Gatto tops all-SJ team

Posted: June 16, 2014

PITCHER

Joey Gatto

ST. AUGUSTINE

When Gatto took the mound this season, more than two dozen major-league scouts gathered behind the backstop to chart his every pitch. Gatto embraced that pressure, according to St. Augustine coach Mike Bylone. Gatto went 7-1 with a 0.94 ERA, and St. Augustine won the Cape-Atlantic League American Division title as well as the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic.

Gatto was at his best late in the season. In his last four outings, he was 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA, 28 strikeouts, and three walks. He pitched four consecutive complete games, earning two victories in the Diamond Classic and two in the South A tournament.

The senior also was an impact player at the plate. He batted .370 with a .455 on-base percentage and was 11 for 11 in stolen-base attempts.

Gatto was selected in the second round, with the 53d overall pick, by the Los Angeles Angels in the Major League Baseball draft June 5. He is expected to sign and begin his professional career.

PITCHER

Denny

Brady

BUENA

The junior was 10-0 with a 0.46 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 61 innings. He pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over Bernards in the Group 2 state title game. He pitched a no-hitter against Ocean City and struck out 18 in a game against Lower Cape May. He is an East Carolina recruit.

PITCHER

Devin

Smeltzer

BISHOP EUSTACE

The lefthanded senior was 7-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 99 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 53 innings. He won two games in the Diamond Classic and helped Bishop Eustace to a 25-4 record and the Olympic National title. He is a Florida Gulf Coast recruit who was drafted in the 33d round by the San Diego Padres.

PITCHER

John

Murphy

GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC

The junior was 8-2 with a 0.70 ERA as the Rams went 25-6 and advanced to the South A championship game. Murphy struck out 82 and walked 22 in 601/3 innings. He has 23 career victories and is a Maryland recruit.

CATCHER

Dom

Messina

CAMDEN CATHOLIC

A senior, Messina batted .420 with nine doubles and 21 RBIs for the Irish. He had an on-base percentage of .559. Messina had three hits against Gloucester Catholic ace John Murphy in a loss in the South A quarterfinals.

INFIELD

A.J.

Wright

CHERRY HILL WEST

He batted .471 with nine doubles. He had 28 RBIs and scored 27 runs for the Lions, who advanced to the title game of the Camden County tournament. Wright is a three-year starter who will enter his senior season with 98 career hits.

INFIELD

Sean

Breen

GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC

He batted .442 with 11 doubles, 30 runs, and 32 RBIs. A junior, Breen was 4 for 4 with four RBIs in an 11-1 win over St. Augustine in a Coaches vs. Cancer event before a large crowd April 27 at Millville.

INFIELD

Jon

Hansen

CHERRY HILL EAST

The junior batted .489 with six doubles and two home runs. He generated 21 runs and 22 RBIs and helped Cherry Hill East to a 17-10 record.

INFIELD

Tom

Flacco

EASTERN

Flacco batted .506 with eight doubles, six triples, 29 runs, and 30 RBIs. He led Eastern to the South Jersey Group 4 title as the lone senior in the batting lineup. He is a Western Michigan football recruit who was drafted by the Phillies in the 32d round.

INFIELD

Josh

Shimp

PENNSVILLE

The senior batted .608 with 30 extra-base hits, including 19 doubles and 10 home runs, as Pennsville went 28-3 and finished No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings. Shimp drove in 57 runs and scored 49 for the South Jersey Group 1 champions.

OUTFIELDER

Darnell

Maisonet

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP

He batted .463 with 13 doubles, 20 walks, and 26 runs as the Eagles' leadoff hitter. He is a three-year starter who will enter his senior season with 103 career hits.

OUTFIELD

Nick

Browne

BISHOP EUSTACE

A junior, Browne led South Jersey with 11 home runs and also batted .413 with nine doubles. He drove in 35 runs for the Crusaders, who won the Olympic National title as well as three in-season tournaments. He is a Maryland recruit.

OUTFIELD

Eric

Schorr

AUDUBON

The senior batted .356 with 23 RBIs and 25 runs as Audubon won the Colonial Patriot title. Schorr set a South Jersey single-season record with 10 triples. He will play baseball for Gloucester County College.

OUTFIELD

Kyle

Stinson

HIGHLAND

A senior, Stinson batted .509 with 17 extra-base hits, including six triples, and 43 stolen bases as Highland advanced to the South Jersey Group 3 semifinals. He also was 6-2 on the mound. He will play baseball for Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College.

UTILITY PLAYER

Kyle

Cox

MILLVILLE

The senior, a Gannon University recruit, batted .545 with 12 doubles. Both are Millville single-season records. He broke the previous batting-average mark of .531 set in 2009 by Mike Trout. He was 3-4 on the mound with a 1.81 ERA and 55 strikeouts.

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