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2A: St. John Neumann stymies Shorecrest's bats

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St. John Neumann stymies Shorecrest bats

NAPLES — What started as a hot first inning for Shorecrest on Tuesday finished as a season-ending loss.

The Chargers fell 2-1 to Naples St. John Neumann (17-7) in a Class 2A, Region 3 quarterfinal. They finished their season 16-12.

"They were a scrappy little team," Neumann coach Jeff Tenbarge said.

"We heard they were a team that put the baseball in play and had some decent pitching, and that's exactly what they gave us. They were tough."

Shorecrest senior Michael

Bernstein started the game with a leadoff double. One batter later, senior Jeff Reynolds roped a single to left that scored Bernstein and put the Chargers up 1-0.

In the top of the fourth, Reynolds reached on a throwing error and pitcher Robby Thigpen followed after taking a pitch to the helmet.

One out later, Daniel Whitecage popped out to rightfield and, in a close play at first base, Neumann caught Thigpen off the bag for an inning-ending double play.

Celtics pitcher Sonny Dillinger held Shorecrest hitless the rest of the game.

Thigpen allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort, but a two-run home run given up in the bottom of the fourth proved costly.

Annabelle Tometich,

Special to the Times

2A: St. John Neumann stymies Shorecrest's bats 04/29/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:55am]
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