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Late Inning Runs Gives West the Win

Monday, April 4, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Olympic Conference battle between Camden Catholic and Cherry Hill West was a classic example of using your last at bats when it counts. Six lead changes, four doubles, one triple and a homerun had all of the makings of a dramatic win. With Camden Catholic regaining the lead by one run during their top half of the seventh inning, the Lions used their last at bat to the fullest. West not only tied the game, they also were able to pull out the victory when Frank Schmidt’s single drove home the winning run. Cherry Hill West won their first game of the early season by a 5-4 margin.

Camden Catholic started out this game scoring one run during the first inning and then twice in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. West would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning setting up the dramatics in the seventh inning. The Irish used some aggressive base running to get the go ahead run in their top half of the inning. Cherry Hill West got those all important runners on base to not only tie the game but also to win it. A bases loaded single knocked in the winning run for West. Anthony Giannakopoulos picked up the win for the Lions.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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