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High School Baseball:
Last Inning Run Pushes East Past Cherokee

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

In a battle between two Olympic Conference American Division teams, both Cherokee and Cherry Hill East were attempting to get back on the winning track. Each of these teams were chasing the division leading Washington Township in the standing with the playoff cut-off date coming next month. After the Chiefs tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, it was Cherry Hill East's Tom Caracciolo's single in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 5-4 victory.

Both teams were coming off of tough loses. Cherokee (5-3-1) lost to the division-leading Washington Township by a 13-4 score. Cherry Hill East (6-5) also loss big by eight runs to Paul VI, who represents the National Division. So this game was very important to both teams trying to erase their memories of their previous loss.

After Cherokee took a 2-1 lead after their top of the fifth inning, the Cougars came storming back scoring 3 runs in their half of the inning. But in the top of the sixth inning, the Chiefs plated two runs to tie the game that set up East's heroics in the bottom of the seventh. With John Oh at third base with two outs, Tom Caracciolo infield single scored the final run of this game giving Cherry Hill East the win.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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