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Camden Catholic Surprises Cherry Hill West With Late Rally

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Cherry Hill West has been rolling through their schedule that includes wins at several tournaments. Starting out with a winning streak, West could contribute their success to good coaching, strong pitching and some timely big hits. Rewarded for their hard work, West has been labeled as one of the top teams in South Jersey. Camden Catholic has heard all about their opponent's success and still went on to play the game they knew they could play. With a four run deficit, the Irish scored five unanswered runs to defeat Cherry Hill West by an 8-7 margin.

The Cougars has started this season winning their first 7 games before losing a game during the Hawaiian Tropic Classic tournament. Mike Caruso and Matt Taylor have been successful on the mound so far for West. Add the power in their lineup that includes junior Reid Briglia, the Cougars has a chance of not only winning the Olympic Conference American Division, but also the state title. Camden Catholic has struggled this year 3 out their first 4 games, but are still holding their own in the National Division of the Olympic Conference along with Bishop Eustace and Paul VI.

This game got started quickly for Camden Catholic as the scored twice during their top of the first inning. That lead would disappear as the Cougars regained the lead after three full innings and led 4-3. West was not done scoring as they opened their margin to 7-3 after four innings, but the fighting Irish would rally right back to tie this game in the fifth. The game winning run was scored on a bases loaded walk in the seventh giving Camden Catholic the victory. Torres picked up the win for the Irish.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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