Marlton Athletics Baseball Club: 2001-03 News/Info

Notes from March 8th Del Val Manager's Meeting
Notes from Del Val League Meeting 3/8/01 at Grand Slam USA in Mt. Laurel: A's will be one of 6 teams in the "Liberty" Division (there are four 6-team divisions for a 24-team league) ......I need each player's registration w/$85 fee per player is due within next 2-3 weeks, $70 per player first payment for team fees due by April 7.........umpires $100 per game.....season schedule starts on April 22d -- we are off on Memorial Day only during regular season, as July 4th is during the week - All Star Game tentatively set for Memorial Day wkd at Waterfront Park (Trenton Thunder).....we will play a 16 game schedule with 0 DH's - teams in our Division will be teams of similar competitive level.....

Goto "NEWS" for Notes on 3/1/01 Team Meeting


Ferry Hits Booze Jackpot!!
The old adage of 'you got to be in it to win it' comes through again!! The A's are proud to announce that infielder Ken Ferry has won the Grand Prize in the 2000 St. Valentine Athletic Club Christmas Raffle (consisting of a big 'ole butt load of all sorts of shall we say, adult beverages!!).....St. Val's, our sponsor to whom we are extremely grateful for their support this season, held their annual Christmas raffle on Thursday December 7th, at the SVAC in Bloomfield, New Jersey. We also want to acknowledge all those who particpated in selling our 500 ticket allotment this year: 50 tickets (Ken Ferry, Terry Annese, Steve Lomax, Todd Camp, Lance Wood, Keith Wood, Gary Giese, Ed Miller; 100 tickets (SVAC member Barry Annese)....Party at Ken's House!!!

Click Here For A's Spring 2001 Stats





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A's 'Pony' Up Some Bucks @ St. Val's Night at the Races
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"The Horses"
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JUNE 2 - The Marlton Athletics joined up with their 2000-01 Sponsor, St. Valentine's Athletic Club, for an evening of sport, food, and fun at the St. Val's 2001 Night at the Races up in Bloomfield tonight.

The evening started off with A's players and their families enjoying a couple of hours in the SVAC gaming area. Bud, Jewel and their mom Heather Hazel had a blast at the air hockey table, while Harry Ritchie and Ed Hall showed off their billards skills. However, all attention soon turned to the impromptu A's mini-bowling tournament that sprouted up among the players. Ken "Earl Anthony" Ferry and Bill "Twinkle Toes" Hazel dominated the mini competition with solid performances on the hardwood, defeating Terry Annese and Pery Shusterman, respectively. Barry Annese and his near-200 bowling average was unfortunately unavailable to compete because of a medical emergency that delayed his arrival. (We all hope that Shelly's doing better).... Meanwhile, Todd Camp and Terry Annese had the 'pleasure' of racking up the pins ("Oh, my aching back.....")

After chowing down from a fabulous spread of Italian foods, the evening's feature festivities commenced with the first of twelve 'horse races'. The cigar smoke quickly began billowing with horse players calculating and perusing over their racing forms to pick their next bets......No one seemed to matter whether they won or lost - and for Ken Ferry and Rich Mazzella sometimes even when you won - you lost....as they ended up turning over the proceeds of their bets anyway. Of course, this was totally appropriate since their significant others were the brains the operation. (Blatant suck up to the ladies, sorry guys.)

Our favorite horses of the evening included baseball appropriately named "King of the Hill" in the Fourth Race and (in a playful jab at the wonderful demeanor of the A's ballclub) "Complaint Department", who ran in the Fifth Race......

The A's wish to thank SVAC President Ken D'Onofrio and everyone in the St. Val's family for their fabulous hospitality (and great food!)...Thanks for a great evening - it was a lot of fun and we are looking foward to next year's event.





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A's OF Barry Annese (right) Looks Over the Field
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A's Get into the (Golf) Swing of Things
As we have all become aware, there are a number of accomplished golfers on this year's A's ballclub. Barry Annese, Ken Ferry, Terry Annese, Todd Camp, Keith Wood, Rich Mazzella, Bill Hazel, Harry Ritchie and Ed Hall, to name just a few, have all knocked the little white ball around at some point during the season.

In recent weeks, A's players have taken their game to the tournament level with some success. On August 2d, Barry Annese, Todd Camp and Terry Annese (with Ken Ferry there in spirit), placed third at the New Jersey Attorney General's Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE - Terry's work) Golf Tournament at Ramblewood Country Club....last year, with Ken in the lineup the team placed second - which just goes to show you how his value to the ballclub extends beyond this season's stellar pitching performance.....

From August 27-30, Barry Annese and Todd Camp competed in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the 2001 Dupont/CoolMax World Amateur Handicap Championship Tournament. Playing among approximately 5,000 amateur golfers in 100 player flights divided by handicap, both did the A's proud with their performances at some of the most difficult and challenging courses on the East Coast.

Barry, playing his third Dupont, shot 84 (65 net), 91 (73), 86 (68), and 88 (71), for 349 (277). Barry challenged for the Flight 15 lead over the first two days before eventually finishing 9th. Todd, playing in his first Dupont, shot 101 (75 net), 110 (82), 106 (80), and 98 (72), for 415 (309). Todd steadily improved his standing day-by-day and finished 57th in Flight 18. The 1st place winners of the approximate 58 flights competed in a handicap championship round at Myrtle Beach TPC, which was won by 15.7 Handicap David Miller of Hampton, VA.


"King" Ferry Throws Gem to Shut Out Braves, 4-0
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Delanco Braves (2-5)       000 000 000    0    7    2
Marlton A's (3-2-1)          300 010 000    4    13   0
FINAL
WP - Ferry (3-1)
LP - TBurbage (1-3)
2B: (M) Wood, Ritchie (2); (D) JBurbage

JUNE 10: Ken Ferry proved to be "King of the Hill" and threw a 7-hit complete game shutout, the first in team history, as the Marlton A's defeated the Delanco Braves, 4-0, in a game earlier today at Cherokee High School in Marlton.

While Ferry (3-1) and Delanco starter Tom Burbage (1-3) locked up in quintessential pitcher's duel; it was the A's defense and timely hitting that would go on to ultimately turn the ballgame in the favor of the hometown club.

Marlton (3-2-1), once again jumped out to a quick lead in the first, as with one out, CF Barry Annese and 1B Rich Mazzella picked up back-to-back singles. EH Keith Wood then launched a bullet into the rightcenter field gap for a run-scoring double, as Mazzella took third. After P Ken Ferry was retired for the second out, SS Harry Ritchie made it 3-0 with a 2-run double to right, climaxing on an acrobatic dive for the plate by Wood, who dove head first over Delanco catcher Matt Haley, slightly clipping the backstop's left shoulder while touching home plate as the relay throw could not be handled.

Ferry was on cruise control through the next four innings, retiring 9 of 11 eleven batters during that stretch, allowing only a pair of harmless walks along the way.

Marlton threatened but did not score in the third, as Todd Camp led off with a bunt single and went to second on a bad throw by catcher Haley. However, Camp was left stranded as Burbage retired Barry Annese, Mazzella and Wood on two fly balls and a line out, respectively. The A's would strand two more in scoring position in the fourth - but would break through on Burbage to pick up their fourth run an inning later.

Ed Hall led off the fifth with a single to right, his first hit of the season, and stole second two pitches later. After Burbage retired Pery Shusterman and Todd Camp, things looked as if the Delanco lefthander would work out trouble again - however, Barry Annese responded by drilling an RBI single that brought home Hall, making the score 4-0.

It was then showtime for the A's defense, who came up big to snuff out the Braves best chance to get back in the ballgame in the top of the sixth. DH John Burbage led off with a double down the left field line which was followed by an infield single by DH Mike Briggs. However, with the corners up, 1B John Pennell grounded to 3B Ed Miller, who fired home to an awaiting Bill Hazel, who tagged out the sliding Burbage at the plate - as runners remained on first and second. 3B Scott Pennell then hit a hopper up the middle that 2B Terry Annese snagged on the run and raced to the bag for the second out. Ferry preserved the shutout by getting 2B Jim Junurut to pop out to Barry Annese, who had moved in to play first, ending the Delanco threat.

In the eighth, a Tom Burbage leadoff walk was stranded, as SS Harry Ritchie ranged to the edge of the grass behind the second base bag to snag a 2-out ground ball by LF George West, after which Ritchie somehow was able to lunge a flip to a whirling Terry Annese at second for the final out of the inning.

Delanco again threatened in the ninth, putting a pair of baserunners on base, but Ferry would not be denied, getting pinch hitter Tomlinson looking on strikes to lock down his third victory of the season and the first shutout in Marlton A's history.

NOTES: Inspired by his masterful handicapping job at last week's St. Val's Night at the Races, Ferry picked up a season high nine strikeouts in today's complete game shutout, allowed seven hits, walked three and hit a batter. CF/1B Barry Annese went 3-for-4 with an RBI; SS Harry Ritchie continued his surge with a pair of doubles in three at bats along with 2 RBIs; 3B Ed Miller showed signs of breaking out with a 2-for-3 afternoon. EH Todd Camp went 1-for-4 with 2 stolen bases in his first start of the season, and played the last three innings in centerfield. 1B Rich Mazzella's consecutive hits streak ended at twelve in the third inning. After singling in the first inning, Mazz popped up to short center on a ball that nearly dropped in before being snagged on a nice running catch by the Braves centerfielder. Tom Burbage went the distance for the Braves, allowing four runs on 13 hits, while walking one and striking out four A's. John Burbage led the Delanco offense, going 3-for-3 on the day.

NEXT PRACTICE: The A's next scheduled practice is Thursday, June 14th, at 6 PM, at the Evans Road practice field (if the field is taken goto the batting cage at Cherokee HS to hit)....LOOK HERE FOR MORE INFO TO COME....

NEXT WEEK"S GAME PLAYER INFO: Woodbury Marlins at Marlton A's....Players be at Cherokee HS by 7:30a...... 9:00a first pitch.


FOR INFO ON FUTURE PRACTICE UPDATES CALL THE TEAM PHONE LINE @ 856-797-3485 OR LOOK HERE AT THE WEBSITE

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A's at the 2001 Awards Banquet: (top) Terry, Ken, Barry; (bot) Pery, Rich, Todd
Straight A's: 2001 Post Season Awards Banquet
OCT 17: Several Marlton A's players were rewarded for their efforts during the 2001 UDVBL season with honors at the 2001 WebMasters Post-Season Awards, which took place at Turners Hall in Riverside last Saturday evening.

Sponsored by the Vincentown Vipers ballclub, several A's players and their families attended the Beef-and-Beer event, including: OF Todd Camp and his fiancee Carol, P/IF Ken Ferry and his fiancee JoAnn, IF/OF Pery Shusterman, Manager Terry Annese and his wife Cheryl, OF/1B Barry Annese, and 1B/P/C Rich Mazzella, his fiancee Barbara, as well as his parents and numerous friends and family.

AMONG THE EVENING'S WINNERS:
1B/LHP/C Rich Mazzella was the overwhelming winner for the night, collecting 2001 C/D Division honors for MVP, Rookie of the Year, batting average, hits, doubles and runs scored.

IF/RHP Ken Ferry won the 2001 C/D Division award for most triples and the righthander's 7 wins, 2 saves and 51 strikeout effort earned him a second place finish in the Pitcher of the Year voting (behind Willingboro's Ed Horner).

RHP Tom Gorski won the 2001 C/D Division Saves award as well as Relief Pitcher of Year - in honor of his 2 regular season saves and 2 post-season victories.

IF/MGR Terry Annese was awarded with the C/D Manager of the Year, in honor of the A's 10-game turnaround from 2000's disasterous 2-13 campaign. In addition to this year's 12-win season (including playoffs), Annese guided the ballclub to the C/D Semifinals, as the A's pushed Liberty Division Champion Wilingboro to the limit in the Best-of-3 series before finally bowing out.

Finally, the Marlton Athletics Baseball Club Website was awarded the 2001 Website of the Year - an award that we are proud to have earned through what we hope has become an informative and entertaining experience for all!!

Congratulations to all award winners and a heart felt thanks to Hector and Tania Garcia for a wonderful event, as well to everyone who voted and attended the awards ceremony!!

END OF THE LINE....A's DROP GAME THREE TO KNIGHTS, 9-0........A's (12-8) lose best of three Semifinal series to Willingboro (15-4), 2 games to 1.......CONGRATULATIONS to the DEL COUNTY DEVIL RAYS for defeating the WILLINGBORO KNIGHTS 2 games to none and winning the 2001 UDVBL C/D CONFERENCE TITLE............A's players win several 2001 UDVBL Website Season Awards (see above)............ALL STAR GAME has been CANCELLLED.....A's 2001 ALL STARS (4 selections): Barry Annese*, Ken Ferry, Bill Hazel, Rich Mazzella, Harry Ritchie*, Pery Shusterman** and Keith Wood* (* Unable to play due to injury, ** Injury replacement)..........NEXT PRACTICE: 2002....NOTE: Players who HAVE NOT PAID $30 final payment for team fees: Ritchie, Gorski.....



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Mazz, Ken and Terry clutchin' the hardware!!
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A LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT.....
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...and God said, "LET IT RAIN!!!!!"
THREE SCHEDULED GAMES + ONE WASH OUT + NO UMPIRES + ONE GAME IN A MONSOON + THREE BALLFIELDS + A WILD AND CRAZY MARATHON = ONE REALLY LONG DAY

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GAME 1 (9:30AM): Bordentown Pats at Marlton A's: PPD Rained out....The Pats-A's game scheduled for this morning at Cherokee HS has been postponed due to rain. The teams will attempt to re-schedule the game later this week should it be necessary for playoff determination.
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GAME 2 (1:30PM): Marlton A's at Mt. Holly Warriors (completion of suspended game)

A's Score 2 in 10th - Ferry Shuts Door In Monsoon Conditions
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Marlton A's (10-4)             602 001 410 2    16   21   2
Mt. Holly Warriors (5-10)    301 350 020 0    14   12   3
FINAL

WP: Ferry (7-1)
LP: Dae (6-3)

2B: (M) Mazzella, Hazel 2, BAnnese; (MtH) Booker
3B: (M) Gorski
HR: (MtH) Booker (2)

MAY 13/AUGUST 12 - Way back on a gorgeous Mother's Day in mid-May, the A's and Warriors battled back in forth all day long, only to have the game suspended due to curfew, with scored tied at 14-14. The day's events would climax with 2 outs in the home 8th inning - as Mt. Holly first baseman Darrell Booker launched a dramatic game tying 2-run homer off of Marlton reliever Tom Gorski. Both teams would threaten in the 9th, as each club put the winning run in scoring position - however in the end neither could break through, resulting in the suspended game deadlock.

Flash forward to August 12th, almost three months to the day, now at Ironworks Park in Mt. Holly, when both teams met once again to finally settle the score. This time however, with gray, wet, gloomy skies abound, the ballgame resumed in the 10th inning with playoff ramifications in the balance. On the line for the winner, a virtual guarantee of a playoff spot, while the loser would need some help to make the post season.

In the Marlton 10th, C Bill Hazel got the A's rolling by lacing a leadoff double off of Warrior ace Charlie Dae. After 1B Rich Mazzella was walked intentionally to set up the possible double play, Marlton manager Terry Annese elected not to bunt with clean up hitter Ken Ferry, who instead ripped an RBI base hit to right, scoring Hazel to give the A's a 15-14 lead. Mazzella, who went to third on the play would score one batter later, as SS Harry Ritchie launched a long run-scoring sacrifice fly to left-center, giving Marlton an ever important insurance run, and the rain began to fall once again.

By the time the Warriors came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, the rain had developed in a steady downpour, and the A's went right to their ace, Ken Ferry to try to close things out. After a strikeout to lead off the inning, Ferry walked Mark Baker to bring up the tying run in the person of Shawn East. As the rain quickly turned into a moonsoon-like conditions, the two battled in a classic 8-pitch at bat, before Ferry finally recorded his second strike out of the inning. The pouring rain could not melt the growing tension as Dave Brotz came to bat with Mt. Holly slugger Darrell Booker looming in the on-deck circle, hoping for just one more turn at bat. It was not to be, however, as Brotz ripped a sloppy one-hopper to SS Harry Ritchie, who fired to 2B Terry Annese to get the force play to end the game, clinching the A's first ever playoff spot with a long fought 16-14 win.

Lefthanded starters Charlie Dae (Mt. Holly) and Ken Joerg (Marlton) were roughed up from the start - as both clubs scored early and often. Marlton took early leads of 6-0 and 8-3, only to see Mt. Holly battle back and take an eventual 12-8 lead in the 5th inning. That lead would hold up until the 7th, as 1B Rich Mazzella's fourth hit of the day, an RBI single, capped off a 5-run rally and gave Gorski and the A's a 13-12 advantage. Marlton would pick up an insurance run in the top of the 8th, setting the stage for Booker's 2-out heroics in the bottom of the frame.

Gorski, who shut down the Warriors in the 6th and 7th innings without allowing a baserunner, retired the first two hitters in what was to be the 8th and final inning (due to the 3 hour time limit), but hit Dave Brotz to keep the game alive for Mt. Holly. Booker then launched a fastball into the right-centerfield gap and barreled around the bases, just beating a relay throw to the plate to tie the game. Both teams threatened but did not score in the 9th inning - resulting in the game being suspended at 14-14.

NOTES: Back in May, both teams celebrated after the original game - throwing back a few beers at Clark's in Mt. Holly and reminiscing over a well fought battle. (So much for Mother's Day). Booker's homer was his second in two weeks, tying him for the league lead. Overall for the A's, Mazzella's 4-for-4 day gives him 9 hits in his last 9 at bats, and is hitting a sizzling .750 this season (12-for-16). Bill Hazel went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's, while Harry Ritchie went 4-for-4, with 4 RBI's in a break out day for the A's third baseman. Ken Ferry, who had pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief back in May pitched a scoreless 10th to notch his seventh win, while Mt. Holly ace Charlie Dae, who originally started the game for the Warriors, was tagged with his 3rd loss of the year. The A's have clinched a playoff spot and can claim second place in the Liberty Division with a win later today over the Woodbury Marlins. Meanwhile, Mt. Holly with need to defeat the Del County Astros in a makeup game later this week to determine who will get the sixth and final playoff spot.

GAME 3: (4:30PM): Woodbury Marlins at Marlton A's (at Southampton Memorial Field, Southampton)

A's Drop Act 3 of WET-N-WILD Sunday in Late Night Marathon, 20-16
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Woodbury Marlins (10-6)       208 040 204    20   16   1
Marlton A's (10-5)                250 201 051    16   16   3
FINAL

WP: Cifonelli (1-0)
LP: Ferry (7-2)

2B: (W) Tanner (2), Collins; (M) BAnnese, Ritchie, Mazzella

(AUG 12 - VINCENTOWN)
In the A's third scheduled ball game of the day (on 3 different fields), the sublime turned into the ridiculous, as the A's and Woodbury Marlins battled deep into the night in a slugfest that pushed the six-hour mark, climaxing with the Marlins surviving a white knuckled 20-16 win with the A's stranding the tying run at the plate as the ball game finally ended.

A's starter Ken Ferry, running on less than his best after picking up the win with a scoreless inning over Mt. Holly earlier in the day, could not hold an early 7-2 lead and was bombed in an 8-run third inning that gave the Marlins a lead they never relinquish the rest of the way.

As the day progressed to night, the rains finally abated and the teams continued to slug it out under the lights. Marlton would eventually cut into Woodbury leads of 14-9 and 16-10, but never got closer than a single run before the Marlins put the game away with a 4-run ninth opened up a 16-15 game off of reliever Barry Annese, helped along by a pair of walks and a costly infield error.

The battling A's would not go down quietly in there half of the ninth, as walks to 3B/EH Joe Walton and lF/3B Ed Hall and singles by C Bill Hazel and CF Barry Annese plated a run and brought P/SS Ken Ferry to the plate as the tying run with the bases loaded and two out. However, the Amazin' A's magic spell finally died out, as Ferry struck out to end what was easily the longest
day in team history, dropping a 20-16 score.

NOTES: The A's were scheduled to play their first game of the day against Bordentown at 9:30AM, followed by the conclusion of a suspended game t 1:30PM and the Woodbury game right after that. All games were to played at Cherokee High School in Marlton, but when the rains wiped out the Bordentown game, Marlton, Mt. Holly and Woodbury scrambled to Ironworks Park in Mt. Holly to attempt to resume. As the A's and Warriors played the 10th inning the rains came again, making Ironworks an unplayable mess, which brought Marlton and Woodbury to Vincentown Memorial Field in Vincentown to play a nearly 6-hour finale that ended just minutes before 10:00PM....

A big thanks goes out Hector and Tania for helping us out with the field and especially for umpiring after the men-in-blue failed to show up......

In the nightcap, the A's were paced by CF Barry Annese and 1B Rich Mazzella, who each went 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs, while RF Keith Wood also went 3-for-5, with 3 RBIs. On the pitching end, Ken Ferry gave up 6 earned runs over 2 innings in collecting his second loss of the year....Rich Mazzella walked the only two batters he saw in the third inning before Bill Hazel came on to throw a solid 4 innings, giving up 4 runs (1 earned) while striking out 3.....Barry Annese didn't fare as well, surrendering 6 runs (only 2 earned) over 2 1/3 innings while walking a season high 7 batters.....Finally, Terry Annese closed things out with 2/3 of an inning of scoreless ball.

The A's move on to the playoffs oddly enough against the Woodbury Marlins, in a rematch in the wildcard round next Saturday down at Woodbury HS. Meanwhile, Somerdale awaits the winner of the Mt. Holly-Del County Astros contest.....the winners will then square off against the two division champs, the Willingboro Knights and Del County D'Rays, in a Best-of-3 Semifinal Series.


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The February 2001 Marlton A's HOT SITE of the month is the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey....

This One's For Blake!!
Papa Mazz Caps Off 1st Round Win Over Woodbury, 10-7, Knights Next

Marlton A's at Woodbury Marlins (at Woodbury HS)
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Marlton A's (1-0)                020 230 003    10   16    4
Woodbury Marlins (0-1)       021 002 011      7    9    1

FINAL
WP: Gorski (1-0)
LP: Cifonelli (0-1)
SV: Ferry (1)

2B: (W) Tanner (2), Collins; (M) BAnnese, Ritchie, Mazzella

(AUG 19 - WOODBURY) Rich Mazzella launched an emotional game-clinching RBI double and Ken Ferry closed out a hair-raising ninth, as the Marlton A's, playing in their first playoff game in team history, held off the Woodbury Marlins, 10-7, in a first round contest. The victory advances the A's to the semi-final round of the 2001 Playoffs, a best-of-3 series to be played against the Willingboro Knights.

After dropping an exhausting 20-16 score to the Marlins just a week ago, Marlton starter Tom Gorski stymied the Woodbury batters over the first five innings, allowing just two earned runs and five hits, while the visiting A's opened up a healthy 7-3 lead going into the middle innings.

However, Gorski would run aground in the Woodbury sixth, as a fit of wildness eventually forced the A's to go to their already tired bullpen earlier than expected. After striking out LF Art Collins to lead off the inning, Gorski hit 3B Steve McKusker with a pitch, his fourth of the ballgame, which automatically called for the righthander's removal from the hill, per league rule. Lefty Rich Mazzella, running on adrenaline after a long week that climaxed with the birth of his first son, Blake, at nearby Woodbury Memorial Hospital, showed a bit of rust and hit the first batter he saw, RF Wayne Tanner, to put two on with one out. Back-to-back singles quickly cut the A's lead in half, at 7-5, before Mazzella settled down and retired the next two batters to douse the threat.

Forced to go into extended bullpen duty due to Gorski's early exit, Mazzella cruised through a 1-2-3 seventh and retired the first two batters in the eighth, before the Marlins struck again, cutting the lead to one, on a single, two wild pitches and an RBI fielder's choice.

Marlton quickly went to work in the top of the ninth to try and expand upon their slim advantage. With one out, 3B Ed Hall drew a walk and went to third on CF Todd Camp's double. Barry Annese then launched a run-scoring sacrifice fly, expanding the A's lead to 8-6. Camp, who crossed over to third on the play, scored one batter later on C Bill Hazel's RBI-single to make it 9-6, bringing up 'Papa' Rich Mazzella with something to prove.

Some say Ruth never really called his shot, but there would be no such doubt on this day. Pointing his bat upward towards the hospital room window that housed Baby Blake and a resting Mama Barbara, the A's MVP firstbaseman launched a long-RBI double to rightcenter, scoring Hazel and seemingly sending the A's on their way to the semifinals. After the play, the jubliant Papa could not contain his celebration while standing on second base, pounding his heart three times and pointing kisses skyward to mom and newborn son.

Now with just three outs to go to move on to the Semis, a tiring Mazzella was unable to close things out, as leadoff man EH Mike Solomen reached base on a wild throw following a strike out, and 2B Al Salciunas singled to put two men on and nobody out. A's manager Terry Annese reluctantly went the pen for ace Ken Ferry to put out the fire. Annese had hoped to get through the game without Ferry throwing a pitch, since he would be starting a potential Game 1, but nonetheless the skipper was forced to go to the MVP righthander (his last remaining bullet with righty reliever Bill Hazel nursing a broken toe) in order to ensure the win. Ferry made quick work of EH Tom Ramsey with a strikeout and got leadoff man Steve Cifonelli to fly to CF Todd Camp for out number two. However, 2B Terry Annese's wild throw of CF Tom Bray's infield grounder gave the Marlins a new life. Things got crazier when 1B Rich Mazzella dropped Paul Kohler's infield popup, scoring Solmen from third to make it 10-7, as cleanup hitter John Hughes brought the winning run to the plate. Ferry bore down and enduced the Woodbury firstbaseman to pop another infield fly towards the first base side of home plate. This time, however, Ferry took complete control and called everyone off, snatching the ball from the air to end ballgame and sending the A's to Willingboro for a Sunday date with the Knights.

PLAYOFF NOTES: The entire ballclub, already running high on the emotion surrounding the birth of baby Blake Mazzella just a few days earlier, celebrated his young life with a ballgame, that was played, as luck would have, just across the street from Woodbury Memorial Hospital.

Keith Wood continued his late-inning surge with a 4-for-4 day, including 2 runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Tom Gorski went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, while collecting the win, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings work. Bill Hazel, Rich Mazzella and Harry Ritchie each collected 2 hits apiece, while Terry Annese stroked a 2-run double.

The A's struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, on an infield error and a fielder's choice, only to see Woodbury bounce back with two runs in the home half of the inning. Woodbury then took their only lead of the day in the bottom of the third, on C Paul Kolher's RBI single.

Marlton grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fourth, as back-to-back singles by RF Keith Wood and P Tom Gorski were driven home by a long 2-run double by 2B Terry Annese.

In the visitor's fifth, consecutive 2-out singles off the bats of SS Ken Ferry, EH Harry Ritchie, Wood and Gorski powered a 3-run surge that opened the A's lead to 7-3, heading to the sixth inning.


Depleted A's Drop Game 1, 13-7
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Winning Pitcher Tom Gorski and RF Keith Wood after an Amazin' Win
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Amazin' A's Stun Knights, 12-9, Game 3 on Sunday
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"Papa" Mazz
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Gorski, Cardiac Coach, Shusterman, Lead Late Inning Comeback
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Wil'boro Knights (1-1)     031 003 101   9 14   0
Marlton Athletics (2-1)     100 021 26x 12 13  0
Game 2 FINAL, Series Tied 1-1
WP: Gorski (2-0)
LP: Anderson (0-1)
SV: Ferry (2)
2B: (M) Gorski (2), Ferry, TAnnese; (W) Key, Randall
3B: (W) Creaney

August 25: Tom Gorski went eight-plus innings to pick up his second win of the post-season, as the A's bounced back to tie up the semifinals at one game apiece, defeating the Willingboro Knights, 12-9 - in a wild, come-from-behind finish earlier today at Marlton Memorial Field.

Trailing all day long, Marlton battled back from an 4-run deficit with two runs in the seventh and six more in an eighth inning that would eventually see twelve A's come to bat, capped off by 2B Terry Annese's third hit of the day, an RBI double to left that broke an 8-8 deadlock. The Marlton lead would eventually grow to 12-8 before the Knights threatened in the top of the ninth, picking up a run off a tiring Gorski - however, Ken Ferry came out of the pen to shut things down and collect his second save of the postseason.

