Marlton Athletics Baseball Club: 2006-07 News/Info

Amazins Land Hurler Mitchell, Camp Moves Up to 38+ A's

28+ Amazins' Ink King, Factor Traded to Cubs; DeCorso Spurns 38+ A's




Ribs, Ankles and Thumbs Oh My!
Injury Bug Continues to Bite: Pao, Kuzma Latest Casualties

April 20 -
The dark cloud hanging over the Marlton A's 28+ ball club continues to grow, as the injury bug has made its way from the pitching staff to the outfield and back again. After March losses of OF Bob Karas to an ankle injury and RHP Scott Mitchell to a strained right rib cage muscle, on the eve of Opening Day the Amazins' lost CF Gregg Kuzma to a high ankle sprain and this past week lost P/IF Steve Paolini to a hyperextended left (non-pitching) thumb. Kuzma's injury (which took place while playing hoops at work - thereby invoking the A's Aaron 'F-n' Boone Rule) has put the formerly speedy outfielder in an aircast for 2-3 weeks. Meanwhile speculation over Paolini's injury has varied from the nuns slapping the earstwhile Holy Cross coach with a yard stick for failing to cover against Rancocas Valley to breaking up a bench clearing brawl at his son Joey's Little League game. Mind you we have no corroboration of either story, except to say that his left hand looks like a golf ball was inserted inside his thumb.

Paolini's injury should allow the righthanded hurler to continue to pitch and field once the swelling goes down enough to wear a glove, however his ability to swing a bat will remain in question for the next few weeks at least. Kuzma is expected to begin rehab on his ankle next weekend with a projected return in the first or second week of May. Meanwhile, both Mitchell and Karas are making slow, but steady progress on their ailments. However, neither has been projected to return to the lineup until Mid-May at the earliest.

Amazin' Hurlers Shut Down Philly A's Behind Lawlor, Ferry

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This
A's Throw Away Game in 9th

It all came apart at the seams in the 9th...
MAY 14 - Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains. The rains came early and left, but the A's were all wet at the end as a ninth inning defensive meltdown, culminating with a pair of wild throws, gave the SJMSBL Champion Delco Devil Rays a 4-3 walk-off Mother's Day victory today at Sun Valley High School in Aston Valley, Pennsylvania.

Our Mamas would of been proud of their Men in Black for battling back late to tie the champs at three and three with a manufactured run in the eighth inning, except they would have also seen it all fall away like wilted flowers in the springtime wind in the bottom of the ninth. Rays' SS Kevin Fahy led off the frame with his second hit of the game, a single against A's reliever Steve Paolini, who had come on for starter Ken Ferry. In an attempt to keep the speedy infielder close, Paolini threw over to first several times - however, his third pickoff throw was into the runner and deflected off of the glove of 1B Larry Hubert, allowing Fahy to advance to second base. RF Dan Hyman then put his bat on layaway and followed with a sacrifice bunt towards the first base side that Paolini fielded and looked immediately towards an awaiting Lee Madden at third. However, the off-balance throw sailed wide of the bag and down the line - allowing Fahy to complete his tour of the bases that ended with a game winning celebration for the Rays at home plate.

The D-Rays opened the scoring in the first as Fahy stroked a leadoff double off of A's starter Ken Ferry, followed by a pair of fly balls to make the early score 1-0, Rays. The MIBs came back in the second to take their only lead of the day, as RF Bill Hazel led off with a double, CF Ray Jobson stroked an infield single and 2B Gary Shears singled to bring home Hazel to tie the game. Ferry followed with a sacrifice fly to score Jobson and the A's had a 2-1 lead after an inning and a half.

After a rough first inning, Ferry settled down nicely, retiring 8 of 9 batters before LF John Johnson singled with one out in the fourth. After retiring CF Jon Liss for the second out, Ferry hung a splitter and 1B "Big" John DeLeon was all over it, driving a laser shot over the left field wall for a two-run homer that gave the Rays the lead once again at 3-2.

Meanwhile, Ferry's mound opponent, righthander Mike Cavallaro was cruising along in his first start of the season, allowing two runs on four hits over the first seven innings while striking out nine over that stretch. In the A's eighth, Cavallaro walked leadoff man Jobson and while Shears' sacrifice bunt attempt failed, his two-strike ground ball was mishandled by the Rays' shortstop, allowing Jobson to cross all the over to third on the misplay. DH Pat Hennigan, making his 2006 debut fresh out of law school, bounced a one-out ground ball up the middle that plated Jobson to tie things up and set the stage for the ninth inning.

NOTES: Ken Ferry went eight strong innings and came away with a no decision, allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits while striking out four and walking three. Steve Paolini (0-1) was tagged with the hardluck loss, allowing an unearned on one hit without recording an out. A's hits were rare on this day, as only Bill Hazel, Ray Jobson, Gary Shears and Pat Hennigan reached safely, while Shears, Hennigan and Ferry collected RBIs. Devil Rays' starter Michael Cavallaro (1-0) made his mound debut and went the distance, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, with three walks and 12 strikeouts. Offensively, the Rays (4-0) were paced by Kevin Fahy and John DeLeon, who each collected a pair of hits, including a double for Fahy and a 2-run homer for Big John. NEXT WEEK: The Amazins' (4-2) complete their three-week road trip with a drive back across the Commodore Barry Bridge and down Rt 322 to Glassboro, as the MIBs take on Pat Quinn, Eddie Noone and company in our annual tussel with the Pitman Blaze (3-3).

May 14, 2006

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Marlton Athletics (4-2) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 4
Delco Devil Rays (4-0) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 4


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None out when winning run scored.
Cavallaro (1-0); LP: Paolini (0-1);
SV: None

2B: Hazel (M); Fahy (D); HR: DeLeon (D); SB: Shears (M);


Sarge's bases loaded double gave the MIBs the lead for good.
May 21 - In 2005, starting pitcher Steve Paolini put up quality start after quality start - only to go home without a win more often than not due to a lack of timely hitting from his A's teammates.

But not today.

