Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy will once again bicycle the 65 miles from Philadelphia to Atlantic City to raise money for the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation in the Irish Pub Tour de Shore. But first he'll be appearing in Swedesboro tonight to help raise money for "Team Murphy."
The Irish Pub Tour de Shore, celebrating its 27th year, is an annual bike ride across South Jersey that raises money for Delaware Valley Police and Children’s Charities. Gregg Murphy, an active board member of the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation, supports the ride by emceeing the after party in Atlantic City and by championing the event’s second largest bike team. The team raised over $20,000 last year and had just over 100 riders. “I am thrilled to take part in this event for the ninth year in a row.” says Gregg Murphy. “My first ‘team’ started back in 2005 and consisted of myself and my neighbor. This year, we’re looking at over 150 riders and my goal is to raise at least $25,000.” With riders registering fast, Gregg Murphy is well on his way to reaching that goal.
In addition to the bike ride on July 27, there are a number of fundraising events that Gregg Murphy takes part in to support the event and his team.
The “Team Murphy Annual Fundraising Happy Hour” will take place on Monday, June 9, at Botto’s Italian Line in Swedeboro, NJ.
‘Murph’, a South Jersey native and Holy Cross High School grad, enjoys throwing this happy hour every year at Botto’s, where friends, family, neighbors and Irish Pub Tour de Shore supporters all come out to raise money for the team. Last year, through raffles and live auction items, the event raised enough to cover the cost of “Team Murphy’s” jerseys for each team member and donate a significant amount directly to the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation. The fundraising happy hour starts at 6pm and will feature drink specials, DJ Bomber Bennett, and a large list of raffle prizes, featuring items from all of the Philadelphia sports teams.There will also be a number of other “special guests” bartenders that night, to be announced at a later date.
The Irish Pub Tour de Shore will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2014, and is gearing up to have over 2,000 bicyclists. Since its inception, the ride has raised over $3,500,000 with proceeds supporting the Delaware Valley Police charities that include the FOP Survivor’s Fund, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, the FOP of South Jersey, the Sgt. Patrick McDonald Scholarship Fund and The Daniel Faulkner Educational Grant Fund.
Riders for Team Murphy are still welcome and can register at www.irishpubphilly.com.
And to get to tonight's event at Botto's Italian Line Restaurant punch in 1411 Kings Hwy, Swedesboro, NJ 08085, on your GPS or mapping program.
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.”
Clearview High School's head baseball coach had a difficult decision to make this week. In order to stay atop the Tri-County Conference Royal Division the Pioneers need to win both of their games this coming week.
But Clearview also drew St. Augustine in the first round of the Diamond Classic. Coach Rocco Cornacchia was now faced with how to juggle his young pitchers, and where their priorities lied.
His plan was simple, play to always win, but use the rotation to seal up the conference and get into the playoffs.
"We battled them hard, but we can't make the errors we made in the second inning and walk batters against this team and expect to come out on top" said Clearview assistant coach Mike Lerch.
In the second inning, St. Augustine was able to plate three runs in the 5-2 win over Clearview.
For St. Augustine coach Mike Bylone Saturday's first-round game was one leg of his milk stool approach. "Every year we have three goals, win the Diamond Classic, win the conference, win the state championship. We look to come out of the season with something referring to the three goals" said Bylone.
"Every time Joey (Gatto) takes the mound we have a chance to win," Bylone said about his star pitcher.
Today's win was a first step in winning the Diamond Classic hardware. St. Augustine only has made it to the Diamond final once, losing to fellow Cape-Atlantic League rival Buena, 9-8, in 2011.
Bylone went to his ace, senior Joey Gatto, to deliver the first-round win. Gatto, who has committed to North Carolina and is being scouted by several major league teams, pitched a complete game to get the win.
"I felt good out there today, it's a great team win for us" said Gatto.
Gatto hit 93 mph on the radar gun and rung up seven strikeouts in the effort. He also went 2-for-4 to help himself and power his team to victory.
Dylan Tolbert went 3-for-3 and reached base four times to lead the offense and help the Hermits advance to the second round of the tournament.
St. Augustine is now 15-4 overall and will face Colonial Conference and Group 1 power, Audubon, Saturday, May 17, in the second round, at 10:30 a.m. at Deptford High School.
According to Bylone "it will be a week of juggling pitchers.: