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Head Coach Southern Regional. With a talented senior core and standout underclassmen 2013 was shaping up to be a big year for Southern Regional, and head coach John Pampalone made sure his team understood what it was capable of.

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"The expectations are huge, and we're not shying away from them," Pampalone told All Shore Media early in the season.

As the season progressed and Southern's undefeated record grew, so did the pressure. The Rams rarely faltered, however, and finished the season 18-2 with a pair of championships to set program records and continue to raise the bar for Ocean County. For his efforts, Pampalone was recognized as Shore Conference Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association.

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"It's an honor to be named Coach of the Year," Pampalone said. "It was a great group of kids who lived up to expectations."

The Rams began the season 14-0 including an epic 9-8 triple-overtime victory over Jackson Memorial on April 13 that paved the way for their first Shore Conference Class A South championship. Southern advanced to the Shore Conference Tournament championship game for the first time in program history before falling to eventual champion Rumson-Fair Haven. The Rams bounced back with four straight victories to claim the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV title and reach the Group IV championship game for the first time. Southern was stopped by eventual Tournament of Champions winner Ridge in the Group IV final, but that couldn't put a damper on the greatest season in the history of Southern Lacrosse.

The Rams return goal-scoring machine Dylan Jinks, dynamic attackman Brendan Mullen, explosive midfielder Shawn McManus, elite face-off specialist Billy Dowd and standout goalie Brendan Lefanto next season and should once again be among the top teams in the Shore Conference.

O c e a n C o u n ty A l l - S ta r B i o s Name: Mike Balsamo School: Jackson Memorial Highlights: An honorable mention pick by the coaches in Class A South. Finished with 42 goals and eight assists for 50 points. Committed to Wesley College. Position: Attack

Name: Brock Torre School: Lacey Highlights: Selected as an honorable mention attackman in Class A South by the coaches. Position: Attack

Name: Tyler Lipositz School: Southern Highlights: A dynamic offensive threat for the Rams who finished with 28 goals and 55 assists for 83 points, eighth-best in the Shore Conference. A Class A South second-team selection for the second straight season. Position: Attack

Name: Evan Farrar School: Jackson Memorial Position: Attack Highlights: A second-team Class A South pick by the coaches

for the second straight season. Finished with 52 goals and 25 assists for 77 points. Scored his 100th career goal during an 8-6 win over Rumson on April 8Class A South by the coaches. Name: Nick Anderson School: Barnegat Position: Attack Highlights: Finished fourth in the Shore Conference in scoring with 54 goals and 37 assists for 91 points. A first-team Class A South selection and second-team All-Shore pick by the SCLCA. Name: Dan Bury School: Brick Memorial Position: Attack Highlights: Scored 41 goals and 28 assists for 69 points and finished as the Mustangs’ all-time leading scorer. A second-team Class A South selection by the coaches. Name: John Kicak School: Toms River South Position: Midfield Highlights: An honorable mention Class A South selection by the coaches. Will continue his career at ASA College.second straight season and repeat as Class A South champions.


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Name: Mike Specht

School: Brick

School: Jackson Memorial

Position: Midfield

Highlights: Scored 28 goals with 14 assists for 42 points. Picked up 64 ground balls. A Class A South honorable mention pick by the coaches. He is committed to Stevens Institute of Technology

Highlights: A first-team Class A South and All-Shore selection for the second straight season. Finished with 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points. Also picked up 81 ground balls. Committed for Elizabethtown College.

Name: Francis Duddy

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Highlights: A Class A South second-team selection by the coaches.

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Name: Nolan Gottshall School: Toms River East

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Highlights: A second-team Class A South selection by the coaches for the second straight season. Name: Dan Boland

Highlights: A Class A South second-team selection by the coaches. Scored 22 goals and added 25 assists to tie for the teamhigh with 47 points. Picked up 68 ground balls with 19 takeaways. Won 59 percent of face-offs.

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Highlights: Selected as Class A South second-team selection by the coaches.

