In a highly anticipated matchup between two of the nation’s top high school pitching prospects, Jason Groome and Tyler Mondile lived up to the hype and then some. In front of a sold-out crowd of over 6,000 people at Campbell’s Field in Camden, NJ, Groome and Mondile were on top of their respective games, with each racking up double-digit strikeouts, while more importantly, achieving their goal of raising money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Kari Jenkinson Fund.
As for the game itself, many naturally predicted a low scoring affair. And sure enough, it was Mondile and Gloucester Catholic who pulled out the 1-0 victory, scoring the lone run on a Barnegat throwing error.
The final stats for Groome and Mondile tell the story and show why both are such highly regarded prospects. For Groome, 6 innings pitched, 1 unearned run, 2 hits, 2 walks, and 14 strikeouts, topping out at 94 MPH. For Mondile, 7 innings pitched, 0 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk, and 10 strikeouts, with a fastball reaching 95 MPH.
“Overall, both Jay and Tyler showed why they are such elite level prospects and have such promising futures,” said MSI’s Director of Sports Performance, Rob Rabena, who trains both players. “Their dedication, work ethic, and skillsets are simply off the charts.”
“Jay and Ty did what Jay and Ty do,” added MSI Director of Travel Baseball Teams, Kevin Schneider, with a laugh. “Jay has just scary abilities for a player who is still only 17 years old and doesn’t turn 18 until the end of August. And Tyler’s competitive fire and intensity are second to none. I honestly don’t think either player gets enough credit because of how long they’ve been so good. To step onto such a large stage, with expectations through the roof, and deliver the way they did, is unbelievable.”
At the end of the day, Groome vs. Mondile won’t be remembered for the 1-0 Gloucester Catholic win, but rather for the exemplary performances by both pitchers and for the money raised for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Kari Jenkinson Fund.