Baseball: RV's Cieri could be out for season


By Phil Anastasia

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Rancocas Valley senior catcher Nick Cieri, perhaps South Jersey's best pure hitter, could be out for the season after dislocating his left (non-throwing) shoulder Saturday in a game against Northern Burlington.

"It's such a shame for Nick," RV coach Dave Hower said. "He's such a great kid. He's so respected by his teammates."

Hower said it was unclear that Cieri was out for the season but that "it doesn't look good."

Cieri will be examined again on Monday, when a more definitive prognosis could be made.

Cieri was taken by ambulance to a hospital for X-rays after injuring himself diving head-first into first base while trying to beat out a ground ball.

"It was a routine ground ball but that's Nick," Hower said. "He's going to give it everything he has."

Hower said X-rays at the hospital revealed a dislocated left shoulder. Hower said the shoulder was back in place.

Cieri is a Maryland recruit who switched to catcher this season.

A baseball scout for a National League team who covers the South Jersey area said he thought Cieri projected as a pick between the 10th and 15th rounds in the MLB draft in early June.

A smooth left-handed swinger, Cieri batted .484 as a junior and .480 as a sophomore. He has been a two-time member of the Burlington County Carpenter Cup team.

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