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Name: Al Manzo School: Southern Position: Midfield Highlights: A second-team Class A South selection for the second season in a row. One of the highest scoring middies in the Shore with 42 goals and 11 assists for 53 points. Will continue his career at Gwynedd-Mercy College. Name: Rob Haley School: Toms River South Position: Midfield Highlights: A Class A South first-team selection after an honorable mention selection last season. Also picked as an AllShore honorable mention middie by the SCLCA. Name: Nick Specht School: Jackson Memorial Position: Midfield Highlights: Selected as a Class A South first-team middie for the second straight season and named to the All-Shore second team by the coaches. Scored 26 goals and added 45 assists for 71 points and picked up 78 ground balls. Committed to Elizabethtown College.

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Highlights: Finished with 41 ground balls and 14 takeaways this season. A Class A South second-team selection by the coaches.

Highlights: A sturdy defenseman who helped lead a standout Rams defense that allowed 10 goals or more just twice and held teams to four goals or less 11 times as the Rams captured the Class A South division title and the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV title. Will continue his career at Stevens Institute of Technology. Name: Pat Duggan School: Jackson Memorial Position: Defense

Highlights: Selected as a Class A South and All-Shore firstteam defenseman for the second straight season. Finished with 97 ground balls and also scored four goals and added two assists. Name: Matt Kalinowski School: Toms River East Position: Defense

Highlights: Had 93 ground balls and 46 takeaways and also scored a goal and added two assists. Was selected as a Class A South first-team defenseman and was an All-Shore honorable mention selection by the coaches. He will continue his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Highlights: The Rams’ top defenseman helped Southern capture its first Class A South division title, reach the Shore Conference Tournament final for the first time and also claim the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV sectional title. Selected to the first team in both Class A South and All-Shore by the SCLCA for the second straight year. Will play at Eastern University next year.

Highlights: Finished among the top 10 in the conference in ground balls with a team-best 97 and was a Class A South Honorable Mention selection.

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Name: Chris Van Brunt School: Brick Memorial Position: Goalie

Highlights: Led the Shore Conference in save percentage with a .714 mark on 275 saves. Was selected as the first-team goalie in Class A South by the coaches and an honorable mention selection on the All-Shore team. Name: John Kirk School: Brick Position: Goalie

Highlights: Finished with 227 saves this season and a save percentage of .642, good enough for eighth in the conference. Was a Class A South honorable mention selection by the coaches.

Name: Ryan Calmon

School: Brick Memorial Position: Specialist - Face-offs

Highlights: Scored 17 goals and added 11 assists for 28-points this season, second best for the Mustangs. Picked up 48 ground balls and won 48 percent of face-offs. Will continue his career at Pace University.

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Name: Dan Cammarata School: Christian Brothers Academy Position: Attack Highlights: Scored 31 goals with 29 assists for 60 points to lead the Colts to their sixth straight Class A North division title. Name: Rob Halmi School: Colts Neck Position: Attack Highlights: Scored 48 goals and added 16 assists for a teamhigh 64 points. An honorable mention pick in Class A North. Name: Justin Russo School: Holmdel Position: Attack Highlights: A first-team Class A Central pick for the second straight season and a second-team All-Shore selection this season. Led the Hornets with 38 goals and 24 assists for 62 points, and also controlled 42 ground balls. Committed to Montclair State.

Name: Dan Bloodgood School: Freehold Township Position: Attack Highlights: The Class A North player of the year exploded for 76 goals and 39 assists for a conference-leading 115 points, which was also good for fifth in the state. A Class A North first-team and All-Shore second-team pick last season, Bloodbood was named as a first-team All-Shore attackman this season. Committed to Monmouth University. Name: Alec Dambach School: Howell Position: Attack Highlights: Led the conference in assists with 59 and also scored 41 goals to finish second in scoring with 100 points. Selected as a first-team Class A North attackman for the second straight year and was named as a first-team All-Shore attacker by the SCLCA. Committed to Chestnut Hill College. Name: Michael Clarke School: Rumson-Fair Haven Position: Attack Highlights: The Class A Central and Shore Conference Player of the Year, Clarke was seventh in the conference in scoring with 51 goals and 34 assists for 85 points. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class A Central title, the SCT title for a record third straight season and the Group I final for the first time in program history. He is committed to The University of Vermont. Name: Shane McGhee School: Freehold Township Position: Midfield Highlights: An honorable mention Class A North selection by the coaches. Finished the season with 108 ground balls, 8 goals and 8 assists. Name: Jack Kelly School: Shore Position: Midfield Highlights: Finished with 21 goals, 5 assists and 37 ground balls for the Blue Devils. Name: Sean Koubek School: Freehold Township Position: Midfield Highlights: Picked as a second-team Class A North middie. Finished the season with 14 goals, 22 assists and 27 ground balls.

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Name: Cal Whaley School: Red Bank Catholic Position: Attack Highlights: Scored a team-high 30 goals and added eight assists for 38 points. Tied for the team lead with 41 ground balls.

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M o n m o u t h C o u n ty A l l - S ta r B i o s Name: Steve Megill School: Red Bank Position: Midfield Highlights: An honorable mention Class A North pick by the coaches. Second on the Bucs with 76 ground balls while scoring 11 goals with 14 assists for 25 points. Committed to Montclair State University. Name: Zach Geiger School: Colts Neck Position: Midfield Highlights: Selected as a second-team Class A North middie by the coaches. Scored 16 goals, 5 assists and picked up 10 ground balls. Committed to Merrimack College. Name: J.D. Kuper School: Manasquan Position: Midfield Highlights: An honorable mention selection in Class A Central by the coaches. Name: Chris Whitlock School: Red Bank Catholic Position: Midfield Highlights: Scored 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points. Controlled 37 ground balls. A second-team Class A Central pick by the coaches. Committed for Monmouth University for football.

Name: Michael Villane School: Rumson-Fair Haven Position: Midfield Highlights: A second-team Class A Central selection. Finished with 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points in helping Rumson capture the Class A Central title, the SCT title for a third straight year and reach the Group 1 final for the first time in program history. Will continue his career at Roger Williams University. Name: Jesse Phalanukorn School: Shore Regional Position: Midfield Highlights: A first-team Class A Central and All-Shore pick by the coaches. Finished with 42 goals, 11 assists and 37 ground balls. Helped the Blue Devils qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament and NJSIAA playoffs. Name: Max Paris School: Red Bank Regional Position: Midfield Highlights: A first-team Class A North and second-team AllShore selection by the SCLCA. Scored 43 goals and 11 assists for 54 points and picked up 56 ground balls Name: Charlie Gravina School: Rumson-Fair Haven Position: Defense Highlights: Part of a standout defensive unit for the Bulldogs that helped lead the way to a Class A Central division title, a thirdstraight SCT title and a spot in the Group I title game. A Class A Central honorable mention pick by the coaches.


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M on m ou t h C ou nty A l l - S ta r B i o s Name: Zach Campbell School: Manasquan Position: Defense Highlights: A second-team Class A Central pick by the coaches Name: Kevin Marra School: Freehold Township Position: Defense Highlights: An honorable mention selection by the coaches in Class A North. Helped the Patriots to the Class A North public division title and a spot in the South Jersey Group IV quarterfinals. Name: Rich Curran School: Red Bank Catholic Position: Defense Highlights: Selected as a first-team Class A Central and second-team All-Shore defenseman. Picked up 37 ground balls and also scored a goal this season. Name: Ryan Logan School: Christian Brothers Academy Position: Defense Highlights: A first-team Class A North selection and second-team All-Shore pick by the coaches. Helped CBA capture its sixth consecutive Class A North title and reach the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. Name: Ryan Anzalone School: Colts Neck Position: Defense Highlights: A two-time Class A North first-team defenseman and a first-team All-Shore selection this season. Picked up 51 ground balls. Will continue his career at Montclair State University. Name: John Tascione School: Holmdel Position: Goalie Highlights: Made 179 saves on a .658 save percentage. A second-team Class A Central selection by the coaches. Name: Dylan Rotchford School: Rumson-Fair Haven Position: Goalie

