Bob is the Inquirer’s South Jersey Baseball Coach of the Year

Not sure if people knew this, but Bob, aka CBWanks, is Triton High School’s baseball coach.

The Mustangs were nasty this year, a team that nobody expected to do anything, yet they came out and ripped off 20 wins en route to one of their best seasons ever.

The Philadelphia Inquirer took notice, naming Bob “Coach of the Year,” after the jump:

There is no shortage of candidates here.

Dan McMaster led Cherry Hill West to its first sectional title since 1993. Dan Brown led Glassboro to the most wins in program history and the first sectional title since 1970. Jason Speller led Cherry Hill East to its first outright division title in 17 years. Rob Christ led Eastern to the Group 4 state final. John Oehler led West Deptford from a 2-4 start to the South Jersey Group 2 crown.

But the nod here goes to Triton’s Bob Wankel, who led the Mustangs to perhaps the program’s most memorable season since 1970.

“When I was a freshman, we weren’t on anybody’s radar,” senior Colin Taylor said. “Nobody respected us.”

This year, Triton went 20-4 and captured the Tri-County Conference’s Liberty Division title. The Mustangs made the Diamond Classic for the first time in 20 years. They went on a magical playoff run, beating both Pinelands and Toms River East in ninth-inning walk-offs before falling to Cherry Hill West, 6-3, in the South Jersey Group 3 final.

Triton led that game, 3-2, with one out in the seventh when Taylor, who had allowed just two hits, was forced to leave the mound because he had reached the 110-pitch limit.

Sounds like we need to get rid of the 110 pitch limit.

Please join me in congratulating Bob and the Mustangs on a their 20-win season.

Bob’s the one with the receding hairline.

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