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 Gaels grab last BCSL baseball brass ring

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Among those who helped the baseball battalion from Saint Mary High School earn the final BCSL/National Division championship were a quintet of Meadowlands area dwellers: Anthony Veltri, a senior from Moonachie, Ryan Sharkey, a senior from Rutherford, David Capriola, a junior from Wallington, Tom McPherson, a junior from Rutherford, and Bobby DiCrisci, a junior from Lyndhurst.

By W. L. Bill Allen, Jr. / New Jersey Sport/Action

RUTHERFORD (Aug. 26, 2010) — When it comes right down to it, championships that are earned via the one-and-done type tournament format frequently go to teams that happened to get hot for a while at just the right time, with those champions not always being the best clubs in their bracket.

Take for instance, the legendary Villanova win over Georgetown in the NCAA title tussle, or the classic Princeton shockers against top-ranked foes.

In baseball, that concept is even more valid, in large part because pitching is such a crucial part of the game. On the other hand, a long regular season provides a much more valid indication of which team is the best. And, if that is the case, then the boys diamond program at Saint Mary High in Rutherford is doing quite well.

After finishing a game behind eventual State Group 1 champion Lyndhurst in the BCSL/National Division standings in 2008, the Gaels tied the Golden Bears for the conference crown at 17-1 last time around, prior to edging out LHS for the last ever BCSL brass ring, with SMHS finishing its trip through the league loop at 14-4, a game better than the Bears’ 13-5 showing.

For their efforts, a half-dozen members of the Gaels gang have garnered some level of post-season praises, as Kidane Rutty, Mike Wieczerzak, Tom McPherson and Anthony Veltri were all elected to the BCSL/National First Team by that conference’s coaches cabinet, while both Ryan Sharkey and Tom Halter were selected for the All-League second string.

A sophomore outfielder, Rutty fashioned a .469 batting average, to go along with two dozen runs batted in and 19 scored on the season. Wieczerzak, a senior first baseman, recorded a .542 BA, on 26 hits in 48 at-bats, with 23 RBIs and 19 runs registered.

McPherson, a senior infielder, ended with a .490 average, with 15 runs pushed past the plate, while Veltri, a senior shooter, went 5-1 from the hill and totaled 27 strikeouts secured and a dozen walks issued in 32 frames of hurling, as he worked to a 2.84 ERA.

Also a 12th-grade moundman, Sharkey slung a score of stanzas and had 28 K’s and a 1.40 ERA, to go along with a 3-0 record with one save, with Halter, an infielder, averaging .442 and driving in 18.

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