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Lady Blues Head To National Championship With 3-1 Win Over Itasca

Posted in Brookdale, Sports on May 22, 2010 by bccstall

In a pitchers dual, Kerilyn Svenson (Raritan Valley) showed why she was voted the Region XIX Player of the Year, as Brookdale (44-10) earned a spot in the NJCAA Division III softball title game with a 3-1 win over Itasca (51-6).

“The first five innings lasted 40 minutes, so that will tell you how great both pitchers were today,” Brookdale head coach Bo Scannapieco commented. “It was an all-around awesome softball game.”

Svenson pitched a complete game, striking out six and scattering four hits while allowing only one earned run.

The freshman righty had just enough run support, though, as the Jersey Blues would strike first in the bottom of the fourth.  Tracey Stern (Shore Regional) was the Blues’ first base runner, with a single to start the inning.  After a heads-up base running move – tagging up on a foul ball – to advance to second, sophomore catcher Christina Masitti (Freehold Twp.) hit a  grounder that the second baseman couldn’t handle, to plate Stern and give the Blues the 1-0 advantage.

Then, in the bottom of the fifth, freshman left fielder Vanessa Flores (Wall) hit a rocket to left-center for her first extra-base hit of the tournament and was advanced to third by a Kara Kelsey (Middletown North) sacrifice.  Sam Dugan (/Middletown North), who has recorded an RBI in each game this tournament, singled to bring Flores home, to increase the Blues’ lead to 2-0.

Itasca would put up its lone run in the top of the sixth inning, off of an Emma Nelson RBI double, but Brookdale would get that back with an RBI single by Sam Deixler (Southern Regional) to score Amanda Svenson (Middletown North)

Svenson would then retire the side in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.

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Brookdale Men’s Tennis Currently In Second Place at National Championship

Posted in Brookdale, Sports on May 13, 2010 by bccstall

Entering the third and final day of competition at the NJCAA National men’s tennis tournament, Brookdale currently sits in second place with 26.5 points, trailing Gloucester who has 27.5.

Three of the nine Jersey Blues’ entrants are still alive with number one singles Tom Wolski (Watchung Hills), number six singles Dillon Bunt (RFH) and the number one doubles team of Wolski and Nils Svenson (Middletown South) all playing in the championship match tomorrow.

Wolski, who was down 3-5 in his semifinal match and rallied for six straight points for the win, will face a Kingsborough (NY) opponent in the opening round which began at 8:00 a.m. (CST).

A late-season addition to the lineup at the number six spot, Bunt defeated the top-seeded entrant in the semifinals and will now face Region XIX champ Ed Thompson from Gloucester.

Wolski and Svenson will play toe-to-toe against intra-region rivals Matt Pierson and Jason Bielski.  The previous time the two doubles faced each other was in the semifinals of the Region XIX tournament, where Mercer came out victorious went on to win the Region XIX title.

Singles matches began at 8:00 a.m. (CST) and doubles will start at 11:00 a.m. (CST).

BCC Baseball & Softball Players Recieve All Region Honors

Posted in Sports on May 2, 2010 by bccstall

Brookdale, which was previously ranked number one in the National Division III softball poll earlier this season, has  five players who recived All-Region honors.  Four players earned first-team honors in freshman pitcher Kerilyn Svenson (Raritan), freshman first baseman Tracey Stern (Shore Regional), freshman outfielder Amanda Svenson (Middletown North) and sophomore catcher Christina Masitti (Freehold Township). Honored for the second consecutive year, sophomore utility player Samantha Deixler (Southern Regional) earned a nod on the second team.

Svenson, who transferred in after one semester at the University of New Haven, has a record of 23-3 and has only allowed 20 earned runs in 153 innings of work good for an National sixth-best ERA of .915.  She averages 1.24 strike outs per inning, which is fourth in the NJCAA, and is equally impressive in the batters’ box.  The Middletown product is hitting .357 with 20 RBIs.

The national leader in homeruns, Stern has powered 12 long balls in 43 games and leads the team in RBIs with 56 while also scoring 45 runs of her own.  Her batting average currently sits at .396.

A rightfielder with a cannon for an arm, Svenson has made a name for herself in the power department, as well.  With seven homeruns, which is eighth on the National leaderboard, and 15 RBIs, this .417 hitter is leading the team with 55 hits.

Making the transition from outfield to catcher proved not to be a daunting task for sophomore Masitti.  In fact, she is enjoying her best season yet, hitting .355 with four homeruns.

Deixler was named to the all-tournament team during last year’s National tournament run for the Jersey Blues and hasn’t let up on being a seniority figure this year.  With 42 RBIS, 14 doubles and three homeruns, Deixler’s batting average sits at .386 heading into the postseason.

All five players have kept their respective positions for the all-Garden State Athletic Conference team.

The Lady Blues, who earned the second-seed in the Region XIX tournament, have earned a bye in first-round play but will return to action next weekend (May 7-8) when Ocean County College hosts the 2010 Region XIX softball tournament.

On the baseball side of things, seven players from the nationally-ranked team earned All-Region XIX honors, as announced by the league Wednesday.  Five Jersey Blues garnered spots on the first team with sophomore catcher Nick Gaeta (Montville), second baseman David Nunez(Belmar), sophomore outfielder Andrew Archer (St. John Vianney), freshman designated hitter Leiby Gonzalez (Santo Domingo, D.R) and sophomore pitcher JC Menna (Red Bank Catholic) receiving nods, while sophomore outfielder Eddie Martin (Raritin) and freshman pitcher Brian Conrad (Souderton) were named to the second team.

Menna, whose fastball has been clocked upwards of 94 MPH this year, has a record that currently sits at 4-1.  In 27.1 innings pitched, the righty has let up only four earned runs and has struck out 34 batters.  His ERA is a stingy 1.317.

Conrad made an immediate impact on the Jersey Blues squad.  A transfer from LaSalle, his record thus far is 3-1 and he holds a 1.57 ERA while fanning 27 batters in just 23 innings of work.

A mainstay behind the plate, Gaeta is as consistent on defense as he is in the batter’s box.  The Montville native is hitting .406 and has team-high 24 RBIs.

A speedy lead-off man, Gonzalez’s on-base percentage is just under .500  and hit .390 on the year with 19 runs and 24 RBIs.

Although Nunez doesn’t necessarily carry a heavy bat, he has a knack for finding the gaps, belting a team-high 12 extra base hits while hitting .410.

A pair of leaders in the outfield, Martin and Archer have combined for 20 doubles and 44 runs this season.  Archer, however, leads the team in batting average with a blazing .426 while Martin bats .378.

All five first-team Region XIX honorees have also earned first-team Garden State Athletic Conference honors, and Martin is the sole Jersey Blue representative on the all-GSAC second team.