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Florida’s A.J. Puk finally pitched an extended outing against Arkansas on Thursday, April 14th. He left after 5 innings and 101 pitches. He had a 7-2 lead and Florida held on to win 12-8.
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Oklahoma’s Alec Hansen has made two recent appearances from the bullpen.
Riley Pint was reported to have thrown 95-97 mph, T99 in his first inning against Blue Valley SW on Tuesday, April 5th. Haven’t seen anything since.
Jason Groome was suspended by the NJSIAA for violating its transfer rule. The rule is intended to prevent a school or athlete from gaining an competitive advantage due to an athlete’s transfer. The rule requires that when an athlete transfers from one public school to another that a change of address occurs. Groome transferred to IMG in Bradenton Florida for the spring semester of his junior year. He transferred back Barnegat High School and moved back into his parents’ house. The NJSIAA considers IMG to be a boarding school and no change of address having occurred when he attended IMG. Since he moved back into his parents same house, no change of address occurred, so he is required to sit out 30 days or half of his team’s scheduled games. It seems to me that the parent or coach of an opposing player is behind this. Red Bank Catholic seems like a likely candidate to be the whistle blower.
Groome is likely to miss two scheduled starts, including this April 16th’s Autism Awareness benefit game at Count Basie Park against Red Bank Catholic – the No. 2 team in the Shore Conference Top 10 (Hmmm). His other start was scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at Pinelands. He was tentatively set to come back and pitch on April 25 at Point Boro, but that start could be pushed back two days if the schedule holds. As it stands, Groome will be eligible to pitch in the Ocean County Tournament.