GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 1, 2019)--Gloucester Catholic baseball is ranked number three by the Courier Post in their top 15 teams in South Jersey. Coming in at Number one is Bishop Eustace Prep followed by St. Augustine. Gloucester Catholic will play Salem today, Monday, at the Joe Barth Field, Browning Road, Brooklawn. First pitch 3:45PM
Gloucester Catholic Baseball 2018 South Jersey Non-Public B Champions (gloucestercitynews.net file photo)
South Jersey baseball preseason Mean 15 ranking
3. Gloucester Catholic (20-8):The two-time defending Non-Public B state championsreturn another talented roster this year that will be a favorite to capture a third consecutive crown. Florida State recruit and senior third baseman Lillo Paxia is one of the best hitters in New Jersey and should make more waves this year. He batted .563 with 40 hits, 35 RBIs and a 1.551 OPS a year ago. Senior first baseman and Rider commit Luke Lesch adds some pop to the order having hit four homers and drove in 36 last season. Senior second baseman Tyler Cannon, an Iona recruit, had 40 hits, 10 doubles and a .421 average as a junior, outfielder Jake McNellis (Frostburg) hit .439 with 20 RBIs and Ryan Nutley (La Salle) finished with a .359 average as a sophomore. On the hill, sophomore Anthony Solometo – the starter in the state final – returns after posting a 2.12 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his first campaign. He’s a North Carolina recruit. Junior Tyler Parks had a 2.80 ERA in 20 innings last year and should see more work while Lesch, McNellis and Mike Racobaldo (Iona) will get opportunities as well.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer list Gloucester Catholic at Number 4 in their rankings of the top 25 teams for 2019. Coming in at Number 1 is St. Augustine followed by Bishop Eustace and Egg Harbor Township.
4. Gloucester Catholic (20-8): The Rams loom as favorites to capture another Non-Public B crown behind a powerful lineup that features seniors such as outfielder Lillo Paxia (.563, three homers), a Florida State recruit, and first baseman Luke Lesch (.341, four homers), a Rider recruit. Other players to watch are senior infielder Tyler Cannon (.421), an Iona recruit; senior outfielder Jake McNellis (.439), a Frostburg recruit; and junior infielder Ryan Nutley (.359), a La Salle recruit.
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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --Gloucester City High School(GHS) softball team is listed at Number 10 in the Top 15 teams for 2019 by The Courier Post. Two Lions were highlighted by the paper; Meghan Ferry, junior, shortstop. Another in a long line of Lions who can flat out swing the stick. Ferry batted .486 with 29 RBIs and 40 runs scored for the sectional champion. And, Vanessa Pino, junior, pitcher. This clutch pitcher delivered in the biggest games. She handcuffed a heavy-hitting Audubon club in the sectional final and sandwiched shutouts around that game. Pino’s ERA of 1.01 was one of the lowest in the state. (See more here).
The Gloucester City High School baseball team is headed to Virginia Beach in April for a tournament.
Lions Baseball Heads to Virginia Beach-Best of luck to our Lions Baseball program. After traveling to Cooperstown, New York for a tournament last year, they are now heading to compete in a tournament in Virginia Beach from April 22nd through 25th. "These trips have proven to create some of the most cherished memories of these student-athletes careers," stated the school's website:
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