May 30, 2015 |
As a 6-foot-3, 175-pound freshman, Colin Scanlon needed a few games to adjust to junior varsity baseball at St. Joseph's Prep. The lefthander was only 15 years old and most of his friends played on the freshman team. "At first it was a little intimidating playing with the older kids," said Scanlon, now a sophomore for the Hawks. "But we got in the swing of it and it was fine after a few games. " In the District 12 Class AAAA title game Thursday against Olney, Scanlon was the king of cool on a sweltering day, striking out 11 en route to an 11-1 Prep victory at Ashburn Field.
May 25, 2015 |
After a nail-biting conclusion to Catholic League baseball final, Archbishop Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. ripped an imaginary monkey off his father's back during an on-field celebration. Before handing over the reins to his son in 2012 and staying on as an assistant, Jim DiGuiseppe Sr. guided the squad for 17 years without capturing the first-place hardware. After three more seasons of frustration for the father-son duo, the Vikings ended a 22-year drought Saturday afternoon by holding off a late Neumann-Goretti rally and triumphing, 3-2, under sunny skies at Immaculata University.
May 22, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood didn't take the easy route in advancing to the Catholic League baseball final for the first time since prevailing in 1993. Trailing La Salle by 3-1, the Vikings rallied for three runs in their last two at-bats, with the deciding score coming on a two-out throwing error, and eked out an improbable 4-3 semifinal win Wednesday at sun-splashed Neumann University. "Survive and advance, baby," elated Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. said. "It's playoff baseball. We kept getting at it. We were resilient today.
May 20, 2015 |
ARCHBISHOP WOOD junior quarterback Anthony Russo committed yesterday afternoon to play at Rutgers. "I like the family-type atmosphere and that it almost feels like a second home," the Doylestown resident said. "And I had a great connection with the coaches. " The 6-4, 220-pounder threw for more than 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns last season while leading the Vikings to their second straight PIAA Class AAA state title. He chose Rutgers over Bucknell, Buffalo, Connecticut, Monmouth and Temple.
May 9, 2015 |
Nicholas Argentieri's go-ahead double capped a two-out, six-run rally in the fifth inning as Archbishop Carroll surged past host Archbishop Wood, 8-6, Thursday afternoon in a Catholic League baseball game. Max Frederick also had a two-out RBI double in the fifth inning and finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. In other Catholic League action, Duke recruit Jimmy Herron went 3 for 3 with two RBIs as La Salle coasted past visiting Archbishop Ryan, 16-3. Father Judge's Dan Hammer hurled a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win at Cardinal O'Hara.
May 1, 2015 |
Christian DiGalbo and Alex Brady delivered back-to-back hits in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday to propel Bonner-Prendergast to a 3-1 victory over Neumann-Goretti in a Catholic League baseball game. DiGalbo hit a two-run double to left-center to put the Friars ahead for good. Brady followed with an RBI single. In other Catholic League action: Shane McGrody fanned five as Archbishop Ryan blanked Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, on the road. Joe Lancellotti remained undefeated on the mound and hit a solo home run in Archbishop Wood's 10-3 home win over Conwell-Egan.
April 25, 2015 |
Keith Flaherty hit a three-run double off the wall in right-center in the top of the 10th inning Thursday, and St. Joseph's Prep held on for a 5-3 win over Roman Catholic in a Catholic League baseball game. John Coppola (3 for 3, RBI, run, walk) drove in Flaherty with an RBI double in the top of the seventh to tie at 2-2. Flaherty drew a walk to start the seventh, then stole second. In other Catholic League action: Dan Hammer pitched a two-hitter and drove in all three runs for Father Judge in its 3-1 home win over Archbishop Ryan.
April 25, 2015 |
Freshman Maddy McBride struck out 16 and walked two in a no-hitter Thursday as host Hallahan defeated Archbishop Wood, 1-0, in a Catholic League softball game. Brigid Stermel drove in Beth McCormick with a single in the fourth inning for the game's only run. Elsewhere in the Catholic League: Kaelyn Motts went 3 for 3 with a run to lead Lansdale Catholic to a 3-0 win over visiting Bonner-Prendergast. Kerri Dadalski struck out seven in a five-inning three-hitter and also drove in four runs as Archbishop Ryan topped visiting Archbishop Wood, 13-0.
April 19, 2015 |
Joey Lancellotti walked into the dugout at Neumann-Goretti last May already distraught over the loss that knocked Archbishop Wood out of the Catholic League playoffs. The news he received from coach Jim DiGuiseppe, however, was much, much worse. "I walked into the dugout, and coach was like, 'I have something to tell you. Your grandfather had a heart attack,' " recalled Lancellotti, now a junior righthanded pitcher for the Vikings. John Ierardi suffered the cardiac event before the game at his home in Bensalem, and his family asked DiGuiseppe not to tell Lancellotti, who pitched that day. "And he's like, my best friend," Lancellotti said.