BROOKLAWN, NJ (Gloucestercitynews.net)-(July 24, 2019)--Brooklawn Post 72 will be competing in the NJ American Legion State Tournament advancing to the eight-team final by earning the second spot in the District 4 playoffs, according to SouthJersey.com
After losing 11-1 to district champ West Deptford to even its record to 1-1 in the districts, Brooklawn needed to beat Allentown on Monday to earn the state tournament berth.
Brooklawn overcame a 5-3 deficit to begin the sixth innings in defeating Allentown, 10-5.
Thus, the team with 29 American Legion state titles and four World Series championships, is still in the hunt.
The eight-team state tournament begins on Friday at Kean University. Brooklawn will open the tournament with a 10 a.m. matchup against defending state champion Broad Street Park 313.
Brooklawn won’t be considered among the favorites, but if the team can regain its health, especially in the pitching department, head coach Dennis Barth likes his team’s chances to compete.
“If we get healthy and we are getting there, I think we have a deep staff,” he said.
Colin Taylor, a recent graduate of Triton, earned the win in relief over Allentown.
One of the top pitchers is lefthander Zack Grace, a recent graduate of Timber Creek who is an Iona recruit.
Mike Shannon, a recent Triton graduate who will continue his education and baseball career at Rowan University, is another quality pitcher.
Recent Audubon graduate Joe Kidd, who started the game against Allentown, has also been a key pitcher.
Shortstop Chase Conklin, a rising senior at Bishop Eustace has been one of the offensive mainstays along with rightfielder Logan Manuola, a recent graduate of Timber Creek, and second baseman Ryan Coyle, a recent graduate of Audubon.
The team is actually known as Brooklawn Red, because there were two Brooklawn senior American Legion teams.
This year Brooklawn finished second in the Camden County American Legion League. Besides winning the District 4 title, West Deptford was also the champion of Camden County American Legion League.
Bruce Darrow photos of Brooklawn Legion players