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May 26, 2012
World Series at USA Baseball National Training Center, Cary, N.C. (double elimination). Saturday, Bracket 1 West Chester (42-10) vs. California State-Chico (40-17), 1 p.m. Minnesota State-Mankato (48-10) vs. Southern New Hampshire (42-13), 5 p.m. Monday, Bracket 1 West Chester/California State-Chico loser vs. MSU-Mankato-Southern New Hampshire loser, 1 p.m. West Chester/California State-Chico winner vs. MSU-Mankato-Southern New Hampshire winner, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Bracket 1 Game 9, 3 p.m. Thursday, Inter-bracket games Game 11, 3 p.m. Game 12, 7 p.m. Friday, Inter-bracket games Game 13 (if necessary)
NEWS
March 26, 2013
These South Jersey players have committed to attend colleges on baseball scholarships. Player   High school   College    Christian Adorno   St. Augustine   Wilmington    Frank Angeloni   Highland   Concordia    Tom Bradway   Mainland   Lafayette    Barry Buchowski   St. Augustine   Tulane    Nick Cieri   Rancocas Valley   Maryland    Trevor Datz   Pitman   Univ. of Sciences    Jarrett DeHart   Shawnee   Louisiana State    Derek DeMaria   Gloucester Catholic   Philadelphia    Troy Dixon   Egg Harbor Twp.   St.
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July 7, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don H. Richards, 76, a coal-company owner and former star college baseball pitcher, died of esophageal cancer Thursday, June 30, at his home in the Wellington at Hershey's Mill in West Chester. Mr. Richards, who graduated from Bucknell University in 1956, set eight pitching records there, many of which still stand. In his first varsity game, he threw a one-hit shutout against Navy. Other highlights of his college career included a 21-strikeout no-hitter against Franklin and Marshall and a 19-strikeout appearance in a 3-1 win over Temple.
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May 3, 1992 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A number of South Jersey athletes are making their mark on college baseball programs throughout the country. Two area freshmen have already made huge contributions to Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison's baseball team. Through 27 games, the Jersey Devils' leading hitter was freshman infielder Joe Barbera of Vineland High. Barbera was hitting .419 and led the team in runs scored (24) and on-base percentage (.512). Brian Levondosky, a freshman outfielder from Burlington Township, started 19 of the first 27 games.
SPORTS
May 15, 1998 | By John Manasso, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Phoenixville senior Jack Purcell spends most of his summers dividing his time between two of the things that are going to put him through college. One is playing baseball. As one of the best second basemen in the Chester County area, Purcell will spend much of his summer on the diamond for Phoenixville High coach John "Doc" Kennedy's American Legion team, playing in the neighborhood of 40 games. Baseball will play a large role in Purcell's college life and decision. The other is more literal.
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August 3, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by Elizabeth Robertson
Before becoming an umpire this summer, Matt Hall of Magnolia went to school in March. Hall, an engineer at Philadelphia's Naval Surface Warfare Center, played college baseball, and wanted to stay in touch with the game by joining the Tri-County Umpires Association. First, though, he had to pass a course of practical training, class work and written and videotaped tests. By the end, he had earned his umpire's patch, which entitles him to work in the Garden State and Salem County Leagues.
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August 15, 1991 | By Donald Hunt, Special to The Inquirer
Brad Hamilton, who led Archbishop Wood to the Catholic League baseball championship game before losing to Archbishop Carroll, will attend Temple University on a full scholarship. Hamilton, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 180-pound pitcher, had an outstanding senior year, finishing with a 9-0 record, a 1.46 ERA, and 57 strikeouts and 19 walks in 62 1/3 innings. "I was recruited pretty hard by Temple and Textile," said Hamilton, who was selected to The Inquirer's all-Southeastern Pennsylvania second team.
SPORTS
July 15, 1998 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Near the New England seashore, far from big-city hustle and bustle, a gentle breeze sweeps across the grassy, perfectly manicured ball field. A crowd of 1,200 camps on colorful beach blankets and lawn chairs spread along the hill rising from the first-base line. Some lick ice cream as they watch the baseball stars of tomorrow using a tool from yesterday - a bat hewn from a tree. The serene scene, seemingly torn from one of Norman Rockwell's 1930s Saturday Evening Post covers, is baseball at its slow-paced best.
SPORTS
May 15, 1993 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Brett Laxton had a modest goal when he got to Louisiana State. The freshman pitcher from Audubon just wanted to crack the starting rotation. Laxton had rolled the dice, turning down a healthy signing bonus from San Diego after the Padres had made the righthander a fourth-round selection in the 1992 amateur draft. "It wasn't that tough turning them down," said Laxton. "I felt strong about coming to college and getting an education and playing for (LSU head coach) Skip Bertman.
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April 4, 1988 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last 10 years, college baseball has become an increasingly significant breeding ground for major-league players. Most scouts consider major-college programs the equivalent of single-A or double-A minor-league competition, and many players have been able to make the jump from college to the majors fairly quickly. However, major-league team officials are near agreement that college baseball's - as well as high school's - use of aluminum bats is contributing mightily to the general decline of major-league pitching.
