Mount Ephraim LL All-Stars Wins Four Titles
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This year the Mount Ephraim Senior League All-Stars accomplished something that no other team has ever done in District 14 history, winning four titles in a row.
The team this year consisted of young men from both Mount Ephraim and Gloucester City. In the district finals versus Blackwood, Mount Ephraim was down 9-2 after three innings and came back to win 11-10 by a single from Mike Colgan driving in Josh McShane with the winning run.
Vince Carpinrlli and Keith Michalski both hit home runs. In the Section Four Tournament, consisting of all of South Jersey, the Mount Ephraim team opened with a tough 9-7 loss to Monroe Township. In the game, the Hawks had 17 hits, three from Kyle Gaff, and a two run home run by Matt Goepel.
Now placed in the losers bracket, the Hawks won three games in a row to reach the Section Four Championship for the third time in four years.
The three wins were in consecutive days. First the Mount Ephraim team traveled to Buena to play Rancocas Valley and won 14-0 with Kyle Graff and Aaron Holmes combining on a two hit shutout. Hitting honors went to Zach Pallotta with four RBI’s and Matt Gopel and Mike Colgan with 3 RBI’s each.
Catcher Keith Michalski scored four runs. The second game was at Monroe Township versus Monroe Township in which the Hawks avenged their loss with a 10-4 win. Mike Colgan got the win. Colgan and Keith Michalski each had three hits, including a home run by Michalski.
The Hawks’ next game was in Stafford Township, where they beat Hammonton 11-1 with Kyle Gaff getting the win. Josh McShane went 3-3 with three RBI’s, and Jow Ertl was 3-4 with three RBI’s.
In the final, the Hawks lost to South Vineland who went on to win the State Tournamwnt as well as the Section Four title.
Team highlights for the year: 45 doubles in 24 games; 21 home runs by eight players; seven players with batting averages over .400; team average of .368.
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