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Malvern’s Mike Gordon a perfect choice for Barrett Game MVP – PA Prep Live

ASTON — With both teams short of players, especially pitchers, due to a few teams still alive in PIAA baseball playoffs, Malvern Prep’s Mike Gordon knew he was going to get the call to pitch. for the Del Val All-Stars in the 36th Joseph J. Barrett Memorial All-Star Game on Saturday.

The Ridley resident wasn’t sure when or how long he would be asked to pitch, but he was ready when the call came in the fourth inning.

Gordon pitched four perfect innings for the win and scored a brace and a run to lift the Del Val against the Central League All-Stars, 3-1, at Neumann University’s Bruder Field.

The Malvern southpaw was an easy choice for Most Valuable Player honors.

“I didn’t expect to pitch four innings,” Gordon said.

Haverford School’s Colby McNeely started and played the first three innings. He allowed two hits, one earned run, struck out three and walked three. Gordon entered the contest with a tie, 1-1, in the fourth inning and retired all 12 batters he faced. He retired the team in the fifth round and closed the match with back-to-back punches to finish with five Ks.

“My switch was working well,” said Gordon, who will play baseball at Pitt Community College in Winterville, North Carolina. “I was able to paint the corners with my fastball. The receivers were calling good pitches. It all worked out.”

Gordon was also key in the fifth inning when the Del Val scored twice to open the game. He doubled with one out, moved to third on a bloop single from Sun Valley’s Vincent Proietto and scored on a throwing error by Haverford High catcher Patrick Collins. Three batters later, Cardinal O’Hara’s Mark Zecca brought Proietto home with an insurance run Gordon wouldn’t need.

While Gordon was somewhat untouchable on the mound, Haverford School’s Will Ferris struggled to get off the pitch. He was hit twice, the second with the bases loaded late in the third inning, forcing McNeely to head home with Del Val’s first run.

“One of them, the one that hit my left thigh, is still stinging me,” said Ferris, who will play at Dickinson College. “The other just cut my hand. It didn’t hurt at all. »

Springfield’s Cody Grande had the only hits for the Central League. He scored a single to center field in the first inning, then ripped an RBI double in the top of the third inning to chase Springfield teammate Joey Little home.

Gordon made sure those were all the points the Central League would get.

“Playing in this game is a privilege,” Gordon said. “It’s fun to be here with all the guys. The game is important, you want to win, but it’s a fun game. You’re used to all those games where you’re fighting for a playoff spot, but his is a game where you go out and play with guys you don’t normally play with and have fun.

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NOTES >> Bonner-Prendergast’s Joey DeMucci, Marple Newtown’s Owen Mathes and Dillon Can and Strath Haven’s Mike Valente and Matt DeFalco were selected to play in the game but were unable to participate as their teams are active in the playoffs PIAA playoffs. … Anthony “AJ” Ricco of Chichester and Jimmy DiCarlo of Ridley were the recipients of the Joseph J. Barrett Memorial Scholarships … Ryan Wootten of Garnet Valley and Kevin Henrich of Bonner-Prendergast were the recipients of the Cakey Dougherty/Jumbo Faulkner Award as Delaware County’s best pitchers. … Bonner-Prendie’s Steve DeBarberie was named the John Mooney Coach of the Year winner. …Bill Ford Sr. was the first recipient of the Rich Merchant Lifetime Achievement Award.