Trailing 8-4 in the seventh inning, RF Keith Wood drew a leadoff walk off of Knights' reliever John Collins and stole second base. After LF/3B Ed Miller flew out to deep right, Terry Annese singled to right, scoring Wood to make the score 8-5. Pery Shusterman then singled to left followed by a walk to Joe Walton that loaded the bases. On a 1-0 pitch by Collins to CF Ed Hall, Annese sprinted down third just as Collins was starting his windup. The righthanded Collins, clearly seeing the runner moving down the base line, stopped his motion in mid-windup. A balk was immediately called by the homeplate umpire, and Annese trotted home to cut the Knights' lead to just two, at 8-6.

The Amazing A's completed the comeback with a monster eighth inning in which they scored six runs on just three hits, and benefiting from five costly Willingboro walks.

As the inning began, Alan Anderson came on to pitch for the Knights, in place of Collins - who over two innings work allowed three runs on three hits, striking out three and walking two. Tom Gorski led things off with a walk, and went to second and then third on a pair of wild pitches. After Rich Mazzella struck out for the first out, Ken Ferry singled, scoring Gorski to make the score 8-7. Harry Ritchie then battled Anderson to work out a 9-pitch walk that put runners on first and second. Keith Wood followed with a game tying single to center, plating Ferry as designated runner Ed Hall took second. After Ed Miller ripped a shot to center that was caught by Paul Ash for the second out, Terry Annese came to the plate with a chance to give the A's their first lead since the opening inning. Annese, who had to leave last week's Game 1 with chest pains (that thankfully turned out to be just a strained upper ribcage muscle), came up with the biggest hit of the year, an RBI double to left-center, scoring Hall from second to give the A's the lead for good at 9-8. The wheels would fall off Anderson and the Knights at that point, as Ken Joerg and Pery Shusterman drew back-to-back walks, scoring Wood from third to make it 10-8, ending the righthander's day on the hill. Chuck Coverly came on in relief from there but fared little better, walking Joe Walton and Ed Hall in succession, plating two more big insurance runs that would eventually come into play in the ninth inning.

Holding a 12-8 lead entering the ninth, Gorski started the inning in search of the A's second complete game of the year. That dream ended quickly as the tiring righthander gave up a leadoff single to Coverly and a walk to Purnell that put two men on and nobody out. A's manager Terry Annese came out to mound with a hook in hand, turing to Marlton ace Ken Ferry, who had saved last Saturday's win over Woodbury, to try and snuff out the Knights' final shot at a rally. After Ferry struck out Garry Creaney and Doug Key for two quick outs, Mike Randall drilled a double to left, scoring Coverly and bringing 1B Alan Cribb to the plate as the tying run. After Ferry got ahead with two quick strikes, Cribb hit a slow comebacker right back to Ferry, who knocked the ball down to his feet before throwing to Ken Joerg for the final out of a hard fought 12-9 win, tying the series up at a game apiece and sending things back to Willingboro tomorrow for a third and deciding Game 3.

Gorski and Jim Gates started today's game for the A's and Knights, respectively - and each had to gut their way through some early trouble. In the A's first, Gorski placed a one-out Texas League double down the left field line and scored on SS Ken Ferry's booming double to right-center, giving the home club an early 1-0 lead.

That advantage would not last for long, as Willingboro fashioned a two-out rally off of Gorski in the visitor's second inning to grab the lead for themselves. LF Scott Purnell started the rall with a single to right, which was followed by 2B Garry Creaney's bloop down the right-field line that fell into no-man's land for a triple and an RBI, as the game was tied at 1. RF Doug Key followed with an RBI double over the head of A's CF Ed Hall, plating Creaney and giving Willingboro a one run lead. Finally, 1B Mike Randall picked up an RBI single, and the score was 3-1, after two innings.

Like a pair of heavyweights fighting for that shiny belt, both clubs began slugging it out in the middle innings. After the Knights picked up another run in the third to increase their advantage to 4-1, the A's began their first attempt at a comeback, plating two runs in the fifth on four consectutive singles off of Gates. 3B/LF Ed Miller, just off the DL after late season knee surgery, drilled a single to right with one out. 2B Terry Annese then laid down a perfect drag bunt down the third base line and beat the throw to first to put two men on. After EH/1B Ken Joerg blooped a single to right to load the bases, EH/RF Pery Shusterman delivered the first of his two hits on the day, a single to right that plated Miller as the bases remained loaded. C/EH Joe Walton, suffering with recurring migraine headache symptoms all day long, launched what appeared to be a sacrifice fly to center - Annese tagged up on contact however, CF Paul Ash dropped the ball, as the run scored to make it 4-3, but Shusterman was forced out at second.

Once again however, the Knights met the A's scoring surge with one of their own, answering the A's 2-run outburst with a 3-run sixth, capped off by back-to-back RBI singles by C Randall MacNair and 3B/P Chuck Coverly, as the Knights opened up a 7-3 advantage.

In the A's sixth, Willingboro manager John Collins went to the bullpen with - himself, relieving the veteran Gates, who had been keeping the Marlton batters off balance with his variety of off speed pitches. On the day, Gates went five innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out two. Tom Gorski greeted Collins with a long double to left center and was balked to third, before scoring on an RBI groundout by 1B/C Rich Mazzella.

Wilingboro picked up another run in the seventh, as Key singled, stole second and scored on Randall's second of his three hits, a single to center that re-established the Knights lead at 8-4, and setting the stage for the A's amazing comeback.

A'S NOTES: 2B Terry Annese led the A's with three hits in four at bats, including a double, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs......P Tom Gorski went 8-plus innings, giving up 9 runs on 13 hits, striking out four and walking five. At the plate, the righthander went 2-for-3 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored....RF Keith Wood went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and an RBI.......SS/P Ken Ferry went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.......The A's three-headed secret weapon, the hot hitting EH Pery Shusterman, CF Ed Hall and C/EH Curly Joe Walton, reached base six times on the day, led by Shusterman's 2-for-3 effort with a walk and 2 RBIs.


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Surveying the troops
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2001 Transactions
NOVEMBER 15, 2001: Placed IF/MGR Terry Annese on the 15-day Disabled List (abdomen). Annese will have surgery in late-December to repair a lower abdomenal tear that has developed into a femoral hernia. The injury occurred during the A's 2001 playoffs against Willingboro. The A's skipper expects to be sidelined 6-8 weeks and should be able to resume full workouts just after the start of 2002 Spring Training.

OCTOBER 1, 2001: Activated IF/OF/RHP Gary Giese from the Inactive List. Placed IF/C Harry Ritchie on the Inactive List.

MAY 14, 2001: Activated OF Todd Camp from the Disabled List. Camp, who in early March underwent shoulder surgery, has been activated and placed on the A's roster. Camp, a speedy centerfielder and 1999 All-Star, has been on a rehabilitation program since the surgery and is scheduled to begin throwing in earnest in June. Camp is expected to see limited action as a pinch runner and EH until that time.

APRIL 21, 2001: Activated OF/1B Barry Annese from the Disabled List. Annese, who in early March underwent shoulder surgery, has been activated and placed on the A's roster after blazing through his 4-week rehabilitation program since the surgery.





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Sunday, June 2
GARY'S BACK: A's Roll Over Sox, 10-4, Behind Giese's 12 K's
JUNE 2- Gary Giese recorded twelve of fifteen outs by the strike out and led the Marlton A's to their first win of the 2002 season, 10-4, over the Somerdale Redsox, in a ballgame played earlier today at Cherokee High School.

Giese (1-0), on a pitch count in this his first start of the year after missing all of the 2001 season, dominated the Redsox hitters over his five innings of work. Overall, the righthander allowed no runs on three hits, struck out twelve and walked three, before passing the baton to the A's bullpen. Barry Annese and John Tumblety tossed two innings apiece to finish things up.

The A's jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Redsox starter John DiIanni (0-1), as Giese's first inning RBI single plated CF Todd Camp, who had walked and stolen the first of two bases on the day to set up the game's first run. Marlton plated four more runs in the second inning, paced by 3B Ed Miller's RBI double, a bases loaded walk by EH/1B Pery Shusterman, and a 2-run double by Camp.

Marlton would eventually open up a 10-0 lead in the middle innings, as the home club scored two runs in the fourth, a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth inning to put the game away. Somerdale (1-4)plated two unearned runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth, but A's righthander John Tumblety closed things out to lock down win #1 (and hopefully many more - knock wood) for the good guys in 2002.

NEXT WEEK: Marlton travels to nearby Medford Lakes for a battle with the first place Yankees, to be played at Wilson Field next Sunday.

A's NOTES: CF Todd Camp paced the Marlton offense, collecting a single, a double and a walk in four plate appearances, as well as two stolen bases and 3 RBIs. SS Dan Kennedy went 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base, while RF/P Barry Annese collected two hits in three at bats, along with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.......Marlton Assistant Coach Gregg Mosher handled field manager duties for today's game, as he filled in for skipper Terry Annese, who along with IF/OF Ed Hall, was serving a one game suspension after being tossed from the A's-Devil Rays game on May 19th. Both suspended players spent the day in civvies pacing around as spectators and chasing down foul balls.....Mosher, when asked after the game if he would be interested in taking over the helm full time quickly responded, "I'm retiring while I am still undefeated".....So it looks like more long-winded speeches from your beloved skipper next week.......Sorry guys.


Dude, Have You Seen My Glove? (Part 1)
May 5 - The Marlton A's normally competent defense flew the coop as five (count 'em five) big errors led to eight early runs for the visiting Delco D-Rays, who defeated the home club, 13-7, in a ballgame played today at Cherokee High School. The A's cut the leadto 8-5 and later to 11-7, but could never get over the hump as too many early self-inflicted wounds doomed Marlton from the git go.

A's Game Leaders: John Tumblety (2-for-3, BB, Keith Wood (2 RBI), Rich Mazzella (2 runs scored)


Dude, Have You Seen My Glove? (Part 2)
May 19 - Is it something in the water - or just maybe the Marlton A's can't wait for May to end?

The A's defense went AWOL for the second straight game as five (AGAIN count 'em five big errors led to eight early runs (again) for the Delco D-Rays, who defeated the visitors from Marlton, 10-6, in a ballgame played today at Interboro High School. The A's cut the lead to 4 runs with a 9th inning rally but too many early self-inflicted wounds once again doomed Marlton, who have now lost three straight games for the first time since the 2000 season.

A's Game Leaders: Bill Hazel (3-for-4, HR, run, RBI; Keith Wood (2-for-4, 2B, run, RBI), Ken Ferry (2-for-3, 3B, 2 runs, BB; 8 IP, 3ER)


Late Fade Dooms Marlton as Yanks Triumph, 9-3
The Marlton A's hung with a strong Medford Lakes team into the sixth, but the Yankees took full advantage of a trio of crucial Marlton mistakes in the middle innings to finally put away their nearby visitors, 9-3, in a ballgame played at Wilson Field this past Sunday.

Starters Adam Lammiteer and Ken Ferry locked up early in a nice little pitcher's duel, and the A's took the early 1-0 lead on Barry Annese's steal of home in the top of first. Kenny Ruff then launched a 2-run homer to center in the bottom of the frame to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. In the third, the A's grabbed the lead back, as Rich Mazzella's 2-out, 2-run single gave the good guys a 3-2 advantage.

However, in the home fourth, the first mistake, a leadoff walk to Ralph Shiavo, immediately put the A's delicate lead in jeopardy. After Ferry fanned Jamie Langsdorf, John DeLeon and Ruff followed with singles to tie the game at 3, and put runners on first and second. Mistake #2, a ground ball that eluded third baseman Ed Miller, then loaded the bases with Yankees before a RBI walk and a sac fly made the score 5-3, Medford Lakes.

Two innings later, Shiavo led off the home sixth with a single and went to third on Langsdorf's single. A's catcher Gary Giese then threw a bullet to second base that seemingly nailed a stealing Langsdorf, however a late-covering Dan Kennedy (mistake #3) failed to lay a prompt tag on the runner and the inning progressed. After Ferry dug down to get DeLeon to line to short left and strike out Ruff for the first two outs,Dave Keen laced a 1-2 pitch through the hole between first and second base, scoring Shiavo, as the A's shift backfired. A walk to Dan Collins ended Ferry's day, as Rich Mazzella came on to face lefty Darren Comegys. However, Mazzella's usual pinpoint control eluded him, as he walked Comegys on 4-pitches to open the game up a bit at 7-3.

Meanwhile, after hitting him around pretty thoroughly early on, Marlton could do very little with the surging Lammiteer, who found his curve ball in the middle innings and pretty much shut down our bats the rest of the way. The A's put single men on base in the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th, but each time Lammiteer was up to the task. Finally, in the home 8th, the Yanks collected a pair of unearned runs off of John Tumblety to complete the scoring.

A's NOTES: Barry Annese went 4-for-4, including a 2B, two runs scored and a stolen base, to lead the A's offense. Meanwhile, no other Marlton batter collected more than one hit, although Dan Kennedy reached twice on a walk and a single, and Rich Mazzella launched a long (think Fenway Green Monster-like) single to right center in the A's 2-run third. For the Yanks, Ken Ruff went 3-for-4 with a HR and a double. Adam Lammiteer went the distance and struck out 10 A's.......


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Tumbelty "Knuckles" the O's
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Johnny Be Good!!
Tumbelty Gem, Late Clutch Hits and Defense Stop O's, 3-1

July 28 - John Tumbelty struck out six and allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings while the A's offense finally got some late clutch hits, as Marlton notched a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over the Deptford Orioles, this past Sunday at Deptford High School.

A's knuckleballer Tumbelty (1-3) and Oriole righthander Paul Moran (1-3) matched zeroes over the first five innings, in a nifty pitcher's duel of contrasting styles. The O's would break through first, in the home sixth, plating the game's first run on an infield single, a stolen base, a ground ball to second and Moran's RBI sacrifice fly to right, making the score 1-0, Deptford.

Following the inning, Manager Terry Annese and catcher Bill Hazel corralled the team and laid down the challenge to the offense to finally put some pedal to the metal. Hazel in particular spelled it out rather sussinctly by asserting, "Gary (Giese) is going leadoff with with a double and Keith (Wood), you're going to drive him in to tie the game, okay?"

