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The Daily Journal SPORTS Friday, May 22, 2009 – C9

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STANDINGS* Sawyer Brown Buena P/IF

Question: How does this sea-

American Conference I a
Div. Conf. Overall son compare to last season, when
Millville 7-0 14-0 17-3 you helped win the Group II
Vineland 3-3 6-7 7-10 South title? d
Egg Harbor Twp 2-4 10-4 12-5
Atlantic City 2-4 3-10 4-11 Answer: Little bit more responsi-
Absegami 2-5 7-10 7-13 bility, I guess. I haven't been DH'ed for.
American Conference II I've moved up in the pitching rotation.
Div. Conf. Overall
Hammonton 6-1 8-7 10-8 I've been expected to throw some
St. Augustine 5-2 10-5 11-10 innings in some second-level games.
Ocean City 3-3 7-7 9-11 Q: Do you think you're better
Mainland 3-3 6-8 8-10
Oakcrest 1-5 3-11 3-13
as a pitcher or everyday player?
National Conference I A: I've always loved pitching, ever
Div. Conf. Overall since I was little. Tim Lincecum, he's
Holy Spirit 7-1 14-1 18-2-1 my boy.
Buena 6-2 10-5 17-10
Q: What pitcher did you look Brown
Middle Twp 4-3 9-6 11-7
Lower Cape May 3-5 4-9 6-11 up to before Lincecum?
Bridgeton 0-8 0-14 1-18 A: Roger Clemens.
National Conference II
Div. Conf. Overall
Q: Which of the returners from last year's
Sacred Heart 6-0 14-2 22-6 team has made the biggest jump?
St. Joseph 2-2 8-6 12-9 A: Dan Caregnato's really stepped up. He's gotten
Wild. Catholic 1-3 4-8 4-11 some clutch hits. He's really come through for us.
Cape May Tech 0-4 1-11 1-12
TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE Q: On a scale of one to 10, rate yourself as a
Classic Division player?
Div. Overall A: I don't know, like a five. There's a lot of things I
Pitman 9-0 15-5
Gloucester City 8-1 9-11 need to work on.
Schalick 5-5 5-13 — Ben Watanabe
Clayton 3-6 6-14
Salem 3-7 4-13
Wildwood 1-8 9-12
Diamond Division
Div. Overall Staff photo/Cody Glenn
Gloucester Catholic 9-1 17-5 Buena Regional senior catcher Joe Cifaloglio takes a big cut in the Grand Slam Classic at Wash-
Pennsville 6-3 12-6 Group I South (5) Cherry Hill East 5, (12) Vineland 3
ington Township High School earlier this season. Cifaloglio and the rest of the Chiefs are anxious to
Woodstown 4-4 14-6 May 22 — Quarterfinals (4) Eastern 10, (13) Lenape 5
Penns Grove 3-4 10-7 prove themselves in this year’s playoffs. (8) Riverside at (1) Pitman (3) Toms River North 3, (14) Absegami 2
Glassboro 4-6 11-6 (5) Penns Grove at (4) Pennsville (6) Toms River South 11, (11) EHT 0
GCIT 1-8 6-14 (6) Glassboro at (3) Maple Shade (10) C.H. West 9, (7) Rancocas Valley 4
Royal Division


10-1 16-2
Buena’s last chance (7) Gloucester City at (2) Gateway
May 26 —Semifinals TBD
May 29 — Sectional final TBD
Group II South
May 18 — First round
(9) Audubon 8, (8) Barnegat 4
(2) Williamstown 9, (15) Mainland 4
May 22 — Quarterfinals
Toms River East at Cherokee
Cherry Hill East at Eastern
Toms River South at Toms River North
Cherry Hill West at Williamstown
give Haddon Heights a
The playoffs game and see what we can
(6) Woodstown 11, (11) Sterling 9
(7) Buena 12,
May 26 — Semifinals TBD
May 29 — Sectional final TBD
Ben do." (10) Pennsauken Tech 2 Non-Public A South
American Division
Div. Overall
are the Chiefs’ Watanabe
Along with the good
moments, like a 7-1 start,
May 22 — Quarterfinals
Audubon at (1) Haddonfield
(5) Middle Twp at (4) Cinnaminson
May 22— First Round
(9) Camden Catholic at (8) Mon. Donovan
(10) Notre Dame at (7) Red Bank Catholic
Cherry Hill East
opportunity to there have been tough
moments like the 12-2 de-
Woodstown at (3) Haddon Twp
Buena at (2) Haddon Heights
May 26 — Quarterfinals
Camden Catholic/Mon. Donovan
Lenape 3-5 10-10 feat to Williamstown. May 26 — Semifinals TBD at (1) Bishop Ahr
Washington Twp
Patriot Division


