Baseball: Flacco named preseason Mr. Baseball

By Phil Anastasia

Eastern senior Tom Flacco has been named New Jersey's preseason "Mr. Baseball" by Maxpreps.

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The award designates Flacco as the top returning player in the state.

Flacco, an outfielder who also plays third base, batted .412 last season with 42 hits and 15 extra-base hits.

He generated five home runs and eight doubles, drove in 38 runs and scored 38 runs.

Flacco helped Eastern to a 29-4 record and the Group 4 state title -- just the school's second state title in a boys' sport in 47 years.

Flacco also was second-team All-South Jersey this past fall as a quarterback. He led the Vikings to a 10-2 record and the South Jersey Group 4 title game.

He is weighing college scholarship offers in football from schools such as Delaware and Coastal Carolina but could project as a high draft choice in baseball because of his speed, smooth left-handed stroke and production at the plate.

Flacco also is a starting guard for Eastern's basketball team, which is ranked No. 7 in South Jersey by The Inquirer.

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