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Baseball: "Dream come true" for LCM's Pennington

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12:28 PM
By Phil Anastasia The Boston Red Sox scout told Josh Pennington to "be patient." That's not the Lower Cape May senior pitcher's strong suit. "I was going crazy," Pennington said of his anxious moments as round after round of the major-league baseball draft unfolded on Saturday afternoon. As it... Read more

Baseball: Flacco to Phillies; other SJ players selected

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:25 PM
Tom Flacco was surprised and honored. Flacco, an Eastern High School senior, was selected by the Phillies in the 32d round of the first-year player draft on Saturday. "I didn't even know they were following me," Flacco said. "It's a great honor. "I got so many texts of congratulations. It put it in... Read more

Baseball: Mainland wins Group 3 state title

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 5:30 PM
By Phil Anastasia TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- All season, Mainland has pitched with authority and played air-tight defense. That didn't change in the state final. But the Mustangs left this Ocean County town in a horn-honking, five-bus caravan late Saturday afternon because they picked the biggest game... Read more

Baseball: Brady leads Buena to state title

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 1:49 PM
By Phil Anastasia TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- One pitch into the biggest game of his high school career, Denny Brady was facing a moment of truth. He met that challenge and every other one on Saturday in leading the Buena Regional baseball team to the first state championship in the history of the program... Read more

Baseball: Gatto: "It's amazing" to join Trout's team

Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:07 PM
By Phil Anastasia Joey Gatto remembers the first time he saw Mike Trout on a baseball field. It was a Millville at Hammonton game in the Cape Atlantic League's American Division in 2009. "He hit a home run over the centerfield fence," said Gatto, who lives in Hammonton. "I've been following his... Read more

Baseball: Gatto drafted by Angels

Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:03 AM
By Phil Anastasia The Los Angeles Angels struck gold the last time they selected a South Jersey baseball star from the Cape Atlantic League early in the major-league draft. That was superstar Mike Trout out of Millville in 2009. The Angels returned to deep South Jersey on Thursday night, grabbing... Read more

Baseball: South roster set for Garden State Underclassmen Games

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:11 PM
By Phil Anastasia The rosters are set for the Second Annual Garden State Underclassmen Games June 11 at 7 p.m. at Diamond Nation. Clearview's Rocco Cornacchia will coach the South team which will face the Northwest squad in one half of a doubleheader that night at the facility in Flemington. The... Read more

Baseball: NJSIAA "misapplied'" rules in GC loss

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:46 AM
By Phil Anastasia NJSIAA director Larry White confirmed Wednesday morning that his organization "misapplied" the rules at Tuesday's Non-Public South A title game at Rowan. St. John Vianney beat four-time state champion Gloucester Catholic by a 3-2 score with a walk-off single in the bottom of the... Read more

Baseball: Gatto set for MLB draft

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 8:31 PM
By Phil Anastasia Joey Gatto remembers when he started dreaming about playing professional baseball. "Little League," said Gatto, senior at St. Augustine Prep in Richland in Atlantic County. That dream could become a reality for the 17-year-old Gatto as soon as Thursday night, as he's projected... Read more

Baseball: Eastern falls to Jackson in Group 4 state semis

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 8:08 PM
By Phil Anastasia Nothing much changed for the Eastern baseball team from the first pitch of the opening scrimmage of the preseason to the last pitch of the Group 4 state semifinals. "These kids just fought and fought," Eastern coach Rob Christ said. "There might not have been a lot of people who... Read more
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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

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