DH Terry Annese hit a bases-loaded double that gave the Italian Rocket the lead, which he carried through five gritty innings before handing the ball to righthander Scott Mitchell, who mowed down the Pitman Blaze with ease in his debut in black and green, as the Amazins' claimed a 7-2 victory today at Glassboro High School.

His best stuff abandoning him on this day, Paolini gutted his way through the early innings as the Blaze took a 1-0 lead in the first. Efren Fernandez led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on an overthrow by A's catcher Lee Madden - before scoring on a check swing base hit to right by Doug Crowe. However, the Pitman lead would last just a half inning.

RF Bill Hazel began the A's second with a long double off of Pitman starter Jeff Thurston, moved to third on a passed ball and quickly tied the game on an Aiden Lawlor ground out. CF Ray Jobson started the rally anew with a walk, followed by DH Gary Shears reaching on catcher's interference to put two men on. After 2B Ken Ferry worked a walk following a long at bat off of Thurston, Annese stepped to the plate with the bases juiced. The South Jersey bunt king showed no sign of a sacrifice, driving a 2-and-2 fastball up the right-centerfield gap for a bases clearing double that looked to give the Amazins' a 4-1 lead. However, the umpires had a different story, ruling that Shears had missed third base on his way around to score. So after taking one off the board for the good guys it was only 3-1, after one and a half innings.

Paolini bobbed and weaved his way through the next few frames, allowing single runners in second and third that would eventually be left to die on the vine. The Blaze made it a one run game in the fourth, again using the speed of leadoff batter Fernandez - who singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild throw. Catcher Jimmy Rodriguez followed with a slow roller towards third baseman Rich McNee, who charged but was unable to make a play as Fernandez scored to make it 3-2, MIB's, after four.

After a scoreless fifth, Marlton DH Phil Anselmo led off the sixth inning with a double to left-centerfield and LF Marcus John moved him to third with a well placed sacrifice bunt. Paolini helped himself out by bringing the run home with a ground ball to shortstop and the lead was back to a pair, at 4-2.   

Paolini's RBI grounder would end his heavy lifting for the day as righthander Scott Mitchell made his A's debut a lasting impression, striking out seven over four scoreless innings of work. The Amazins' tacked on an unearned run in the seventh after Hazel reached on a booted ground ball and moved around to score on a walk to Jobson, a wild pitch and an RBI ground out from Shears. The Blaze almost put a chink in Mitchell's armor in the bottom of the seventh. Eric Engstrom led off with a walk and after a strikeout by Jason Friebis, moved to second on a grounder to third. Crowe followed with a base hit to center, but Jobson gunned down Engstrom at the plate to keep the game at 5-2 after seven.

The A's capped the scoring with a pair of runs in the eighth, scoring on an infield error and a Marcus John RBI ground out.

NOTES: Steve Paolini (1-1) collected his first win of the season, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits over five innings work, striking out four and walking none. Scott Mitchell notched his first save of the year, striking out seven over four scoreless innings while allowing one hit and one walk. No A's player collected more than one hit on the day, although Ray Jobson was on base four times in four plate appearances with a single, two walks and a reach on error. Terry Annese and Bill Hazel both doubled and reached base twice, as Annese added two RBIs and Hazel a pair of runs scored. Gary Shears drove in a run and extended his hitting streak to five games with a ninth inning single. NEXT GAME: Following a week off for Memorial Day the Amazins' take their 5-2 mark back home for a first place battle with the Riverside Pirates in a doubleheader at Rotary Field.

May 21, 2006

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Pitman Blaze (3-3) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2


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WP: Paolini (1-1); LP: Thurston (1-1); SV: Mitchell (1)

2B: Hazel (M); Annese (M); Anselmo (M); SB: Jobson (M);
(by Thurston) Madden (M); (by Paolini) Noone (P)

A's, Bucs Split as Hurlers Shine

19 Innings is Sure a Long Way to Go Kiss Your Sister
June 4 - Aiden Lawlor hurled 7 shutout innings to lead the Marlton A's to a 2-0 victory over the Riverside Pirates in Game 1 of a doubleheader today at Cherokee HS. Lawlor (3-0), who allowed just three hits in a brilliant complete game performance, struck out 10 and walking none while permitting just one runner to reach second base on the day. Meanwhile, the Amazins' were able to scratch out a pair of single runs off of Pirate starter and hardluck loser Tom Burbage. In the home second, SS Ken Ferry lifted a 2-out double and scored on EH Terry Annese's single to make the score 1-0. In the sixth, Rich McNee launched a 1 out double and would come around to score on Bill Hazel's RBI single to centerfield.

The tension between these two evenly matched Colonial Division foes would rise to new heights in the nightcap, aided by a fielding miscue of the strangest kind. With two outs and nobody on, A's starter Ken Ferry allowed a single to Rick Loveland who stole second and moved to third after Brian Carter scratched out an infield single. Maruski hit a ground ball to deep short that SS Steve Paolini fielded from the hole and threw a one hopper over to first. A's 1B Larry Hubert attempt to pick the short hop resulted in the ball coming up into his chest and landing right at his feet. Buck then reached down and seemingly grabbed the ball with his bare before the runner crossed the bag, but the men in blue saw it differently, calling Maruski safe as a run scored. The normally mild mannered Hubert erupted in argument, spiking the (still live) ball behind the pitcher's mound in protest, allowing Carter to come all the around from first with a second run of the inning.

After gathering their cool, the A's grabbed a run back in second, as Annese's fielder's choice scored Hazel, who was hit by a pitch and moved around to third on a walk and an infield error. And there the game stayed until the A's sixth, when Paolini singled and McNee followed with a single of his own to put two men on and two out. A's skipper Terry Annese then rolled the dice, substituting Paolini at second base with pinch runner Scott Mitchell, who while faster than the Italian Rocket, was also the A's pitcher at the time, coming on for Ferry in the Pirates' fifth. The move paid off, as Aiden Lawlor lifted a single to centerfield and Mitchell's slide was just able to beat the tag of Pirate catcher John Burbage to tie the game at 2.

