The Brookdale baseball team swept Globe Institute 5-4 and 16-4 this afternoon to give Johnny Johnson his 500th win as leader of the historic program. In the first game, after being up 4-0, Globe tied the game at four in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, a throwing error by the Globe right fielder scored Dean Wilson (Haddon Heights) on a Dave England (Toms River South) hit and gave the Blues the win.
Johnson, who is in his 15th year in charge of the Jersey Blues program, has been named the Region XIX coach of the year five times, and the Garden State Athletic Conference coach of the year six times in his illustrious career at the helm. Johnson’s career record now stands at 500-184.
No stranger to success, Johnson was recently voted to the All-Decade Team (1980) for New Jersey high schools by Scholastic Sports and was previously voted to the first team All Tri-State Daily News team as a catcher in 1980 and 81 before starting his collegiate playing career at Brookdale.
The 2013 Blues (31-12), who will find out their fate as the Region XIX seeding commences this upcoming week, will seek their fifth Region XIX crown and fourth trip to the NJCAA world series as the 2013 Region XIX tournament begins on May 4th.