986

3

38

1998

1

12

2010

2

15

1987

2

9

1999

x

 

2011

4

40

1988

2

7

2000

x

 

2012

4

34

1989

x

 

2001

x

 

2013

4

16

1990

1

7

2002

x

 

2014

8

49

1991

2

8

2003

x

 

2015

4

30

1992

2

9

2004

x

 

2016

4

20

1993

2

12

2005

x

 

2017

4

21

1994

x

 

2006

x

 

2018

2

4

1995

2

8

2007

x

 

 

 

 

 

18

102

 

4

31

 

42

265

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64

398

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avg.

6.2

JUNE 7
TEDBIT
 
Malvern Prep knows how to one-up a guy. Er, a rival school. On the first day of the MLB draft, Penn Charter CF Mike Siani was selected in the fourth round of the MLB draft and that development enabled the Quakers to tie Germantown Academy, Judge and Malvern for first place among city leagues schools in this category -- Most Guys Drafted Right Outta High School. Then came day three and . . . Sr. RHP Billy Corcoran was tabbed by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round and Malvern's number jumped to eight. The breakdown is below. Congrats to Mike and Billy! . . . If I missed anyone, you know the deal. Email is right up top. Thanks.
 

  MALVERN (8)      

Year

Name

Pos.

Round

Team

1993

Matt O'Brien

OF

55

Expos

1994

Glenn Davis

1B

18

Twins

1995

*Ben Davis

C

1 (2)

Padres

1998

Josh McKinley

SS

1 (11)

Expos

2004

Mike Lorentson

P

38

Padres

2009

Chris Gosik

OF

49

Phillies

2017

Shane Muntz

C

36

Padres

2018

Billy Corcoran

P

36

Rangers

  GTN. ACAD. (7)      

Year

Name

Pos.

Round

Team

1970

David Lawson

P

4

Yankees

1972

Tim Lewis

P

39

Dodgers

1978

Craig Shumock

3B

14

Twins

1988

Mark Steffens

OF

23

Phillies

1994

Rick Welsh

SS

8

Orioles

2010

Sean Coyle

SS

3

Red Sox

2010

Keenan Kish

P

34

Yankees

  JUDGE (7)      

Year

Name

Pos.

Round

Team

1967

Norm Kraft

3B

8

White Sox

1967

Tim Foy

C

35

White Sox

1978

Vince Pellegrini

P

25

Pirates

1979

Joe Healy

P

23

Mets

1986

Kerry Cahill

SS

43

Braves

1997

Kevin McGerry

P

5

Giants

2005

Shane Erb

P

49

Phillies

  PENN CHARTER (7)      

Year

Name

Pos.

Round

Team

1970

Jim Sloan

P

17

Expos

1981

*Mark Gubicza

P

2

Royals

1993

Courtney Batts

INF

25

Orioles

2007

Mark Adzick

P

18

Phillies

2009

Rob Amaro

3B

40

Phillies

2011

Andrew Amaro

2B

47

Phillies

2018

Mike Siani

OF

4

Reds

*-advanced to majors      

 JUNE 6
TEDBIT
 
This is year No. 54 for the baseball draft. In that time, 16 "Our Guys" have been selected out of high school within the first five rounds. The Upper Echelon Club's latest member is Penn Charter CF Mike Siani, who yesterday was tabbed by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round (pick No. 109). The lefty thrower/swinger committed to Virginia as a freshman at PC before he even played in a varsity game. Four of the guys on the list below advanced to the majors and two graduated in the same year, 1981 -- RHP Mark Gubicza (also PC) and catcher John Marzano (Central). John did not sign right out of high school. All three non-signees were later redrafted and played in the minors.
 

"Our Guys" Drafted in Top 5 Rounds Out of High School, 1965-2018

Year

Name

School

Pos.

Round

Team

Sign?

Again?

