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Camp Quality gets a Boost from Dedicated State Troopers, ABCCL Players

LAKEWOOD, NJ – The State Troopers and players of the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL) together hosted a smash hit of a fundraiser for designated beneficiary Camp Quality New Jersey. The annual charity game raised a record $16,000 dollars for the organization, money which will allow the volunteers of the non-profit to fulfill its mission to care for the emotional needs of children and their families that have been afflicted with cancer. The game, played at First Energy Park in Lakewood, helped to raise awareness for the good done by this organization and also to show appreciation for the State Trooper players who dedicated their free weekend for the game. 


While the players of the ABCCL team were equally to be thanked for taking time away from their summer vacations to play an exhibition against the State Trooper team, they we’re also ready to get down to business on the field. Nobody expected to get their parking tickets waived, but the ABCCL players certainly did not curry favor by taking it easy on the opposition even if they were the police. Scoring three runs in the top of the first, the ABCCL squad put the pressure on at the start.

The State Troopers, though, came prepared this time. After last year’s lopsided score in the annual face-off, the Trooper Team put extra effort. Team MVP for the day Day Coia helped to spearhead a two-run comeback in the bottom of the second that drew the troopers with a run of the lead. The score remained at 3-2 until the eighth inning. A six-run hit parade by the ABCCL squad in the eighth put the game away, but in the hot sun of a glorious day the college-age stars may have had some advantages.

After the game Tom Porricelli, General Manager for the ABCCL’s Freehold Clippers, led an awards ceremony to thank both teams for their inspired performances and for their dedication in helping out with the fundraiser. After noting the ABCCL-State Trooper Game record $16,000 donation, Porricelli handed signature wooden bat awards to game MVPs Dan Coia of the State Troopers and Ryan Phelan (Fordham University; hometown West Windsor, NJ) for their efforts.

Porricelli thanked the ABCCL players saying, “Guys, it says alot about your character to dedicate your time like this, the money donated today will send a lot of kids to this camp and you can congratulate yourselves for the great things you guys have done.” And to the State Troopers he said, “We have to hand it to the police, we couldn’t put on events like this without the safety you guys provide putting your lives on the line every day.”

Porricelli and ABCCL League President Monique Koehler satisfied with the day’s events, but were hopeful that even more could be done to help in future. “We’d like to raise $32,000 next year if we can,” said Porricelli. With young children running the field and fans streaming from the stadium the curtain closed on a great day for baseball and for cancer stricken children of New Jersey.

All fans are encouraged to attend the ABCCL All-Star Game, August 1 at 3:00PM at Kean University. Featuring the Yogi Berra All-Stars vs the Larry Doby All-Stars this game and player showcase will feature the top players from the ABCCL. Performing in front of major league scouts, this will be a chance for the best of the ABCCL talent to really show you what they have in an exciting exhibition format. And, beyond simply demonstrating their passion for the game and energy to succeed, these players will also be playing to support the league charity – Camp Quality. Proceeds from the game ($5 suggested donation) will go to support the camp, which every year offers children suffering from cancer (either with or recovering from the disease) a chance at normalcy by offering a free camp that lets them have fun and be kids again. The showcase talent demonstration is at 1pm with the game following immediately after at 3pm.

Come Out and Support “Baseball with a Heart”

Attend the ABC Collegiate League All-Stars vs. NJ State Troopers Super Charity All-Star Game to benefit Camp Quality New Jersey

…and do your part to help Kids with Cancer! 

ADELPHIA, NJ – Please join us for this great, fun-filled family event!

Watch a talented group of ABCCL players representing the nation’s finest college baseball programs as they meet some of New Jersey’s “finest”, our real All-Stars, on the baseball diamond.

All proceeds from this exciting all-star challenge will go to benefit Camp Quality New Jersey Letting kids with cancer be kids again, this year’s official charitable giving partner of the ABCCL. 

Located in Adelphia, NJ, Camp Quality is dedicated to providing year-round camper programs for kids battling cancer from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Each camper is paired with an adult volunteer companion who spends an entire week by his or her camper’s side, providing friendship, encouragement and mentoring, even beyond camp.  The environment is stress-free and activities are designed to foster new friendships and help give children courage, motivation, and emotional strength.


Come out have a fantastic afternoon of fun and baseball while lending your support to this worthy cause.