The game now even, this battle turned into a true ground war, as relievers Mitchell and Joe Dorety moved to center stage, matching zero for zero into extra innings. The A's had a chance to grab the lead in the eighth, putting two men with nobody out, but Dorety dug down to strike out Phil Anselmo and retired Marcus John and Mitchell on a pair of ground outs. Mitchell escaped nine miles of his own bad road in the bottom of the frame, as an infield error and a hit batsman put two men on with nobody out. After a sacrifice moved Maruski to third with the winning run, the A's walked Rick Avery intentionally to load the bases. John Burbage followed with a grounder to Ferry at short, who came home with the throw to an awaiting Hazel, who tagged the charging Maruski while being barrelled over in the process. Maruski was ejected on the play and the Amazins' completed their great escape with Marc Roccato popping to third to end the inning.

The A's would get their final serious threat of the day in the ninth, as McNee singled to lead off, but Ferry bounced into a 4-6-3 double play to get two outs - and after Hazel singled and stole second, Dorety rared back and blew away Gregg Kuzma to end the inning. Mitchell and Dorety settled in from there and matched frames in the 9th, 10th and 11th, however it would come crashing down on the MIBs in the 12th. Tom Burbage led off with a grounder to third that Lee Madden bobbled and was unable to throw out the runner in time. After an Ed Kenney sacrifice moved Burbage to second, Mitchell got Loveland to pop up to Shears at second for out number two. Carter then topped a roller into the high grass that Madden fielded and made an off balance throw to first that careened off the runner and down the line, allowing the winning run to cross the plate as the Bucs gained the split, 3-2.

NOTES: Mitchell (0-1) took the hard luck loss for the A's, going 7 2/3 innings in relief of Ken Ferry. Mitchell allowed three singles over that span, walking three (one intentional) and striking out seven. Ferry started and went the first four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, wlaking one and striking out two. Rich McNee provided a chunk of the A's offense, collecting five hits over the doubleheader, while Bill Hazel, Steve Paolini and Lee Madden had three hits apiece on the day.


Conjunction Junction, A's bats don't function....
JUNE 12 - Washington Township Senators' SS Ed Horner's ninth inning RBI single off of Aiden Lawlor drove in the decisive run as the Marlton Athletics dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to the Nats today at Cherokee High School.

With the game tied 2-2, Lawlor, pitching in relief of Scott Mitchell, alternated walks to Gary Barbara and Derek Forchic with strike outs of Mike Pavlik and Pete Conlin to bring Horner to the plate. The Marlton native worked the count to 2-2 before slicing a splitter down the left field line to plate the go-ahead run in this very well fought contest. An Amazins' rally attempt in the home ninth fell astray as Ray Jobson led off with a single, but Horner, pitching in relief got C Rich McNee to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play and struck out EH Bill Hazel to end the ballgame.

The MIB's Scott Mitchell and Township's Bruce Shaw locked horns early in a pitchers' duel that did not disappoint. Mitchell recorded 10 of his first fifteen outs via the strike out, but it did no mind as the Nats drew first blood with an unearned run in the second - coverting an leadoff infield error and two singles, culminating with 3B Kevin Moriarity driving in RF Derek Forchic to make it 1-0, Sens. The A's answered back with an unearned run in the home fourth, capitalizing on a two-out Ed Horner error and a rare fit of wildness from Shaw, who walked McNee and Hazel to load the bases. 2B Ken Ferry then lifted a pop up to the left side of the infield that Moriarty lost in the sun, resulting in the ball deflecting off his glove which allowed RF Ray Jobson to score and tie the game.

The Amazins' threatened again in the sixth, as with two outs and nobody on, SS Steve Paolini reached on an infield error and Jobson singled - but Shaw retired McNee on a grounder to short to end the threat. Meanwhile, Mitchell settled into a groove, retiring 13 of 14 batters over the middle innings. With one out in the seventh, Forchic lifted a drive into right that eluded the outstretched diving attempt of Jobson, allowing the Medford native to motor all the way around to third on the play. One out later, Horner battled off several Mitchell offerings before touching a soft single to left that gave the Nats a 2-1 lead.

Aiden Lawlor relieved Mitchell to start the eighth and retired the side with little trouble, collecting two strikeouts along the way. The A's demonstrated their resolve against the former 4-time champs, scratching out the tying run in the bottom of the eighth after DH Lee Madden walked and moved all the way to third after pinch hitter Gary Shears put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown down the first base line by Horner, who had come in relief for the Nats to start the inning. CF Gregg Kuzma followed with a sacrifice fly that plated pinch runner Larry Hubert, setting the stage for the dramatic ninth inning.

NOTES: Pitching was the name of the day in this one, as Scott Mitchell dominated the Nats only to come up with a no decision. The righthander went seven innings and allowed two runs, one earned on six hits, striking out twelve and walking none. Aiden Lawlor (3-1) took the hardluck defeat, pitching two innings in relief, allowing one earned run on one hit, walking two and striking out four. Ray Jobson reached base all four times at the plate - collecting two hits in four at bats while also reaching on a fielder's choice and an infield error. Marcus John (single, HBP) and Lee Madden (walk, HBP) were the only other two Amazins' to reach base more than once on the day.

Lefty Masterful as A's Fall, 9-1

Amazins Came Up Snake Eyes Against the Jaxx
JUNE 19 - Glouco Diamond Jaxx' hurler Jeff Weiner's normal home game commute got a lot shorter today, as the Marlton native had to only travel to Cherokee High School to take on the Amazins', who were playing in their ball park as the road team due to a field conflict. The extra sleep paid dividends, as Weiner dominated the MIBs on six hits before family and friends in a 9-1 drubbing of the good guys.

Marlton jumped on Weiner early, grabbing a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first after Gregg Kuzma walked, stole second and came around to score on a Gary Shears single. Following a Ken Ferry double with two out in the first, the lefthander locked into gear, retiring 16 of his next 17 batters, before allowing a single to lead off the A's seventh inning.

Meanwhile, A's starter Aiden Lawlor scuffled along without his best stuff for the second straight outing - and the Jaxx made it hurt. Glouco led off the "home" second with a pair of singles but then Lawlor looked like he would escape any damage after striking out the next two batters and getting two strikes on LF Al Rios. However, the Jaxx' skipper rippped one down the leftfield line to give the Jaxx a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish the rest of the day.