make a mark tered just one win over a
top tier program, a 9-3
The players and coaches
have met to address the
May 29 — Sectional final TBD
Group III South
May 18 — First round
(5) Glou. Catholic at (4) St. John Vianney
(6) St. Joseph-Metuchen at (3) CBA
Notre Dame/Red Bank
Cherry Hill West
Winslow Twp
this season beating of Cape-Atlantic
National rival Holy Spir-
problems and solutions.
"We've talked, we've
(9) Winslow Twp 7, (8) Moorestown 2
May 22 — Quarterfinals
Winslow Twp. at (1) Central Reg
at (2) Holy Spirit
May 29 — Semifinals TBD
June 2 — Sectional Final TBD
it on April 16. had meetings," Miles said.
Pennsauken 2-5 7-11 (5) Clearview at (4) Seneca Non-Public B South
erennially, one of The Group II South "But you can only talk so
National Division

Camden Catholic


P the toughest non-
conference sched-
ules in South Jersey
playoffs, which Buena
(17-10) continues today in
a quarterfinal game at
much. All that mat-ters
is what happens out there
on the field."
(6) Hammonton at (3) Highland
(7) Shawnee at (2) Cumberland
May 26 — Semifinals TBD
May 29 — Sectional final TBD
Group IV South
May 26 — Quarterfinals
(8) St. Joseph-Hammonton at (1) St. Rose
(5) Holy Cross at (4) Cardinal McCarrick
(6) Moorestown Friends
at (3) Bishop Eustace
Bishop Eustace 3-3 17-7 belongs to Buena. This Haddon Heights (13-7), The silver lining is May 18 — First round (7) Mater Dei at (2) Sacred Heart
Timber Creek 2-4 10-11 season was no different. are a chance to change all that last season the (16) Toms River East 5, (1) Millville 4 May 29 — Semifinals TBD
Paul VI 2-5 4-11
In facing some of the that. Chiefs never looked like a (8) Cherokee 2, (9) Washington Twp 1 June 2 — Sectional Final TBD
Conf. Overall highest-ranked competi- “We've been in big sure thing for the Group
Haddon Twp 12-2 19-4 tion in the state, the games, but we haven't II South title they even-
11-2 14-4
11-4 13-7
Chiefs have shown they come up big," Buena tually won. The longest Oh, so close
Audubon 10-3 13-6 are willing to play any- catcher Joe Cifaloglio win streak for the Chiefs
Haddonfield 10-4 11-6 body. said. "We've been in pretty in 2008 was four games.
Haddon Heights 9-6 14-10 What they haven't much all those games. Their longest win streak
West Deptford 6-6 7-7
Lindenwold 5-9 9-9
done, so far at least, is Playoffs are going to be in 2009 was five to start
Collingswood 4-12 6-16 beat anybody. our last chance. It's all the season.
Paulsboro 4-12 4-14 The Chiefs played Mil- we've got left to play for. So the playoffs can
Overbrook 3-11 6-15 lville twice in the Grand The conference is out of
Woodbury 0-15 0-19
change everything. These
BURLINGTON COUNTY CONFERENCE Slam Classic and lost reach. Diamond (Classic) are the games that count,
Liberty Division both times. They played is done. We've just got to and in recent years, those
Div. Overall Hunterdon Central, cur- show up for playoffs."
Rancocas Valley 5-1 9-10
are the kinds of games
Northern Burlington 4-1 8-7 rently ranked No. 1 in the With five games this the Chiefs have made a
Moorestown 3-2 9-5 state, and lost. They took week, the Chiefs simply habit of showing up for.
Willingboro 1-3 3-13 on Williamstown in the ran out of pitching and "All we've got to do is
Westampton Tech 0-1 5-10
Pemberton 0-5 1-12
Diamond Classic and never really had a shot get our bats going,"
Patriot Division Cumberland in the John against Sacred Heart. Cifaloglio said. "Once we
Div. Overall Rose Classic, losing their Scoring a total of four get our bats going, not
Cinnaminson 9-1 16-5 cool against the Braves runs in back-to-back loss-
Delran 6-4 17-5
even the whole lineup, we
Staff photo/Charles J. Olson
Holy Cross 4-3 18-4 and losing to a red-hot es to Middle Township can compete with any-
and the Lions was more Sacred Heart coach John Triantos (center), catcher Juan
Bordentown 2-4 7-9 pitcher against the Colts. body." Velazquez (right), and pitcher Chris Bell react after a foul pop
Burlington Twp 1-1 5-10 Apart from a pair of troubling.
Medford Tech 0-8 5-12 up was not caught against Vineland. However, the Lions won the
Freedom Division wins over Washington "We can't worry about City Series game, 9-0.
Div. Overall Township - which lost all that," centerfielder Ben Watanabe covers
Maple Shade 8-1 9-5 some luster with the Min- Ken Miles said. "That's in high school baseball for
Florence 8-2 10-5 The Daily Journal. Contact
Riverside 8-4 11-9
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New Egypt 5-6 7-10 of their last seven games - just looking forward. We THIS WEEK’S PLAYER POLL:
Palmyra 5-7 6-10 the Chiefs have regis- want to go out there and Anthony Montefusco
Burlington City 1-5 2-9 As a player, what’s
Trenton Catholic 0-10 0-12
SHAWNEE the most satisfying
The Daily Journal’s Senior way to win a game?
SJ Mean 15 Pitch a