When:          Sunday, July 31, 2011

Time:           First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 PM

Where:         Beautiful FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws the minor league Philadelphia Phillies affiliate. Concessions will be open.

Tickets:       Just a suggested of $5.00 donation, purchased at the gate.

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What has been said about Camp Quality ….

It has been a great pleasure for me to serve as the medical director for Camp Quality New Jersey for the past 2 summers. In my year-round work as a pediatric oncologist, I know too well how many things our kids miss out on during the year-things other families take for granted, like school, sports, and hanging out with friends. Treating cancer becomes the focus for the entire family for an extended period of time.

Camp Quality gives our kids the opportunity to just have fun for a week every summer. Each child is paired with a companion for the week whose role is to make the week memorable for that particular child, so he or she can enjoy and participate to the fullest. The relationships that quickly develop between campers and companions and throughout the camp community provide an outstanding way to build emotional strength for our kids. They leave camp, at the end of week that passes too fast, with renewed self-confidence and skills that will help them back at home.

Dedicated volunteers work all year round to make the week of Camp Quality possible each summer. We are grateful to the support of the community that allows us to fulfill our mission, “Letting Kids With Cancer Be Kids Again.”

Burton Appel, MD
Tomorrows Children’s Institute
Hackensack University Medical Center

As a companion volunteer, Camp Quality New Jersey provided me an opportunity to give back and bring a smile to a child’s face. I often refer to Camp Quality as the hidden jewel of New Jersey when it comes to an organization which provides a free and exciting camping experience for children with cancer. Each day spent at camp was truly rewarding and unforgettable.

Eric Singer, President
Monmouth County Detectives
Police Benevolent Association, Local No. 256

I just wanted you to know that George had a terrific time at the Teen Winter weekend.  It was good for George because since his diagnosis in 1997 we (meaning George & I) have not been separated at all.  He and I have been a 24-7 thing up until Summer Camp.  It was nice to see him get a chance to be a kid like everyone else and mom not there. 

Camper Georges Mom

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful time that Claire had at Camp Quality at the end of June.  Not a day goes by where she doesn’t talk about something that happened there or someone she met there, and she is already talking about what she’ll do there next year!  I still can’t believe that a 6 year old went off so easily – your selection of Melissa as a companion was ideal! 

Doris, mother of Camper Claire



I am still in complete awe at the sincere good-heartedness of the staff at Camp Quality. I look up to you all and hope to be like you guys some day. I can’t even imagine how much work you put into all this, but I can for sure tell you that your effort has created something great. I know that I don’t need to tell you this, but the kids were AWESOME. How did such a sweet, funny, kind group of kids end up all together at a camp for kids with cancer? Again, I am still in awe.

I’m so glad that I can be a part of Camp Quality, and I can’t wait until the reunion in November.


Jackie Abdalla, Companion

Wild Pitch Walkoff Gives Thunder 4-3 Win

JACKSON, NJ (July 20, 2011) – Last night at the Jackson Justice Complex the hometown Jackson Thunder defeated the visiting Freehold Clippers. It happened when pitcher Shane Alverez’s (Kean University; hometown Franklin, NJ) errant pitch allowed Jackson’s Mike Scicutella (St. Peter’s College; hometown Cliffside Park, NJ) to score from third base to break the tie with two outs in the last of the ninth inning. The errant toss ended a close back-and-fourth contest but gave Jackson the lift it needed to elevate their season record to 16-14 and give them a home series in the 2011 ABCCL playoffs.

The Thunder struck first, going ahead 1-0 in the third inning. Mike Scicutella walked, stole second, and later scored when teammate Jon Koslowski (Ocean County College; hometown Jackson, NJ) hit a ground ball to second base. Than, in the fourth inning the Thunder landed a few hits to widen the score. Kyle Frazier (West Chester University; hometown Linden, NJ) led off the inning with a single, teammate Shawn Kessler (Richard Stockton College; hometown Bayville, NJ) walked, and when Cory Carr (University of New Haven; hometown Jackson, NJ) and Scicutella hit back-to-back singles the lead was elevated to 3-0. 

Starting the game on the hill for the Thunder was righty Paul Ciccazzo (Monclair State University; homtown Cedarhurst, NY). Ciccazzo turned in a strong start for Jackson, blanking the Clippers across the first four frames before surrendering a run in the fith inning. Ciccazzo gave up just four hits in five innings, striking out just three but displaying superior command of the strike zone.