Glouco tacked on two more runs in fourth and expanded the lead to a dominant 7-1 advantage with three more in the fifth - sandwiched around some sloppy defense on behalf of the MIBs.

Marlton mounted a mild uprising in the seventh, as a Ray Jobson single, a Gary Shears walk and a Rich McNee infield single loaded the bases with two out. However, Weiner retired SS Ken Ferry on a ground ball to second to end the threat. The Jaxx put the game on ice in the eighth, tacking on a pair of runs to make the final tally 9-1.

NOTES: DH Ray Jobson reached twice in two plate appearances, collecting a walk and a single, before leaving the game after aggravating a rib injury suffered last week against the Washington Township Senators. The lefthanded swinging Jobson, current leading the ballclub in on base percentage and runs scored, took to the ground in pain after lining a single to center in the A's seventh. 2B Gary Shears continues to swing a hot bat, collecting a walk and an RBI single in three plate appearances. Weiner was dominate for the Jaxx, picking up the complete game victory while allowing a first inning run on six hits, striking out nine and walking three. Aiden Lawlor was tagged with his second loss in as many weeks, gutting through six innings while allowing seven runs, three earned, on nine hits, walking one and striking out seven. Marcus John finished up the final two innings, allowing two runs on two hits while walking two.

Frantic Rally Falls Short as MIBs Drop Fourth Straight, 7-6

The infield was needless to say, a bit choppy.....
JULY 9 - Coming out of the Independence Day holiday with something to prove after having dropped three consective games for the first time since 2003, the MIBs took the field on the road at the Rancocas Valley Baseball Complex looking to re-engage their promising 2006 season. Instead, the Amazins' started the home stretch with a thud - dropping a 7-6 score to the RV Pilots earlier today.

The A's defense would help light the Pilots' scoreboard, contributing a pair of Marlton errors en route to six unearned RV runs over the middle innings. Waist deep in a 7-0 hole after five, the A's bats were doing little with soft tossing Len Mecca - who stymied the offense by enducing lazy fly ball after lazy fly ball up and down the lineup. The Amazins' nearly got on the board in the fifth, as with two outs Gary Shears walked, which was followed by a Lee Madden single and a seemingly RBI single from Ken Ferry. However, after the play, the umpire inspected Ferry's bat, which was disqualified for having too much tape up the handle - voiding the scoring opportunity.

In the sixth, 1B Larry Hubert and RF Phil Anselmo led off with a pair of walks and pinch hitter Terry Annese came to plate to move the runners along for the top of the lineup. However, the A's skipper was able to drop a drag bunt down the third base line that went for a single, allowing Hubert to score the first Marlton run of the day after the throw to first bounded away and down the line. Gregg Kuzma picked up a second run with a 1-out sacrifice fly, and the Amazins' tacked on three more with singles from Ray Jobson and Rich McNee, as well as an infield error and a pair of bases loaded walks.

The MIBs cut the deficit to one in the seventh, as Ferry led off with a single and came around to score on Annese's RBI fielder's choice. However, the bats went silent the rest of the way, collecting just an eighth inning walk by McNee as the offense ran out of gas before they could push the tying run across the plate.

NOTES: Both clubs showed up in Mt. Holly looking for an actual field to play on. What was once upon a time a well maintained ballfield had whittled into a near jungle, as savage rain storms over the past two weeks promoted severe weed growth all along the infield grass AND dirt areas. Defense was difficult but both teams somehow managed to not allow the unsightly conditions affect play. Ken Ferry took the hardluck loss for the Amazins', allowing seven runs, one earned, over six-plus innings work. The normally controlled righthander lost his aim on this day, walking a season high eight while striking out two and allowing just six hits. Ferry also reached base three times, although one was nullified by the fifth inning "bat incident". No other A's player collected more than one hit. However, Ray Jobson reached base three times on a single, walk and an infield error, while Rich McNee, Bill Hazel, Gary Shears, Lee Madden, Phil Anselmo and Terry Annese reached base twice on the day.

Amazins' Storm Back From 4-run Deficit to Defeat Bordentown, 9-5,
6 Week Losing Streak Finally Ends

July 13 - Aiden Lawlor allowed five early runs but settled down to allow his teammates the chance to rally - as the Marlton Athletics defeated the Bordentown Patriots in come from behind fashion, 9-5, today at Wesley Bishop Memorial Field in Moorestown.

The Pats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after SS Ray Vetter singled, advanced to second on a throwing error and scored on a Craig Owens one-out single. The Amazins' countered with a run in the bottom of the frame, as CF Gregg Kuzma singled, moved to second on a Steve Paolini sacrifice and tied the game on a Bill Hazel RBI single.

Bordentown immediately put the pedal to the floor in the second, loading the bases with two outs for Vetter, who cleared the table with a long double into the right centerfield gap. Vetter would advance to third on the play at the plate and scored on a wild pitch third strike to 3B Kurt Appleby - which instead of ending the inning went to the backstop to make it 5-1, Bordentown.

However, the MIBs would not be held down for long, responding with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to knot the game once again. 2B Gary Shears led off with a hit batsman and EH Lee Madden followed with a fielder's choice to put two men on. After EH Scott Mitchell's single loaded the bases, Lawlor lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Shears. One out later, Marcus John ripped a 2-run single that cut the deficit to 5-4 and Kuzma doubled down the leftfield line to tie the draw things even once again at five.

The A's would take the lead for good in the third, as DH Ray Jobson led off with a single and Hazel reached on an infield error. After Jobson was gunned down at third following a failed hit and run call, Shears picked up Hazel with an RBI single to center to give the Amazins' a non-first inning lead for the first time in six weeks, at 6-5.

Meanwhile, Lawlor was settling in nicely on the hill, retiring 15 of 18 Patriots' batters over the middle innings. In the home sixth, Marlton tacked on a pair of insurance runs as with one out Hazel walked, moved to third on a Ferry single and scored on a Shears sacrifice fly. After Lee Madden was hit was still another pitch, Mitchell drove in Ferry with an RBI single to center to expand the lead to 8-5, Amazins', after six.

