May 28, 2011 |
HIS SURNAME is pretty close to coronation , and that was what he experienced. Yes, it's probably not much of a stretch to call Nate Coronado, a 6-2, 185-pound senior at Thomas Edison High, the King of First-Time Starting Pitchers. Matt Fischer, Edison's rookie coach, figured Coronado, normally a star shortstop, had thrown no more than five innings all year. But when the Owls took the field yesterday, near 33rd and Diamond in Fairmount Park, for a Public League quarterfinal against No. 1 seed Julia Masterman, there was Coronado, standing on the rubber.
May 27, 2011 |
Tom Marano's brother, Scott, is a mechanic for a prominent local car dealership and Tom thinks that's a pretty cool job, and could even see himself following suit. "I like the idea," he said, "of taking something apart and putting it back together. " Funny he should mention that . . . Marano's right shoulder might be in the on-deck circle. "Oh, I do not want that at all," he said, chuckling. "I'd be really mad if that happened. The doctor doesn't think there'll be a need for an operation.
May 26, 2011 |
Felix Torraca-Dedos had to laugh to keep from . . . not crying. From snapping out. In the second inning of yesterday's Public League Class AA baseball final, Esperanza (charter) Academy's infielders committed one, two, three, four, five, six errors. As the circus continued, it was a wonder Torraca-Dedos, a 5-9, 160-pound senior righthander, didn't dig up the pitching rubber and start clubbing guys on the head. "Well, I did think, 'These guys are killin' me,' " Torraca-Dedos said, laughing.
May 26, 2011 |
Felix Torraca-Dedos did some heavy lifting for host Esperanza, carrying his baseball team past visiting Prep Charter, 12-5, in the Public League's Class AA championship game Wednesday. Torraca-Dedos pitched all seven innings and allowed no earned runs and added a 2-for-3 afternoon at the plate with a home run and three RBIs. Teammate Aderly Perez added three hits and three RBIs. In a Class AAA semifinal, Steve McCollum had four hits in as many trips to the plate to pace a 12-hit attack and power host Philadelphia Electrical past Roxborough, 18-8.
April 7, 2011 |
It's doubtful Tyler Criniti will forget his first stint as a cleanup hitter. Mostly for what happened, naturally, but also for the circumstances that caused a 2-day delay. Criniti, a 5-10, 190-pound junior, is the rightfielder for Girard Academic Music Program's baseball team and yesterday he experienced all kinds of fun as the visiting Pioneers topped Esperanza Academy, 18-8, in a six-inning Public A game at Front and Erie. Monday, not by choice, he was a no-show for a loss to Northeast.
December 16, 2010 |
La Esperanza's vivid rose-and-blue exterior puts it on the map. And the inside story of this landmark Lindenwold restaurant is pretty colorful, too. "It's the essence of immigration," says manager Saul Cordova Jr., a 31-year-old Stratford resident. On any given day at La Esperanza (which loosely translates as "hope"), you'll find Saul; his sisters Maricela, Claudia, and Norma; their parents, Saul Sr. and Susana; and various other Cordovas, most of whom live in the cluster of towns around Lindenwold.
June 8, 2010
Girard Academic Music Program built leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the end result wasn't too pretty yesterday in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff at Montgomery County Community College. The Pioneers wound up falling to Christopher Dock, 15-5, in six innings. Anthony DiVincenzo, who took the loss but also homered, and Dom Raia pitched three innings apiece for GAMP. Sal Giafaglione, Joe Coppola, Tyler Criniti and Jimmy Coin all doubled, while the first two managed two hits apiece. Great Valley 4, Bonner 1: In AAAA, at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philly, Matt Ruggieri's RBI single gave Bonner a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
May 26, 2010 |
Don't think for a minute, even a second, that Aaron Wilmer remotely gave thought to not playing baseball this spring for George Washington High. Wait, wasn't he a top-notch quarterback for the Eagles' Public League championship squad? Won't he participate in just one sport at Division II West Chester? "No way!" he darn near roared. "I'm going to be playing both sports. I love them both equally. Really, because of my dad [Tom, former Jules Mastbaum Tech third baseman], baseball was my first love.