By Phil Anastasia
Eric Schorr wasn't nervous.
"It was more like I felt weird, out of place," Schorr.
That was a new experience for Schorr, who usually feels comfortable on the baseball field.
But being on the mound with the baseball in his hand -- that was something different for the recent Audubon High School graduate and member of the Brooklawn American Legion team.
Schorr's emergence as a standout pitcher has been one of the keys to Brooklawn's run to another regional title and another appearance in the American Legion World Series.
"He's been unbelievable," said Brooklawn coach Dennis Barth, whose team opens play in the American Legion World Series Thursday at noon against the Northeast Regional champion at Shelby, N.C.
Schorr was an All-South Jersey outfielder for Audubon in the spring. He set a South Jersey single-season record with 10 triples.
He pitched a total of 2 1/3 innings, all in relief, as a senior for the Green Wave. And those were the only pitching appearances of his career.
"I pitched in Little League but once I got to high school I never really did it," Schorr said.
When Schorr joined the Brooklawn program, he figured he would contribute as an outfielder, hitter and base-runner. He never thought he would take the mound.
"They asked me to pitch in an intra-squad game and I did pretty good," Schorr said. "Then one day I showed up at the field for a game (against Camden County League rival Haddon Heights) and they told me I was starting.
"I had never started a game before (as a high school athlete)."
Schorr has been so impressive on the mound that he's drawn recruiting interest as a pitcher from Rider University, although he still plans to attend Gloucester County College. He said he hopes to pitch and play the outfield at GCC.
Schorr said his fastball has been in the mid 80s but he's developed a strong slider and has been working on a change-up.
"He has a big-league slider," Barth said. 'That's his out pitch."
Schorr is 4-0 on the mound for Brooklawn. He started Game 2 of the Mid-Atlantic Regional at Campbell's Field and got the win, going 7 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts.
Schorr has emerged as Brooklawn's No. 2 pitcher behind ace Tyler Mondile, a rising junior at Gloucester Catholic who is drawing major-college recruiting interest and also has popped up on the radar of major-league scouts.
Brooklawn will play three games in the East Division at the World Series, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The semifinals -- matching the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the East and West divisions, respectively -- are Monday, with the title game set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. (on ESPN).
Schorr said playing this summer for Brooklawn has been the "most fun I've had playing baseball."
But he shakes his head over his success on the mound.
"I've surprised myself," Schorr said. "I never really pitched before and there I was starting a regional game."
It gets better, for Schorr and Brooklawn.
On Friday at 5 p.m., he is expected to start a World Series game.
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