Local minor leaguers (stats through Tuesday)

OF Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional) went 1-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base on Tuesday for the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) in the double-A Southern League. Szczur is hitting .298 with 44 runs scored, 37 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 76 games.

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OF Darren Ford (Vineland) walked and was caught stealing Tuesday night for the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) in the triple-A International League. Ford is hitting .220 with 29 hits, 18 runs scored, 11 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

RHP A.J. Holland (Holy Spirit) is 4-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 15 starts for the Lynchburg HillCats (Braves) in the Class-A Advanced Carolina League. He has struck out 53 and walked 38 in 82.1 innings.

LHP Scott DeCecco (Middle Township) is 5-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 16 starts for the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) in the Class-A Midwest League. DeCecco has struck out 57 and walked 32 in 83 innings. He got a no-decision Tuesday, throwing five innings, giving up eight hits and six runs with five strikeouts and a walk.

LHP Darren Fischer (Cumberland Regional) is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA with five strikeouts and three walks for the Princeton Rays (Rays) of the Rookie Appalachian League.


Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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