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Playoff win over Absegami proves EHT’s Brandon Riggs is a pitcher on the rise

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Egg Harbor Township junior right-hander Brandon Riggs is beginning to make a name for himself among the elite of Cape-Atlantic League pitching. A lot of talk has been made thisseason of the star pitchers the league has to offer, and rightfully so. Guys such as Matt Ardente of Absegami, Sean Mooney and Zach Altieri of Ocean City, Mike Vasturia of St. Augustine Prep, Kyle Gerace and Nick Droboniku of Mainland Regional, Denny Brady of Buena Regional and Alex Boney of Cedar Creek have made a name for themselves by building standout careers on the mound, and by winning big games against tough competition. Brandon Riggs has been one of Egg Harbor Township's best pitchers the past two seasons, and the junior proved just how good he is by pitching the Eagles to a first-round playoff victory over a tough Absegami squad. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O'Sullivan) Brandon Riggs has been one of Egg Harbor Township’s best pitchers the past two seasons, and the junior proved just how good he is by pitching the Eagles to a first-round playoff victory over a tough Absegami squad. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O’Sullivan) Riggs has shown the ability to do that as well during his last two years on the varsity level. Last year, pitching coach Sean Coyle said, Riggs beat such teams as Eastern Regional (which went on to win the sectional championship), St. Augustine Prep and Malvern Prep. This year, Riggs is 5-2 with an ERA under 2.50, and recently out-dueled Ardente in an intense playoff matchup that EHT won 4-3. Perhaps the reason Riggs isn’t getting a lot of attention is because he doesn’t throw 90 mph and doesn’t rack up a ton of strikeouts. He is efficient, however, and simply pounds the strike zone and lets his fielders work behind him. He works quickly, which allows his defenders to get into a rhythm and makes for some quick innings. He may never be the type of pitcher who college recruiters salivate over and flock to see, but by the time his high school career is over next spring he could be a guy who has double-digit career wins and is among the league leaders in several pitching categories. Rippin’ stick Another guy who has been flying under the radar this spring is Atlantic City first baseman/pitcher Steve Myers. Myers has been ripping the ball all season, and according to coach Brent Bean is hitting above .500 and has more than 35 hits this season. Only a junior, Myers should be well within reach of 100 career hits early next season. He already has more than 85 on his resume. Mainland catcher Jack Loefflad also has been on a tear of late, and helped lead the Mustangs to a semifinals appearance in the Diamond Classic as well as playoff wins over Cumberland Regional, Highland Regional, Toms River South and Delsea Regional as the Mustangs repeated as South Jersey Group 3 champions. — Dave O’Sullivan, Publisher

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