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NEWARK STAR LEDGER Boys Baseball Top 20 4/12/05 1-Seton Hall Prep (3-0) Right-handers Nick Christiani, Mike Ness and Rick Porcello and lefthander Jon Masklee give the staff a 1.65 ERA and have struck out 30 batters while surrendering just five walks. 2-Gloucester Catholic (4-0) Righty Dan Feldman opened with a perfect game against Deptford and won again against Williamstown. Ace Zach Braddock, a left-hander, hopes to make his first start after Tommy John surgery during the team’s Florida swing next week. 3-St. Joseph (Mont.) (3-0) The 2004 Star-Ledger Top 20 Trophy winner will be in the hunt all year for the No. 1 ranking behind gifted shortstop Brent Weiss. 4-Old Tappan (4-0) The Bergen County school will be a force this spring due to a deep pitching staff that features lefties Nick Vallillo and Eric Katzman and righty Brian McLaughlin. 5-Bishop Eustace (2-0) Shortstop Billy Rowell had two of the team’s eight home runs as the Pennsauken school opened with victories over Audubon (18-4) and Cherry Hill East (16-2). 6-Hillsborough (3-0) It has one of the stronger defensive infields in coach Norm Hewitt’s sixyear tenure with third baseman Adam Rothblatt, shortstop Joe Marangella, second baseman Joey Zeiss and first baseman Corey Swickle. 7-Christian Brothers (4-0) A powerful lineup, which has gotten home runs from Pete Delleani, Joe Durso, Jim Laufer, Matt Bock and Vin Avella, has outscored its first four opponents by a 42-5 margin. 8-Toms River East (4-0) Senior Clancy Doyle and junior Ryker Toscano were responsible for five of the team’s season-low seven hits in a 5-3 victory over Jackson. 9-Nutley (3-0) It has outscored its opponents, 33-3, behind the arms of Nick Moscara, Robert Gariano and Mike DeGennaro and the steady bats of center fielder Mike Ochse, catcher Mike Maffucci and second baseman Dave Nakashian. 10-Memorial (4-0) A pitching staff consisting of Jesus Castano, Andy Ortiz, Steve Minguez and Robinson Polanco has allowed one run and eight hits with 45 strikeouts and nine walks over 28 innings. 11-Wall (3-0) The pitching trio of Chad Tirpack, Craig Hughes and Sean Peterson has set the tone for a staff that has yielded two runs and 11 hits over 17 innings for the defending Group 3 state champion. 12-Toms River North (4-1) After going eight innings in a nodecision in the season opener, lefty Frank Vicedese picked up the first victory of his senior campaign and 12th of his career in a 10-0 triumph over Brick. 13-Holy Cross (4-0) Righty John Meadus (2-0), Rob Devaney and Marc Succoni each have two home runs and the team has hit nine in scoring 61 total runs. 14-Montgomery (4-0) Right-hander Dale Hering (2-0) has struck out 13 and allowed six walks and seven hits in 11 innings of work for the Skillman school, which has been led at the plate by outfielders James Boyer and Kevin Weingart. 15-Ramapo (4-0) Third baseman Mike Laurcella paces the offense while standout righthander Shooter Hunt is the ace of the staff. 16-West Deptford (2-0) A major threat in Group 2, it has received contributions from second baseman Jake Brownell and catcher Frank Mullin in a 15-7 victory over Audubon and a 14-2 victory over Paulsboro. 17-Raritan (4-0) Seniors Mark Maglione and Steve Bilowus possess two of the more consistent bats within a potent order that’s received ample support from pitchers Sean Donovan and Marc Zecchino. 18-St. Peter’s Prep (4-0) The leadership and consistent play from seniors Mike Brown, Nick Criaris, Mike Visone and Dave Bellotti has spurred the four-game winning streak. 19-Hunterdon Central (4-1) First baseman Rick Neiderhaus (.571), center fielder Kyle Wachter (.533) and second baseman Mike Buckelew (.526) have jump-started a potent attack to go along with the pitching of Kevin Toolan (2-0) and Colin Peare (1-0). 