Rain pushes back MCT final for second time
Continuing rain forced the Mercer County Tournament championship game between the Nottingham and Hopewell Valley High baseball teams to be postponed for a second time Thursday.
The teams will try once again at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bob DeMeo Field in Hamilton’s Veterans Park.
To do so Saturday, Hopewell had to cancel a regularly scheduled game with Montgomery, and Nottingham cancelled a scheduled game with Immaculata at Veterans Park. Saturday night’s Holy Cross-Hamilton game at Bob DeMeo Field was also called off.
However, if the Northstars and Bulldogs cannot play Saturday, the MCT final will have to be bumped for at least a week until 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26 because NJSIAA Tournament play begins next week.
Teams may very well head into state tournament play without having played in a week because of the uncooperative weather.
This week’s seemingly never-ending rain played havoc with the entire schedule as all but two of 10 games Thursday were washed out.
Included on that list were the NJISAA Prep A Tournament first-round games — Peddie at Hun and Lawrenceville at Blair Academy — both of which were postponed for a second time.
With weather looking murky once again Friday, it is unclear what the Prep A schedule will be Saturday when its semifinal round is supposed to begin at the Peddie School.
The Prep B championship game between the third-seeded Pennington School and top-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s took place last night at Diamond Nation in Flemington, but ended too late for these editions.
Other regular-season games cancelled Thursday were Burlington City at Ewing, Notre Dame at Old Bridge, Steinert at North Hunterdon, Lawrence at Burlington Township and Riverside at Delran. SOUTH BRUNSWICK 9, ALLENTOWN 5 CRANBURY » Being the only local team able to play Thursday did not help the Redbirds after their game was moved to the turf surface at Rowland Park, where the Vikings served as home team.
An early lead was shortlived as South Brunswick scored seven times in the first two innings to take control.
Chris Reeder hit a solo home run for Allentown, and Brandon Gaul knocked in a pair.
The Vikings’ Mike Reyes doubled and homered as part of a 3-for-4 afternoon in which he scored twice, drove in four runs and pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to earn a save after the Redbirds closed to 7-5.