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edabbs44
04-23-2008, 08:41 PM
My alma mater is a sports factory right now. They are ranked #1 in the country in one poll. And the sick thing is football is easily their biggest sport.


Don Bosco's phenom

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

RAMSEY Eric Pfisterer's eyes are the window to a pitcher's soul.

"He gets this look in his eye," said Don Bosco pitching coach Frank Eufemia. "It's hard to explain. He doesn't care who's up there, he just wants to get you out.

"I always use the term with my pitchers, 'eye of the tiger' and he epitomizes what that phrase means. It's an intensity. A focus. He literally pitches angry, but he's able to channel that anger positively. I know it sounds corny, but he does it."

Focus. Anger. Intensity.

Call it what you will, but so far this season it has worked wonders for Bosco's senior left-hander from Saddle River. In three starts, Pfisterer has thrown two no-hitters and a one-hitter, striking out 32 and walking four in 16 innings.

"Angry?" Pfisterer asked. "I guess that's one way to put it. I do pump myself up a little out there. I'm loose, but I do have a little fire in my eye.

"When I'm out there, it is just me and the batter. It is being focused. I might fool around until I step on that field, but when I need to be ready, I'm there."

That sounds a little like someone who has spent years developing a philosophy of pitching, but the truth is Pfisterer is still a relative newcomer to the pitching fraternity. His father is a doctor who has dealt with a lot of sore young arms in his day, and Pfisterer didn't become a regular pitcher until last season.

Pfisterer is also a first baseman, and his bat and glove mean as much to the Ironmen (10-0), ranked No. 1 in The Record Top 25, as his arm. He has 21 hits in his first 32 at-bats (.636 average) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and a team-high 19 RBI.

So is it any surprise that he wanted assurances that he could pitch and play first base before he accepted his scholarship to Duke?

"I have the best of both worlds," said Pfisterer, who is considering majoring in business or economics. "To me, pitching and hitting go hand in hand. I've been a hitter all my life, and I know how a hitter thinks. When I'm pitching, I use that to my advantage."

"He is the whole package," said Bosco coach Greg Butler, who raved about two double plays he started with slick stops at first base against Cranford.

Teaneck coach Ed Klimek saw that firsthand Monday as Pfisterer no-hit the Highwaymen.

"He is an absolute stud," Klimek said. "As the game went on and he started to smell that no-hitter, he began to throw the ball harder.

"He does get mad out there. Hit the ball, and he gets mad. I had one kid, a little lefty come up. He pitched him inside, and the hitter jumped away like he was facing Randy Johnson."

Professional scouts have been regulars at Bosco games, checking out all the Division I talent. Pfisterer is firmly planted on their radar now, and he's already heard from the Yankees, Florida, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Pfisterer said the Indians' scout called him after Monday's no-hitter against Teaneck, and some teams are scheduled to visit his home.

"I talked to one scout who said I was making his job tougher because he has to file two reports on me; one as a hitter and one as a pitcher," Pfisterer said with a laugh. "The Indians' guy told me that I barely make out and strike everybody out. He was very complimentary about my ability as both a hitter and a pitcher.

"It's nice that they appreciate me, not just as a hitter and not just as a pitcher," Pfisterer said. "I think they see me as an overall athlete."

With a father who is a doctor and three older siblings in medical school, Pfisterer knows the value of that scholarship to Duke. He's impressed by all the attention from the scouts, but he's not about to let his head get lost in the clouds.

"Isn't that any kid's ultimate dream?" said Pfisterer, whose fastball has been clocked in the low-90's. "Just being drafted as an option or even just being able to talk about it is a real pat on the back and recognition of all your hard work.

"But I also have a scholarship to a great academic school. My family has always been about academics, and Duke seems to me to be the perfect fit. If I pass up that diploma, it would have to be for something perfect."

E-mail: czerwinski@northjersey.com



http://www.northjersey.com/hssports/Boscos_phenom.html

Kingspoint
04-23-2008, 10:45 PM
Nice spoof, edabs.

