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High School Baseball:
McGuckin's Slam Keeps the Eagles Rolling

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Baseball is that game that for many teams, it takes awhile to get started. Players on the field and at the plate sometimes need a couple of innings to occur before they get a feel for the game. The advantage the starting pitcher may have would be opposing batters need to see a few pitches before getting locked in at the plate. One player who seemed to be locked in early was Dan McGuckin for the Eagles from Winslow Township. With his second hit of the game, McGuckin cleared the bases with a grand slam giving Winslow a big lead that Cherry Hill West could not recover from. Jason Gladden had plenty of run support and picked up the 9-3 victory on the mound for the Eagles.

Winslow Township has been enjoying the success they are having at the start of their season. By winning four of their first five games, they have remained amongst the leaders of the Olympic Conference Patriot Division. Cherry Hill West also represents the same division would start this game by getting runners into scoring position but just couldn’t come up with those timely hits in this game. Winslow would jump out to a 2-0 lead during the top half of the second inning when Nate Ingram’s grounder made it through the infield. Two innings later, McGuckin’s homerun built a 9-0 lead that the coaching staff would enjoy. Cherry Hill West would score two runs during the bottom of the seventh, but that rally would end. With their win, the Eagles now improved their record to 5-1.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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