In the seventh, Lawlor struck out Perelli for the first out but allowed a solid double to Lebak that brought out A's Manager Terry Annese to the mound with hook in hand. Scott Mitchell was summoned in relief of Lawlor to sqwelch any potential Patriot rally right then and there, which he did - striking out Dick Mercantini and Tim Tyler to end the seventh unscathed.

The Amazins' would add another run in the eighth, as Lawlor's ground out plated Shears, who had collected a 1-out single and moved to third on a single and a wild pitch. Meanwhile Mitchell put it on cruise control, retiring Bordentown in the eighth and ninth innings with little trouble to pick up the save.

NOTES: Gregg Kuzma led the A's offense with two singles and a double in four at bats while driving in a run. Gary Shears went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly while Marcus John also had two RBIs with two singles and a stolen base. Scott Mitchell and Lee Madden added two hits apiece. Aiden Lawlor overcame an uneven start to hurl six and a third innings in collecting his fourth win of the season - allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out eight. Mitchell came on in the seventh with a man on second and one out in an 8-5 game - qualifying the righthander for his second save of the season. Overall, Mitchell allowed two hits over 2 2/3 innings while striking out six. The A's won their first game since June 5th, a span of six weeks in between victories, matching similar spans in 2000 and 2002 for second longest in team history. The dubious record for consecutive winless weeks goes to the 2003 Amazins', who dropped seven straight games over an eight week period. The '03 MIBs ended that incredibly bad streak on July 13, 2003, with a 7-0 shutout of Cinnaminson, sparking a Marlton playoff push behind the clutch pitching of Ken Ferry to gain a postseason berth on the last weekend of the season. Oddly enough, that season's playoff run was highlighted by the A's last victory over the Patriots, a 14-11 A's victory up at Gilder Field in Bordentown on August 3, 2003.

Amazins' Bat Around in 7-run First to Crash Pilots, 9-3

Mac's Bat is Heating up Down the Stretch
JULY 20 - Two weeks ago, the Marlton Athletics spotted the RV Pilots seven early runs behind sloppy defense and some not so timely offense - resulting in a 7-6 defeat for the good guys up in Mt. Holly. The loss dropped their record back to the .500 mark, suddenly threatening what was once a certain lock for a playoff spot.

Minutes before today's rematch in Cherry Hill, Captain Bill Hazel did what only the captain could do, rallying the troops prior to taking the field with a emotional demand for some payback.

And payback is just what the Amazins' did, as Marlton (8-6) sent 13 men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, scoring seven runs of their own, en route to an easy 9-3 win over Rancocas Valley today at Rotary Field. The victory, on the heels of last week's comeback win over Bordentown, clinched the ballclub's fourth consecutive playoff berth in as many seasons.

CF Gregg Kuzma led things off with a walk and stole second to get in scoring position. After moving to third on Gary Shears' single, EH Pat Hennigan rifled a double into right-centerfield to give the A's a 1-0 lead. After EH Ray Jobson walked to load the bases, C Rich McNee singled in a pair and Hazel added his own RBI single to make it 4-0. After a walk and a strikeout, SS Aiden Lawlor singled in two more runs and EH Terry Annese drove in the seventh run of the inning with a ground out.

Staked to a seven run advantage going into the second, righthander Steve Paolini (2-2) dabbled in and out of trouble in the second and third innings, escaping a bases loaded jam in the third by invoking Pilots SS Steve Burd to bounce into a 1-2-3 inning ending double play.

The Pilots finally got on the board in the fifth, collecting a pair of unearned runs off of a Bryan Delso bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly from Burd. A pair of infield errors cut the lead to 7-3 in the visitor's sixth, as P Ryan Tasker walked and scored when Dave Lukens' grounder to third was thrown away.

Paolini would give way to Scott Mitchell after six innings and Mitch was his nearly unhittable self, allowing just an 8th inning Steve Burd single over the final three innings to collect the save. The Amazins' put the game on ice in the eighth, tacking on two runs after singles from RF Phil Anselmo and Kuzma, a wild pitch and a 2-run double from Jobson made the score 9-3.

NOTES: Rich McNee and Phil Anselmo collected two hits apiece for the good guys. Gregg Kuzma walked twice, singled, scored a run and and stole a base while McNee, Ray Jobson and Aiden Lawlor adding two RBIs each. Steve Paolini collected his second win of the season, going six innings and allowing three unearned runs on five hits, walking four and striking out two. Scott Mitchell picked his second save in as many weeks and his third of the season, going three innings and allowing one while striking out two. The A's clinched their their fourth consecutive playoff berth and their fifth in eight seasons overall. They have an outside of winning the Colonial Division, but would need to sweep out the remaining schedule (Cubs, Camco, DH Phils), while the Phils would have to lose their final five games overall. the A's have a better shot at catching the second place Riverside Pirates, who remain one-half game ahead of the Amazins' with one game in hand.

Bats Go Silent as MIBs Fall to Cubs, 2-1

Lawlor CG Leads Shorthanded A's Over Camco, 9-7
Hazel Launches 2 HRs, Mac, Kuz One Each as MIBs Bomb 'Cats

Mitch, Pao Dominate Phillie Bats as Amazins' Sweep into Second

"Good job Scotty, I don't like the SOBs either, and I once managed them!"

Mitchell's 15 K's Smothers Sens, 5-1

Jobson, Lawlor Collect 3 Hits Apiece in Win

August 13 - Scott Mitchell struck out fifteen batters for the second time in as many weeks to back a twelve hit Marlton A's offensive attack off of Nats' hurlers Bruce Shaw and Ed Horner, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Washington Township Senators in the opening day of Pool C play today at Washington Township High School. The Amazins' jumped out to a quick lead just three batters into the game, as Papa-to-be Gregg Kuzma was plunked by Shaw to lead off the game, moved to second on a Steve Paolini sacrifice bunt and scored on LF Ray Jobson's single to left to make it 1-0, A's. Both clubs settled into a groove as both Shaw and Mitchell breezed through the middle innings with ease. Mitchell would strike out eleven Sens' batters between the second and sixth innings, including K'ing the side in the second and fifth - while the MIBs could only collect single base hits off of Shaw from SS Aiden Lawlor in the second, Jobson in the fourth and EH Lee Madden in the sixth. Meanwhile, the Nats put their first rally together in the fifth, collecting their first hit of the day, a one-out single from SS Ed Horner that was followed by Kevin Moriarity lifting a shallow fly ball to right center that dropped between CF Kuzma and RF Marcus John for an outfield error. However, both runners would be left stranded after Mitchell struck out Shaw and DH Dave DeRuchie in succession to end the inning without further incident. Marlton tacked on a critical insurance run with a 2-out rally in the top of the seventh to give the good guys a little breathing room. After C Rich McNee singled, designated runner Ray Jobson immediately stole second. EH Bill Hazel followed with a lengthy battle with Shaw, fouling off several two strike

