Pompton Lakes HS


June 22, 2014

Mike Coss couldn’t believe it.

The Pompton Lakes pitcher was more aware of Kevin Magee’s masterful control than just about anyone. When he was told, though, that Magee finished his stellar senior season with just two walks in 54 innings, a shocked Coss exclaimed, “Two! Really? Two!”

Yes, two.

That incredible statistic typified Magee’s domination in his final season for the Cardinals. After leading Pompton Lakes to the Passaic County final by striking out 10 in a 4-2 win against Lakeland in the May 24 semifinals, Magee, The Record’s Pitcher of the Year, finished his senior season with a 7-1 record, 1.13 ERA and 87 strikeouts.

“His control is ridiculous,” Coss said. “He strikes out a lot of kids, doesn’t really walk anybody. He’s a great pitcher.”

In three full seasons as a starting varsity pitcher, Magee went 27-4, posted a 1.26 ERA, produced 289 strikeouts and allowed only 124 hits, 33 earned runs and 21 walks in 182 1/3 innings.

“Kevin not only was a great pitcher for us,” Pompton Lakes coach Paul Tanis said. “He was a real leader, great in the classroom. I’m very proud of him on and off the field. We’re really going to miss him next year.”

Magee, a three-time All-Passaic County selection who also played first base, batted .408, drove home 21 runs and struck out just four times in 82 plate appearances this season, as well. He accepted a scholarship from Division I St. John’s last summer.

He credits Coss, who earned a Division I scholarship to Marist, with helping push him to become a better pitcher. Coss (who was a varsity starter as a freshman) went 25-6, had a 1.34 ERA and recorded 310 career strikeouts in 228 1/3 innings.

Together, they primarily pitched Pompton Lakes to state Group 1 championship games in 2012-13 and Passaic County titles in 2013-14. The Cardinals went 19-4 this season and finished No. 6 in The Record Top 25.

“We always tried to push each other to get to the next level,” Magee said.

“It never really mattered who was pitching which game. We always root for each other. He’s a great teammate and a great pitcher. We had a great time together with the rest of our teammates these past few years and won some big games.”

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