Highlights: Finished third in the Shore Conference with a .702 save percentage in his first and only seasons as the Bulldogs’ starting goalie. Led the team to the Group I final where he made a career-high 16 saves vs. Mountain Lakes. Helped Rumson win the Shore Conference Tournament for a record third consecutive year. A first-team Class A Central and All-Shore selection by the coaches. Will play club lacrosse at the University of Mississippi. Name: Todd Bitsko School: Freehold Township Position: Goalie Highlights: A first-team Class A North and second-team All-Shore selection by the coaches. Finished with a .609 save percentage and a 6.1 goals against average. Committed to Gettysburg College for football as a linebacker. Name: Tim Vilardi School: Red Bank Regional Position: Specialist - LSM Highlights: Led the Bucs with 108 ground balls and also contributed four goals this season. A second-team Class A North pick by the coaches. Committed to Chestnut Hill College. Name: Connor Canonico School: Colts Neck Position: Specialist - Face-offs Highlights: Scored 17 goals with one assist and picked up 49 ground balls. A Class A North honorable mention selection by the coaches. Committed to Salisbury University for football.


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ackson Memorial senior catcher Matt Thaiss and four former Shore Conference pitchers at the collegiate level were selected in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Thaiss was taken in the 32nd round with the 953rd overall pick, becoming the only current Shore Conference player to be selected. A pair of Toms River North graduates, NJIT pitcher Mark Leiter and Seton Hall pitcher Brian Gilbert, were also selected along with St. Joseph's University pitcher Jim Yacabonis, a former Christian Brothers Academy standout. Just like Toms River North, it was a banner day for Jackson Memorial, as former pitcher Pete Kelich, who starred at Bryant University, was taken in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres. Gilbert was taken in the seventh round by the Minnesota Twins, Yacabonis was selected in the 13th round by the Baltimore Orioles, and Leiter was drafted in the 22nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Thaiss was happy to be selected but said that he intends on honoring his commitment to the University of Virginia. This spring he hit .351 with 26 hits, 20 runs scored, 19 RBI, 11 doubles, 4 homers and a .531 on-base percentage thanks to 29 walks.

"To take me away from Virginia, they knew it was going to take a lot (of money) because it's a great education and a great program,'' Thaiss said. "All along I really wanted to go to school. I am dead-set on going to Virginia, and it would've taken life-changing money not to go, but it's definitely nice to be drafted."

Thaiss said he spoke with members of the Red Sox organization the day before

he was selected and told them what he would sign for.

"I think they went a different way earlier in the draft after hearing that, but it's all good,'' he said. "I can come back in three years (when he will be drafteligible again) and hopefully go a lot higher."

strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings, including a school-record 20strikeout game against Chicago State, the highest single-game total of any Division I pitcher this spring. For the season, he was 5-9 with a 4.94 ERA. Leiter was an ASM second-team All-Shore selection as a senior in 2009, when he finished 72 with a 2.23 ERA, 60 strikeouts and 20 walks in 62 2/3 innings for the South Jersey Group IV champs.

Gilbert was the 200th overall pick after earning a third-team AllBig East Kelich was a firstJackson Memorial's Matt Thaiss selection this team All-Northeast spring as a junior Conference selection for the second reliever for Seton Hall. He went 4-4 with straight year. He went 7-4 with a 2.53 a 2.40 ERA and six saves in 26 relief ERA in a team-high 97 2/3 innings, appearances. Gilbert was an All Shore striking out 89, as the team's three-year Media first-team All-Shore selection in ace. Kelich was an ASM first-team All2010 when he went 7-3 with a 2.46 ERA Shore selection in 2009 for the Jaguars, and 56 strikeouts in 60 innings for the capping the season with a complete-game, Mariners. five-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over eventual Yacabonis, a junior, earned second-team state champion Christian Brothers Academy in the Shore Conference All-Atlantic 10 and All-Philadelphia Baseball Big 5 honors after setting the St. Tournament final to give the Jaguars their first SCT championship since 1984. He Joseph's school record for saves in a also helped Jackson win its first Class A season with 10. He posted a 1-2 record South title since 1994. Kelich, a hardwith a 2.02 earned run average in 35.2 innings over 26 appearances. He appeared throwing righty, finished 6-0 on the mound with five complete games, a 1.34 in over half of SJU's conference games, ERA and 56 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings notching six saves to go with a 1.80 ERA with only five walks. in 20.0 innings. Yacabonis ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in saves while tying for Also, Brookdale Community College third in appearances. second baseman Mike Giuffre, who starred at Tottenville High School in Leiter, who is the son of former majorStaten Island, N.Y., was taken in the 36th league pitcher Mark Leiter and the round by the Cleveland Indians. nephew of former big-league hurler Al Leiter, was a first-team All-Great West Conference selection this spring as a Photo by: Bill Normile senior. He led the conference with 106 www.billnormile.zenfolio.com

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rought to you by Baseball U, every week during this 2013 Shore Conference baseball season, All Shore Media selected a player and a pitcher of the week for their performance in the previous week.