pitches before rifling a basehit down the left field line to make the score 2-0, Amazins'. The insurance run came in handy as the Nats finally got to Mitchell in the bottom of the seventh after Bruce Stowell reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Horner's second hit of the day, a line drive single to right that cut the lead to 2-1. Marlton (12-7) bounced right back in the top of the eighth, stitching back-to-back leadoff singles from Lawlor and Ferry and a nicely place sacrifice bunt from Lee Madden to put runners on second and third with one out. After Marcus John popped up for the second out, Pat Hennigan was summoned to hit for EH Phil Anselmo. The Nats sniffed a bluff, but walked Hennigan anyway on four unintentional intentional balls to load the bases for Kuzma. After falling behind 0-2 from Shaw, the A's centerfielder battled the count even before lining a base hit to left that plated Lawlor with ease, but Ferry was gunned down at the plate by a perfect relay from Stowell to an awaiting Mike Pavlik, who slapped on the tag to end the inning with the A's holding a 3-1 advantage. The MIBs would cap the scoring in the ninth, touching up Shaw and reliever Ed Horner for a pair of unearned runs after Jobson collected his third hit of the day and McNee recahed on an outfield error, which was followed by clutch RBI singles from Hazel and Lawlor to expand the lead to 5-1. Now with a comfortable four-run lead, Mitchell cruised through the final seven Senators in order to finish off the complete game win, putting the Amazins' record at 1-0 in pool play with two more games to go in first round playoff action.
NOTES: Scott Mitchell (2-1 overall, 1-0 playoffs) continues to find his groove, going the distance while allowing one earned run on three hits, walking a season high three and striking out fifteen. Ray Jobson and Aiden Lawlor each collected three hits in four at bats, scored a run and drove in a run. Bill Hazel bounced back from an early frustrating day with two huge RBI singles in the seventh and ninth that each addded insurance runs to the scoreboard. Rich McNee singled and scored a pair of runs while Gregg Kuzma singled, scored a run and drove in a run. Bruce Shaw (0-1 playoffs) went eight and a third innings and allowed all five runs, three earned on ten hits while striking out five, walking one and hitting a batter. Ed Horner pitched the final two-thirds on an inning and allowed two singles while striking out one. With the loss, Washington Township drops to 0-1 in Pool C play and 14-5 overall. From here both the A's and Nats finish up pool play by alternating games with the Woodbury Marlins and Jersey Devils next weekend, with both A's games scheduled for Rotary Field.

August 13, 2006

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Marlton Athletics (12-7) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5 8 1
Washington Twp. Senators (14-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1


Link to "Schedules" for Complete Game Recap & Stats
WP: Mitchell (1-0); LP: Shaw (0-1); SV: None

SB: Jobson (M);
(by Shaw) Kuzma (M)
Paolini(M), Madden (M).

One If By Land......Three If BYE Lee........
Madden's Three Bombs Lead Weekend Sweep as Amazin's Gain 2d Round Playoff Bye

Don't Make This Man Angry.....
AUGUST 20 - Lee Madden launched three homeruns to pace a Marlton A's 22-run weekend attack - as the MIBs blew out the Woodbury Marlins, 8-1, and the Jersey Devils, 14-5, en route to a 3-0 pool play record and a second round first game bye in the 2006 South Jersey MSBL 28+ Championship Playoff Tournament.

Marlton A's 8 - Woodbury Marlins 1 (8/19/06 at Rotary Field)
In Saturday's action, the Amazin's jumped on Marlin lefthander Dan Brown with three first inning runs - as new daddy Gregg Kuzma walked, stole second, moved to third on 3B Steve Paolini's bunt single and scored on CF Ray Jobson's ground out. EH Bill Hazel followed with an RBI single and came all the way around to score after C Lee Madden reached first on a wild pitch third strike, as the throw to first from the Marlins' catcher riccocheted off of Madden's helmet and into foul territory.

1B Larry Hubert extended the lead with an RBI single in the second and Madden made it 5-0 with a line drive homerun in the Marlton third. Meanwhile, A's starter Aiden Lawlor, who had cruised through the first three innings - allowing just a pair of singles while striking out three, would run into rough waters in the fourth when the Fish put together three singles and a two-out infield error to get a run back and cut the lead to 5-1.

The MIBs would put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the frame. LF Marcus John led off with a single and RF Scott Mitchell followed with a hit and run single of his own to move John around to third with nobody out. After EH Phil Anselmo plated John with a sacrifice fly to left, Mitchell stole third and came home on Hubert's sacrifice fly. Lawlor capped the A's scoring one batter later, launching a long homerun to left that easily cleared the new Rotary Field fence.   The Marlton righthander took back to the bump in the top of the fifth with a decisive 8-1 lead and would cruise home from there, scattering just a single and a double over his final five innings of work to collect the complete game victory.

SATURDAY'S GAME NOTES: RF Scott Mitchell and LF Marcus John each collected a pair of hits as both doubled and both scored a pair of runs. 1B Larry Hubert had a near perfect day of his own, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. C Lee Madden reached base all three plate appearances, collecting the odd trifecta of reaching on a wild pitch third strike, hitting a homerun and getting hit by a pitch. Aiden Lawlor (1-0 playoffs, 6-2 overall) breezed through a complete game win, allowing just one unearned run on seven hits - while striking out seven and walking two. Today's victory gurantees that the A's (2-0 playoffs, 13-7 overall) will advance to the second round of the SJMSBL playoffs and also keeps alive their chances to earn a first game bye in the second round, should the MIBs defeat the Jersey Devils on Sunday and beat out either the Delco D-Rays or Glouco Diamond Jaxx for one of the top two bye spots in the next round. The Marlins (1-1 playoffs, 12-8 overall, need to defeat the Washington Township Senators this Sunday in order to advance to round two of the playoffs.