Leading off the A's seventh, LF Giese answered the first half of Hazel's brazen between-innings prediction, launching a towering double over the leftfielder's head to put the tying run into scoring position with no one out. RF Wood followed suit, delivering an RBI double three pitches later to nearly the same spot, plating Giese to quickly tie the game at one. After Moran struck out SS Ken Ferry for the first out, EH Ed Miller reached base on an infield hit to put runners at first and third. Moran looked to be on his way towards escaping the jam when Ed Hall, pinch running for Miller, was thrown out at second trying to steal for the second out of the inning. However, EH Dan Kennedy was hit by a Moran curveball to keep the inning alive, once again putting runners at the corners for 2B Terry Annese. The hot hitting second baseman worked the count to 3-and-2 before stroking an RBI single to left-center, scoring Wood to give the A's a 2-1 lead, while Kennedy scampered to third. CF Todd Camp then legged out an infield hit to short, as Kennedy came home with a very important insurance run that made the score 3-1, Marlton.

The rally fizzled at that point, and Tumbelty re-took the hill with the goal of protecting the A's advantage, retiring the O's in the seventh before running into trouble in the home eighth. Deptford chased the Marlton righthander after a pair of singles sandwiched around a strikeout put the tying runs on with one out for EH Tom Hunter. Manager Terry Annese went right to his closer, Ken Ferry, to collect a five out save with the game square on the line. Although the A's defense set up to be ready to play the possible bunt, 2B Annese and SS Kennedy had to at the same time cheat towards second to keep the possible double play ball in order. The latter gamble paid off, as Hunter ripped an 0-1 pitch just to the right of the second base bag, but Annese ranged over to snag the grounder, stepped on second and threw on to Mazzy Mazzella at first for the 4-4-3 double play, ending the O's final gasp threat. Ferry would go on to put the game to bed in the ninth, striking out the side to collect his first save of the 2002 season.

A'S NOTES: Tumbelty pitched 1-run ball into the eighth for the second time in three starts (the exception being his July 7th outing at Montco in which he left in the third inning after straining his right hip fielding a bunt)......SIGNS OF "O"? Aside from CF Todd Camp and OF/P/1B Barry Annese, the A's offense has been hovering below the radar screen all season long - however, 1B Rich Mazzella (.417 AVG, on 5-for-12 in the last three games) and OF/P/C Gary Giese (.316 over the last four games) have started to show a pulse with the bat, each lifting their averages from near the 'Mendoza Line' to nearly .300 in recent weeks....2B Terry Annese's 8th inning RBI single extended his hitting streak to a team-high six games and is hitting .533 over that span, raising his average from .222 to .417 on the season....

NEXT WEEK: The A's host the Medford Lakes Yankees next Sunday in a local battle at Cherokee High School.


DIRECTIONS TO EASTERN HS
Take I-295 to ROUTE 561 exit (exit # 32) towards Haddonfield/Voorhees/Gibbsboro, then turn (LEFT if coming from 295 S; RIGHT if from 295 N) onto BERLIN ROAD. After 2-1/2 miles, Berlin Road will becom
e Haddonfield Berlin Road. Continue another 3/4 mile and turn LEFT onto LAUREL OAK ROAD. The school is 1/2 mile on the RIGHT.

A's Players should be there by 8:00a.


2002 Offseason Transactions
APRIL 11, 2002: Traded the rights to OF/IF/P Tom Gorski to the Somerdale Redsox for future considerations.

APRIL 7, 2002: Signed P/OF John Tumblety and OF/IF Joe Bouchez. Activated IF/MGR Terry Annese from the 60-day Disabled List.

MARCH 31, 2002: Released P/OF/C Mike Paciocco.

MARCH 17, 2002: Placed OF/1B/P Ken Joerg on the Inactive List.

FEBRUARY 10, 2002: Signed P/OF/C Mike Paciocco. Transferred IF/MGR Terry Annese from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List.

FEBRUARY 1, 2002: Signed IF Gregg Mosher as a player/coach.


New 2002 A's Team Jersey Information (UPDATED!)
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From black to green to black again
I went to the uniform supplier over the weekend and compared the duplicate logo to the MLB licensed black jerseys to ensure that any future ones will look acceptable with the duplicate logo. I was satisfied that they were close enough - with just enough minute changes to satisfy the MLB licensing people so that to not violate any legal stuff.

I need money from everyone soon!!

Keep you posted on delivery date.....


Price breakdown on the jersey:

Jersey base price = $45.95 (add $10.00 for XXL)
Front Numbering (2 color) = $5.00
Back Numbering (2 color) = $8.00
TOTAL COST = $58.95 ($68.95 for XXL)

HERE'S A LIST OF PLAYERS W/NUMBERS & SIZES: 00 (Wood, XXL), 1 (Camp L, L), 2 (Shusterman, XL), 7 (Hazel, L), 11 (Ferry, XL), 13 (Giese XL, XL), 14 (TAnnese - XL), 19 (BAnnese, XL), 23 (Miller, XXL), 10 (Hall, L), 28 (Kennedy, XL), 34 (Joerg, XL), 35 (Paciocco, XL), 99 (Mazzella, XL)

HATS
Adjustable: $14.95 = $11.95 ea + $3.00 (number embroidery on side panel)

I NEED $160 PER PLAYER BY THE END OF FEBRUARY TO PAY FOR REGISTRATION ($85) & UNIFORM (JERSEY & HAT)


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Hey guys, what do you think? (just kidding)

Thursday, April 11
2002 Hello and Goodbye: New Players Begin Workouts
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Camp, Ferry, Annese and Miller
The 2002 Marlton A's are pleased to announce the return of two players to the ballclub, to welcome the signings of two new players and a new player/coach, and to say goodbye to some friends.

Earlier this month, the A's activated RHP/OF/IF/C Gary Giese and IF/OF/P Dan Kennedy from the inactive list. Both players were inactive during the 2001 season for family/work-related reasons. It just so happens that both players are also expectant daddys - although the real credit should goto wives Diana and Debbie. Welcome back and congratulations!!!

The A's have also announced the signings of P/OF John Tumblety and OF/IF Joe Bouchez to the ballclub....John comes to us from the USOTB Burlington Pirates and provides a quality arm that should step right into the starting pitching staff....Joe and his family recently moved to Marlton from the Great State of Texas, and he will step into the jack-of-all trades role held last season by the recently departed Curly Joe Walton.... Welcome to the ballclub John and Joe!

The A's have also announced the addition of Gregg Mosher to the ballclub as a player/coach. Gregg comes to us from upstate New York and will serve as a bench coach to manager Terry Annese, as well as seeing some part-time action as a backup infielder. Welcome to the ballclub Gregg!

Sadly, the A's must say an occasional goodbye to a player who makes a lasting impact on the ballclub. OF/IF "Curly" Joe Walton, known for his bald head and as 1/3 of the A's 2001 secret weapon (Shusterman-Walton-Hall), is leaving the ballclub to take a new job in New York State. We want to thank Joe for all his efforts in 2001 and wish him and his family all the best in their new adventure. Good luck Joe, and keep playing hardball!!

Finally, the A's have traded the rights to OF/IF/P Tom Gorski to Somerdale for future considerations and have placed OF/1B/P Ken Joerg and IF Harry Ritchie on the inactive list.


Yanks Top A's, 1-0, in a Thriller
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Tumbelty's Fantastic Effort Falls a Run Short
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June 13 - The percentages say that with a man on third and less than two outs in the first inning you play it safe and get the out. Little did the Marlton A's and Montco Yankees know at the time that it would be the only run of the day for either team. In a classic pitcher's duel, the Yanks' Marc Gluckman and the A's John Tumbelty battled to a near standstill, with the visitors from Montgomery County ultimately collecting a thrilling 1-0 victory, this past Sunday at Cherokee High School.

The lone run of the game scored in the top of the first, on 2B Mike Evangelist's infield single, a stolen base, a passed ball and SS Tom Koelzer's ground out. From there, both clubs clenched like two wrestlers seeking position, as time and time again, defense and pitching snuffed out scoring opportunities on both sides.

Both starters were on their "A" games today, as each pitched into the ninth inning. Gluckman (2-1) went the distance, while striking out 11 and walking no one; while Tumbelty (0-2) had all his pitches working, going 8-plus innings, striking out 5 and walking just one.

After Koelzer stroked a leadoff double in the top of the ninth, A's manager Terry Annese went to closer Ken Ferry, who with a little help from the defensive play of the game, snuffed out the potential rally and gave the A's a shot to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Ferry nicked the first batter he faced, C Craig Stein, with a pitch to put two men on with nobody out, and as CF Tom Reilly came to the plate, everyone in the ballpark knew that a bunt was coming next. Reilly didn't let anyone down and laid down a bunt towards the mound and slightly on the first base side - however Ferry slipped on the damp grass as he charged in to field the sacrifice, and was unable to make the play. A's catcher Bill Hazel pounced on the loose ball and as he jumped around his battery mate, rifled a strike to 1B Rich Mazzella to nail Reilly for the first out. Meanwhile, Koelzer charged around third and seeing home plate momentarily uncovered, sprinted for home to try and steal an insurance run. However, Mazzella led Hazel on a perfect throw back to the plate, and Koelzer was tagged out for a "routine" 1-2-3-2 double play.

Unfortunately, the A's offense could muster little from their momentous finish to the top of the ninth, however, as Gluckman, feeling the finish line approaching, struck out the side to end a thrilling initial contest between the clubs.

A's NOTES: The best Marlton chance to score came in the home seventh, as with one out, pinch hitter Terry Annese singled and CF Todd Camp followed with a single. However, Gluckman buckled down and got RF Barry Annese to ground into a force play and 1B Rich Mazzella to fly to left to end the threat.....Todd Camp had two hits for the A's, although in the opening inning he slipped on the damp base path while breaking from first and was thrown out stealing for the first time this season......Tumbelty's performance was nothing short of fantastic, unfortunately the offense couldn't scratch out any runs for him as he dropped his second decision of the year.......In the seventh, Gary Giese made a nice running catch in left, juggling the ball as he was falling to the ground and grabbing it out of mid-air with his bare hand.


HEARTBREAKER
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Giese's Stellar Effort Spoiled
JUNE 23 - A wise man once said that baseball will always find a way to break your heart. The 2002 Marlton Athletics Baseball Club have been collecting scars to prove it.

Few people thought the A's could top last week's heart wrenching 1-0 loss to the Montco Yankees, but low and behold it happened this past Sunday against the Willingboro Knights at Cherokee High School.


Marlton took a solid 3-0 lead into the eighth inning and looked to have finally shaken the sluggish shadow that has stalked the ballclub all year long, as A's starter Gary Giese completely dominated the visiting Knights over 7 1/3 no-hit innings, striking out 13 along the way.

And all of a sudden the house caved in.

It happened so quick that if you blinked you missed it. With one out, a pair of walks and an infield error cut the lead to 3-2, even though the Knights still hadn't collected their first hit of the day. Giese, clearly laboring at 114 pitches (about 14 pitches beyond his pitch count), was lifted at that point in favor of lefty Rich Mazzella, who allowed an infield single and a walk to load the bases. A second infield error, a double play ball to short, was thrown away, along with the A's lead, as the Knights took a 4-3 advantage. Ken Ferry came on to try to stop the bleeding, but a third infield miscue on Jim Gates' infield hit allowed two big insurance runs to score and make it 6-3, Knights. The final tragic 8th inning recap: 12 Knights came to bat, 6 runs, 2 hits, 3 errors, five walks, and 3 men left on base.

"Gary was a bulldog out there. He was not afraid of anything today, but he just ran out of gas in the eighth and we let them sneak back in the game," commented A's skipper Terry Annese after the game.

The Knights (5-2) would tack on a window dressing run in the ninth to make the final score 7-3, as Willingboro closer Ed Horner came on and shut down a shocked A's ballclub over the final two frames to collect the save. Winning hurler Gates (1-0), came on in the seventh for starter Pete Deissler, who threw 6 solid innings, allowing three runs (2 earned), while striking out nine. Mazzella (0-1) was the hardluck loser in relief for Marlton (1-6).

"This was a tough one," Annese added. "I have no concrete answers for why this (stretch of tough losses) is happening. We have been pitching well enough to win now for four straight games (1-3 over that stretch) and lately the defense has been close to stellar. I have all the faith in the world in my team that we will come back from this and make some hay down the stretch."

"We had it, Gary shut them completely down and we let them off the hook," said Assistant Coach Gregg Mosher.

In his last outing, Giese showed glimpses of brillance in striking out 12 Somerdale Redsox over five innings work. Today, his second start after missing the entire 2001 season, he was equally dominant - facing one over the minimum over the first 7 1/3 innings and allowing just a pair of walks (with a pick off) while not allowing a runner to reach second base until the fateful eighth inning.

Annese summed it up, "If we are to be successful at this level, we need to realize the hard lesson that if you make a mistake, you learn from it, put it behind you and move on. Oh, and a little luck our way wouldn't hurt either."

A'S NOTES: Table setting OFs Todd Camp (.500 BA) and Barry Annese (.476) continue to surge among the league leaders as each went 2-for-4....Camp collected a pair of stolen bases (7) while Annese stroked a double and drove in a run.....

If there was one area of the A's ballclub to look at for Marlton's 2002 woes, its the total lack of offensive production from the remaining A's hitters. In particular the heart of the batting order, Mazzella-Giese-Ferry-Wood, is mightily struggling to drive the ball with any consistency, as the foursome have collected just two extra base hits and driven in twelve runs over the first seven games of 2002. Of particular note is the struggling pair of Mazzella, hitting just .208, on 5-for-24 with no extra base hits (after a .602 campaign last season with an .897 slugging percentage); and Giese, who is at .238 coming off a year long layoff in 2001.....Here are the remaining A's player relevant hitting numbers at this the second (and last) bye week: John Tumblety (.333), Terry Annese (.333), Ken Ferry (.318), Keith Wood (.278), Bill Hazel (.278, HR), Dan Kennedy (.250 BA, .375 OBA), Ed Miller (.200), Pery Shusterman (.167), Joe Bouchez (.125), Ed Hall (0-for-7), and Gregg Mosher (0 ABs, 3 GP on defense only)......


