April 30, 2013 |
Brian Lawler always has felt comfortable at the plate. Now he feels comfortable behind it. "I love catching," said Lawler, a Shawnee senior. With a smooth lefthanded swing, Lawler has been a key hitter for Shawnee since his sophomore year. This season, Lawler is batting .313 with 14 RBIs. He is among South Jersey's leaders with six doubles for the 9-4 Renegades, who are ranked No. 6 by The Inquirer. But the big change for Lawler has been the switch to catcher. He said he never played the position before last season.
April 2, 2013 |
Jarret DeHart knows baseball. The Shawnee outfielder knows patience is a big part of the game. He knows a disciplined approach at the plate is a key to success. He knows it's a mistake to rush, to force things. He knows restraint was the reason he walked 31 times last season. DeHart also is a senior. He's wearing a Shawnee uniform for the last time. He is playing with a lot of his buddies for the last time. So he's in a hurry, too. "It seems like just yesterday we all were freshmen," DeHart said the other day at a Shawnee practice.
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.
July 27, 2010
Music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Giovanni Ruffini. Conducted by Mark Laycock. Directed by Michael Scarola. With Steven Condy, Liam Bonner, Brian Anderson, and Ava Pine. Presented by Opera New Jersey at the McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre. Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.
May 6, 2010
One freshman was the winning pitcher and had two hits, including a home run. Another freshman had three hits. Sophomores and juniors were spraying line drives to left, right and center. It was a good day for Eric Sellitto, leader. It was an even better day for Eric Sellitto, hitter. As the only senior in Shawnee's baseball program, Sellitto takes special pride when his younger teammates put together an impressive performance such as Thursday's 15-5 victory over Camden Catholic.
April 2, 2010 |
Kansas City Royals outfielder Brian Anderson wants to give pitching a try. Anderson, a righthander, signed a $700,000, 1-year free-agent contract with the Royals in the offseason after finishing 2009 with the Boston Red Sox. But instead of taking a minor league assignment yesterday as an outfielder, the former first-round draft pick opted to go to the low minors and work his way back as a pitcher. Royals manager Trey Hillman says he's not sure how the transition will work, "but it's going to start at the very bottom.
June 8, 2009 |
It took an exemplary effort by a dominating two-way player to prevent Shawnee from winning the second state baseball title in school history. Brian Schroeder did double damage on the mound and at the plate in leading JFK-Iselin to yesterday's 5-2 win over Shawnee in the state Group 3 championship at Toms River East. The St. Peter's recruit pitched a complete game, allowing both runs in the seventh inning while striking out 12. He was also on base four times, going 2 for 2 with a single, a home run and two intentional walks.
May 28, 2009 |
Mike Cogliano was expected to be Shawnee's No. 1 junior-varsity pitcher entering the season. He dropped to No. 2, but on a higher level. Since about midseason, Cogliano has been in the varsity rotation, and the transition has been smooth. Cogliano's rapid development was on display in yesterday's 5-0 win over third-seeded Highland in a South Jersey Group 3 semifinal. Seventh-seeded Shawnee (16-6), ranked 10th in South Jersey by The Inquirer, will visit fifth-seeded Clearview in tomorrow's championship.
April 7, 2005 |
Shawnee baseball skipper Brian Anderson expressed little interest in revisiting the past yesterday. Yet there it stood on the pitcher's mound - in the form of Seneca junior Ryan Brecko - returning to haunt the Renegades batters like some ghost from seasons past. After watching Brecko strike out nine, walk one and allow just an infield hit, the coach was asked to assess the righthander's performance in leading the host Golden Eagles to a 3-0 Olympic Conference inter-division win. "Ryan pitched in the South Jersey Group 4 final for us two years ago, so I knew what he was capable of," Anderson said.
August 26, 2003 |
Brian Anderson deserved a break this season, and he got one yesterday. Anderson was acquired for the pennant race by the Kansas City Royals, who sent the Cleveland Indians two minor leaguers, including Trey Dyson of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and agreed to pay some of the lefthander's bonuses for 2003. The 31-year-old Anderson went 9-10 with a 3.71 ERA for Cleveland, which signed him to a one-year free-agent contract in December and may go after him again this winter. Anderson, who will start for the Royals tonight, has had a solid season in his second stint with the Indians, but has been unlucky in many of his 24 starts.