In what may be the first time they have ever been on opposing teams facing one another in an organized game, Jeff Frazier’s Toledo Mud Hens beat Todd Frazier‘s Louisville Bats in a Triple-A game on Sunday. Both of them played at Toms River South and at Rutgers, so this is the first time they have been in opposing dugouts. Jeff Frazier, who is an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. He is now hitting .306 for the season with 21 doubles and 51 RBIs. Todd Frazier, a second baseman and top prospect for the Reds who was just called up to Louisville on Saturday, went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in the loss. Both of them have a chance to be September call-ups by their respective teams.
In other alumni news, it looks like Miles Austin (Monmouth University) is losing ground to Sam Hurd in the race for the starting wide receiver spot vacated by T.O. on the Cowboys. Hurd had a ridiculous one-handed grab in the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Titans on Friday night.
Donald Brown (Red Bank Catholic) had five yards on three carries in the Colts’ recent preseason win over the Eagles, and Dan Klecko (Marlboro) had two tackles in the loss for Philly.
Also, Kevin Malast (Manchester/Rutgers) continues to impress as an undrafted free agent linebacker with the Bears, as he tied for the team high with five tackles in 17-3 win over the Giants on Saturday. Malast had 7 tackles in the Bears’ first preseason game.
DT Darrell Reid (Freehold) had one tackle for the Broncos in a loss to the Seahawks on Saturday. Rookie RB Knowshon Moreno (Middletown South) is still out for Denver with a knee injury. By the way, there is already a website devoted to Moreno – www.knowshonzone.com.
In the collegiate ranks, defensive tackle Kade Weston (Red Bank Regional) will be counted on as a leader of the Georgia defense this season.
Finally, while the first scrimmages of the preseason are usually pretty boring because there aren’t a ton of game-like conditions, the annual meeting between Ocean County powers Toms River North and Lacey is always a good chance to see some quality programs. Those two will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday at Lacey for a scrimmage.
I will be back to making the rounds this week and we will star to roll out our division-by-division previews this week as well. We also just finished producing the latest edition of our newspaper, the All Shore Media Sports Review, which has features on the “6 a.m. Club,” Keansburg quarterback Frank Soleo and more, so be on the lookout for that as well.