PISCATAWAY, NJ – Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ), a rising junior at Rutgers University and the top pitcher on the Scarlet Knights baseball team in 2003, enjoyed a stellar summer with the Winchester (VA) Royals of the Valley League. Egbert posted a 6-1 record and a 1.75 ERA in leading the Royals to a first place regular season finish and the Valley League Championship this summer.
Egbert turned in arguably his best effort of the summer in the championship round vs. the New Market Royals. With Winchester trailing the best of five series, 2-1, and facing elimination, Egbert fired eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 11, to lift the Royals to an 8-0 victory and set up a fifth game, which Winchester also won, 6-4. His playoff performance vs. New Market was preceded by seven shutout innings vs. Harrisonburg in the opening round. Egbert left game two of that series (which Winchester won, 3-0) with a 1-0 lead, only to earn a no-decision in a 4-2, 10-inning victory. In 15 postseason innings, Egbert allowing 10 hits and no runs, while walking four and striking out 15.
Egbert won his first five decisions of the summer, opening with a complete-game 6-1 win over Luray on June 12 and ending with a 1-0 win over New Market, another complete-game effort. After falling to 4-1 with a 7-5 loss to New Market in the next meeting between the two teams, he improved to 5-1 by beating Front Royal, 5-1, on July 24.
Egbert was second in the league in ERA (1.75) among starters and posted the ninth-best opponent batting average (.220) as well. He was fifth in innings pitched (61.2), second in strikeouts (75), second in starts (9) and tied for first in wins (6). Despite these impressive credentials, he did not earn All-Valley League honors.
Egbert was joined on the roster by catcher Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ), who undoubtedly had a positive impact on Egbert’s performance. Gaynor was productive in his own right, hitting .242 in the wood-bat league with two doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI. He posted a .324 on-base percentage and threw out 10 of 37 base stealers.