1978

Tito Nanni

Chestnut Hill

1B

1 (No. 6)

Mariners

yes

 

1995

*Ben Davis

Malvern

C

1 (No. 2)

Padres

yes

 

1998

Josh McKinley

Malvern

SS

1 (No. 11)

Expos

yes

 

2003

Chris Lubanski

Kennedy-Kenrick

OF

1 (No. 5)

Royals

yes

 

1980

Dan Cataline

Ryan

OF

2

Cubs

yes

 

1981

*Mark Gubicza

Penn Charter

P

2

Royals

yes

 

1981

*John Marzano

Central

C

3

Twins

no

yes

2010

Sean Coyle

Gtn. Academy

SS

3

Red Sox

yes

 

1970

David Lawson

Gtn. Academy

P

4

Yankees

yes

 

1974

*George Riley

Southern

P

4

Cubs

yes

 

1999

Jeff Randazzo

O'Hara

P

4

Twins

yes

 

2018

Mike Siani

Penn Charter

OF

4

Reds

TBA

 

1989

Jack Stanczak

La Salle

1B

5

Astros

no

yes

1993

Scott Hunter

Northeast

C

5

Dodgers

yes

 

1997

Kevin McGerry

Judge

P

5

Giants

no

yes

2014

Josh Ockimey

Neumann-Goretti

1B

5

Red Sox

yes

 

*-advanced to majors            

JUNE 5
TEDBIT
 
Back on May 31, I pointed out that McDevitt has posted just three Catholic League wins over the last 15 seasons against schools that still exist and have a team. And that perhaps the school should drop baseball or find a way to play that sport in a small enrollment suburban league. Among those who checked in was Jack Rutter, the Lancers' former basketball coach. He was good friends with the late Ed Markowski, that '95 team's coach, and the duo even worked together as police officers in Philly's 6th District. He said that team deserved a mention and that Ed was really into McDevitt baseball. Those Lancers finished 9-5 in the Northern Division and that mark was good enough for second place behind North Catholic (12-2). Their one playoff game resulted in a 9-4 loss to Ryan in the second. Outfielder Eric Elmer and infielder Kevin Pinkos were first team All-Catholic honorees. Pitcher Tim Flaherty was a second teamer. Elmer made second team All-City. Pinkos made third team (at the DH spot). I covered three McDevitt games that season -- a 4-1 win over Ryan and a 2-1 loss to North in the regular season and the 9-4 playoff loss. The roster and my scoresheets for McDevitt are in this set. (They're kinda light. I've always used pencil. Just click on each item to make it larger and, hopefully, easier to read.)

JUNE 4
TEDBIT
 
The Inter-Ac coaches recently picked their All-Inter-Ac teams (first and second) and each featured one freshman. In this century, nine freshmen have earned first team honors and 14 have been placed on the second team. Three have been first teamers for four consecutive years -- SCH Academy's Aidan "Curly" Frye ('18) and Jon McAllister ('10) and Germantown Academy's Tommy Coyle ('09).
 

Freshman All-Inter-Ac Honorees in This Century -- First Team / Second Team

Year

First Team

Team

Pos.

Second Team

Team

Pos.

2018

Joe Jaconski

SCH

INF

Lonnie White

MP

OF

2017

  None

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

 

 

Jack O'Reilly

EA

INF

2015

Justin Meyer

HS

P-OF

Billy Corcoran

MP

P

 

*Aidan "Curly" Frye

SCH

P

Mike Siani

PC

P-OF

2014

Tommy Toal

HS

INF

Matt Gorman

PC

P

2013

  None

 

 

 

 

 

2012

Kevin McGowan

HS

INF

John Aiello

GA

P-INF

2011

  None

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

 

 

Doug Trimble

EA

INF

2009

Kenny Koplove

PC

P

Demetrius Jennings

PC

INF

 

 

 

 

Nick Bateman

MP

OF

 

 

 

 

Matt Primavera

CH

DH

2008

  None

 

 

 

 

 

2007

*Jon McAllister

CH

OF

Slater McCue

GA

DH

2006

*Tommy Coyle

GA

INF

 

 

 

 

Rob Amaro

PC

1B-DH

 

 

 

2005

  None

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

 

Mark Adzick

PC

P

 

 

 

 

Anthony Cafagna

CH

P-INF

2003

  None

 

 