DIRECTIONS: Wash. Twp. Senators Game (8/25)
Directions to Washington Lake Park:
Take I-295 to Route 42 South. At Atlantic City Expressway, bear to right onto Blackhorse Pike (Rt 168 South). At second light, Make right onto Greentree Road (this is the same turn we used to take to goto Triple Play Batting Cages)......... At third traffic light, make right onto Hurfville-Cross Keys Road. Go Approximately 1 mile to Park entrance on left. we are playing at the first baseball field on right past tennis courts.......A's players be there 8ish.....


2001 A's Spring Preview
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The Marlton A's 2001 ballclub will have a drastically different look to it, as due to injuries and work/family related committments, only five players will be returning from the 2000 squad....(click on title or the Big Green Guy on the right for more)


2001 A's Spring Preview
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Mazzella launches one at recent workout
The Marlton A's 2001 ballclub will have a drastically different look to it, as due to injuries and work/family related committments, only five players will be returning from the 2000 squad.

As of March 24th, IF Terry Annese, 2B/P Ken Ferry, IF/OF Ed Miller, OF/IF Keith Wood and C/OF Lance Wood; are the only players returning from last year's decimated roster who are expected to ready by Opening Day. IF Jim Fischer, OF/IF Dan Kennedy and SS/P/OF Gary Giese have been placed on the inactive list due to personal committments. CF Todd Camp, 1B/3B Steve Lomax and 1B/OF Barry Annese have been placed on the Disabled List (DL) and will miss a portion or all of the upcoming season. Finally, OF's Dave Spector and Kevin Lomax were released in the off-season.

That leaves the roster in the position of needing some healthy bodies, and the rebuilding process has begun with the addition of eight new players to the ballclub.

Here is an overall Spring position-by-position preview of how the roster currently breaks down:

CATCHER: Behind the plate is where it all begins, and the A's have added depth in Bill Hazel, John Reidenbaker and Harry Ritchie to work behind the dish. All three will also be used at other positions around the infield and Hazel will also add some depth to the pitching corps as well. Lance Wood returns for a second season, but is expected to see more time in the outfield in 2001 rather than behind the plate.

INFIELDERS: The A's are doing quite a bit of reorganizing up the middle....2B Ken Ferry anchors the right side but may have to move back over to SS in order to plug up the projected loss of SS Gary Giese. The other middle infielders include 2B Pery Shusterman, 1B/2B/OF Keith Wood and Terry Annese, who can play all four infield positions.

There are quite a few choices to anchor the corners, which must replace ailing 1B/OF Barry Annese, who suffered what may be a career ending torn biceps tendon midway through last season; and 1B/3B Steve Lomax, who is rehabbing a reconstructed knee.

Utility specialists Ed Miller and Terry Annese played both 1B and 3B last season.....Harry Ritchie is expected to see time at 3B and SS when not catching and Rich Mazzella adds pop and a left handed bat at 1B....Keith Wood and P/1B/OF Ken Joerg can play other positions, but will also see time at first if need be.

OUTFIELD: A source of total rebuilding, the A's must deal with the loss of leadoff hitter and speedy CF Todd Camp, who is out at least through the first half of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. Last season's RF Keith Wood is likely to see more time in the infield and as an EH, opening up more time for all three outfield spots. The temporary loss of Camp will be filled by newcomer Ed Hall, who will be joined in an outfield mix with Lance Wood, Joe Walton, Ed Miller, Ken Joerg and John Reidenbaker.

PITCHING: The enigma of the ball club last season, the A's have been proactive in adding several arms to rebuild the pitching staff, following the projected losses of Gary Giese and Barry Annese.

Righthander Ken Ferry emerged as a valuable arm, both as a starter and out of the pen. Joining him this season will be Bill Hazel and Ed Miller, who's dancing knuckleballs will be more effective given the switch to wood bats.

From the left side, Ken Joerg and Rich Mazzella join the club in 2001 to help replace Annese, both of whom will be given the opportunity to work out of the pen in the early season.

The hope is that of the five projected pitchers, at least two starters (one from each side) will emerge, with the remaining players working out of the bullpen.


TOP TEN MOMENTS OF 2001 SEASON
#1 AMAZIN' A'S STUN KNIGHTS WITH LATE INNING COMEBACK, 12-9
Playing without three starters, Marlton battled back from an 4-run deficit with two runs in the seventh and six more in a wild eighth inning, to stun the Liberty Division Champion Willingboro Knights, 12-9, in Game 2 of the Semifinals. EH Pery Shusterman collected two hits, a walk and two RBIs, and 2B Terry Annese's third hit of the day, an eighth inning RBI double, broke an 8-8 tie, as the A's went on to tie the series, 1-1. The A's three-headed secret weapon, the hot hitting Shusterman, CF Ed Hall and C/EH Curly Joe Walton, reached base six times on the day, led by Shusterman's first ever multi-hit game. Tom Gorski went 8 innings to collect his second win, while Ken Ferry came out of the pen to shut things down and collect his second save of the postseason.

#2 "THIS ONE'S FOR BLAKE"
Some question whether Babe Ruth ever really called his shot, but there would be no such doubt on this August day. Pointing his bat upward towards the Woodbury Memorial Hospital room window that housed newborn Baby Blake and a resting Mama Barbara, A's MVP first baseman Rich Mazzella launches a long-RBI double to rightcenter that scores Bill Hazel to cap off a 10-7 first round playoff win over the Woodbury Marlins, sending the A's to the league semifinals. After the play, the jubliant Papa could not contain his emotional celebration while standing on second base, pounding his heart three times and pointing kisses skyward to mom and newborn son.

#3 “THE DOMINATOR”
PART I
APRIL 22: Ken Ferry (6IP, 3ER, 8K) pitched into the 7th inning and struck out eight, as the A's win on Opening Day, 7-5 over the Delaware County Devil Rays, at Cherokee High School. With his performance Ferry lays claim to the position of staff ace and begins to establish himself as one of the best pitchers in the league.
PART II
JUNE 10: Ferry throws a 7-hit complete game shutout, the first in team history, as the Marlton A's defeat the Delanco Braves, 4-0, in a game at Cherokee High School.
PART III
AUGUST 5: Ferry throws a complete game four-hitter, and ten A's come to bat in a 6-run fourth inning, as Marlton took the opening game of a doubleheader from the Liberty Division leading Willingboro Knights, 8-1, at Cherokee High School. The win moved the A’s (9-3) to six games over .500 for the second time this season and within a game of first place Willingboro (11-3).

#4 FIGHTIN’ A’S NEAR-IMPLOSION BECOMES A TURNING POINT
MAY 20: A’s blow a 4-0 lead as Bordentown rides a 9-run 4th inning to a 15-7 win. This game stands out most as a turning point of sorts, as clubhouse tensions boiled over and several players vented their frustrations during the embarrassing defeat - resulting in near post-game fistacuffs between the likes of Harry “The Limp” Ritchie and Pery “The Bleeder” Shusterman. In the seventh inning, Manager Terry Annese, trying perhaps to take the focus off of his bickering ballplayers, let loose on the umpiring crew following back-to-back questionable calls, in a red-faced, bleep-infested tirade. The healing process would begin two weeks later, on June 2nd, as fifteen members of the A’s family traveled northward to Bloomfield, NJ, to join up with their 2000-01 Sponsor, St. Valentine's Athletic Club, for an evening of sport, food, and fun at the St. Val's 2001 Night at the Races. The event allowed the team to get together with each other’s families off the field and blow off some steam, resulting in a rebirth of team chemistry as the A’s went on to run off 6-straight wins en route to their first ever playoff berth.

#5 “WET-N’-WILD JOURNEY INTO NIGHT”
MAY 13/AUGUST 12: The A's and Warriors battle for over 3-months, at 2 different field sites, before Marlton rose up in the middle act of what will later be dubbed Wet-N-Wild Sunday, to claim a rain soaked 10-inning 16-14 win over Mt. Holly. The game, which started on a shiny Mother’s Day morning at BCIT Field, saw Mt. Holly first baseman Darrell Booker launch a 2-out, 2-run game tying homer in the home 8th off of Marlton reliever Tom Gorski, eventually setting up the game to be suspended due to curfew. Nearly 3-months to the day, both teams resumed the action on a wet, gloomy afternoon at Ironworks Park - with playoff ramifications abound for both ball clubs. In the 10th inning, Barry Annese and Ken Ferry ripped doubles that gave the A’s the lead for good, and Ferry closed out the Warriors in the bottom of the inning in a driving rainstorm to notch the win. The A’s would complete one their most memorable days in history under the lights at Southampton Memorial Park (their 3rd field of the day), losing a marathon game to the Woodbury Marlins, 20-16, that ended at approximately 9:45 Sunday night.

#6        “DION LEADS SWEET REVENGE”
JULY 8: A’s ride a 6-run fifth inning to exact revenge on Liberty Division rival Somerdale, defeating the Redsox, 8-6, in a ballgame played at Lindenwold Park. Back in late April, Somerdale embarrassed the A’s before the hometown fans, pasting a bitter 12-4 loss on Marlton, which would boil over into a website exchange of not-so-pleasant words and whispers of a potential bean-ball war. Former A’s legend Trent Dion made a rare appearance, coming up from his palcial Florida estate to take in the game in uniform from the A’s dugout. Ken Ferry picked up his fourth win of the season, while Tom Gorski notched a three-inning save, his second of the year. The A's defensive gem of the year was turned in by 3B Harry Ritchie, who dove headlong towards the third base bag to rob Somerdale SS Jimmy Ball of a base hit.

#7        “GIMME DA LUMBER!”
JULY 15: In a ballgame reminicent of the A's former aluminum bat days, Marlton collected 20 hits, en route to a wild 20-14 victory over the Palmyra Indians, at Palmyra Legion Field. After nearly blowing a 14-run lead, the A’s rebound with five late runs to put the game away and up their record of 7-2, moving within 1 and a ½ games of Liberty Division leader Willingboro (9-1) in the process. The A's broke out the lumber early, batting around in each of the first two innings - as 1B Rich Mazzella, SS Harry Ritchie and 2B/P Ken Ferry each had two hits and three RBI's during the barrage. Included in the damage was the first of Ritchie's two homeruns, a 3-run bomb to dead centerfield in the visitor's second inning, and Ferry's long RBI triple to right-centerfield two batters later. CF Todd Camp collected two stolen bases, giving him a total of eight for the season.

#8        “DEAD A’S WALKING”
JULY 22: After sleepwalking through the first five innings, the Marlton A's rallied from a six-run deficit to defeat the Lindenwold Surf, 10-6, in a ball game played at Lindenwold Park.. After staking the Surf to a 6-0 lead, the A's jump-started the corpse with 4-run 6th inning, as 2B Pery Shusterman’s lead off walk was followed with hits by RF Ed Hall and CF Barry Annese, before Rich Mazzella finally got the A's on the board. with a 2-run opposite field double. After Annese scored on a wild pitch Keith Wood followed with a sacrifice fly to center, cutting the Surf lead to 6-4. The comeback would be completed with a 5-run A's seventh, paced by Ken Ferry’s inside-the-park homerun and Rich Mazzella’s long RBI triple to right-center, as the A’s opened up a commanding 9-6 lead. The A’s three-headed secret weapon, known as 2B Pery Shusterman, RF Ed Hall and EH Joe Walton combined to reach base five times in seven plate appearances with three runs scored......Mazzella stroked a single, double and triple; scored a run and drove in three runs, giving him 22 RBIs for the season.....

#9        “OFFENSIVE JUGGERNAUT”
JULY 1: Ken Joerg notched his first win of the season, pitching 3-hit ball into the sixth inning, while C Harry Ritchie and 1B Rich Mazzella drove in 4 runs apiece - as the Marlton A's defeated the Williamstown Mets, 15-2, in a ballgame played at Owens Memorial Park, Williamstown. Mazzella launched his first homerun of the season, a 425 foot 2-run bomb to centerfield in the visitor's third inning that made the score 5-0 at the time. A's SS Ken Ferry and LF/P/C Bill Hazel each collected triples while 2B Pery Shusterman rose to the occasion of his first start of the season, stroking a well hit single, his first of the season, in the fourth inning.

#10        “COMEBACK CITY”
JUNE 24: The A’s spot the Del County Astros a 4-1 lead before RF Ken Joerg's clutch 7th inning 2-out double scores designated runner Tom Gorski, running on contact, all the way from first base with the tying run. In the 8th, Todd Camp manufactured the go ahead run by leading off the inning with a HBP, stealing second base and tagging up to third on a Rich Mazzella outfield fly. Keith Wood would finally gave the A's the lead for good with and RBI fielder’s choice. As expected, the Astros would not go down easily in the 9th. With the A's up 6-5, reliever Rich Mazzella was on the hill as a walk and a two-out hit and run single put the tying and go-ahead runners on first and third. Astro EH Dellarocca then scorched a 2-2 pitch right back through the middle that Mazzella snatched out the air, pumping his left fist in the air and raising both hands skyword as the ballgame ended.


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Team Record 9-Run 9th Powers A's, 12-5

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Gary Giese's 3 hits, including a triple, helps the A's to a big win.
Giese, Mazzella Lead A's to Must Win Over Grays

JULY 20 - The Marlton A's (5-8) took a big step today in their march back from near-oblivion towards the playoffs, with a rejuvenating 12-5 victory over the hometown University City Grays (5-7), in a ballgame played today at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marlton's Phil Anselmo and U-City's Stan Wilson locked horns early as both teams plotted back and forth, making chess-like moves to get runners into scoring position - each trying to score by any means necessary. After exchanging single runs in the fourth and a pair of runs each in the fifth, both clubs battled to a near stalemate as the game entered the ninth tied at 3-3.

Wilson walked Marlton SS Gary Giese to lead off the final frame and Giese promptly stole second base. Suddenly, an avalanche of Marlton hits began to fall upon the valiant Grays' starter, who could do little to take cover from the fast aproaching green and black storm. First, 1B Rich Mazzella bounced a single up the middle to give the A's a 4-3 lead. After a walk to EH Keith Wood, C Bill Hazel ripped a ball over the third base bag and down the line, scoring designated runner Marcus John with the 5th Marlton run. A 2-run single by eventual winning pitcher Ken Ferry made the score 7-3 and ended Wilson's day in the process. Pery Shusterman greeted reliever Ron Bryant with a pinch hit single and EH Ed Miller followed with a walk to load the bases. Grays' SS Juan Rosado then threw away RF Zach Edelman's grounder, scoring Ferry to extend the lead to 8-3. After a fielder's choice by EH Phil Anselmo scored Shusterman, CF Todd Camp singled to left, plating Miller to make it 10-3. Finally, Giese came around the order a second time and singled in two more runs before Mazzella struck out to end the longest inning in team history. All totalled, 13 A's came to bat, nine runs scored on six hits, there were three walks and two U-City errors to assist the effort.

