Baseball and Softball
Varsity Boys’ Baseball
Looking to defend its 2014 Tri-State Christian Athletic Conference title, the ACS Varsity Boys’ Baseball team started the 2015 season strong with a 4-0 record. But as the season progressed, the team lost four starters and the younger, less experienced team posted a final record of 5-7. Despite the ups and downs of the season, several highlights emerged including the season opener 1-0 win against second-seeded Gloucester County Christian School, and the mid-season win against Cumberland Christian School where stand-out junior pitcher Dave Heuman threw 19 strikeouts for the win.
In addition to Heuman, two other outstanding players were named to the TSCAC All-Star team — sophomore Carl Phillips and senior Jackson Gross. The team was led by head coach Ray Picking and assistant coach and alumnus Andrew Gregas (’13).
Varsity Girls’ Softball
The competitive ACS Varsity Girls’ Softball program has two TSCAC championships in the record book and a consistent presence in the league playoffs. During the 2015 season, with just one senior on the 14-member team, new head coach and alumnus Abby Pease (’00) focused on developing the skills and game strategy of the young players. The team finished the regular season with a winning record of 8-6 and advanced to the semi-finals of the TSCAC playoffs where they lost to Baptist Regional School, who went on to win the league championship. ACS finished post-season play beating Pilgrim Academy 17-7 in the consolation round of the play-offs and placing 3rd seed in the league. Wendi Dorofee served as assistant coach.
The team excelled on offense, with strong hitting from a number of players including pitcher DJ Hitchner, outfielder Kaitlyn Kelley, who led the team in RBI’s, catcher Shannon Murphy, who was named team MVP, shortstop Kate Newman, and 1st baseman Sarah Kimmerley. Outfielder Samantha Grawl, Hitchner, Kimmerley, and Murphy were named league All-Stars.
Middle School Program
Middle School students have the opportunity to enjoy playing baseball and softball while developing fundamental skills and learning the value of teamwork. The inter-scholastic sports program encourages students to exhibit good sportsmanship, respect, and an exemplary Christian testimony. Both teams play in the competitive Atlantic Cape Junior High League, which includes local public and parochial middle schools. Participation in the middle school program helps prepare students to compete at the varsity level in high school.
The Middle School Boys’ Baseball team placed second in the Atlantic Cape Junior High League in the 2015 season, with an overall record of 7-3 record. 8th graders Elijah Chapman, Ryan Lomangino, and Solomon Griffith made strong contributions to the 10-member team’s success. Chapman was the most versatile player — pitching, catching behind the plate, and playing shortstop. Griffith led the team in pitching and Lomangino played catcher and led the team in hits. A season highlight was a win against Bishop McHugh, with ACS down 3-1 in the bottom of the last inning and Tyler Smith getting the game winning hit to end the game 4-3. Dan Carney served in his second year as head coach, assisted by Dave Schmidt and Mike Massey.
The Middle School Girls’ Softball team placed third in the Atlantic Cape Junior High League, posting a 6-6-1 record overall. The young team showed strong potential with three starting 6th graders — Olivia Chapman (catcher), Sydney Pearson (3rd base), and Chloe Vogel (shortstop). 8th grader Emily Loeb made her debut as a pitcher. Faculty member Jim Ennis served in his seventh year as head coach, assisted by Lori Pearson and Terri Vogel.