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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