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High School Baseball:
Overbrook Advances to Finals But Loses to Ewing

Saturday, April 23, 2005

By Jason Brown
SJSports Special Correspondent

This year was another chance for Overbrook to repeat as champions of the Hammonton Baseball Tournament. It would be a good start as they took on the host Blue Devils in the preliminary round. The Rams’ players were successful finding open spaces as the team finished the game with sixteen hits. Rams starting pitcher Jim Birmingham watched his team score five runs in the first two innings and that was more than enough to advance to the final round with their 13-1 victory. But the championship game against Ewing was a different story as the defense was victimized by six errors in a 10-7 loss.

Chris Lingham was very success in Overbrook’s game against Hammonton going 4 for 5 which included two singles, a double and a triple. Six of Overbrook’s hits were for extra bases with Sean Mauz recording two triples, Tom Wilczynski and Sterling Goodwater each sliding in safely with a triple. Hammonton would avoid the shutout by scoring their only run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Overbrook would tack on three more runs in the next inning to complete the scoring in this round one game.

Overbrook would face Ewing who had advance to the finals with a 3-2 victory over St. Joseph. The Rams would start out this game scoring four runs in the first inning but watched Ewing take advantage of Overbrook’s mistakes in the bottom of the inning. Nine runners crossed the plate and the Rams found themselves trailing 9-4. Overbrook would score twice in the top half of the fourth inning, but the Rams would not be able to put the hits together during the late innings to overcome their early deficit. Lingham would suffer the tough loss as the starting pitcher.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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