Brookdale Baseball Have Experience of Lifetime Against BlueClaws

Photo Credit: Tony Graham
Brookdale coaches Bart Bednarz, John Johnson, and Ed Galente before their game against the BlueClaws at First Energy Park. Photo Credit: Tony Graham

(This story appeared in the April 9th issue of The Stall, the student run newspaper of Brookdale Community College.)

Usually when you lose a game 18-0, not a whole lot went right.

But that was far from the case as the Jersey Blues baseball team had the experience of a lifetime as they took on the Lakewood BlueClaws at First Energy Park in Lakewood on Monday night.

The BlueClaws are the low Class-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies and play in the South Atlantic League. They inaugurated in 2001 after moving to Lakewood from Fayetteville, North Carolina where they were known as the Cape Fear Crocs from 1997-2000. Players such as Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Travis d’Arnaud have made their way “From the Shore to the Show,” as the BlueClaws call the players who played in Lakewood and also made it to the major leagues.

While Brookdale lost the exhibition game 18-0 to the BlueClaws, it was definitely an experience that the team will never forget.

“It was a great experience,” said team manager and sophomore Thomas Cargulia. “It was cool to play them and see the different levels since they are a Phillies minor-league team. Some of those guys will likely play in the major leagues with the Phillies or other franchises.”

“It was good. It’s one of the nicest facilities I have ever played in,” said sophomore infielder Tim Carney, who was also named GSAC Player of the Week for the week ending April 5th. “The atmosphere was really cool and to get to play the BlueClaws is a thing that most people will never get a chance to do. It was a great opportunity and I think we took advantage of it.”

Carney, who is a Brick native and hit a double in the game against the BlueClaws, played at First Energy Park before the game on Monday night.

“I played there in the Mayor’s Cup which is Brick vs. Brick Memorial. I also played there when I was younger and the senior all-star game was there as well. So this was my fourth time playing there.”

The Blues are 9-12 on the season as of Tuesday April 7th. They are back in action today at Mercer County at 3:30 and are next at home on Saturday for a doubleheader against Del-Tech Owens starting at 1:00.

Check out the team’s website at http://www.brookdaleathletics.com/sports/bsb/index as well as their twitter page @BCCBaseball1 for updates.

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