The Clippers, though, did not go away. Even though the sticky night air and billowing clouds of white fog threatened to suffocate their resistence, they provided a little storm of their own in the eigth inning. Ryan Phelan (Fordham University; hometown West Windsor, NJ) stroked a double with one out. The next batter came up with an infield single, and a walk and a fielder’s choice brought Phelan home. Catcher Nori Gunes (St. Joseph’s University; hometown Sussex, NJ) then added another double to knot the score at 3-3, and there the score remained until the bottom of the ninth.

Mike Scicutella led off the inning, hitting his second single of the day, and quickly made a nuisance of himself by stealing second base. Marc Asta (Richard Stockton College; hometown Jackson, NJ) dribbled an infield hit that moved Scicutella dangerously close to his objective. Chants of “Be the Hero” welcomed Bill Lee to the plate with the bases set for his success but Shane Alverez induced a groudball to third sharp enough to hold the runners while the Clipper defense recorded the first out. Koslowski was intentionally walked, to set up a force play possibility. Alverez than induced a pop out to short, leaving him just one out away from managing an escape of which Houdini himself would have been proud. It was not to be, the wild pitch sailed away from the catcher and Scicutella slid across home to give Jackson the win. 

Both teams ended the regular season in the middle of the pack in the ABCCL, and if they play their best they will have a shot at the finals. The playoffs begin Thursday, July 21st. Check out the ABCCL web site for more information on game times and game locations, as well as post-season seedings and matchups.

ABCCL Baseball: Hoermann and Mancini Home Runs Propel Hurricanes Past Monarchs

TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Toms River Hurricanes topped the Monmouth Monarchs 5-3 on Tuesday night at Toms River North High School, as the top two teams in the ABCCL battled it out on the last day of the regular season. Home runs by Billy Hoermann (Rutgers University; hometown Toms River, NJ) and Matthew Mancini (Saint Peter’s College; hometown Toms River, NJ) led the way for Toms River and gave the Hurricanes their 25th win of the season.

The Hurricanes went on top early in the bottom of the first from a Chris Grimes (Saint Peter’s College; hometown Iselin, NJ) RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

They then added two more runs in the bottom of the second courtesy of a Billy Hoermann two run homer that sailed over the left field fence. After Grimes added another RBI single in the third for a 4-0 Hurricanes lead, Matthew Mancini led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run that landed in the almost identical spot that his teammate Hoermann’s had landed two innings earlier.

The Monarchs got on the board in the top of the 5th, when Anthony Packer (Bethany College; hometown River Vale, NJ) led off the inning with a single, and eventually scored on an error to cut the lead to 5-1.

An L.K. Thompson (West Virginia University; hometown Camp Hill, PA) RBI groundout made the score 5-2 in the top of the seventh, and Chris Greco (Monmouth University; hometown Totowa, NJ) scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth for the Monarch’s third run. But in the end it wasn’t enough as the Hurricanes held on for a 5-3 victory.

Both teams ended the regular season atop the ABCCL league standings, and if things go right for both, they could end up meeting in the finals. The Hurricanes will enter the post-season as the #1 seed in the playoffs, while the Monarchs will be the #2 seed. The playoffs begin Thursday, July 21st. Check out the ABCCL web site for more information on game times and game locations, as well as post-season seedings and matchups.

Starz Over the Clippers

MEDFORD, NJ  – Playing under the lights at Bob Meyer Field the Protocall Starz outlasted the Clippers to post their second win of the day. Solid pitching held the Clippers to three hits over seven innings. And at the plate, as well as on the bases, the Clippers were able to do enough to post the crooked numbers they needed for the win.

Playing as the visiting team, the Starz scored first in the game. They plated two runs in the top of the third when slugger Jim Best (George Washington University; hometown Medford, NJ) drove a deep two-out double to knock home teammates Eric Sellito (Gloucester Community College; hometown Medford, NJ) and Ray Puskar (Chestnut Hill College; hometown Green Lan, PA). Coming after Sellito had reached base on a walk and Puskar on a fielder’s choice; Best’s drive was the first hit of the day for the Starz, erasing early hopes for either the no-hitter or shutout with one swing. 

