Under threatening skies that somehow declined to open, Galetta went 3-for-3 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored as Inter-Ac/Independents edged Burlington County, of South Jersey, 11-10, in the first round of the 22nd annual Carpenter Cup Classic.
The event, sponsored by the Phillies, brings together high school all-star teams that represent leagues/areas from throughout the tri-state region.
Non-pitchers see action for three to six innings in the nine-inning CCC contests. Galetta and sophomore catcher Doug Fleming (Penn Charter) were the only two members of the starting lineup to play as many as five frames.
Thereafter, they could only watch and hope.
And enjoy what turned out to be some wacky entertainment.
I-A/I led, 8-7, after five. Trailed, 9-8, after 6 1/2. Led, 10-9, after eight. Was involved in a 10-10 tie after 8 1/2. Then won it in the home half of the ninth on an RBI single down the rightfield line by catcher Joe Conaway (Germantown Academy).
Compared with many of the squad's late-game heroes, Conaway, a junior, was an old head.
The uprising began as freshman centerfielder Jon McAllister (Chestnut Hill Academy, 3-for-4) smoked a double off the base of the rightfield fence. Rightfielder Matt McEndy (Malvern Prep, Monmouth signee), followed with a ground-ball single to center. The quite-quick McAllister, usually an excellent baserunner but battling a sore back, was thrown out at the plate.
Not to worry. McEndy took second on that play and romped home on Conaway's inside-out walkoff single.
Seven of the I-A/I players to see action were freshmen or sophomores. Boy, did watching that take Galetta back; this is his third year in the CCC.
"Usually, you'd be worried with so many young guys, especially in a tournament with so many great players," Galetta said. "No matter how young our guys are, they were great all season in league play, and they stayed that way today.
"It didn't bother me at all to see the game's outcome put on them. I expected them to do the job. It didn't surprise me to see them do it."
Galetta flashed back to 2005.
"In the beginning, the young guys are a little nervous," he said. "But after a few innings, you realize everyone's there to achieve the same goal. Hey, really, you're all at the same level."
A two-run eighth featured an RBI single by Virginia-bound shortstop Phil Gosselin (Malvern Prep) and a bases-loaded HBP for soph second baseman Tommy Coyle (Germantown Academy, 3-for-3 with two RBI).
Well, maybe. When asked whether the pitch had hit him on the foot or ankle, Coyle responded, "I don't think it hit me at all." He then added, "If it hit me, it must have been on my cleat."
After breezing through a 1-2-3 eighth, hard-throwing junior righthander Mike Barsotti (Germantown Friends; one of only two non-Inter-Ac players to see action) allowed one run in the ninth to create the need for further heroics.
I-A/I's most successful pitcher was sophomore lefty Tim Cooney (Malvern Prep), who allowed one hit and one run (unearned) in three innings.
The starter, Wake Forest-bound lefty Mark Adzick, a recent Phillies draftee, struggled mightily. Though five were unearned, he allowed six runs in one inning and his three-inning line showed four hits, four walks and three hit batsmen.
Galetta's hits were an RBI double to left, a seeing-eye ground ball through the hole in the same direction and a nicely stroked single to right-center.
"There's top competition here. Hitters one through nine, and the best pitchers, too," he said. "You have to go up to the plate with 100 percent focus. If you're not all there, you won't be too successful.
"Against guys this good, I try not to overswing and just look for singles. Well, maybe I'll take some big hacks early. But if I miss the first, I know he still has to get two more strikes, and that still gives me the chance to just put it in play."
At BC, Galetta will be given an opportunity to prove he should play on days when he doesn't pitch.
"Who knows what the future will bring?" he said. "Maybe I will wind up in the field."
At some point this summer, promise, Mike Galetta will wind up working for his dad.
"With all the baseball stuff, I've been busy," he said, smiling. "Just haven't gotten around to it yet." *