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Camden Catholic Stuns Rancocas Valley with Late Rally

Thursday, May 4, 2006

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Coaches emphasize all of the time that the game is never over until the final out has been recorded. The past two games for Camden Catholic, they found themselves trailing by at least eight runs by the start of the fourth inning. Yesterday, the Irish just could not overcome their deficit against Seneca and loss that game. Against the Red Devils from Rancocas Valley, again Camden Catholic trailed by eight runs. This game using every at bat to their fullest advantage, the Irish rallied for eleven runs over their two innings to come from behind and defeat the Red Devils by a 12-9 margin.

Camden Catholic was hosting their second home game in a row after winning their past two road games. Seneca had held the Irish to a single run and ended Camden Catholic’s brief winning streak. The way that today’s game started out, it had appeared that things were going the Irish’s way. Rancocas Valley, behind home runs from Zach Johnson and Gary Naylor, built a 9-1 lead after four complete innings. But this time, Camden Catholic had an answer that was to cut into their deficit by scoring six runs during the bottom of the fifth inning. Now trailing 9-7, the Irish rallied for a decisive five more runs that push them ahead for good. Dan Stuhlemmer highlighted their comeback with a three run triple and Jim Tarabocchia accounted for five runs batted in with a home run and a double.

Photos by Frank Crescenti