By Steven M. Glassman
Director of Sports Information
April 11, 2019
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Nationally-ranked Northampton Community College (23-4 Overall, 5-0 Region XIX Division III, 4-0 EPAC) slugged six home runs as the fifth-ranked Spartans defeated the Manor College Blue Jays (4-14, 2-6, 1-3), 23-3, in seven innings, at Ryan Howard Field at Hunting Park.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third when Northampton sophomore catcher Derek Stento led off the third with a home run.
The Spartans sent 13 hitters in the fourth, scoring eight runs on six hits. Sophomore left fielder Corey Stouffer contributed a none-out, RBI single. Freshman third baseman Coy Walters added a two-out, RBI fielder's choice ground out. Sophomore right fielder Tommy Dunleavy's two-out, three-run home run finished off the scoring in the inning. Altogether, Northampton scored five two-out runs in the inning.
The Spartans added on to its lead in the fifth, scoring six runs on three hits. They also batted around in the inning. Sophomores CJ Gantz (shortstop) and Tyler Horvath (first baseman) each hit three-run home runs. Gantz hit his with none out and Horvath contributed his with one.
Manor scored its first run in the fifth. Sophomore designated hitter Sauriel Baez (Philadelphia, PA/Esperanza Charter) walked with two outs versus sophomore relief pitcher Ethan Smith. Sophomore third baseman Abdur Mujahid (Philadelphia, PA/Boys Latin) also walked. Freshman center fielder Shawn Vega's (Philadelphia, PA/Olney Charter) single to center scored Baez and advanced Mujahid to second.
Northampton scored four in the sixth. Sophomore center fielder CJ Peechatka hit a one-out, three run home and freshman designated hitter Brandon Ernst followed with a solo home run,
The Spartans completed its scoring in the seventh, scoring four runs. Dunleavy contributed two-out, two-run scoring to finish the scoring for Northampton.
The Blue Jays finished its scoring with two runs in the seventh. Freshman relief pitcher Eddie Colon (Philadelphia, PA/Olney Charter) led off the inning with a single to left off of Dunleavy and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Baez advanced Colon to third on a ground to shortstop. Mujahid reached second on a fielder's choice to the pitcher. Vega followed with a two-out, two-run home run to left.
Batting Leaders: Vega went two-for-four (including his first collegiate home run) with three RBI and a run scored. Mujahid singled, walked, and scored a run for the Blue Jays.
Gantz went two-for-two, walked four times, scored four runs, knocked in three runs, and stole two bases. Peechatka went three-for-five with four RBI and two runs scored. Ernst scored three runs. Dunleavy went three-for-five with five RBI and three runs scored. Horvath went three-for-five with three RBI and two runs scored. Stouffer went two-for-four. Stento scored two runs. Walters went two-for-four with four runs scored and three RBI. Offensively, the Spartans had 11 extra-base hits (six home runs and five doubles).
Pitching Leaders: Freshman Yadier Cedeno (Philadelphia, PA/Olney Charter) (0-5) started the game. Mujahid followed and Colon finished the contest for the Blue Jays.
Sophomore Trevor McGee (3-2) pitched the first four innings, striking out four, and allowing one hit. Ethan Smith and freshman David Smith followed. Sophomore Jake Decker struck out the side in his only inning of relief in the sixth. Dunleavy finished the game for the Spartans. Northampton's pitching limited Manor to five hits.
Next Game: Manor hosts a NJCAA Region XIX Division III and EPAC doubleheader versus Valley Forge Military College on Saturday, April 13 at Ryan Howard Field at Hunting Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Noon. The Blue Jays were swept in a road doubleheader, 8-7 and 14-2, on April 29, 2018 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. This is also Valley Forge Military's first baseball season at the Division III level.
About Ryan Howard Field at Hunting Park and Ryan Howard: This new field was dedicated on April 13, 2012 in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia by the Fairmount Park Conservancy Group, along with the Ryan Howard Family and Citizens Bank Park Foundations. The park itself is 87 acres and the cost of the restoring the field was $717,000 and it is part of the Fairmount Park Conservancy's long-term plan of the "Hunting Park Revitalization Project."
This field is named after the 2005 BBWAA National League Rookie of the Year and 2006 BBWAA National League Most Valuable Player. Howard was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001 and played first base for them from 2004 through 2016. He was a regular on the 2007 through 2011 National League East Division title teams, including the 2008 World Series Championship squad. Howard was the 2009 National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player. He was a three-time National League All-Star selection (2006, 2009, and 2010). Howard was voted The Sporting News 2006 Major League Player of the Year and also won the Louisville Silver Slugger Award at first base that season. Other 2006 awards included: The Sporting News National League All-Star First Baseman, Hank Aaron (Top Offensive Player) in the National League, Player's Choice (Player of the Year in the National League and for Major League Baseball's Most Outstanding Player), and the Negro League Museum (Josh Gibson Legacy and Oscar Charleston Most Valuable Player).
Howard received the 2011 Phillies Community Service Award and that season's Roberto Clemente Award Nominee. He was a three-time Philadelphia BBWAA Chapter Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player (2006, 2009, and 2010). Howard was the 2003 and 2004 Paul Owens Award Winner as the Phillies top Minor League Player. He was also the 2003 Bill Giles Award Winner.
Howard led the National League in 2006 in home runs (team-record 58), RBI (149), and total bases (383). He also tied for the 2009 National League lead with 141 RBI.
Howard is in the Phillies career top-10 in games (1,572), at-bats (5,707), doubles (277), home runs (382), total bases (2,940), extra-base hits (680), RBI (1,194), walks (709), intentional walks (154), sacrifice flies (55), and slugging percentage (0.515). He holds career team records as a left-handed hitter in home runs, total bases, extra-base hits, RBI, intentional walks, and sacrifice flies.