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High School Baseball:
Camden Catholic's Early Success Enough to Advance

Thursday, May 25, 2006

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Baseball is that game where the entire team must come together collectively in order to walk off the field at the end of a game with the win. So far, and especially when it counts, the Fight Irish from Camden Catholic has been winning their games leading up to the South Jersey Non-Public Group A baseball tournament. Looking to put it all together during the post season, Camden Catholic jumped out to an early lead against ninth seeded St. Joseph Metuchen who had an agenda of their own. Watching their opponent rally to pull within a run, Camden Catholic would maintain their composure and advance to the next round with their 9-7 victory. Their reward would be a match up with the number one seeded Christian Brothers next week.

Camden Catholic would be successful during their first at bat as two runners got on base before Keith Reynolds belted his homerun over the left field fence. St. Joseph would get on the scoreboard during the top of the third inning to bring their margin of deficit to 4-1. During their bottom half of the inning, the Irish put together another four run inning to what seemed to be a comfortable lead. St. Joseph would score six times during their next at bat and reduce the Irish’s lead down to a single run. Camden Catholic would score an insurance run for starting pitcher Matt Moceri and eventually give him the win as they held on to their two run margin.

Photos by Frank Crescenti