Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Phil Anastasia: Can Moorestoewn baseball keep Quakers' magic alive?

Thursday was a big day for Moorestown sports.

Phil Anastasia: Can Moorestoewn baseball keep Quakers' magic alive?

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Thursday was a big day for Moorestown sports.

The Quakers won two state title in lacrosse as the girls beat Mendham, 14-13, in a four-overtime, instant classic, and the boys beat Ridge, 7-3.

Can the baseball team keep the magic alive?

The Quakers host Seneca in the SJ Group 3 finals Friday at 3:45.

It's a funny thing: Moorestown is the host team and the No. 2 seed, but probably the underdog. This is a young team, led by juniors Andrew Lisa and Joey Frey, and they've been a little under the radar this season.

Seneca is no typical No. 8 seed. The Golden Eagles had an inconsistent regular season, mainly because ace pitcher Kevin Comer was on the shelf for much of the time with a series of nagging injuries.

Now healthy, Comer has led Seneca to victories over Ocean City, No. 1 seed Highland and No. 4 Central in the tournament.

Comer, a projected high pick in next week's major-league baseball draft, is eligible to pitch five innings Friday under NJSIAA pitching rules. He might not start, but likely will finish.

Moorestown might need to get a lead before Comer enters the game. Or they could rally against the right-hander whose fastball has touched 95 mph on the radar guns.

That would be magical.

-- Phil Anastasia

 

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