1. Glou. Catholic (17-5) 1

P/ Highlight

2. Bishop Eustace (17-6) 2

3. Cherokee (15-5) 3
4. Holy Spirit (19-2) 6
There's a right way and a wrong way to
respond to those idiots in the crowd who like to
plete team, rather than one dominant arm?
There already exists a sport where one pitcher
3B 7 votes

Pitch a Game-
5. Millville (17-3) 4 heckle high school athletes during games. can carry a team. It's called softball. … Con- complete winning hit
Full arsenal of pitches for this game
6. Cumberland (16-2) 7 Vineland shortstop Anthony Parker displayed gratulations to Gloucester Catholic coach Den- right-hander, who throws 27 votes
10 votes
7. Williamstown (16-2) 8 the right way Monday. After Parker ducked out nis Barth, who coached the Rams to the 400th hard with a nasty curveball
8. Cherry Hill East (10-5) 10 of the way of a high inside fastball by Cherry victory of his career with a 13-0 win over and changeup to keep hitters
9. Haddon Twp (18-4) 14 Hill East pitcher Ryan Martin, one fan yelled Kingsway. … Should Sacred Heart win today honest. Montefusco will likely
10. Shawnee (14-6) 11 "He's scared!" Parker stepped out of the box, and Saturday, a win Tuesday over Mater Dei in be the best pitcher the Colts Staff graphic/Joe Moore
11. Sacred Heart (22-6) 13 collected himself, and two pitches later singled the Non-Public B South playoffs would give have faced all year when he
12. Seneca (11-4) 5 to left field. Later, Parker smoked a double off coach John Triantos 100 career victories. The takes the hill today in a Group
13. Eastern (14-7) 15
14. Pennsville (12-6) Unr
the right field fence on a ball that looked gone
off his bat. By the end of the 5-3 Vineland loss,
school's softball coach, Les Olson, achieved
the milestone earlier this season. … Several
III South quarterfinal game.
Upcoming games:
15. Gateway (13-4) Unr Parker wasn't hearing much from the crowd athletic directors mentioned one positive out of ➤ Today at Cumberland, 3:30 WEB EXTRA .com
Under consideration: Delran (17-5); anymore. … Credit the NJSIAA for setting up all the rain this season: Every baseball field in p.m.
● Check out high school
Cinnaminson (16-5); Lenape (11-10);
the state tournament to allow a team to throw South Jersey has a rich, lush carpet of grass in ➤ Tuesday vs Highland/Ham-
Glassboro (11-6); Washington Twp (11-10); monton in Group III South baseball photo galleries
PItman (14-5). its ace every game through the first three its infield and outfield. Hey, take what you can all season long at our
semis (if necessary)
*Rankings are set by Ben Watanabe and rounds, but why? Baseball is a game of failure, get. Web site.
based on records reported to area news-
papers through Wednesday.
so shouldn't the playoffs be a test of the com- — Ben Watanabe