Starz starting pitcher Ben Meer (Lafayette College; hometown Pennington, NJ) worked into the third inning, but allowed a run to the Clippers and was relieved before he could record the second out. Juan Perdomo (Kean University; hometown South Brunswick, NJ) walked and Luis Gonzalez (Concordia College; hometown Carmel, NY) ripped a double off Meer to bring the Clippers back to a one-run 2-1 deficit in the ballgame.

Overall, Gonzalez had a great game for the Clippers. He reached base in all four of his plate appearences, including the RBI double in the third and another RBI double he added in the fifth inning to knot the score at 2-2. When Starz relief pitcher Shawn O’Neill (Richmond University; hometown Philadelphia, PA) accidentally plunked him with a pitch in the seventh Starz fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief that he would not be given the chance to deliver another mighty stroke to the baseball.

The top of the sixth was where the Starz scored their go-ahead runs. Nick Favatella (Rutgers University; hometown Sewell, NJ) led off the inning with a walk, and moved to second by stealing the base. Best struck out, and the next hitter popped to the first baseman, but a single out of range of the Clipper shortstop by Sam Slutsky (Purdue University; hometown Cherry Hill, NJ) set up a decisive moment. Christian Knot dribbled a ball back towards the pitcher, but instead of recording the third out; the ball was thrown down the first base line for a costly two-base error. The Starz’ Sean Menickella (Iona College; hometown New Rochelle, NY) added insult to injury driving home Knot from second base to make the score 5-2.

Reliever O’Neill became the Starz pitcher of record, working two innings of scoreless relief. On the other side, despite throwing a solid game, Clippers Starter Jim Meindl was saddled with the loss. Meindl allowed just two hits in 5+ innings on the hill, but walking six batters – in combination with some shaky fielding – gave the Starz the opportunity they needed. 

Fans of both teams are encouraged to attend the 2011 ABCCL All-Stars vs State Troopers game to be held at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood Blueclaws on July 31 (7 pm start time). The game will be a good chance to see how the best of the league faces up to New Jersey’s ‘finest,’ and is a fundraiser for the ABCCL’s official charity Camp Quality NJ ( ). Also on the docket for ABCCL fans will be the annual ABCCL DreamMakers All-Star game which will feature a pregame tryout for major league scouts, game to be played August 1 at the home of the Trenton Thunder (3 pm start for scouts workout, 5 pm for the game). Information and directions for these games are available on the league website or ABCCL facebook events page.

