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First Egg Harbor Township baseball alumni game a huge hit among former players

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Sean Coyle is a baseball junkie. Loves the game, loves everything about it, the history of it. The Egg Harbor Township pitching coach has been getting in head coach Bryan Carmichael’s ear about hosting an annual alumni game, and this year the Eagles’ coaching staff was able to put it together for the first time. Carmichael and Coyle are following in the footsteps of guys such as Brent Bean at Atlantic City and Steve Normane at Holy Spirit, who have made a big push the past couple of years to get alumni more involved in the programs. By all accounts, the first EHT alumni game was a big success on Oct. 17. The game had to be played at Bargaintown Park, as work was being done to the high school field, but Coyle said the coaching staff hopes to have that issue resolved next year. The game featured players from as far back as the early 1980s to guys who graduated as recently as this past spring. The alumni game attracted several recent graduates, including Brian Brubaker, a 2014 grad. The alumni game attracted several recent graduates, including Brian Brubaker, a 2014 grad. “I was all for it. Coyle sort of spearheaded the effort, along with Jeff Maul Sr., and we had 50 guys sign up. It’s an opportunity for somebody like myself, who didn’t go to EHT High to reconnect with the guys who did and let them know the direction we are going with the program.” The game also featured some guys who currently are playing college baseball, such as Monny Strickland and Brian Brubaker. It was also special for Greg and Dillon Martello, brothers who are 11 years apart and never really got the chance to play on the same field together. Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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