Baseball: Brooklawn advances to regional final


By Phil Anastasia

Dennis Barth said the incident "woke up" his baseball team.

Pete Farlow said it made the Brooklawn players "more hyper."

For whatever reason, the Brookers were sluggish through the first three innings of Sunday's game against Twin Valley, Pa., in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament at Campell's Field.

But the host team rallied in a big way, scoring a 12-6 victory that has Brooklawn well positioned to advance to the American Legion World Series for the third year in a row.

"We were sloppy at the beginning and sloppy at the end," said Barth, Brooklawn's manager. "But we're undefeated."

Brooklawn will face West Seneca, N.Y., at 1 p.m. today. With a win, Brooklawn will advance to the World Series, which is Aug. 16-20 in Shelby, N.C.

If West Seneca wins the first game, the teams will play again for the regional title at 4:30 p.m.

"If they are good enough to beat us twice, they deserve to go to the World Series," Barth said.

Farlow, a rising junior at Gloucester Catholic, was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs to pace Brooklawn's 14-hit attack.

Nick Cieri and Jon Gonzalez also were 3-for-4 for Brooklawn, which is 41-8 overall and has not lost a game in the post-season. The Brookers are 4-0 in regional play.

"Confidence is sky high," said Farlow, who gave Brooklawn a 2-1 lead with a two-run double in the top of the fifth.

Brooklawn was flat through four innings. The team also had an astounding five players picked off.

"We thought he was balking," Barth said of Twin Valley's pitcher. "But they (the umpires) didn't see it that way."

An argument in the middle of the fourth inning resulted in the ejection of Twin Valley's manager and a Brooklawn assistant coach.

The incident seemed to rouse the Brookers, as they scored four runs in the top of the fifth and eight more in the top of the sixth.

"We were flat," Barth said, noting that his team was facing a non-pressure game as they were guarenteed to play Monday even with a loss. "That (the incident) seemed to wake us up,."

Brooklawn got good work from winning pitcher Steve Mondile. The rising junior at Gkoucester Catholic went six innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits.

Zach Welsher and Dan Higgins finished for Brooklawn.

Jon Theckston drove in three runs for Brooklawn with a two-run single and an fielder's choice.

-- Phil Anastasia

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