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Baseball: Roselli leads PVI playoff run

Baseball: Roselli leads PVI playoff run

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By Phil Anastasia

When Jason Roselli settled into the batter's box in the seventh inning on Sunday, he figured something special was about to happen.

He was right.

For the wrong reason.

"I thought it was going to be my last at-bat as a PVI student," said Roselli, a senior second baseman for Paul VI.

As it turns out, that at-bat was the start of a remarkable playoff run for Roselli and the Eagles.

The No. 13 seed in the Non-Public South A tournament, Paul VI began the post-season with a 12-13 record and zero fanfare.

But the Eagles have upset fourth-seeded Red Bank Catholic -- at the time, the No. 9 team in the state in the Newark Star Ledger rankings -- as well as fifth-seeded Immaculata to advance to Friday's sectional semifinals against top-seeded Gloucester Catholic.

"This is the best time for this to happen to me, at the end of my senior year," Roselli said. "It's awesome."

Roselli, who lives in West Deptford, is a program player who waited his turn to make an impact at the varsity level.

"He's stood up for us this year," Paul VI coach Pat Fisher said of Roselli, who is batting .320.

With his team trailing by 3-1 in the seventh inning at Red Bank Catholic, Roselli led off with a single that ignited the rally that paved the way to a 6-5 victory.

"The biggest game of my life," Roselli said of the win over Red Bank Catholic.

In an 11-6 victory over Immaculata on Wednesday, Paul VI rallied from a 6-3 deficit. The Eagles scored five runs in the eighth inning, with Roselli delivering a two-run triple.

"I always thought we had it in us," Roselli said of the Eagles' post-season magic. "It took the playoffs to bring it out."

Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com. Follow @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.

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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 panastasia@phillynews.com.

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