Both teams entered the game with playoff ramifications abound and you can quickly see that the intensity level was ratcheted up a notch for a regular season game. Marlton posted the first major threat of the day in the fourth, as a pair of walks sandwiched around a fielder's choice put two men on with one out. However, Wilson got 3B Ed Hall to pop up to first and struck out Camp looking to end the early threat.

Wilson would not be so fortunate in the fifth. With one out, Giese tripled to the gap in left-centerfield and scored the game's first run on Mazzella's single to right. However, in the bottom of the fifth, a leadoff walk to 3B Dan Jenkins came back to bite as a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and a ground out tied the game at 1. In the A's sixth, Ed Miller's sacrifice fly scored Ken Ferry, who had doubled with one out and moved to third on Barry Annese's infield single. Zach Edelman's first of two singles sent Annese to third, where he scored on a perfectly executed double steal, making the score 3-1, Marlton. In the bottom of the frame, C Greg Weneck's leadoff single and one out walk to Dan Davis put runners on 1st and 2nd - setting the stage for Wilson to lead the Grays' charge back into the game. His single plated Weneck to make it 3-2. Now with runners at the corners, Anselmo picked off his mound opponent at first, but Ken Ferry's throw home after the tag on Wilson was unable to beat Davis as the tying run crossed the plate.

The Grays chased Anselmo in the sixth, as a Dan Jenkins leadoff single, a Shawn Carty sacrifice bunt and a walk to Butch Robinson put two men on with one out. A's skipper Terry Annese wasted no time and summoned Ken Ferry from the bullpen to quelch the smoldering Grays' rally right then and there. Ferry responded by getting Ron Bryant to bounce into a force play and struck out Pete Maldonado to end the threat. Ferry followed with two more innings of scoreless relief, setting the stage for the A's big ninth inning.

NOTES: Today's win vaults the A's into the heart of the playoff race, as Marlton (5-8), U-City (5-7), Cinnaminson (8-5), Delco Astros (8-2-1) and Bordentown (6-3) all battle for four playoff spots with 2 weeks to play. The A's now hold potential tie breakers over both U-City (2 wins) and Cinnaminson (Div. record/run differential). All sorts of playoff permutations remain alive as all five teams play each other down the stretch. The top of the A's order was the offensive story today, as Gary Giese (3-for-4, 2 runs, 3B, SB, 2 RBI), Rich Mazzella (2-for-5, run, 2 RBI) and Todd Camp (3-for-5, run, RBI) led the way. Ken Ferry (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Zack Edelman (2-for-3, RBI) had two hits a piece as well. Ken Ferry (3-2) got the win, striking out three in 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while allowing just one single. Phil Anselmo left with a no decision, allowing 3 runs (earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out one. Bill Hazel gave up a pair of gimme runs in the ninth but struck out the side nevertheless.......Today's 9-run ninth inning breaks the A's previous team record of eight runs - scored in the second inning of a 20-16 win over the Palmyra Indians on July 15, 2001. Among many strong performances that day, the 2001 game featured a pair of homeruns and 4 RBIs from former A's infielder Harry Ritchie; a 3-for-5 effort from 1B Rich Mazzella along with 5 RBIs; a 2-hit, 2-RBI game from RF Ed Hall and two hits, including a long triple, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases by winning pitcher Ken Ferry.


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Mazzy's 9th inning single gave the A's the lead for good.

UNTOUCHABLE

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Ferry's gem ends A's losing streak at 7.
Ferry Brilliant in Blanking Indians on 3 hits, 12 K's


JULY 13 - The Marlton A's scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, as Ken Ferry hurled a 3-hit complete game shut out to lead the good guys to a must needed win over the Cinnaminson Indians, 7-0, in a ballgame played today at Cherokee High School.

The big blow in the opening frame was RF Ed Miller's bases clearing 3-run double to left - which extended the Marlton lead to 5-0 off of starting and losing pitcher Dennis Hanratty (3-3).

From there, Ferry (2-2) was simply dominant, scattering 3 singles while striking out twelve Indians to pick up his second win of 2003. The Indians (6-5) did not get a runner in scoring position off the Marlton ace righthander until the eighth inning - however, by that point the A's had tacked on 2 insurance runs, as 1B Rich Mazzella's seventh inning 2-run single gave the home club their final margin of victory.

NOTES: Marlton broke a seven-game losing streak, their longest since a seven-game skid dating from June 25- August 6, 2000. Ken Ferry collected his second career shutout with the Marlton A's - his first was a 4-0 blanking of the Delanco Braves on June 10, 2001. The righthander's sparkling performance lowered his ERA to 3.77 on the year. Ferry's 12 strikeouts give him 46 in just 45.1 innings on the season, ranking fourth in the SJMSBL (Yankees' Taylor has 70 in 53.0 innings).   Rich Mazzella went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. CF Todd Camp continued his late season surge, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. 3B Rich Dickinson and SS Gary Giese each had two hits and Miller's first inning 3-run double gave him his first three RBIs of 2003.
                                                   


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Ed Miller's 3-run double makes the score 5-0 in the 1st

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WP: Ferry (3-2) LP: Wilson (3-3) SV: None 2B: Ferry (M), Hazel (M) SB: Giese (M), Edelman (M), BAnnese (M)


July 13, 2003

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WP: Ferry (2-2) LP: Hanratty (3-3) SV: None 2B: Dickinson (M), Miller (M), Mazzella (M) SB: Camp 2 (M), Comella (C) HBP:(by Hanratty) Camp (M)


UNLUCKY SEVEN

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Phil Anselmo threw 2 2/3 of scoreless relief against the Sens
Sluggish A's Fall to Champs 11-4, Drop 7th Straight

JULY 6 - The Marlton A's promising 3-1 start officially a long faded memory, the struggling boys in black and green were over run by the overpowering offense of the 3-time defending champion Washington Township Senators, 11-4 - in a ballgame played today at Washington Township High School.

The Sens jumped on a fit of wildness by A's starting and losing pitcher Marcus John (0-2), as a walk and pair of hitbatsmen loaded the bases with one out. After Allen Stowell bounced out as the first run of the game came home, Jeff Guadagno doubled to deep left-center driving two more runs to make the score 3-0.

In the second, the A's closed to within 3-1 off of WT starter Tim Shaw - on a pair of doubles by C Bill Hazel and EH Terry Annese. However, another 3-spot in the home second, followed by a 5-run third put the game away as Shaw cruised to the complete game win.

NOTES: C Bill Hazel went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored. EH Terry Annese went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, while CF Todd Camp, 3B Rich Dickinson, LF Marcus John and RF Zack Edelman also had two hits apiece. Phil Anselmo threw 2 2/3 of 1-hit scoreless relief, striking out four.


July 6, 2003

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WP: Shaw (5-0) LP: John (0-3) SV: None 2B: Guadagno (WT), Pavlik 2(WT), Hazel (M), TAnnese (M), Camp (M) HBP: (by John) Bevenour (WT), Conlin (WT), (by Mazzella) Conlin (WT)


Taylor Dominating as Yanks Pull Away Late, 8-0
Lefty 1-hits A's as Losing Streak Extends to 6

JUNE 25 -Frank Taylor was nearly unhittable, literally, as the Medford Lakes lefthander allowed only a ninth inning infield hit to the A's Todd Camp, and his teammates broke open a close game with some late inning offense in the Yankees 8-0 win over the goodguys from Marlton today at Cherokee High School.

Taylor struck out 15 and walked three in the monumental effort - and it seemed early on they would need every pitch of it, as Ken Ferry (1-2) allowed just a third inning 2-run single to Matt Rieger over the first five innings. Ray Jobson led off the Yankee sixth with a triple to right and scored on Dave Keen's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. Medford Lakes extended the lead to 5-0 with two in the seventh and Taylor snuffed out the A's only significant uprising in the bottom of the frame - as Marlton loaded the bases with one out on a walk, an infield error and a hitbatsmen. However the dominating lefty got Rich Mazzella to hit into a 6-6-3 double play to end the threat. The Yanks would then pulled away with a three-spot in the eighth for the final margin of victory.

NOTES: The A's took little solace over CF Todd Camp's leadoff single thankfuly extending the A's streak of never having no-hit in team history. Camp and C Bill Hazel were the only A's to reach base twice as each drew a walk and Hazel, along with Mazzella, reached on hit by pitches. Ken Ferry struck out 10 in a losing effort. The A's defense continued to gel, as the ballclub played errorless ball for the second time in three weeks and has made only three errors in the last four games overall.


RALLY TIME!

TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS - PART I

Dickinson's Double Propels A's to Wild Win Over Pats, 14-11
Playoff Hopes Alive & Kickin'


AUGUST 2 - The Marlton A's improbable playoff trek took a wild turn on this Saturday - as the Amazin's blew an early 7-run lead, only to rebound with a 5-run seventh inning on their way to defeating the Bordentown Patriots, 14-11, today at Gilder Field.

In the pivotal seventh inning, 3B Rich Dickinson broke a 9-9 tie with a long 2-run double, which was followed by RBI singles by SS Gary Giese and 1B Rich Mazzella. EH Keith Wood completed the winning rally with a long RBI double that gave the A's (6-9), a 14-9 lead entering the final frame. However, the valiant Pats (9-5) mounted a rally of their own, loading the bases with nobody out off of reliever Bill Hazel before ace Ken Ferry came out of the pen to qwelch the uprising and secure the pivotal win.

Marlton appeared to be in total control early in the contest, on the strength of a run in both the first and second innings and four more in the third. Bordentown got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third, but the Amazin's extended the lead to 8-1 on Dickinson's run scoring single and Giese's sacrifice fly. However, starter Phil Anselmo and reliever Barry Annese fell victim to a little bad luck and some untimely poor defense, as the Patriot bats roared back with four in the fifth and four more in the sixth, tying the game at nine.

NOTES: Dickinson led the offensive onslaught with 3-for-4 performance, along with three runs scored and three RBIs. Bill Hazel and Rich Mazzella collected two hits apiece while CF Todd Camp reached base four times with three walks, four runs scored and three stolen bases. Barry Annese (1-0) was the pitching benefactor of the A's late rally, collecting his first win of the season. Meanwhile, Ken Ferry notched his first save of 2004, keeping the A's hopes alive for one more day. It all comes down to the final day of the regular season, as a win tomorrow over the Cumberland Angels, or a U-City Grays loss to the Riverside Pirates, and the Amazin's will clinch the fourth and final Liberty Division playoff spot.

August 2, 2003

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WP: Annese (1-0) LP: Sbarro (1-1) SV: Ferry (1) 2B: Dickinson (M), Hazel (M), Wood (M); SB: Camp 3 (M); Redwood 4 (B), Lynch (B), Kafer (B) HBP:(by Sbarro) Ferry (M); SF: Giese(M)


HEARTBREAK CITY

Late Inning 'Non-Call' Trips Up A's, 3-2
Possible Dagger in Playoff Bubble


AM-A's-IN'

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2001 Co-MVP's Shine Against Angels
TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS - PART II

Marlton Sweeps Into Playoffs Behind Ferry Gem
A's Rout Angels, 10-0


AUGUST 2 - On this, the last day of the regular season, the Marlton A's clinched their second playoff appearance in three years, riding the clutch pitching of ace Ken Ferry en route to a 10-0 win over the Cumberland Angels, in a ballgame played today at Cherokee High School.


Ferry (4-2), pitching for the second time in two days, was simply magnificent. The righthander hurled shutout ball once again - allowing just four hits and striking out nine, while going the distance for the second time in his last three starts and extending his scoreless streak to a team record 29 2/3 innings.

Things were certainly a little less rosy early on, as with no score in the Cumberland second, Ferry had to work his way out of a major jam when he momentarily lost command of the strike zone and walked the bases loaded with nobody out. After a conference with A's skipper Terry Annese and C Bill Hazel, the righthander settled down and got RF Fred Klawitter to line out to A's 2B Ed Hall, who easily doubled off P Dave Andrews at first for two quick outs. Ferry then nailed EH Dave Egbert on a called third strike to end the threat unharmed.

Marlton responded in the bottom of the frame to jump out to a 1-0 lead - as C Bill Hazel singled, stole second, went to third on a ground ball to the right side and scored on EH Barry Annese's infield single. The A's would extend their lead to 3-0 an inning later, as EH Terry Annese led off with an infield single, designated runner Zack Edelman stole second (the first of four SBs on the day) and went to third when the throw went into centerfield. After a walk to EH Ed Miller, Edelman scored on a CF Todd Camp's fielder's choice. Camp then stole second (his 15th of the year) and moved to third when the throw deflected off him and also went into centerfield. 3B Rich Dickinson walked to put runners at the corners before SS Gary Giese bounced a grounder to short, forcing Dickinson at second - but, Giese beat the relay as Camp scored on the play.

The game would settle down over the middle innings, but not before Ferry would tip-toe through two more mini-jams in the fourth and fifth. Leading off the fourth, LF Chuck Martin doubled and CF Tim Suppi singled, to put runners at the corners with nobody out. However, Ferry bore down and struck out SS Chris LeBron and 1B Americo Muniz, before getting EH Tom Hoffman on a lazy fly ball to right to end the inning. In the fifth, Ferry would retire the first two batters before Egbert singled and EH Hiram Ortiz walked - but 2B Marty Garton skied to center to end that threat as well. No one knew it at the time, but Ortiz would be the last Angel to reach base - as Ferry appeared to get stronger into the late innings, retiring the final 13 batters to face him as the Marlton ace rode off to his second complete-game shutout in three weeks.

