By Phil Anastasia
Eric Schorr said Audubon baseball doesn't rebuild.
"We re-stock," Schorr said after leading Audubon to a 10-5 victory over Bishop Eustace on Sunday in a clash of Top 10 teams in the championship game of the 18th annual Ralph Shaw Classic.
Schorr, a junior centerfielder, cracked a two-run homer and finished with three runs and three RBIs for Audubon (4-0), the No. 9 team in The Inquirer Top 10.
Schorr said the victory was "huge" for the Green Wave because they lost several top players from last year's state champions, including his brother Andrew, The Inquirer Player of the Year who now is a freshman at East Carolina.
"This shows we can compete for anyone," Schorr said.
Senior right-hander James Schroth worked four strong innings of relief to earn the victory. Seniors Bob Panico and Zach Welsher combined for four RBIs.
"We put the ball in play," Audubon coach Rich Horan said. "You do that, good things will happen."
Horan said the victory over a quality team such as Bishop Eustace was important because the Green Wave features several sophomores as well as some seniors who have seen limited action in their careers.
"This builds team confidence," Horan said.
Schorr drove a fastball over the centerfield fence with two outs in the second to give Audubon a 5-1 lead.
"I was looking to hit it back up the middle," Schorr said. "I got all of it."
Senior shortstop Zac Gallen singled twice and scored twice for No. 5 Bishop Eustace (3-1), which committed five errors.
BE sophomore right-hander Justin Hagenman deserved a better fate. He worked five innings and allowed five runs, but the Crusaders played some ragged defense behind their pitcher.
"We're not a finished product," Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano said. "We have very good ptiching and we can hit. But we have to clean up our fielding. We made way too many errors."
Bishop Eustace 102 000 2 -- 5 8 5
Audubon 320 005 x -- 10 9 1
WP: James Schroth. LP: Justin Hagenman.
2B: A-Bob Panico.
HR: A-Eric Schorr.
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