Rain pushes back MCT fi­nal for sec­ond time

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - Staff Re­port

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.

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