Week 5/26 to 6/8

Week 5/5-5/11

Week 4/21 to 4/27

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention James Meyreles, Sr., OF, Msgr. Donovan

Player of the Week Mike Miraglia, Sr., OF, Toms River North

Player of the Week Joe Dudek, Sr., 1B, CBA

Player of the Week Matt Guarino, Jr., 1B, Jackson Memorial

Pitcher of the Week Mike Bolton, Sr., LHP, Freehold Honorable Mention Ron Marinaccio, Sr., RHP, Toms River North

Week 4/14 to 4/20

Player of the Week Anthony Ferlise, Jr., 1B/DH, Toms River North

Karl Blum, Sr., RHP, Toms River North Brian Quinn, Sr., RHP, Monmouth Regional Brian Cottrell, Sr., RHP, Brick Memorial

Matt Guarino, Jr., 1B, Jackson Memorial Ed White, Sr., P/1B, Manchester

Honorable Mention Dan Serreino, Jr., RHP, Jackson Liberty

Pitcher of the Week Rich Power, Sr., LHP, Monsignor Donovan

Player of the Week Mike Puglisi, Sr., 2B, Central

Honorable Mention Joe Jacques, Sr., RHP, Red Bank Regional Tom Broyles, Sr., RHP, Monmouth Regional Matt Simonetti, Sr., RHP, Manalapan Kevin Welsh, Jr., RHP, Neptune; Latrell Jones, Jr., RHP, Neptune Paul Schifilliti, Sr., RHP, Toms River East

Week 5/19 to 5/25

Honorable Mention Kyle Cala, Jr., CF, Brick Memorial Pitcher of the Week Eric Fricks, Sr., RHP, Toms River South Honorable Mention Ashwin Mudiraj, Sr., RHP, Long Branch Tom Puza, Jr., RHP, Red Bank Catholic

Week 5/12-5/18

Player of the Week Kyle Cala, Jr., CF, Brick Memorial Honorable Mention Nick Cardace, Jr., 1B, Freehold Township Pitchers of the Week Toms River North's pitching staff; Wall's pitching staff Honorable Mention Dan Serreino, Jr., RHP, Jackson Liberty Chase Stopyra, Sr., RHP, CBA

Week 4/28 to 5/4

Player of the Week Joe Sadler, Jr., 1B, Holmdel Honorable Mention James Sofield, Jr., P/2B, Jackson Liberty Kurt Van Benschoten, Sr., SS/3B, Point Boro Pitcher of the Week Mike Rescigno, Sr., RHP, Red Bank Catholic Honorable Mention Tyler Mellott, So., RHP, Toms River South Brian Cottrell, Sr., RHP, Brick Memorial

Honorable Mention Matt Guarino, Jr., 1B, Jackson Memorial Co-Pitchers of the Week John McCarren, Sr., RHP, CBA; Eddie Corrigan, Sr., RHP, Central Honorable Mention Brian Cottrell, Sr., RHP, Brick Memorial

Week 4/7 to 4/13

Player of the Week Evan Pietronico, Jr., OF, St. John Vianney

Pitcher of the WeekRob Grilli, Sr., RHP, Middletown South

Week from the first week of action. Player of the Week Ryan Wares, Jr., SS/P, Howell

Pitcher of the Week Rob Grilli, Sr., RHP, Middletown South


anney's baseball team had just suffered a lopsided loss to St. Rose in mid-May when junior pitcher Steven Jacobson returned home to find a box waiting for him that made the defeat seem like a distant memory. Sitting inside the box was the culmination of four years of hard work. While there are plenty of Shore Conference baseball players who accomplished impressive feats this spring, only one can say he published his debut novel.

"I opened the box, and just to see that cover with my name on it, flip the book over, see my picture and words I've written, it was an incredible feeling,'' Jacobson said.

