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Baseball: Camden Co. All-Star Game

06/09/2014, 12:30pm EDT
By Anthony Mungiole, For SJSD

For many seniors, this was their farewell to high school baseball

VOORHEES — With perfect weather on Sunday night, Camden County held its 12th Annual All-Star Baseball Game at Eastern High School on Joe Hartmann Baseball Field.  The teams consisted of high school seniors in Camden County who were split into two teams (East and West). For many seniors it was their last high school game.

“It was cool coming out here, it will be the last time playing with my teammate Austin Friedant,” said Tom Flacco of Eastern High School who will be playing football at Western Michigan University in the fall an was also selected in the 32nd round of the MLB First Year Player Draft on Saturday; chose by the Phillies. “I don’t think he knows I caught the last fly out while he was pitching which was pretty cool as well.”

“It was a great experience,” said Andrew Collins of Lindenwold High School. “Games like these are awesome, we came up short to make the playoffs in high school but being able to play here with this group of guys and coaches is just amazing.”

Early on, the game was highlighted by the West's pitching performance by Devin Smeltzer (Bishop Eustace) and Brandon Zachary (Cherry Hill West).  In a combined four innings of work, they struck out eight while allowing two runs on two hits.  

“My fastball and slider was really working well today. I just attacked them and moved the ball inside and outside of the plate” said Smeltzer, another player selected over the weekend in the draft, taken in the 33rd round by the San Diego Padres.

The West jumped out to a 6-2 lead on key hits by Ian Lynch (Haddon Heights) and Zakary Chiaradia (Audubon).

The aforementioned Collins started a four-run rally by leading off the fourth inning with a triple.  Flacco drove in Jack Boran (Winslow Twp.) and Evan Holland (Timber Creek) to cut the deficit to one run. Shane Graham (Overbrook) hit a triple to score Flacco to tie the game at 6-6.

In the eighth, after the West took a 7-6 lead, the East struck again and took the lead back when Tyler Fletcher (Winslow Twp) drove in Thomas Louis (Camden County Tech).  Fletcher came around to score on a Kevin Shannon (Triton) hit to make it 8-7.

Andrew Boulden (Gloucester) led off the ninth inning for the West with a single.  Joshua Hawkins (Pennsauken) tied the game with an RBI single scoring Boulden. After a John Panchella (Bishop Eustace) walk, he and Hawkins then scored on a miscommunication and error to give the West a 10-8 lead.  The West wound up putting together a six-run ninth to finalize a 13-8 game.  

‘It was a great experience especially going out there catching Devin,” said Panchella who got to get behind the plate one last time to catch his high school teammate.  He and Smeltzer played at Bishop Eustace together. “It was a great way to go out playing on the hometown field since I live in Voorhees.”  

Panchella finished the night going 1-for-2 with a single, an RBI, and a run scored for the West.  He played three positions throughout the game (catcher, second base, and outfield).

“It was incredible playing with all of my buddies for one last time,” said Joe Craig of Camden Catholic, a shortstop who will be continuing his baseball career at Monmouth University. “The environment was awesome to play in as well.”

12TH ANNUAL CAMDEN COUNTY ALL-STAR GAME

 

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2B: WEST- Chamberlin

       EAST- Jordan Freidman, Tom Flacco, Tyler Fletcher           

3B: EAST- Kyle Stinson, Andrew Collins, Shane Graham

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