Marlton busted the game open with a 7-run eighth off of LeBron, who had come on in relief for Cumberland. Barry Annese led off the A's playoff clinching rally with a triple to rightcenter. After Edelman and PH Pery Shusterman walked to load the bases, Ed Miller launched a sacrifice fly to score Annese and after an Ed Hall walk, Todd Camp launched a sacrifice fly of his own, scoring Edelman to make it 5-0. After Rich Dickinson collected his third walk of the day, Gary Giese drove in two more with a single to right. 1B Rich Mazzella, 0-for-3 and frustrated all day long trying to extend his on-base streak to 16 games, made the most of his last at bat of the regular season and launched an RBI single that made the score 8-0. LF Marcus John was then hit by a pitch before Bill Hazel capped the scoring with a booming 2-run double to left. The rest was history as Ferry mowed down the Angels 1-2-3 in the ninth to lock down a 10-0 win.

NOTES: The offense was pretty evenly spread out today, as Bill Hazel, Barry Annese and Terry Annese had two hits apiece. Rich Dickinson singled and had three walks in four plate appearances. Zack Edelman's four stolen bases gives him seven on the year, second on ballclub behind league leader Todd Camp with 15. Ken Ferry's nine strikeouts moved him into third in the league with 65 and his second shutout of the season lowered his ERA to 2.59, eighth best among SJMSBL starting pitchers. Rich Mazzella's 8th inning RBI single gave the slugging lefty hits in 15 of 16 games and he reached base in all 16 games played this season. The RBI was Rich's 19th on the year, surpassing the Pirates' Rob Kenney for tops in the league. Overall, Mazz went 6-for-12 (.500) over his last three games to end the regular season at .474, fifth best in the league.


(Ken Ferry comments on his performance.)


August 3, 2003

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Link to "Schedules" for Complete Game Recap & Stats
WP: Ferry (4-2) LP: Andrews (3-2) SV: None 2B: Hazel (M); Martin (C); 3B: BAnnese (M); SB: Camp (M), Edelman 4 (M), Hazel (M), John (M); Suppi (C) HBP:(by LeBron) John (M)


ONE RUN SHY.....

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The A's magic elephant fell a run short today.
A's Frantic Rally Falls Short as Indians Hold on, 9-8


AUGUST 9 - In a wild ballgame played today at Eastern High School, the Marlton A's quest for playoff glory took a slight detour as the good guys dropped an Opening Round contest to the Cinnaminson Indians, 9-8, who survived a frantic ninth inning Marlton rally to advance to the second round of the 2003 SJMSBL Double Elimination Tournament.

Trailing 9-6 going to the ninth, A's catcher Bill Hazel led off with a laser shot to left that landed in the glove of a near-standing still Mark Arencibia. Indians' starter Don Sivertsen (1-0) then walked 2B/SS Ken Ferry and Barry Annese collected his third hit of the day - a double, to put runners on second and third with one out. RF Zack Edelman rifled a two-run single to center to cut the lead to one, at 9-8. Edelman, representing the tying run, promptly stole second as the tying run to give EH Terry Annese a shot to tie the game with a basehit. However, Sivertsen battled Annese to a 2-2 count before getting the A's skipper to pop out to third base for the second out. Marcus John followed with a sinking liner to center that appeared for moment to have enough sink to drop in, but landed in the glove of a striding CF Alex Arencibia to end the wild and wooly first round ballgame.

In a performance that symbolized the rainy, sloppy gametime field conditions, Marlton handed the Indians four first inning runs, who loaded the bases with nobody out off of A's starter Phil Anselmo (0-1). A groundout scored Dennis Hanratty with the game's first run and Alex Arencibia singled in a second run. Anselmo then struck out Chad Collingwood and it momentarily looked as if the A's could stop the damage right there - however, a throwing error by SS Gary Giese allowed two more runs to cross the plate and it was 4-0, Indians, after one inning.

Anselmo would settle down as Marlton slowly began to nibble away at Indians' starter Sivertsen, scoring a run in the third and two in the fourth, highlighted by EH/1B Barry Annese's 2-run single.

However, in the bottom of the fourth, a pair of Cinnaminson infield singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with two outs. Things then got a bit crazy as Anselmo uncorked a pair of wild pitches, plating both runners to expand the Indians lead to 6-3 - ending the Marlton righthander's day on the hill. Reliever Rich Mazzella got out of the fourth inning jam, but would fell victim to the small ball jinx an inning later, as four 2-out singles - the last three of which never left the infield, scored another run to expand the Indians lead back to four runs, at 7-3.

From there, the game see-sawed back and forth, and we soon appeared destined for a wild finish. Marlton would score two in the sixth, highlighted by CF Todd Camp's single and stolen base, and Gary Giese's RBI single. However, the Indians came right back as Alex Arencibia doubled in brother Mark to make the score 8-5. In the A's seventh, EH Terry Annese's fielder's choice plated brother Barry, who had singled to lead off the inning. In the bottom of the frame, A's reliever Gary Giese. pitching in a driving rain shower, retired the first two batters before C Rich Swan reached on wicked comebacker that deflected off of a lunging Giese's glove and landed in no-mans-land for an infield hit. Designated runner Rich Parker stumbled as he tried to steal second, but reached safely and advanced to third when the throw crossed up the A's middle infielders and sailed into centerfield. Parker completed his odd tour of the bases two pitches later, as a wet Giese pitch slipped past C Marcus John for a passed ball, scoring Parker to make the score 9-6 - setting the stage for the A's frantic ninth inning rally.

NOTES: As a result of Sunday's games, Marlton will next have a Loser's Bracket faceoff with old foe Bordentown, to be played next Saturday at Gilder Field. The winner moves on to Sunday while the loser goes home for the winter......Barry Annese led the A's offense on this day, collecting three hits in four at bats, including a double, 2 RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Gary Giese went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Zack Edelman collected a 2-run single, as he and Todd Camp stole two bases each. On the hill, Gary Giese allowed an unearned run on two hits while striking out two over 2 1/3 innings of relief, while Rich Mazzella went two innings and gave up a pair of runs on six hits. Finally, Phil Anselmo allowed six runs (four earned) on 7 hits with 6 walks and a strikeout in 3 2/3 innings work.


2002-03 MARLTON ATHLETICS TRANSACTIONS

AUGUST 1, 2003: Placed P/OF Chris Dolan on the Inactive List.

JULY 27, 2003: Announced that SJMSBL OFFICE set down automatic 1-game suspension of A's MGR/IF Terry Annese for being ejected from today's ballgame against the Delco D-Rays. The suspension is expected to be served for Marlton's next (August 2, 2003) scheduled game against the Bordentown Patriots.

JULY 20, 2003: Activated OF Keith Wood from the 15-day Disabled List.

JUNE 15, 2003: Activated IF Terry Annese from the 15-day Disabled List. Placed OF Keith Wood on the 15-day Disabled List (leg/shoulder).

MAY 16, 2003: Released P Joe Simiriglio.

MAY 15, 2003: Signed P/OF Chris Dolan.

MAY 11, 2003: Placed IF Terry Annese on 15-day Disabled List (hamstring).

APRIL 17, 2003: Signed P Phil Anselmo.

APRIL 6, 2003: Activated IF Terry Annese from the 60-day Disabled List.

MARCH 28, 2003: Placed C Lance Wood on the 60-day Disabled List (shoulder). Lance's comeback to the ballclub after a two year absence has taken a serious downturn as the hardnosed catcher suffered a torn rotator cuff in a martial arts-related accident and will be out of action indefinitely.

MARCH 16, 2003: Signed P/IF Marcus John.

MARCH 8, 2003: Signed IF Rich Dickinson. Reinstated C/P/OF Bill Hazel to the active roster.

MARCH 3, 2003: Invited IF Rich Dickinson and C Stephen Pipe to spring training.

FEBRUARY 24, 2003: Signed P/OF Joe Simiriglio.

FEBRUARY 22, 2003: Placed P/OF John Tumbelty on the 60-day Disabled List (hip). John continues to struggle with a nagging hip injury that occurred while fielding a bunt during a July 2002 game against the Montco Yankees. The failure of the injury to heal has put John's availablity for the 2003 season in jeopardy.

FEBRUARY 10, 2003: Signed IF/OF Zack Edelman.

JANUARY 31, 2003: Placed C/P/OF Bill Hazel and IF/OF Dan Kennedy on the Inactive List.

JANUARY 20, 2003: Reinstated C/OF Lance Wood from the Inactive List.

NOVEMBER 30, 2002: Placed IF Terry Annese on the 60-day Disabled List (vertigo/knee surgery).

SEPTEMBER 1, 2002: Placed IF Gregg Mosher on the Voluntary Retired List.

AUGUST 14, 2002: Activated IF Pery Shusterman from the 15-day Disabled List.

JULY 28, 2002: Activated OF Todd Camp from the 15-day Disabled List.

JULY 16, 2002: Activated P/OF John Tumbelty from the 15-day Disabled List. Placed IF Pery Shusterman on the 15-day Disabled List (toe/foot). Pery broke a bone in his left foot/toe in this past Sunday's game against the Deptford O's and is expected to be out of action from 4-6 weeks.

JULY 10, 2002: Placed OF Todd Camp on the 15-day Disabled List (knee). Todd has been playing on an injured right knee all season and is scheduled to have surgery later this week. He is expected to be out of action from 4-6 weeks.

JULY 7, 2002: Placed P/OF John Tumbelty on the 15-day Disabled List (hip). John suffered a slight dislocation of his right hip in today's game with the Montco Yanks while fielding a bunt in the third inning and is expected to be out of action from 2-3 weeks.

MAY 21, 2002: SJMSBL OFFICE set down automatic 1-game suspensions to MGR/IF Terry Annese and IF/OF Ed Hall for being ejected from a ballgame on May 19, 2002. Both suspensions to be served for Marlton's next (June 2, 2002) scheduled game.


A's Ready for Opening Day 2003

APRIL 11 - The 2003 edition of the Marlton Athletics Baseball Club is marching forward towards our 5th Opening Day, which is scheduled for April 13, 2003. The team has been working out since early February, at times drudging through acres and acres of snow and cold weather......it was good to get it on the field for a dress rehearsal at last week's scrimmage with the Delran Cards.....but now it's time to play ball - finally.......A's.......Grays.......Sunday, April 13, 2003......Cherokee High School.....let's do it.

A's Stop Grays Behind Ferry, 8-7

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Ferry Notches First Win of '03
APRIL 13 - Ken Ferry pitched 5-hit ball over six innings work, en route to his first win of the season, as the Marlton A's defeated the U-City Grays, 8-7, today at Cherokee High School.

On the day, Ferry (1-0) allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on five hits over six innings work, walking two and striking out five. The A's righthander kept the Grays bats off balance all day, working through a sixth inning jam before departing with a 7-3 lead.

Marlton skipper Terry Annese pulled Ferry after 90 pitches over six innings and turned the game over to his bullpen. However, the lead was put into jeopardy almost immediately as rookie RHP Marcus John battled a bout of wildness and all three Grays hitters he faced reached base on a pair of walks and a booted groundball to short, plating a run and sending the tying run to bat. Annese went right to his closer, Gary Giese, in an effort to stop the Grays' rally right then and there. That task would prove to be a bit more difficult than planned as the normally hard throwing Giese was without his best stuff, suffering what was confirmed after the game to be a strained left hamstring early in the seventh inning. With no one out, CF Shawn Carty immediately cut the A's lead to 7-5 with a hard single to right. With Guthrie Ramsey on third, Giese picked off Carty for the first out of the inning. Ron Bryant then hit a nubber in front on the plate that both Giese and C Bill Hazel pounced on but neither had a play as Ramsey carried the Grays' sixth run across the plate. Greg Weneck struck out looking for the second out and the A's escaped further damage when Bryant was thrown out at the plate after trying to score on a loose ball.

With now a slim 7-6 advantage, Marlton went to work get an insurance run and the A's tablesetters responded quickly. CF Todd Camp ripped a lead off single and stole second. One out later, 3B Rich Dickinson launched a double to left-center, scoring Camp to make it 8-6. The rally was short-circuited one batter later as 1B Rich Mazzella ripped a bullet at 2B Dan Davis and Dickinson was doubled off for the third out.

Nursing an 8-6 lead in the eighth and final inning (due to time limit), an ailing Giese danced with trouble as with one out, Dan Jenkins walked and stole second. 3B Kevin Clark immediately cut the lead to one, ripping a single to right to score Jenkins and bringing the go-ahead run to the plate with nobody out. After a walk to Davis moved the tying run to second, Giese reached down and struck out 1B Russell Robinson and got Ramsey on a comebacker to end the ballgame and collect his first save of 2003.

NOTES: For the A's (1-0), 3B Rich Dickinson paced the team with a 3-for-4 day that included a 9th inning RBI double. CF Todd Camp continued where he left off in 2002, stroking two hits in three at bats, including a double, an RBI and a stolen base. 1B Rich Mazzella went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Rookie SS Zack Edelman drove in three with a sacrfice fly and a 2-run single.........Pedro Maldonado threw a complete game for the Grays (0-1), allowing eight runs (five earned), on eight hits while walking seven and striking out five. In the Grays' sixth, an inning ending strike out of 3B Kevin Clark erupted into a heated argument between several Grays players and umpiring crew. During the flurry, Grays SS Juan Rosado made contact with the home plate umpire, who later reported that Rosado had tripped him. Rosado and a Grays' coach were eventually ejected before play could resume. It is anticipated that additional suspension(s) will be considered by SJMSBL President Tom Hunter.


D-EEEEEEE-FENSE

APRIL 27 - Routine fundamental plays are the key winning baseball games. Make the plays, you give yourself a good shot to win, don't make them and you are doomed.

The A's would be doomed on this day.

Four Marlton infield errors led to 10 runs over a two inning span, gift wrapping a 14-2 win for the visiting Bordentown Patriots, in a ballgame played this past Sunday at Cherokee High School.

Bordentown's initial outburst came in the third inning, as the Patriots capitalized on three Marlton fielding errors to take a 5-0 lead. They managed just two hits during the rally off of A's hardluck losing pitcher Ken Ferry (1-1), who threw well for the second straight start - despite the outcome.

In the bottom of the third, the A's (1-1) attempted to answer back with counterpunch of their own off of Pats starter Jim Gummel. With two out, Marlton loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an infield error, bringing slugging 1B Rich Mazzella to the plate with a golden shot to get the A's right back in the ballgame. Mazzella ripped a wicked shot on the ground between first and second that seemed for a moment to be destined to drive in at least two runs. However Pats 2B Pat Redwood made a headlong 'do-or-die' dive into the hole to snag the drive, got up and threw out Mazzella - to abort the A's rally in what was clearly the turning point of the ballgame.