Rays surface in Second Game to Upend Clippers Dreams of Doubleheader Sweep

MIDDLESEX, NJ – Pitching was the name of the game in Tuesday night’s seven-and-seven doubleheader at Mountain View Park. The offenses combined to produce a grand total of three extra-base hits, all of them doubles, as effective pitching held the bats in check. In the first game it was the Clippers’ Chris DeRogatis (Caldwell College; hometown North Arlington, NJ) who once more put together a solid outing, this time allowing two runs over five innings for the win. In the second game the Rays were led by Connor Carr (Seton Hall University; hometown Verona, NJ) who worked six plus innings, allowing one run and striking out seven to earn the win for his team.
First Game
Scoring did not start in the first game until the visiting Clippers put some runs up in the third inning. With the bases loaded, back-to-back two-out singles by Clippers hitters Mike Cappiello and Nori Gunes plated three runs. The 3-0 lead would be enough for the win with DeRogatis on the hill, but the score did not stay stuck in that position for very long.
The bottom of the third was where the Rays broke through the ice. The Rays’ Jay Stolz (Montclair State University; hometown Iselin, NJ) did some two-out hitting of his own, stroking a double to score baserunner Scott Kinney (Kean University; hometown Piscataway, NJ) from first. DeRogatis recovered to induce the third out on a fly to right, but the shutout was over early.
In fact, despite it being an effective outing, one could hardly say it was a dominant performance for the Clipper’s starter. Striking out just three Rays over five innings of work, DeRogatis allowed at least one hit in every inning – including two of three extra-base hits allowed across the entire doubleheader. Where he excelled was in limiting the damage, allowing his defenders to make plays behind him as he pounded the strike zone – not surrendering a single base via wild pitch, walk, or hit batsman. He left the bump with the score at 4-2 Clippers, as they tacked on a run in the top half of the fourth.
A prime performer for the Rays was once again their second baseman Paul Nyitray (Caldwell College; hometown Cranford, NJ). Nyitray went 2-for-4 at the plate, knocking the Ray’s second double with two outs in the fifth which drove home their second run.
Clippers reliever Sean Kuberiet (Rider University; hometown Branchburg, NJ) earned a hold in the sixth, and teammate Bob Bennetti (Calwell College; hometown Lawrence Harbor, NJ) worked the seventh for the save as they shut the door on the first game.
Second Game
With the bright lights of the field at Mountain View Park now illuminating the action, it was the Middlesex Rays turn to shine. The teams swapped at bats, making the Clippers home team in the second game. This brought the Rays to the plate, and they wasted no time. 
Now hitting second in the lineup, Nyitray continued swinging his hot bat, doubling with one out to put the pressure on the Clippers. A ground ball and wild pitch later, Nyitray was sliding into home to give the Rays an early 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the third again saw the Rays scoring. A leadoff walf to Cody Silverman (St. Joseph’s University; hometown Middlesex, NJ) and singles by Ben Lyman (Drew University; hometown Flemington, NJ) and Brian Beck (Muhlenberg College; hometown Metuchen, NJ) put a second crooked number in the scorebook.
Now up 2-0, Rays starter Connor Carr may have been feeling comfortable. And after the way he breezed past the Clippers hitters for the first three innings, it would be understandable. He allowed a single in the first, but then recorded eight straight outs before finally giving up a second hit in the fourth. Pitching with a lead, Carr did not shy away from contact and allowed two more singles and a run in the fourth inning. He buckled down to force a weak comebacker and keep the score at 2-1.
Aside from the fourth, Carr was nearly untouchable. In his other five innings on the mound he allowed just two baserunners, the single in the first and a walk to lead off the seventh. Overall, he struck out seven batters in his six-plus innings, giving up just four hits and – like DeRogatis in the first game – paving the way to success by throwing strikes. 
An insurance run in the top of the seventh gave the Rays a bit of a cushion, but with a weak record so far this season Rays’ Coach John O’Neill was not taking any chances. When Carr walked the leadoff man to start the seventh and final inning, he immediately went to the bullpen for relief. As a closer Marc Hanna (Catholic University; hometown Bloomfield, NJ) did not disappoint, striking out two of the final three batsmen and preserving the 3-1 victory for the Rays.
The next regularly scheduled games for these teams are on Thursday, with the Clippers going to Raritan Bay Waterfront Park to face the Marlins (5:45 pm start) and the Rays facing the Protocall Starz at Mountain View Park (5:30 pm start). Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the Rays-Starz game as recent rainouts increase the likelihood that these teams may try to squeeze in a doubleheader if conditions are favorable.

Thunder Blank Monarchs 4-0

OLD BRIDGE, NJ (June 28, 2011) – The Jackson Thunder pitching was more than excellent on Tuesday, as they shut-out the Monmouth Monarchs 4-0 on a steamy evening at Phillips Park. While the Monarchs never really got a groove going at the plate, they were held to just two hits all game by a dominant performance by the Jackson pitchers. The Thunder staff combined for nine strike outs, and allowed only three balls hit out of the infield in nine innings.

Jackson took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, after Jon Koslowski (Ocean County College; hometown Jackson, NJ) lined an RBI double to left scoring Cory Carr (University of New Haven; hometown Jackson, NJ) who had singled earlier in the inning. Carr finished the day 3-4 with two singles, a double, and two runs scored.

The Thunder then struck again in the third, and took a 2-0 lead from a Bill Lee (Neumann University; hometown Jackson, NJ) sac fly that brought home Mike Scicutella (Saint Peter?s College; hometown Cliffside Park, NJ) who doubled two batters previously.

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Monarchs Take Two off Falcons 6-1, 6-3

HOLMDEL, NJ – The Langan Falcons fought back against their foes from Monmouth this Father’s Day afternoon, but their best was not enough to pull out a mere split in this doubleheader at St. John Vianney High School.  They fell victim to a Monarchs’ pitching staff that was absolutely hurling.  And, though they sent some talented candidates to the mound, the Falcons had nothing to match the power, control and straight up junk that Monmouth pitchers were serving up.

In a game that unfolded as a series of lopsided pitching match-ups, Monmouth sent eight pitchers to the mound.  In all, the staff gave up three earned runs, threw 17 strikeouts, gave up 12 hits and walked only five batters over two nine-inning games.  In game two, Monmouth’s staff did not throw one walk.