On May 21, Jacobson, 17, released his first book, titled "One Last Season." Available on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com and Books-A-Million, the fictional story revolves around 43-year-old catcher Fred Duvall, a one-time-greatturned-backup who takes over the starting job due to an injury. The team's owner doesn't believe Duvall can last the full season despite his hot start, so he trades for a young catcher to compete for the job. The new catcher happens to be Duvall's estranged son, Cody, whom Fred abandoned 20 years earlier when he opted for the life of a professional baseball player. "It took a long time, but it was worth it,'' Jacobson said. "I've always had a very creative, imaginative mind and always like to lay my ideas down on paper.

"I was thinking, what if a comeback like that happened in baseball at catcher, the most grueling position on the field,'' Jacobson said. "Also, if the catcher is in his 40s, he might have a son who could play Major League Baseball, and that's what really sparked the idea."

A project Jacobson thought would take a few months in 2010 ended up nearly taking until the end of his junior year of high school to complete. In between editing and finalizing the book this spring, Jacobson was a pitcher/outfielder for Ranney in the Panthers' first year playing in the Class B Central division as a newlyminted member of the Shore Conference. He had largely kept the book project under wraps until his teammates discovered it on Amazon.

"I'd always heard he loved writing,'' Ranney baseball coach Brian Dolan said. "He's so humble, he never really came out and told anybody about it. I think that's amazing for an adult with a full-time job to do something like this, but for a kid to do that is even more impressive. We got a copy delivered to the school, and I was thumbing through it and said, 'This is amazing.''' "I wouldn't say my teammates were surprised, because they know how much I love writing, but they were impressed,'' Jacobson said.

He wrote his book in the midst of a host of other extracurricular activities, including playing baseball for Ranney and for his offseason travel team, the New Jersey Marlins. He spent his winter and spring breaks during this school year doing the final edits.

"It was definitely a really good learning process,'' he said. "I'm not terribly worried about how many copies I'm going to sell. It's just nice to have my name in print. It was a really detailed, really focused process."

Baseball fiction has long been a favorite of Jacobson, who lives in Colts Neck after growing up in Farmingdale. When his mother went to the gym at The Atlantic Club in Manasquan, Jacobson would go to the Wall Township Library and scan the shelves for baseball books. New Jersey author Dan Gutman was a particular favorite, along with books by New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica and a 1940s series about the Brooklyn Dodgers by former New Yorker writer John R. Tunis. "I read a lot of baseball fiction,'' he said. "I used to love to go to the library and peruse the sports fiction sections."

After becoming a published author, Jacobson plans on doing some writing in college. However, he sees it more as a side passion than his main focus.

"I don't want to grow up and be a writer,'' he said. "I like to have things to do, and if I was a writer and had writing block for a long time, I wouldn't have a lot to do."

While the book is mainly available online and via order through bookstores, Jacobson will also be having a reading and talking about the book at 11 a.m. on July 13 at the Monmouth County Library branch in Shrewsbury, where he is a volunteer. He has no immediate plans to write another book, but there could be one down the line. "There's a lot of stuff going on right now,'' he said. "It took me three years to write this one, so it would probably take a while to write another one. I've been writing short stories since I was eight years old, so for now I'll work on them because they're quick and easy. As for another book, I will probably write one at some point in the future."

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The seeds of the novel were sewn when he was 13 years old in 2009, watching Redskins back-up quarterback Todd Collins enter the game against his favorite team, the New York Giants. The announcers detailed the latecareer comeback story of Collins, who came off the bench in 2007 to lead the Redskins to three straight wins and had remained as Jason Campbell's backup for the next two seasons. Jacobson's favorite sport was baseball, not football, but the story of Collins getting one last shot late in his career germinated the idea for Jacobson, who has loved creative writing from a young age.

Jacobson published the book through CreateSpace, a company under the Amazon umbrella that provides writers with the tools to self-publish and distribute their work. Jacobson worked with a team at CreateSpace that put the book through two rounds of professional editing, produced a bio and a press release, and designed the front and back covers. From beginning to end, the project took from January of 2010 to this past May, and he said it cost about $4,000 in using CreateSpace to produce.

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