By TOM WILLIAMS
It is not hard to understand why Ocean City has won seven straight baseball games when you look at the leaders in Cape-Atlantic League pitching stats.
The top three pitchers in earned run average – A.J. Campbell, Brandon Lashley and Dan Nunan – are all from OCHS and that trio is also among the leaders in strikeouts, fewest hits allowed and fewest walks.
Lashley tied a school record today when he struck out 17 Oakcrest Falcons in pitching a four-hit complete game and registering a 3-1 victory. The record was set by Joe Myers more than 40 years ago and equaled by Sean Mooney four years ago.
In addition to his pitching success, Lashley is also sixth in the CAL with a .474 batting average.
Ocean City is scheduled to host St. Augustine tomorrow (Wednesday) but it is currently raining and forecasts call for it to keep raining into tomorrow. And the Ocean City field drains very slowly. The Prep had been ranked No. 1 in the state after big wins over Delbarton and Egg Harbor Township but then lost twice in a tournament on Saturday.
St. Augustine has a pair of .500 hitters in its lineup – seniors Jack Billings and Josh Hood – who are just behind Buena junior Jake Gugliemi (.643) in CAL hitting.
Among other offensive leaders are Oakcrest’s Jailen Heard in total hits, Millville’s Luis Varga in home runs, Vineland’s Sam Celebre in RBIs and Erv Bogan of Vineland in runs scored and stolen bases.
Millville senior Hunter Sibley is the CAL’s only four-game winner and leads the CAL with an average of 14.64 strikeouts per seven innings.
Check out the baseball leaders in every category at http://www.primeevents.net/calspring.html.
Girls lacrosse leaders are also listed and leaders in boys lacrosse and softball are coming soon.