Individually, Monmouth’s pitching numbers are even more staggering.  Game 1 starter Jordan Tabakman (University of North Carolina; hometown Pompton Plains NJ) threw four innings of one-run ball, striking out five and giving up just two hits.  The only runner he let through advanced to third on an error and took home on a wild pitch.

Game 2 starter Brandon Yarusi (Wofford College; hometown Belmar NJ) was arguably even more impressive.  In four innings of shutout ball, he threw seven strikeouts.  He began by retiring the side in order on K’s in inning one, then followed up with two strikeouts in inning two.  He only faced thirteen batters (one over the minimum).  

Three of Monmouth’s relievers threw two or more shutout innings in relief, while another two accomplished the same feat with smaller workloads.  The only trouble came for reliever Ryan Grant (Bryant University; hometown Long Valley NJ) in the bottom of the ninth in game two.  After giving up two runs, the tying run came to the plate for the Falcons.  With a 3-2 count, rather than putting the tying run on base, 34 got his last man swinging.

Not all was lost with the Falcons side this afternoon.  The fight the team showed in the ninth inning of game 2 should carry some momentum in to their next outing, and a strong individual performance from center fielder Patrick Christopher (McDaniel College; hometown Union Beach NJ) was bedazzling.  

Christopher’s hunger at the plate and adroitness on the bases, in game 1, helped him manufacture all of his team’s offense.  His 3-for-4 meant he had all of his team’s hits in that game.  Christopher also scored the teams only run, an unearned score he notched on a wild pitch after advancing to third on single and throwing error.  

Each time the Christopher came to the plate, he had a different strategy.  In inning one he bunted his way on; in inning two, he ran out an infield singe; and in inning six, he gapped a long double.     

Action continues for both teams Tuesday.  The Monmouth Monarchs will take on the Freehold Clippers at Phillips Park (5:45pm), and the Langan Baseball Falcons will head to Matawan High School to take on the Jackson Thunder (5:45pm).  



Protocall Starz defeat Langan Baseball Falcons 4-0

MATAWAN, NJ (June 7, 2011) – The Protocall Starz continued their strong play with a dominant pitching performance Tuesday at Matawan High School. Ace pitchers Kenny Fetchko (University of Delaware; hometown Moorestown, NJ) and Sean O’Neill (Richmond University; hometown Philadelphia, PA) combined to throw eight innings of one-hit ball in an intimidating performance.

For five innings Fetchko, who earned the win, was simply lights-out on the hill, and were it not for a single by the Falcons Ryan Drew (Brookdale Community College; hometown Howell, NJ) he would have been perfect. Using the long grass of the Matawan High’s Dieter Johnson Field to his advantage, Fetchko struck out three and recorded 11 of his other 12 outs on the infield.

The Falcons, for their part, were nearly as strong on the hill as the Starz. Starter Remy Cohen (Johnson and Wales University; hometown Atlantic Highlands, NJ) blasted through five innings of work, allowing just one run in the second on a double by Matt Szukics (Wilminton University; hometown Hainesport, NJ) driven in by Starz teammate Christian Knott’s (East Stroudsburg University; hometown Egg Harbor Township, NJ) single. These two hits were the only hits Cohen allowed, but Knott’s RBI was all the scoring the Starz would need.

In the sixth and eighth innings the Starz took advantage of some erratic mound performances, including two hit batsmen, to score three more runs to go up 4-0.

Meanwhile Starz reliever O’Neill went to work, striking out 7 of 12 hitters he faced and holding the Falcons hitless over three innings. His Goose Gossage-style save was aided by darkness which kept him from throwing a fourth inning.  

With the sun setting the umpires allowed the home team Falcons a shot at redemption and started the ninth inning but before it could be completed a field determination of unsafe conditions ended the game. With the Starz at the plate Statistics and scoring revert back to the last full inning of play and the eighth inning score became the final.

These teams will play again Thursday June 9 with the Falcons again playing a home game at Matawan High School – this time against the Freehold Clippers (5:45pm start) and the Starz travelling back south to Medford for a home game at the Hartford Crossing baseball complex (7:30 pm).

