Olympic realigns for baseball, softball

Posted: March 28, 2013

Brian Anderson figures his Shawnee baseball team might hit a little this season.

The Renegades' bats will surely be tested.

Shawnee will move up to the American Division as the Olympic Conference switches to two divisions from three this season in baseball and softball.

"We're going to get challenged every game," Anderson said. "We're going to see a good pitcher every game."

The loaded Olympic American now includes Shawnee from the old Patriot Division, which has been dissolved, along with holdovers Cherokee, Cherry Hill East, Eastern, Lenape, and Washington Township.

Of those six teams, four are likely to be in The Inquirer preseason top-10 rankings and all six likely would be in a projected ranking of the top 20 teams in South Jersey.

"It's a big jump," said Shawnee senior outfielder Jarret DeHart, a Louisiana State recruit. "It's going to be tough. We're going to have to bring our energy every single game.

"But it's good for us to face good pitchers and good teams. It makes you a better team."

The new-look National Division includes two teams from the old Patriot Division - Cherry Hill West and Winslow Township - and holdovers Bishop Eustace, Camden Catholic, Paul VI, Seneca, and Timber Creek.

The impetus for the switch to two divisions was Triton's move to the Tri-County Conference before the start of this school year. Triton had been in the Olympic Patriot.


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com. Follow @PhilAnastasia on Twitter. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at www.philly.com/jerseysidesports

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