 

 

 

2002

  None

 

 

 

 

 

2001

 

 

 

Sean Grieve

GA

P

2000

  None

 

 

 

 

 

*-first team four years        

JUNE 3
TEDBIT
 
La Salle finished 14-1 in Catholic League play, counting the regular season (11-1) and playoffs (3-0), and that record gives these Explorers the sixth spot on the list below. Three teams have achieved perfection and Judge's '82 squad checks in at No. 1. Back then, the Northern Division still numbered nine teams and Joe McDermott's team stormed to 16 straight wins before triumphing in the semis (2-0 over Egan) and final (6-1 over Carroll). Pitcher of the Year Pat Waninger and outfielder Harry Murray earned first team All-City honors. Second team: infielder Dennis Minich and DH Stanley Brach. Third team: outfielder John Higgins and pitcher Paul Mazurek.

Top Catholic League Champs by Winning Percentage, Regular Season & Playoffs, 1978-2018

Year

School

Coach

Reg. Sea.

Play. W

Total

Pct.

'82

Father Judge

Joe McDermott

16-0

Two

18-0

1.000

'06

Conwell-Egan

Rich Papirio

14-0

Two

16-0

1.000

'11

Ss. Neumann-Goretti

Lou Spadaccini

12-0

Three

15-0

1.000

'80

Archbishop Ryan

Rich Papirio

15-1

Two

17-1

.944

'92

Roman Catholic

Joe O'Brien

13-1

Two

15-1

.938

'18

La Salle

Kyle Werman

11-1

Three

14-1

.933

'12

Ss. Neumann-Goretti

Mike Zolk Sr.

9-1

Three

12-1

.923

'90

Archbishop Wood

Paul Ellis

14-2

Two

16-2

.889

'08

St. Joseph's Prep

Chris Rupertus

12-2

Three

15-2

.882

'79

West Catholic

Ed Brouillette

12-2

Two

14-2

.875

'83

Cardinal O'Hara

Bill Dugan

12-2

Two

14-2

.875

'95

North Catholic

Pete Maddaloni

12-2

Two

14-2

.875

'05

La Salle

Joe Parisi

12-2

Two

14-2

.875

JUNE 2
TEDBIT
  The scores rolled in one by one and the eyebrows raised higher and higher. No way! Way. In four on-the-field City Titles, the Catholic League yesterday bested the Public League by a combined score of 55-0. That total does not count Neumann-Goretti's forfeit win over Masterman. Through 2015, the CL was perfect. At the highest enrollment level -- 4A in 2016, 6A in 2017 -- Judge fell to Olney then SJ Prep did so to Frankford. The CL has now won 30 of the 32 showdowns, counting the forfeit, and the average victory margin stands at 9.9, not counting the forfeit. 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, 2009-18
Year 6A 5A 4A 3A 2A Avg.
2009     10 16 11 12.3
2010     7 10 10 9.0
2011     5 5 None 5.0
2012     13 13 None 13.0
2013     8 5 3 5.3
2014     15 8 11 11.3
2015     10 8 10 9.3
2016     Lost 16 6 11.0
2017 Lost 11 6 10 4 7.8
2018 19 15 13 8 W For. 13.8
Total 19 26 87 99 55  
Avg. 19.0 11.0 9.7 9.9 *7.9 *9.9
*-not counting forfeit      

JUNE 1
TEDBIT
 
You could say Frankford has owned this century in Public League baseball. And current coach Juan Namnun (Class of '95) has been a constant. He was an assistant when coach Bob Peffle (Class of '65) won five championships from 2000 through 2007 and as the head man he has won six in 11 seasons. The breakdown is below. A quick search showed that Neumann-Goretti won 11 Catholic League basketball crowns over 18 seasons (1997-2014) and that Roman won 11 over 17 (1978-94). Frankford's feat is 11 in 19.