In the fourth, the Patriots rallied around their second baseman's efforts and put the game away with a second five-run outburst, aided by still another critical Marlton infield (throwing) error.

NOTES: The A's committed seven errors on the day, including six on the infield. All but one of the errors led to Patriots runs in some way - not a formula for winning baseball.....As a result, during the fateful two inning - four error stretch, only two of the ten runs scored would turn out to be earned off of starting pitcher Ken Ferry.......1B Rich Mazzella collected two hits and an RBI, as he continues to rediscover his 2001 form....C Gary Giese also had two hits and RBI as well as a stolen base, giving him three on the season......Ferry went six innings and allowed 12 runs (4 earned) on 12 hits, while striking out four and walking two.....Joe Sirmiriglio went an inning in his A's debut, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one......Five Patriots hitters collected two hits a piece in a group effort - led by Jason Dilemme's 2-for-2 effort that included a 2-run double......Patriot lefthander Jim Gummel (1-0) threw five scoreless innings, allowing five hits, while walking one and striking out nine in collecting his first win of 2003......The Pats bullpen finished up, allowing two runs in the last two innings......Nick Sbarro initially relieved Gummel to start the sixth, but departed after a couple of batters with an undisclosed arm injury. Kevin Beetel and Keith Trout came on to close things out for Bordentown (1-0).


Shorthanded A's Goto the 'Dogs - Lose 16-9

MAY 11 - Since the ballclub's inception in 1999, Mother's Day has had a disagreeable taste with the Marlton Athletics Baseball Club. Winless in three tries prior to this season - the 3-1 A's looked hopeful to break the skid today against the 0-3 Mt. Holly Muckdogs. However, the revenge of the mothers won out again, as an injured and depleted Marlton Athletics club sloppily dropped a 16-9 defeat to the hometown 'Dogs, today at Mt. Holly's Iron Works Park.

After the teams exchanged runs in the bottom of the first and top of the second, two Marlton errors and a couple of non-error misplays led to an eight-run second inning off of hardluck starter and losing pitcher Marcus John (0-1). Now trailing 9-1, the A's struggled to get going offensively off of Mt. Holly starter Scott Ryder, who was making his 2003 debut. Marlton would ultimately stitch together 8 runs over the final four innings, but they failed to cut into the Muckdogs' advantage - as more sloppy A's 'D' and timely 'Dogs hitting matched Marlton run for run. In the end, it was too little, too late and the Athletics ran out of time, dropping a seven inning decision, 16-9.

NOTES: The A's played today's game missing 6 regulars and several A's present continue to battle nagging injuries - EH Terry Annese (knee/hamstring) pulled a right hamstring running the bases in the top of the first inning......C Gary Giese (back/shoulder) and 1B Rich Mazzella (shoulder) continue to hit while nursing various injuries, as each went 2-for-4......Keith Wood collected a pair of hits in three at bats, along with a walk, a run scored and an RBI....For Mt. Holly, Ryder went five innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, striking out seven and walking three; however he also killed us with bat, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.


SWEEP DREAMS

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Giese Collects Win, Save in DH Sweep
Mazzella, Giese Lead A's to DH Sweep of Marlins, 12-8 & 8-7


MAY 4 - The Marlton Athletics and Woodbury Marlins have a short but storied history of wild ballgames. Today would do little to change that theory, as the A's blew a pair of big leads but managed to outslug the hometown club, sweeping the Marlins in a doubleheader played today at Woodbury YMCA Field, by scores of 12-8 and 8-7.

GAME 1: Gutty Pitching, John and Annese Bases Clearing Hits Lead Way in 12-8 Win
In Game 1, Marlton jumped out quickly on starter John Hughes for five runs in the top of the first, paced by a two-out, 3-run double to the right-center gap off the bat of EH Terry Annese. However, A's pitcher Phil Anselmo, making his first start of 2003, struggled early to keep the ball down and was touched up for four runs in the bottom of the frame, as SS Mike Solmen struck back in the battle of the managers with a 3-run double of his own.

Anselmo settled down over the next few innings, but the Marlins scratched out the tying run in the third and took a 1-run lead in the fourth on an error, a walk, a HBP and an RBI single by Stephen McCusker. The A's bounced right back in the top of the fifth to grab the lead for good as with one out, CF Todd Camp singled and stole second. One out later 3B Rich Dickinson collected an infield single sending Camp to third. Dickinson advanced to second on a wild pitch and both runners scored on a Rich Mazzella 2-run laser to left center.

The A's seemingly put the game away in the sixth, as Marcus John's 3-run triple to dead center paced a 5-run inning that made the score 12-6. However, Mazzella (1-0), who had taken over on the mound for Anselmo in the fourth, struggled in his third inning of relief, putting two men in scoring position before A's Manager Terry Annese called on closer Gary Giese to shut the door. Giese did, but not before a 2-run single snuk past SS Ed Hall to cut the lead to 12-8. Nevertheless, Giese pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out Art Collins to end it and notch his second save of the year.

GAME 1 NOTES: Mazzella pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits to collect his first win of 2003......CF/C Todd Camp went 2-for-3 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored while EH Terry Annese went 2-for-3 with a bunt single and a 3-run double.....Marcus John's game-turning bases loaded triple came in his only at bat of the game.

GAME 2: Giese's Arm, Mazz's Magical Bat Help Complete Sweep in Extras, 8-7 (9 inns.)
Once again the A's jumped on Marlins' pitching, victimizing starter Dan Brown for 3 runs in the first inning - led by RBI-doubles from 2B Rich Dickinson and 1B Rich Mazzella, and an RBI-single by C Gary Giese. Marlton tacked on 3 more runs in the second as Marcus John collected an RBI single and 3B Ed Hall drove in a run with a ground out. Leading 6-0 and ace Ken Ferry on the hill, things looked promising for the A's, but three fourth inning miscues (we try not to call them errors any more) led to four unearned runs that put the Marlins right back in the ballgame at 6-4.

EH Ed Miller singled to lead of the Marlton fifth and scored on CF Todd Camp long RBI triple to give the A's some breathing room at 7-4. In the sixth, a tiring Ferry exited after allowing a pair of hits sandwiched around an infield error (oops!) - as Woodbury plated a run and put runners on second and third with nobody out. Marlton skipper Terry Annese turned once again to closer Gary Giese to keep the lead afloat, but SS Mike Solmen greeted him with a 2-run single that tied the game at 7-7.

The teams exchanged zeros in the seventh - although the A's loaded the bases with two out and Ed Hall worked the count to 3-and-2, but went down on strikes to end the threat. Giese, on fumes after collecting a save in Game 1 and already having caught 10 innings in the doubleheader, used guts and gile to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth. The righthander helped reward himself with his first win of 2003, as Rich Mazzella and Giese singled to open up the bottom of the ninth in what would be the game-winning rally. An errant pickoff move sent the runners to second and third and RF Keith Wood promptly stroked a ground ball up the middle that was knocked down at second - but designated runner Barry Annese scored without a play to win a wild one for the A's, 8-7.

GAME 2 NOTES: Rich Mazzella sparkled at the plate in Game 2, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and the game-winning run......Gary Giese (1-0) went four innings in relief to collect the win to go along with his Game 1 save. Giese and Marcus John each had two hits and an RBI.....Ken Ferry (ND) went five-plus innings and allowed seven runs (two earned) on six hits, while striking out four and walking four.


St. Val's Athletic Club - 2002 Night at the Races
Once again, several Marlton A's players and their families made the journey up the New Jersey Turnpike to join up with our 2000-02 sponsor, St. Valentine's Athletic Club, for their Annual Night at the Races, this Saturday, May 18th....The buffet style dinner was awesome.... (Rich: "It was even better than last year, but where were the burritos?"). Cheryl Annese was the big racing winner of the evening, selecting 6 winners in seven races.....Controversy reigned over SVAC event coordinators as the #5 and #6 horses won the 1st 7 races.....Finally, A's skipper Terry Annese presented a letter of appreciation to SVAC President Ken D'Onofrio on behalf of the ballclub - extending our thanks for their gracious sponsorship of the team over the past three seasons.

A's Shine in SJMSBL Fall League

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OCTOBER 20 - Marlton A's pitchers Marcus John and Phil Anselmo, along with infielder Rich Dickinson and manager/infielder Terry Annese are doing the ball club proud, as they represent the A's in this season's inaugural SJMSBL Fall Ball League. The A's contingent is playing together on the Cinnaminson Mutts, which also includes players from the Cinnaminson Indians, Medford Lakes Yankees and Sewell Sharks. The ballclub, managed by Annese and Indians skipper Mark Arencibia, has advanced to this weekend's fall league Semifinals against the KC Royals (made up players from the Willingboro Knights and Delran Cardinals). The Semifinal game starts at 9:00am at Patty Bowker Field in Tabernacle. 3B/1B Dickinson has excelled with a team leading .500 batting average, while both John and Anselmo have blossomed with some excellent pitching performances. Both hurlers gained their first victories of 2003 during the fall season, highlighted by Marcus John's 7-inning, 1-run, 3-hit winning effort in last Sunday's 13-1 Quarterfinal win over The Lost Boys.

In addition to the excellent fall showings by Dickinson, John and Anselmo, A's Manager Terry Annese has used this fall season to try out some new players for the 2004 season to help replenish the projected loss of several key contributors from this year's A's club. Among the fall players which have shown some promise to join the ballclub for next season include IF/OF/RHP Jay Rabinowitz and C/IF/RHP George Rogers, both of whom most recently played with the Medford Lakes Yankees - along with IF/RHP Keith Grandstrom, 1B/LHP Bill Owen and IF Rich Hudgins, who each returned the game this fall after some time away from the diamond. In addition, former Sharks IF Gary Shears, currently recovering from off-season knee surgery, has contacted the ballclub to express his interest in joining the A's for 2004 as well.

NOTES: The winner of this Sunday's Mutts/Royals Semifinal will play in the Championship Game later in the day against the winner of the Semifinal game between the SJ Chiefs and Washington Twp Senators. The Championship Game starts at 1:00pm at Patty Bowker Field in Taberbacle.


LAST STOP, BORDENTOWN

Pats Snuff Out Amazin's Season, 7-3


AUGUST 16 - It had some wild and crazy moments, thrills abound and unfortunately a disappointing finish. It was the 2003 Marlton A's season and it came to a sudden end today, as the good guys in black dropped a 7-3 score to the Bordentown Patriots - in a third round elimination SJMSBL Championship Tournament contest played today at Gilder Field in Bordentown.

Marlton ace Ken Ferry and Patriots' playoff hero Kevin Beetel locked horns in an early pitchers' duel that was scoreless entering the bottom of the fifth inning. Bordentown SS Kurt Appleby led off the pivotal frame with a walk and promptly stole second. 1B Troy Dilemme then dropped down a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by Ferry, putting runners at the corners with no one out. After Dilemme also stole second, both he and Appleby scored on EH Dave Kafer's 2-run single. Kafer stole the Pats' third base of the inning and was sacrificed to third, where he scored on C Jason Latini's single, making the score 3-0, Patriots, after five.

The A's would get on the board in the top of the sixth, scoring a run without the benefit of a basehit. CF Todd Camp reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third bases and scored on a passed ball. However, the Pats put the game (and the A's season) away with a 4-spot in the bottom of the frame - punctuated by Dilemme's 3-run double.

Trailing 7-1, Marlton took one last gasp in the ninth, as the first three A's reached base, climaxing with SS Gary Giese's two-run single that cut the lead to four. However, Beetel bounced back to get the the next three batters in order - completing his dominate performance and ending the A's 2003 season.

NOTES: Ken Ferry's scoreless streak ended at 33 2/3 innings on Dave Kafer's 2-run single in the Pats' fifth. Kevin Beetel scattered five hits over nine innings and no A's player had more than one. 3B Rich Dickinson reached base three times with two walks and a HBP, while Todd Camp, EH Terry Annese and RF Zack Edelman each reached base twice. The A's played today's ballgame without the services of 1B Rich Mazzella and OF/3B Ed Miller. Bordentown moves on to a fourth round rematch with the Delran Cardinals, whom they defeated earlier in the tournament, 6-5.

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Link to "Schedules" for Complete Game Recap & Stats
WP: Beetel (2-0) LP: Ferry (0-1) SV: None 2B: Hazel (M); Dilemme (B); SB: Camp 2 (M), Ferry (M), BAnnese (M); Redwood (B), Tyler (B), Appleby (B), Kafer (B), Dilemme (B), Mercantini (B) HBP:(by Beetel) Dickinson (M); Sac: Dilemme (B), Mercantini (B)


Hello and Goodbye: Key Additions Bring New Look For 2003
The 2003 Marlton Athletics Baseball Club is pleased to welcome the signing of five new players for the upcoming season.

The A's have signed SS/OF Zach Edelman, P/IF Marcus John, IF Rich Dickinson, P/OF Joe Simiriglio and P Phil Anselmo for the upcoming season. Zach, Phil and Marcus have come back to the great game of baseball after brief interruptions with real life (read: work, family, yard work, etc.)....Rich is a long-time SJMSBL veteran, most recently with the Mt. Holly Warriors......Joe is also a long-time SJMSBL vet, who has most recently played with the Somerdale Redsox and Mt. Holly Muckdogs....... Welcome to the ballclub!

Sadly, the A's must also report some unfortunate goodbyes and a pair of injuries to a couple of good guys that will prevent their playing ball this season.

P/OF John Tumbelty and C/OF Lance Wood have been placed on the 60-day disabled list and will be lost to the club indefinitely. John dislocated his left hip fielding a bunt during a ballgame last season and the resulting injury to the A's knuckleballing righthander has not healed properly. Lance, attempting to comeback after two years away from the ballclub, injured his right (throwing) shoulder during off-season martial arts training and was confirmed to have a torn right rotator cuff. Rehab training is the current course for both players but surgery is an a possible option down the road.

The A's have also announced that IF/OF/P Dan Kennedy has been placed on the inactive list and 2002 player/coach Gregg Mosher has been placed on the voluntary retired list. Greg has also been named a "Coach Emeritus" to the ballclub. Finally, OF/IF Joe Bouchez has been given his release.


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Shears gets raked over them Magnolia coals......
To the tune of $360, as Shears will now make a personal contribution to the Magnolia coffers for his various lead footed crimes against humanity......we present the following theme music....