ABCCL Baseball: Hurricanes Combine to No-Hit Clippers in 11-0 Rout

TOMS RIVER, NJ (June 7, 2011) – The pitching on display Thursday night at Toms River North High School was nothing short of brilliant, as the Hurricanes staff threw eight innings of no hit baseball to shut out the Freehold Clippers by a score of 11-0. The game was all but over early, and Toms River never looked back as it scored runs in each of its first 5 innings.

Clippers pitcher Matt Cook throws to the Hurricanes Elijah Yarborough

The Hurricanes got off to a quick start, plating their first three batters in a three-run first inning.  Matthew Toth (Lake Erie College; hometown Lorain, OH) doubled as the lead off man, and was followed by a Matthew Mancini (Saint Peter’s College; hometown Toms River, NJ) single in the next at bat. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Mitchell Powers (University of the Ozarks; hometown Little Rock, AR) singled to score Toth and put the Hurricanes on top, 1-0. 

Then, with two men on base, Chris Grimes (Saint Peter’s College; hometown Iselin, NJ), stepped up and hit a shot to center field that bounced to the wall. His 2-run double cleared the bases and gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 advantage going into the second inning. Grimes finished the day 3-4, with a double, two singles, and three RBIs.

The Hurricanes were back at it in the 2nd inning, when a perfectly executed bunt down the third base line by Jack Provine (West Chester University; hometown Lincroft, NJ) started the inning. Two batters later, Billy Hoermann (Rutgers University; hometown Toms River, NJ) singled to right, to put the runner in scoring position. Elijah Yarborough (Temple University; hometown North Brunswick, NJ) then came up and hit a double down the left field line to score the run and put the Hurricanes up 4-0. Then with runners on 2nd and 3rd for Toms River, a bizarre play ensued, when the Clippers pitcher threw a wild pitch that allowed both Hoermann and Yarborough to score to make it 6-0.

While the offense was clicking for the Hurricanes, the pitching was even better, as the Clippers hitters seemed fooled early on. Hurricanes starter Chris Bielak (Marist College; hometown Sayreville, NJ) tossed three innings of no hit ball, allowing only one walk to go with three strike-outs.

The Hurricanes would add another run in the 3rd inning from a Jack Provine sac fly, to give them a 7-0 cushion, and they would tack on two more runs in both 4th and 5th innings to take a comfortable 11-0 lead.

Zach Batchelor (Temple University; hometown Monroe, NJ) pitched the 4th and 5th innings for the Hurricanes allowing only 2 base-runners via walks.

Matthew Yuhas (Brookdale CC; hometown Freehold, NJ) then came on in the 6th inning and retired the Clippers in order. He did the same thing again in the 7th inning, to keep the no-hit bid alive.

But as good as the Hurricane pitchers were, you could say that the Clippers hitters were a bit unlucky as the game went on. In the later innings of the game, the Freehold batters were putting good wood on the ball, but every time they hit it to the outfield, it was right into the glove of a Toms River outfielder.

The game was all but settled going into the top of the 8th inning, but it ended with some controversy, as a deep fly ball to right would put the no-hit attempt by the Hurricanes in doubt.

A shot to the warning track by the Clippers’ Mike Cappiello (Plymouth State; hometown Westfield, NJ) had the Hurricanes right fielder twisting and turning to try and make a great catch. As the ball came down, the Toms River right fielder had the ball in his glove to make the grab, but as he fell to the ground, the ball popped out of his glove and Cappiello ended up on second. Spectators in the stands wondered if it would be called a double, or an error on the right fielder.

In the end, the official scorer decided to give the Hurricanes right fielder an error, keeping the no-hitter alive for the Hurricanes. The next two Clipper batters were retired and the Hurricanes had their no hitter.

The game was called after 8 innings, due to darkness.

After the game, Hurricanes head coach Jerry Smith said of his pitching: “I thought the pitching was phenomenal today, and it has been the whole year. I like the way our pitchers attack the zone and attack hitters.” Referring to the system he puts in place each game, Smith noted: “I like the system we have. We throw 4 different pitchers at the other team each game, so it makes it tough for the other team. We have a talented and deep staff with quality pitchers.”

ABCCL Games resume this Thursday, June 9th. The Hurricanes play again at Toms River North High School, as they welcome the visiting Middlesex Rays. The Clippers will travel toMatawan High School to play the Langan Baseball Falcons. Both games start at 5:45 PM.