Now that the season has wrapped up with St. Rose and Christian Brothers Academy celebrating NJSIAA Non-Public championships, there are still a few more dates for baseball fans to circle.
First off, the All Shore Media All-Conference teams will be posted on the site on Friday, featuring my selections for the top players in the Shore this year in consultation with the coaches, as well as the All Division teams selected by the coaches. I actually took a two-day detour to go to Orlando for Game Three of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night (I told you I was a big NBA fan), where unfortunatley, Miss All Shore Media’s beloved Lakers fell 108-104 to the Magic, but I will be back to finish off the baseball season on a high note.
The Shore Baseball Coaches Senior All-Star Game will be held at 7 p.m. on June 17 at FirstEnergy Park, with a rain date of June 22, and you can check out the rosters by clicking here. Tickets are $5. The alumni game between Monmouth and Ocean county players that was supposed to follow it has been canceled. Considering Carpenter Cup rules prohibit players who have signed a National Letter of Intent by March 1 to a scholarship at a Division I program from playing, the SBCA Senior All-Star Game is your last chance to see all the big names while also checking out some of the small-school standouts that you didn’t get a chance to see during the season. It’s definitely worth checking out because there is a good chance you could see a Pat Light vs. Steve Nyisztor match-up or a Ryan Harvey vs. Tyler Gebler match-up or a Rob Corsi vs. Kevin Needham match-up or a bunch of other fun scenarios.
Also, the Carpenter Cup kicks off on Monday at the University of Pennsylvania with a 4 p.m. game between Jersey Shore and Public League. If you want to get a sneak preview, head over to Shore Christian Academy, St. Rose’s home field, and watch the Carpenter Cup team scrimmage the Monmouth County Senior All-Star team at 9 a.m. That’s a ton of great players on one field competing against one another.
On a football note, great showing by the three-man Shore Conference contingent at Sunday’s New Jersey-Northeast Classic up at Rutgers. I had intended to cover the game, but once all the baseball and softball finals got pushed to Sunday, that killed that plan, and another member of our team, Travis Johnson, got married on Saturday, so I don’t think covering a high school football all-star game on the first day of his marriage would have boded well for any long-term success with his bride.
Wall running back Blaze Caponegro ran for 21 yards on three carries and caught a pass in New Jersey’s 13-7 win, Toms River North offensive lineman Evan Regas helped pave the way for over 200 yards rushing for the New Jersey squad and Red Bank Catholic linebacker Anthony Lubischer was in on two tackles and had a crucial sack that forced a punt late in the game, so congrats to those three for representing the Shore well.
Finally, I have received a ton of college commitments that I am assembling into one large file that will be posted on Saturday, and then I will update it continually so everyone knows where the seniors from baseball, basketball and football are headed.