Marlton A's 14 - Jersey Devils 5 (8/20/06 at Rotary Field)
In Sunday's action, the Jersey Devils 'hosted' the Amazin's at Rotary Field, only to see the MIBs score in their first six innings en route to a 14-5 rout of the Liberty Division champions, in the final day of Pool 'C' action at the 2006 South Jersey MSBL 28+ Championship Playoff Tournament.

RF Scott Mitchell led off the game reaching on an infield error, and immediately caused havoc on the base paths - stealing second and third before scoring on EH Pat Hennigan's RBI single. The A's quickly made it 2-0 after CF Ray Jobson singled and C Bill Hazel plated Hennigan with a single of his own. Devils' starter John Fekete escaped further damage by retiring the next three batters on a pair of strikeouts and a fly ball to right to end the inning.

The Amazin's added a single run in the second as LF Marcus John singled, stole second and scored on 1B Larry Hubert's single, before the Diablos cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, paced by a Fekete RBI single and an A's infield error.

The A's grabbed a run back in the third on Hazel's bad hop single that bounded just over third baseman Kevin Dougherty's outstretched glove, but the Devs bounced back to make it 4-3 in the bottom of the third on SS John Plunkett's homerun to centerfield.

That would be as close as the Hell Chasers would get, as MIB starter Steve Paolini settled in to a nice groove - retiring 11 of the next 12 Devil batters following the Plunkett homerun. Meanwhile, the A's bats kept on motoring, plating a run in the fourth on a pair of Devils' infield errors and two more in the fifth on Hennigan's 2-RBI single. Lee Madden collected his second homerun in as many days, blasting a shot onto Evesham Road in left-centerfield to make it 8-3 and Larry Huberts fifth single of the weekend drove in 2B Gary Shears with the Amazin's ninth run of the day.

After the Devils turned a dazzling 4-6-3 double play to finally keep the good guys off the scoreboard in the seventh, the A's punctuated the weekend with a 5-run eighth off of reliever Brett Graver - highlighted by Madden's second homerun of the day and third of the weekend. The A's hard hitting catcher led off the frame launching a titanic tape measure shot to left that landed past the entrance to the Rotary Field parking lot, as the ball would eventually come to rest up towards the Rotary Little League field.

With the game in hand and the Voorhees Phillies' win over the Glouco Diamond Jaxx all but assuring the A's a 3-0 pool play record and a second round playoff bye, Paolini's work would end after seven strong innings. In the bottom of the eighth, the Italian Rocket gave way to Pat Hennigan and Ken Ferry, who each tossed an inning to close things out. Although the Devils would collect a pair of window dressing runs on the bottom of the ninth on Fekete 's 2-out 2 RBI single, Ferry, the longest tenured A's player, eventually got Graver to sky to left for the final out of the day and put the Amazin's on their way to a #2 seed in the second round of the SJMSBL 28+ Championship Playoff Tournament.

SUNDAY'S GAME NOTES: Larry Hubert kept his perfect weekend alive, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Over the two days, Hubert collected 6 hits in 7 plate appearances with a sacrifice fly, a run scored and four RBIs. EH Bill Hazel added three hits and a walk in five plate appearances while collecting an RBI and a stolen base. RF Scott Mitchell and EH Pat Hennigan each had two hits apiece at the top of the order, as Mitchell added a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Hennigan scored once and had three RBIs. EH Lee Madden launched his second and third homeruns of the weekend, the second of which landing approximately 400 feet away from home plate - easily further than any homerun hit by an A's player or opponent this season. The powerful right-handed hitting Madden also reached on an error and scored three times on the day. MIB starter Steve Paolini (1-0 playoffs, 3-2 overall) went the first seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits, walking two, hitting a batter and striking out six. Pat Hennigan twirled a scoreless eighth, striking out one and allowing a harmless single; while Ken Ferry pitched the ninth, allowing a pair of runs on two hits, walking one, hitting a batter and striking out two. Today's win along with the Voorhees Phillies win over the Glouco Diamond Jaxx gives the A's (3-0 playoffs, 14-7 overall) gives the MIBs and the defending champion Delco Devil Rays first game buys in Round 2 of the SJMSBL 28+ Championship Tournament. Both clubs will play next Sunday against the winners of next Saturday's Senators/DiamondJaxx and Phillies/Camco matchups.


28+ Amazins' Ink King, Factor Traded to Cubs; DeCorso Spurns 38+ A's
Forchic Signs with Sens, Edelman Sent to Halos, 38+ A's Land OF Mitchell

(UPDATED) March 31 -
The Marlton A's 28+ and 38+ ballclubs each kicked off the Spring Training schedule with a flurry of moves that will all but solidify their Opening Day rosters.

The 28+ Amazins' started things off with the trade of longtime A's Infielder Pery Shusterman to the South Jersey Cubs for future considerations. One of the club's longest tenured players, 'The Factor' has been a mainstay for the past five seasons. However, the deal looks to ultimately be a benefit to both sides, as the 2001 'Trent Dion' Player of the Year winner would get a better opportunity to play more with a building Cubs ballclub while the MIB's would gain some roster flexibility.   

The Shusterman deal triggered a domino-effect of other deals. Former Yankees' outfielder Derek Forchic and infielder Matt Rieger, courted by the A's earlier this off-season, have elected instead to join former Cardinals Frank Chandler, Ed Horner and Randy McNair in signing with the recharged Washington Township Senators. In turn, the loss of Forchic allowed the Amazin's to sign former Virginia Tech standout infielder Bryan King. The lightning fast shortstop brings with him a strong bat, smooth hands and a cannon arm to man the A's defense.

Finally, 2003 Rookie of the Year Zack Edelman, attempting a comeback after spending two seasons on the softball diamond was assigned to the expansion South Jersey Angels, while outfielder Bob Karas, who left the club two games into last season, has returned to the mix as an extra outfielder/designated hitter.