Your new icon scares the heck out of me, though. He's such a vulture...swooping in on the most talented organization of the Central Division, and then playing backdoor politics in getting Krivsky fired. Walt Jockety is one nasty individual.

edabbs44
04-23-2008, 10:54 PM
Nice spoof, edabs.

Spoof?

RedlegJake
04-24-2008, 08:44 AM
I don't know edabbs...think this kid from a medical family will pass up a scholarship to Duke? Or last til the third round? Because he wouldn't be my first round choice.

edabbs44
04-24-2008, 10:55 AM
I don't know edabbs...think this kid from a medical family will pass up a scholarship to Duke? Or last til the third round? Because he wouldn't be my first round choice.

Seems like a tough sign. I guess Cincy thinks he'll be there later.

edabbs44
05-06-2008, 10:31 PM
More Cincy scouting in the area:


Male Athlete of the Week: Brendan Lobban, St. Joseph Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Last updated: Tuesday May 6, 2008, EDT 7:15 AM BY MARK J. CZERWINSKISTAFF WRITER

Brendan Lobban has learned how to keep a level head.

The St. Joseph senior left-hander is impressed by all the professional baseball scouts that have been buzzing around him this spring, but he's keeping his excitement on a short leash. That's because Lobban already is very excited about his future, which includes a scholarship to St. John's University.

"Of course pro ball has been a dream," said Lobban, who earned The Record's Male Athlete of the Week honor after leading the Green Knights to four wins with both his bat and his arm. "Every kid wants to play pro baseball.

"Talking to the scouts, hearing them say playing professional baseball is a possibility is nice, but we'll see. It is cool, though, to think you can see your dreams come true."

Cincinnati, Boston, Anaheim and the Yankees are among the teams who have shown some interest in Lobban.

"But I'm not sure what's next," Lobban said. "I can get picked. I can not get picked. Right now, my heart is set on college."

And when the Ramsey native gets to St. John's, he plans on studying business.

"I want to make a career for myself someday," said Lobban, who enjoys his "Law and Society" class. "I want to go into the corporate world and see what happens.

"But who knows? I'm still only 18. Maybe I'd like to do police week or get involved in government. There's plenty of time to think about that."

Since giving up basketball and cross-country a few years ago, Lobban has been on a steady diet of school work and baseball. He said he devotes about three or four hours a day to baseball during the school year, and it never gets old.

"I've been playing baseball since I was little," said Lobban. "It comes natural to me, which is why I'll always want to find a way to keep up with the game."

Also nominated: Mike Dennhardt of Don Bosco, Chris Tacoma of New Milford, Anthony D'Alessandro of Mahwah and Jared Forestieri of Elmwood Park for baseball.


TYSON TRISH / THE RECORD

http://www.northjersey.com/hssports/Male_Athlete_of_the_Week_Brendan_Lobban_St_Joseph. html

NJReds
05-07-2008, 09:29 AM
Brendan's older brother Ryan was a big-time pitcher at St. Joe's as well. Hard throwing lefty how was being scouted. He worked at a deli near my house for a short time and he used to tell me how great he was. Very cocky kid who got kicked off a DI college team (James Madison?) because of his attitude and ended up at a local DIII college.

I hope Brendan learned something from him.

edabbs44
05-07-2008, 10:22 AM
Brendan's older brother Ryan was a big-time pitcher at St. Joe's as well. Hard throwing lefty how was being scouted. He worked at a deli near my house for a short time and he used to tell me how great he was. Very cocky kid who got kicked off a DI college team (James Madison?) because of his attitude and ended up at a local DIII college.

I hope Brendan learned something from him.

He played with my cousin at WPU.

NJReds
05-07-2008, 10:52 AM
He played with my cousin at WPU.

I heard he was a bit more humble after his experience in DI ball.

He was a quote machine in high school. Always had something to say after a game. He definitely needed some guidance from Crash Davis.