Frankford's Pub Championship Wins in This Century

Year

Loser

Score

Winning Pitcher

Coach Bob Peffle

2000

GAMP

5-3

Ed Durfor

2003

Northeast

3-1

Joe Farina

2004

Northeast

6-4

Joe Farina

2005

Central

9-6

Kelinton Tejada

2007

Central

7-5

Esteban "Shortie" Meletiche

Coach Juan Namnun

2008

Central

15-5

Esteban "Shortie" Meletiche

2011

Edison

5-4

Omar Cruz

2012

GAMP

8-3

Omar Cruz

2013

Franklin Towne

9-2

Eduardo "Cheese" Sanchez

2017

Olney

8-6

Luis Ramos

2018

Central

5-4

Abenego Santos

MAY 31
TEDBIT
 
McDevitt joined the Catholic League for the 1963-64 school year, but did not have a baseball team until 1972. School officials thought baseball might hurt the track program. Speaking of hurt . . . For a very long time, being a baseball Lancer has not been easy and perhaps it's time to ditch the program or at least get permission from CL officials to join a small-enrollment suburban league. The school's record in CL games over the last 15 seasons is 27-181 for a winning percentage of .130. Of those 27 wins, just THREE have been racked up against schools that are still around and still have a team. Dougherty, North Catholic and Kennedy-Kenrick closed in 2010. West Catholic dropped baseball after the 2011 season, then tried to bring it back in 2014. The Burrs lost four games, then forfeited their last 10 due to low numbers. As for McDevitt, the Lancers were outscored this year by 181-3. The totals over the last two years are 340-5 and are 559-44 over the last four. When McDevitt beat Carroll in 2016, it ended a 41-game, on-the-field CL losing streak. It hasn't won since and is 1-69 over the last 70 games. Over the last 13 seasons, according to lists compiled by Randy Seidman, just four Lancers have played college baseball.
 

McDevitt's Results in CL Regular Season, 2004-18
Year W-L Wins Over . . .
2004 2-16 Dougherty, North
2005 2-12 Judge, Dougherty
2006 3-11 North, Dougherty (2)
2007 3-18 Dougherty (3)
2008 4-9 West (2), Dougherty (2)
2009 4-12 West (2), Dougherty (2)
2010 3-13 Dougherty (2), Kennedy-Kenrick
2011 2-10 West (2) 
2012 0-10  
2013 1-11 Conwell-Egan
2014 2-12 West (2, both by forfeit)
2015 0-12  
2016 1-11 Carroll
2017 0-12  
2018 0-12  
  27-181 Last 15 years (.130)
  1-47 Last 4 years (.021)
  6-90 Last 8 years (.063)
  3 Wins over schools still open with teams
  16 Wins over closed schools
  8 Wins over West (no team since 2014)

MAY 30
TEDBIT
  Tom Beck has been an accomplished umpire for four decades and Saturday he experienced a first . . . handling the plate in the Catholic League championship game. According to boxscores going back to 1976, it was also his debut of any kind in a final. The primary reason is likely the fact that Tom was off doing college games. Tom starred at the original Council Rock High, also experienced success at Temple and played for two seasons in the Phillies farm system. As a freshman in 1973, he lofted an 11th inning sacrifice fly to give Temple a 4-3 win over Delaware and the Middle Atlantic Conference championship. He also had other big moments. As near as I can figure, Tom is the eighth guy since 1976 to make his CL final umpiring debut at the plate. Others: Jim Cronin in '81, Bill Lawrence in '88, Bill "Babs" Haines in '02, Paul Fricker in '04, Mike Finney in '05, Jack Dabagian in '07 and Steve Porrini in '10.
 

Plate Umps in Catholic Baseball Finals, 1976-2018
Name No. ------- Years -------
Ed Kerrigan 6 2000 1985 1982 1980 1979 1976
Bill "Babs" Haines 6 2017 2016 2011 2008 2006 2002
Carlos Deno 5 2015 2013 2012 2003 1999  
Jim Ricci 4 2001 1996 1991 1986    
Jim Cronin 3 1990 1984 1981      
Paul Fricker 2 2009 2004        
Tom Scartozzi 2 1998 1995        
Bruce Martin 2 1992 1989        
Tom Beck 1 2018          
Steve Porrini 1 2010          
Jack Dabagian 1 2007          
Mike Finney 1 2005          
Art Chapman 1 1997          
Pete DeIuliis 1 1994          
Gary Brooks 1 1993          
Bill Lawrence 1 1988          
Bill Harris 1 1987          
Jim King 1 1983          
Greg Mills 1 1978          
Tony Focht 1 1977  