The 38+ Amazin's have been quite busy shoppers as well in their effort to put together a solid squad in their inaugural season. Over the weekend the ballclub landed Eric Mitchell, a dynamic multi-tool infielder/outfielder who last season played for the 28+ champion New Jersey Knights of the Central Jersey MSBL. On the hill, the battle over righthander Jim DeCorso is over. Multiple rumors have 38+ skipper Tom Hunter landing the former Delco D-Rays pitcher/second baseman. However, the A's turned up unhappy shoppers in the end after learning that the righthander signed with his hometown Delco Astros rather than the Amazin's - for what appears to be a lesser role behind Delco starting pitchers John Kosmowsky, Mike Evangelist and Greg Salata.

NOTES: The 28+/38+ Spring Training scrimmage scheduled for last weekend was rained out. No reschedule date has been announced, although the clubs may try to work out something for the Saturday of Easter weekend (April 15th). It appears that 38+ A's OF/P/1B John DiIanni's knee injury is not as bad as originally believed. The lefthander, who a few weeks back was thought to be lost for the season, will instead utilize a cortisone shot and rehab rather than ease his painful knee through surgery. OF/DH Keith Wood has been placed on the Inactive List due to work committments.


A's Play More Like ZZZZZ's, Sleepwalk Though Astro Trouncing, 14-4

Sunday, May 21
A's Drop Third Straight as Tigers Nip Amazins', 4-2

Fall Champs

8-Run Sixth Caps Comeback

by Tom Hunter
November 5 -
The Fall Ball edition of the A's win the 2006 SJMSBL Fall Ball championship. The A's buzzed through the regular season at an 8-1 clip and headed into the playoffs as the #1 seed. Today in the elimination game we beat the Cinnaminson Indians 18-3 as Tommy, the incredible puss throwing skipper ran his fall ball mound record to 5-0. Billy McHugh finished up on the mound in Game 1 with a nasty deuce which he commanded all fall. In the Championship game the A's took on the Cherry Hill Bombers, who won their morning game vs the South Jersey Devils in a 4-2 pitchers duel. The A's sent D-rays skipper Adrian Gonzalez to the hill and we jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 2. In the top of the 3rd, the Bombers scored 10 runs on various dinks, walks and sloppy fielding. Adrian didn't survive the inning as Steve Porrini finished up that frame.
The A's showed their heart though and chipped away with 2 in the

bottom of the 3rd, to cut it to 10-6. We got a solo run in the 4th and at 10-7 it stayed that way until the bottom of the 6th as Porrini was dealing nicely on the mound for the A's. With one out, Hunter walked, followed by a Cirillo walk and then a walk to Marcus John. The bases now loaded with one out brought Tommy Milsop to the plate and he BOOMED a bases clearing double to DEEP left to tie the score at 10 and put all the momentum in our favor. RBI's then followed in the inning by Jimmy Cullinan, Mike "Cubby" Cubbage and Adrian Gonzalez. The last 5 runs were all scored with 2 outs. Adrian's 2 rbi base hit was the back breaker as the Bombers looked they had seen a ghost after the 8 run barrage. We took a 15-10 lead into the final frame. Porrini followed the outburst and easily set down the Bombers in the 7th and the celebration was on. The first A's MSBL championship had been secured. Hopefully this carries over into next season for both editions of the A's. The A's 2006 fall ball roster (see above photo):

Top Row (L/R): Mike Cubbage, Adrian Gonzalez, Tom Milsop, Billy McHugh, Craig Cirillo, Joe Bowyer.
Bottom Row (L/R): Jimmy Cullinan, Chuck Wilkinson, Steve Porrini Sr., (BB) Troy Hunter, (MGR.) Tom Hunter, (BG) Sam Hunter, Marcus John.
Not pictured: Mark Snow, Kurt Appleby, Darin D'Andrea, Kevin Fahy.

All gave great effort, contributed to AWESOME team chemistry and had tons of HEART. This Fall season was a lot of fun and I wanted to thank everyone for a HELL of a ride. Thanks.

November 5, 2006

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Marlton Athletics (10-1) 3 1 2 0 1 8 x x x 15


Link to "Schedules" for Complete Game Recap & Stats
WP: Porrini, Sr. (1-0); LP: Knopf (0-1); SV: None

2B: Milsop (M), Cullinan (M), Cubbage (M), Cirillo (M). SB: John (M);
(by Lebo) John (M), Milsop (M), Wilkinson (M).

Welcome to the 2007 Marlton Athletics 28+ Page!

This is your source for up to date news and info about the Marlton Athletics Baseball Club 28+ team. In 2007, the Amazins' seek to improve upon last season's playoff showing as they added several key players to hopefully compete for a championship as they tangle with their Colonial Division rivals the Pirates, Pilots, Devils and Indians.

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Rotary Homecoming Sweet For Amazins'

Tuesday, June 12
A's Nip Pats Behind Ferry's 27th Career Win, 5-4


2008 Marlton Athletics Roster Page

Marlton Athletics 28+ Statistics Page

The Tao of Pao

Sunday, April 9


FACTS: While leaving the rotary Field complex, Marcus had the audacity to try to back up in the way of a hauty soccermom trying to speed into one of 700 available parking spaces in the Rotary lot. Although he was 90% of the way out, he should have known better as everyone knows that when a soccermom is driving that it is your responsibility to stay out of her way. Marcus clearly doesn't understand that he is at fault but luckily the min-van piloting, Dr. Phil book toting, Oprahlite taught him a lesson be careening here grocery getter into Puddy's pimped out ride.  


Friday, May 12
GAME 2 & 3 Cherry Hill Cardinals

Order in the court 2006
Well, well well It is a new season and a clean slate...for us to screw up on. I will be watching, critiquing, and fining those A's who put their brains on hold while playing. On the other end of the spectrum, check out 3Nation for "Pimp of the Week" for the player who "got his game on" that particular week. So keep an eye out for this years session of the Kangaroo Court and check in on 3Nation for "Pimp of the Week" . So, get ready to pay up Putas !!!