20-Union (3-0) Steve Blumetti, a senior right-hander, raised his career record to 21-5 with an 11-strikeout, one-walk, six-hit performance against Kearny. GROUP, AREA LEADERS Tuesday, April 12, 2005 GROUP 4 1-Hillsborough (3-0) 2-Toms River East (4-0) 3-Memorial (W.N.Y.) (5-0) 4-Toms River North (4-1) 5-Hunterdon Central (4-1) 6-Union (3-0) 7-Washington Twp. (5-0) 8-Lakewood (5-0) 9-Ridgewood (4-1) 10-Westfield (3-1) GROUP 3 1-Old Tappan (4-0) 2-Nutley (3-0) 3-Wall (3-0) 4-Montgomery (4-0) 5-Ramapo (4-0) 6-Nottingham (3-1) 7-West Milford (3-1) 8-Colts Neck (3-0) 9-Red Bank (3-1) 10-North Hunterdon (2-2) GROUP 2 1-West Deptford (2-0) 2-Raritan (4-0) 3-Pequannock (3-0) 4-Rutherford (3-0) 5-Sterling (4-0) 6-Seneca (5-0) 7-River Dell (3-0) 8-Westwood (2-0) 9-Wallkill Valley (4-0) 10-Carteret (3-1) GROUP 1 1-Pennsville (1-0) 2-New Milford (3-1) 3-Lyndhurst (4-0) 4-Hawthorne (4-1) 5-Riverside (5-1) 6-Verona (2-1) 7-Butler (4-1) 8-Dayton (4-0) 9-Manville (2-1) 10-Florence (2-1) NON-PUBLIC 1-Seton Hall Prep (3-0) 2-Gloucester Catholic (4-0) 3-St. Joseph (3-0) 4-Bishop Eustace (2-0) 5-Christian Brothers (4-0) 6-Holy Cross (4-0) 7-St. Peter's Prep (4-0) 8-Hudson Catholic (4-1) 9-Immaculata (2-0-1) 10-St. Augustine (3-0) PREP 1-Hun (3-1) 2-Lawrenceville (2-3) 3-Peddie (2-1) 4-Blair (1-2) 5-St. Benedict's (0-1) 6-Pennington (2-0) 7-Rutgers Prep (2-0) 8-Princeton Day (2-2) 9-Wardlaw-Hartridge (1-1) 10-Saddle River Day (1-1) BERGEN 1-St. Joseph (3-0) 2-Old Tappan (4-0) 3-Ramapo (4-0) 4-Rutherford (3-0) 5-River Dell (3-0) 6-Ridgewood (4-1) 7-Westwood (2-0) 8-New Milford (3-1) 9-Lyndhurst (4-0) 10-St. Mary's (3-0) ESSEX 1-Seton Hall Prep (3-0) 2-Nutley (3-0) 3-Newark Academy (4-0) 4-West Orange (2-1) 5-West Essex (3-1) 6-Verona (2-1) 7-Montclair Kimberley (2-2) 8-Livingston (2-1) 9-East Side (3-1) 10-Millburn (3-2) HUDSON 1-Memorial (5-0) 2-St. Peter's Prep (4-0) 3-Hudson Catholic (4-1) 4-Kearny (3-1) 5-Emerson (4-0) 6-Bayonne (4-1) 7-North Bergen (3-1) 8-Hudson Prep (4-0) 9-Hoboken (3-2) 10-St. Mary's (4-1) MIDDLESEX 1-St. Joseph's (4-2) 2-Carteret (3-1) 3-Colonia (3-1) 4-East Brunswick (3-1) 5-J.P. Stevens (4-1) 6-South Brunswick (3-1) 7-Edison (2-3) 8-South Plainfield (3-1) 9-Monroe (2-1) 10-Iselin Kennedy (1-2) MONMOUTH 1-Christian Brothers (4-0) 2-Wall (3-0) 3-Raritan (4-0) 4-Colts Neck (3-0) 5-Red Bank (3-1) 6-Monmouth (2-2) 7-Ocean Twp. (2-2) 8-Middletown North (2-2) 9-Howell (2-2) 10-Freehold Twp. (2-2) MORRIS 1-Pequannock (3-0) 2-Morristown (3-1) 3-Randolph (2-1) 4-Delbarton (2-2) 5-Morris Knolls (3-1) 6-Hanover Park (2-1) 7-Mount Olive (5-0) 8-Mendham (4-1) 9-Roxbury (1-2) 10-Butler (4-1) OCEAN 1-Toms River East (4-0) 2-Toms River North (4-1) 3-Lakewood (5-0) 4-Brick Memorial (3-2) 5-Toms River South (2-2) 6-Point Pleasant Boro (2-1) 7-Lacey (2-1) 8-Jackson (1-2) 9-Point Pleasant Beach (2-0) 10-New Egypt (1-2) PASSAIC 1-West Milford (3-1) 2-Lakeland (4-1) 3-Wayne Hills (4-2) 4-Hawthorne (4-1) 5-Clifton (2-1) 6-Wayne Valley (4-3) 7-Paterson Catholic (3-1) 8-Pompton Lakes (1-1) 9-DePaul (3-2) 10-Passaic Tech (2-3) SOMERSET 1-Hillsborough (3-0) 2-Montgomery (4-0) 3-Watchung Hills (4-0) 4-Immaculata (2-0-1) 5-Ridge (1-3-1) 6-Pingry (1-0) 7-Bridgewater-Raritan (1-3) 8-Franklin (2-3) 9-Somerville (4-1) 10-Manville (2-1) SOUTH JERSEY 1-Gloucester Catholic (4-0) 2-Bishop Eustace (2-0) 3-Holy Cross (4-0) 4-West Deptford (2-0) 5-Washington Twp. (5-0) 6-St. Augustine (3-0) 7-Sterling (4-0) 8-Vineland (4-0) 9-Seneca (5-0) 10-Cherokee (2-0) UNION 1-Union (3-0) 2-Cranford (2-1) 3-Westfield (3-1) 4-Gov. Livingston (4-1) 5-Dayton (4-0) 6-Roselle Catholic (3-1) 7-Elizabeth (3-3) 8-Scotch Plains (2-1) 9-Johnson (2-2) 10-Union Catholic (4-1) WEST JERSEY 1-Hunterdon Central (4-1) 2-Vernon (4-0) 3-Wallkill Valley (4-0) 4-North Hunterdon (2-2) 5-Pope John (3-0) 6-Hackettstown (2-0) 7-Delaware Valley (3-1) 8-Newton (2-3) 9-Phillipsburg (1-2) 10-Sparta (1-1)
STEVE ABBOTT #5
STEVE CURRY #11
SCOTT DYCKMAN #3
BRIAN DZURO #27
Charger baseball is more than just a game. It is a commitment to excellence. Over the last 2 decades, we have risen to the level of perennial Middlesex County/Central Jersey State player, and are the measuring stick for Blue Division ballclubs. We currently boast 13 consecutive winning seasons and are the 4-time defending Blue Division Champions. What's missing: the ever elusive State Sectional Championship and the title of Greater Middlesex Conference Champion, one of the most coveted County titles in the state of New Jersey. Defending the Divisional title for the 5th straight year, and entering uncharted county/state territory is what drives this years 2007 Charger squad. Only time will tell where we will end up, but when it's all said and done.......WE WILL BE THERE!