MAY 29
TEDBIT
 
As was noted at this time last year, 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 43 years, 35 percent of the winning pitchers in Catholic League finals have been lefties. La Salle's Joe Miller just joined the club and Neumann-Goretti's Phil Sanborn did so last year, so this is the third time there have been back-to-backers -- also La Salle's Rogers Burns in '94 and North Catholic's Chris Heck in 1994-95, Judge's Shawn O'Neill in '76 and North's Jeff Etsell in 1976-77.

Winning Lefties in Catholic League Finals, 1976-2018
Year Winning Pitcher Winner Loser IP H R ER BB K
2018 Joe Miller La Salle Carroll 5 3 0 0 3 8
2017 Phil Sanborn N-G Wood 7 6 4 2 1 7
2014 Charlie Jerla N-G Roman 5 4 0 0 2 8
2011 Joey Gorman N-G Bonner 8 4 1 1 3 4
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
1995 Chris Heck North Neumann 7 7 3 1 3 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
1982 Kevin Waninger Judge Carroll 7 4 1 1 7 6
1979 Bill Mendek West Judge 7 6 2 2 5 5
1977 Jeff Etsell North Bonner 7 5 2 1 1 11
1976 Shawn O'Neill Judge O'Hara 7 2 0 0 7 5
*-in relief                

MAY 27
TEDBIT
 
As La Salle yesterday bested Carroll, 10-0, in five innings, for the Catholic League championship, sr. twin brothers Andrew and Anthony Cossetti combined for five hits and three RBI. Let the research begin! As in, how often have brothers started together for CL champs? Going as far back as 1958, the answer/breakdown is below. The Cossettis are the fifth set of twins and, to add the coolness factor, their dad, Tony, was the second baseman and leadoff hitter for the Explorers' 1988 champs. Though both twins throw righthanded, Anthony bats lefty. North Catholic's Sanger identical twins took it a step further. Ken batted and threw lefty, Kevin was a double righty. Wait, so how were they identical? (smile) Roman's Carrs also followed that path -- Harry L/L and Mike R/R. But get this: Harry wrote and ate as a righty. The Pawloskis were prime contributors in the three major sports and spectacular students. Jim graduated first in his class. Ken checked in at No. 3. Their dad, Stan, played in the majors. The Gallaghers, Frank and Jim, played for St. James (located in Chester, it closed 25 years ago) and Frank played in the NFL. Via email, John Mooney, who coached that St. James team, let me know that the Gallagher clan also included twin girls, Susan and Lynn, and that the twin sets were born just 11 months apart. A younger brother, Joe, is the football coach at Haverford High. Boxscore stats are sketchy for Neumann's 1958 and 1960 champs. Ray "Chicky" Chiumento was the basketball coach at now-closed Bok for seven seasons (1994-2000). In addition to John Mooney, thanks to Joe Parisi, Charlie Pitale and Chet DiEmidio for their help in nailing down some details.
 

Brothers in Same Starting Lineup for Catholic League Championship Teams
Year School Brothers (*Twins) Pos. Spot AB R H RBI
1958 Bishop Neumann Charles Chew C 4th 2   2  
    Bob Chew LF 7th        
1960 Bishop Neumann Ray Chiumento 2B 3rd        
    Ron Chiumento LF 5th 2 2 2 3
1961 St. James *Frank Gallagher 1B 5th 4 2 2 0
    *Jim Gallagher LF 6th 2 0 1 0
1980 Archbishop Ryan *Jim Pawloski 1B 2nd 4 0 0 0
    *Ken Pawloski SS 7th 2 2 2 2
1986 North Catholic *Ken Sanger 1B 4th 4 2 2 4
    *Kevin Sanger 3B 7th 3 1 0 0
1991 Archbishop Carroll Joe Aylmer