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High School Baseball:
Rams Rally on Umba's Homerun

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

It's a situation that most baseball players put themselves in and that is to come up to the plate with a chance to win the game for your team. When the Red Devils from Penns Grove held a one run lead at the start of the bottom of the sixth inning, Gloucester Catholic would get two runners on base with Matt Umba looking to pick up another key hit to drive in another run. This time, Umba nailed a three run homerun for the Rams to re-take the lead. Gloucester Catholic would give up a run during the seventh inning but they would come away with a 5-4 victory and pick up their third win of the season.

This Tri-County Diamond division game was an exciting game with both benches rallying around their starting pitchers and teammates. Jon Coppage was on the mound from the Red Devils and was enjoying a 3-1 lead thanks to Mark Cescenzi’s three run bomb during the top half of the third inning. The Rams would pull within a run in the fifth inning. Bill Donovan continued to pitch for the Rams and would be rewarded with Umba’s homerun that put Gloucester Catholic ahead for good. Donovan finished the game with nine strikeouts and the Rams would improve their record to 3-2. Penns Grove would lose their first game of the season and even their record to 1-1 during this early season contest.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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