Scott DeCecco (Middle Township) gave up one run on five hits and two runs in eight innings to earn the win for the Clinton LumberKings  in a 5-1 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) in the Class-A Midwest League on Thursday night.

In his longest outing of the season, the 22-year-old left-hander threw 61 of his 91 pitches for strikes. He struck out four and got 11 groundouts and two strikeouts.

DeCecco is 8-7 with a 4.21 ERA in 20 starts. In 109 innings, he has given up 107 hits, walked 37 and struck out 65.

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OF Darren Ford (Vineland) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Indianapolis Indians’ (Pirates) in a 5-4 loss to Charlotte  in the second game of a doubleheader in the triple-A International League.

Ford, who led off as the designated hitter, also stole a base. He did not play in the first game, in which Indianapolis got no hits and lost 1-0.

Ford is hitting .222 with 22 runs scored, 13 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 57 games.

Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional) went 1-for-5 with a walk and a run scored for the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) in a 10-5 win over Huntsville in the double-A Southern League.

Szczur is hitting .280 with 54 runs scored, 37 RBIs and 20 steals in 95 games. His on-base percentage is .350.

RHP A.J. Holland (Holy Spirit) is 4-7 with a 4.69 ERA in 19 starts for the Lynchburg HillCats (Braves) in the Class A Advanced Carolina League.

In 101 2/3 innings, he has given up 108 hits, struck out 67 and walked 49.

LHP Darren Fischer (Cumberland Regional) is 0-3 with a 5.52 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Princeton Rays in the rookie-level Appalachian League.

In 14 2/3 innings, he has given up 11 hits, struck out 11 and walked four.

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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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