Three more baseball players from South Jersey were selected in the major league first-year draft yesterday.
Former Audubon High standout Mike Flacco went in the 31st round to the Baltimore Orioles; Camden Catholic grad Rich Racobaldo was selected by the Cardinals in the 37th round; and former West Deptford star and Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto was picked by Kansas City in Round 50.
Flacco, 22, who had not played in 3 years due to a back injury, hit .399 with 14 home runs and 15 RBI for Catonsville Community College in Baltimore. He is the brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, and is 6-5, 220 pounds.
Racobaldo helped lead Mount Olive (N.C.) to the 2008 NCAA Division II national championship as a junior third baseman. He moved to shortstop this year and led the team in average (.417), home runs (15) and RBI (64). The 6-2, 215-pound Marlton native was named to the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-America second team, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America second team, and the American Baseball Coaches Association Division II All-America third team. Racobaldo was the Conference Carolinas' co-Player of the Year.
Scirrotto, the starting safety for the Nittany Lions the past three seasons, hit .554 his senior season for West Deptford as a shortstop. He was projected to be an early round pick out of high school, but opted to play football instead. *