Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Baseball: Gloucester Catholic beats Holy Cross

Elliott McCummings had four hits and Gloucester Catholic stole six bases in the Rams' 12-5 victory over Holy Cross Tuesday in the Non-Public South A quarterfinals.

Baseball: Gloucester Catholic beats Holy Cross

Elliott McCummings had four hits and Gloucester Catholic stole six bases in the Rams' 12-5 victory over Holy Cross Tuesday in the Non-Public South A quarterfinals.

Rob Alessandrine stole three bases and scored three runs, and Brett Tenuto had a HR and double for GC (24-4), the No. 3 team in the Inquirer Top 10.

GC faces NO. 1 Bishop Eustace, an old and fierce rival, in the NP South A semis on Friday at Brooklawn.

Sophomore Mike Mercer got the win with 3 2.3 innings of strong relief. He allowed two hits and one run, with five strikeouts and no walks.

Junior Jon Mackie hit a three-run HR for Holy Cross (23-5).

The Lancers took a 5-2 lead on Mackie's HR but couldn't hold it as the Rams used their speed and base running to put pressure on the home team.

Senior Joe Santone had a pair of doubles -- one right-handed, the other left-handed -- and three RBIs for GC.

"That's the name of the game for Gloucester Catholic baseball," Alessandrine said of the Rams' small-ball attack.

McCummings had two bunt singles. Alessandrine alspo had a bunt single. Senior Pat Kane was 2-for-4 with an infield single and two steals.

"They put so much pressure on you," HC coach Steve Paolini said.

-- Phil Anastasia

About this blog
Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at panastasia@phillynews.com.

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