BROOKLAWN - The Gloucester Catholic High School baseball team began its quest for a fifth straight state championship by kicking off its 2014 season with a 7-5 win over Tri-County Conference Diamond Division rival Cumberland on Tuesday.
The Rams were lead by senior shortstop Phil Dickinson who reached base in all four of his at-bats. Dickinson went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, walk and reached on an error. He also scored three runs and stole a base in the winning effort.
"It feels good to get the first one out of the way" said Dickinson who is committed to Wagner University on Staten Island.
Junior standout out pitcher John Murphy was on the mound for the Rams home opener. He tossed six shutout innings.
Murphy picked up his 16th career win going 6 strong innings for Gloucester Catholic. "It feels good to get our first win of the season behind us, now we can move ahead" said Murphy who threw 8 strike outs, 2 walks and only gave up 1 hit in the game.
The Rams are the No. 1-ranked team in the state and are ranked No. 33 in the nation according to MaxPreps.com's Top 100. They play again Wednesday against Penns Grove.
"I would have liked to put the game away quicker, but we will take the win" head coach Mike Rucci said. Rucci, the head coach who took over the team last year and won a state title in his first season was referring to the Rams struggling in the seventh inning to close out the game.