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May 10, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - One month from today, the Phillies will be on the clock and a top prospect who pitches his home games 30 minutes away from their single-A Lakewood affiliate will be staring them in the face. Do the Phillies make Barnegat High School's Jay Groome the No. 1 overall selection? There are growing rumblings that the team will look elsewhere with that pick, and one major-league scout said he does not envy the Phillies' situation. "Picking first overall, I'd hate it," a baseball executive said.
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August 22, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich enters his senior season with more career tackles (355) than any active college player. The closest pursuer, Mason Monheim of Illinois, is 61 tackles behind. Yet when Matakevich was a senior at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, Conn., he did as much hitting on the baseball diamond as he did on the football field. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Matakevich was so proficient in baseball that even as late as his senior year in high school, he wasn't sure what sport to pursue.
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July 31, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer
MOOSIC, Pa. - In middle school, Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle was at a crossroads. Already 6-4 by the time he finished eighth grade, Biddle knew he had a bright future in sports, but he wasn't sure whether that future included a baseball field or a basketball court. "I really thought I was going to be 7 feet tall," Biddle said. "When I was in eighth grade, I was just like towering over everybody on the basketball court, and I was like, 'Man . . . I like basketball, I don't like it as much as baseball, but if I'm going to be 7 feet tall, I better learn how to post up or something.' " Biddle, a Mount Airy native, made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Germantown Friends School, but he quickly learned great height doesn't always equal great success on the court.
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July 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AARON NOLA remembers the Friday nights at "The Box" as if they were yesterday, because, well, it was nearly yesterday he called LSU's "electric" ballpark his home. Nola was the ace of a Tigers team loaded with talent, a perennial College World Series entrant, playing in front of college baseball's best environment. LSU has led college baseball in attendance for an astounding 20 consecutive seasons, the last seven coming in their state-of-the-art facility, the new Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. "It's really electric over there," Nola said.
SPORTS
December 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A baseball clinic at FDR Park, summer of 2009. A teenager went up to Jimmy Rollins and pointed out that he was almost as tall as the Phillies shortstop. "Actually, you are as tall as me," Rollins told him that day. "You could be with us. " That message really hit home, Kelly DuPree said Thursday, with virtually all the ballplayers in his RBI League youth program, which is run out of the Shepard Recreation Center at 57th and Haverford. Rollins may have been Superman to these youngsters, but he was a 5-foot-8 superhero.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Even after a day in which the college baseball world used the Phillies organization as its speed bag, it is important to remember that the real villains in amateur athletics are the Division I presidents. They serve as de facto commissioners of a sports enterprise that exploits a vulnerable workforce in order to generate billions of dollars of revenue at the expense of its universities' academic missions. That said, whenever one finds himself on the side of the NCAA in a discussion about ethics, it is a pretty good indication he should find himself a quiet moment and consider what, exactly, it is he stands for. We don't know much about how the Phillies wound up costing Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler a yet-to-be-determined portion of his senior season, mostly because the Phillies refused to address the situation yesterday.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
These South Jersey players have committed to attend colleges on baseball scholarships. Player   High school   College    Christian Adorno   St. Augustine   Wilmington    Frank Angeloni   Highland   Concordia    Tom Bradway   Mainland   Lafayette    Barry Buchowski   St. Augustine   Tulane    Nick Cieri   Rancocas Valley   Maryland    Trevor Datz   Pitman   Univ. of Sciences    Jarrett DeHart   Shawnee   Louisiana State    Derek DeMaria   Gloucester Catholic   Philadelphia    Troy Dixon   Egg Harbor Twp.   St.
SPORTS
January 21, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
RON FRASER, the longtime University of Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, died Sunday morning, family spokesman Tony Segreto said. Fraser, known as "the wizard of college baseball," had battled Alzheimer's disease for many years. It was believed that Fraser was 79, though his family's statement did not release his age or other private matters, including a cause of death.
SPORTS
May 26, 2012
World Series at USA Baseball National Training Center, Cary, N.C. (double elimination). Saturday, Bracket 1 West Chester (42-10) vs. California State-Chico (40-17), 1 p.m. Minnesota State-Mankato (48-10) vs. Southern New Hampshire (42-13), 5 p.m. Monday, Bracket 1 West Chester/California State-Chico loser vs. MSU-Mankato-Southern New Hampshire loser, 1 p.m. West Chester/California State-Chico winner vs. MSU-Mankato-Southern New Hampshire winner, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Bracket 1 Game 9, 3 p.m. Thursday, Inter-bracket games Game 11, 3 p.m. Game 12, 7 p.m. Friday, Inter-bracket games Game 13 (if necessary)
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April 20, 2012 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Staff Writer
More than ever, especially in light of the wacky circumstances, Mike Piscopo wanted to leave the baseball field with a sunny disposition. Thirty-six minutes and numerous adventures later, he did. The 6-1, 190-pound Piscopo, a senior, serves La Salle High as mostly a third baseman and part-time reliever, usually in save situations. In a game that began Thursday and concluded Friday, and wasn't interrupted by rain or tragic circumstance or anything else that might come easily to mind, Piscopo filled both roles.
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