Saturday, November 28, 2015

Baseball: Gloucester Catholic to face St. Joe Montvale

Baseball: Gloucester Catholic to face St. Joe Montvale

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By Phil Anastasia

It could be a baseball scout's convention.

Gloucester Catholic will face St. Joseph of Montvale in a South Jersey vs. North Jersey clash that could feature two pitchers who are projected as early-round selections in June's Major League Baseball draft.

The Rams (14-1), the No. 1 team in The Inquirer Top 10 and No. 1 team in New Jersey in the Newark Star Ledger rankings, will meet the Green Knights (9-0) on May 4 at 6 p.m. at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, N.Y.

The battle of two of the state's best teams, as well as strong contenders to meet again in the Non-Public A state finals, could include a tantalyzing pitching matchup: Gloucester Catholic senior right-hander Mike Shawaryn against St. Joseph senior left-hander Rob Kaminsky.

Shawaryn (pictured), a Maryland recruit, is projected as third-to-fifth round pick in the draft. The 6-3 athlete has a 4-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. He has struck out 41 batters in 25 innings and thrown two no-hitters.

Kaminsky, a North Carolina recruit, is projected as a first- or second-round pick. The 6-0 athlete also has a 4-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. He has struck out 54 batters in 26 innings.

GC coach Mike Rucci said via text that Shawaryn will throw 2-3 innings Monday vs. Cumberland and should be ready to face St. Joe on May 4.

St. Joseph is No. 3 in the state in Newark Star Ledger rankings.

Gloucester Catholic played in Provident Bank Park last season, losing to Don Bosco Prep by 5-3. The Rams came back and beat the Ironmen in the Non-Public A state final by 4-1.

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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

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