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High School Baseball:
Eastern Takes Advantage of its Opportunities Against Washington Township

Monday, April 28, 2003

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

The Vikings from Eastern has started their baseball season extremely well winning eight of their first nine games they played. During that span, Eastern had been scoring just over eight and a half runs a game. After losing big against Cherry Hill East, Eastern was looking to rebound back to the win column as they traveled to Washington Township to take on the Minutemen. On this day, the Vikings’ fifth inning runs would be the difference in this Olympic Conference American Division game. Curtis Hart would earn the victory as Eastern posted a 6-3 to remain among the leaders in the division. Scott Mauger hit a solo homerun for the Vikings.

Coach Chuck Roney has been watching his team put up some impressive wins so far this season. Scoring runs double digit runs in a game has given Roney the comfort of knowing that this year’s Eastern baseball team can get runners to cross home plate. Mauger proved that in the top of the first inning with his home run giving Eastern an early 1-0 lead. Washington Township would tie the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning. The Vikings would regain the lead in the fourth with key hits by Mike Paul and Dave Bulman.

Now leading by a 3-1 margin, Eastern took advantage of a few fielding mistakes in the fifth inning to break this game open. With the bases two timely singles was enough to clear the bases sending three runners home. Township’s seventh inning rally ended with just two runners scoring to lose by three. Steve Janton took the tough loss for Washington Township, as they will look to rebound against Bishop Eustace during the next schedule game.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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