There will be 15 of 19 possible high school baseball teams from The TrentonianThe coverage area of in the mix for a state title when the 2022 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament kicks off Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1 after Memorial Weekend Day.
The highest seeded local was Steinert, the seeded Central Jersey Group III. Head coach Brian Giallella’s 19-8 Spartans will get a Colonial Valley Conference game when they host 15th-seeded Ewing (11-10) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The next top placings went to Hamilton West, the third seed from CJ III, and New Egypt, the third seed from Central Jersey Group I.
Head coach Mike Moceri Jr.’s 17-9 squad hosts 14th-seeded CVC Valley Division opponent Hopewell Valley (9-13) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Head coach Vince Caiazza’s 13-6 Warriors will host the 14th-seeded Keyport Red Raiders (6-13) at 4 p.m. the same day.
The tournament action actually starts a day early with its non-public brackets starting on Tuesday.
In B South, head coach Jeff Young’s 3-15 Princeton Day School Club, the No. 9 seed, will visit the eighth seed Holy Cross Prep (5-12) in Delran at 3:45 p.m. that day.
In A South, head coach Joe Drulis’ 16-6 Notre Dame team, the No. 8 seed, will be visited by the ninth-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas Trojans (15-6) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Clubs that open on Tuesday will play again on Friday, then on Tuesday June 7 with the section finals (at the top-ranked venues) on Friday June 10.
Teams that start on Wednesday will play their second-round matches on Saturday June 4 and then Tuesday June 7 with their section finals (at the top-ranked venues) scheduled for Friday June 10.
The Non-Public Schools State Finals will be held Wednesday, June 15 at Bob DeMeo Field in Hamilton Veterans Park.
The Central Jersey Public School Semifinalists will travel to the South Jersey winners site on Monday, June 13 with the State Finals on Saturday, June 18 at Bob DeMeo Field in Hamilton’s Veterans Park.
NJSIAA Baseball Tournament
Central Jersey Group IV
Princeton (16) at Middletown South (1), East Brunswick (9) at Freehold Twp. (8), South Brunswick (12) to North Brunswick (5), Montgomery (13) to Northern Burlington (4), WW-P South (14) to Jackson Memorial (3), Rancocas Valley (11) to Old Bridge ( 6), Marlboro (10) at Monroe (7), Manalapan (15) at Howell (2).
Central Jersey Group III
Ewing (16) to Steinert (1), Jackson Liberty (9) to Neptune (8), Ocean Twp. (12) at Colts Neck (5), Matawan (13) at Allentown (4), Hopewell Valley (14) at Hamilton West (3), Red Bank Regional (11) at Somerville (6), Middletown North (10) at Robbinsville (7), JFK-Iselin (15) at Brick Memorial (2).
Central Jersey Group II
Carteret (16) to Rumson-Fair Haven (1), Bordentown (9) to Monmouth Regional (8), Nottingham (12) to South River (5), Johnson Regional (13) to Voorhees (4), Delaware Valley (14 ) at Governor Livingston (3), Manasquan (11) at Spotswood (6), Bernards (10) at Metuchen (7), East Brunswick Tech (15) at Wall (2).
Central Jersey Group I
Highland Park (16) at Middlesex (1), Perth Amboy Tech (9) at Riverside (8), Manville (12) at Shore Regional (5), Palmyra (13) at South Amboy (4), Keyport (14) at New Egypt (3), Florence (11) at South Hunterdon (6), Burlington City (10) at Bound Brook (7), Henry Hudson (15) at Point Pleasant Beach (2).
No Public A South
St. Augustine Prep (1) bye, St. Thomas Aquinas (9) at Notre Dame (8), Camden Catholic (12) at Pingry School (5), St. John Vianney (4) bye, Red Bank Catholic (3) bye, Paul VI (11) to CBA (6), Union Catholic (10) to Donovan Catholic (7), St. Joseph’s-Metuchen (2) bye.
Not public B South
Ranney School (1) bye, PDS (9) at Holy Cross Prep (8), Holy Spirit (5) at St. Joseph’s-Hammonton (4) Wednesday, St. Rose (6) at Bishop Eustace (3) Friday, Moorestown Friends (7) at Gloucester Catholic (2) on Friday.
MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 3, STEINERT 0
MIDDLETOWN — Dylan Pope scored a brace, and Chris Nodeland, Joe Giori and Braedan Nitti added singles, but that was all the offense the Spartans could generate in that loss to the Eagles, who won the race at 20 victories.
Joe Stanzione homered and hit in two runs for Middletown South.
Steinert (19-8) 000,000 0 — 0 4 1
Middletown South (20-9) 201,000 x — 3 5 0
2B: DPope (S); HR: Stanzione (MS); RBI: Stanzione 2 (MS).
WP—Bezick; LP – C James (2-3).
NOPE. BURLINGTON 7, ST. JOSEPH 4
HAMMONTON — Drew Wyers hit his 13th homer of the season and drove in two runs to help the Greyhounds outrun the Wildcats.
Ryan Kochie and Matteo Mannino each went 2 for 4 for Northern.
Richie Brown-Luden took the win on the mound with Nic DiSciascio to get the save.
# Burlington (16-8) 000 214 0 — 7 9 1
St. Joe’s-Ham.(14-10) 000 013 0 — 4 9 1
2B: Kochie (NB), Ahart, Melchiore (SJH); HR: Wyers (NB); RBIs: Caloiaro, MtMannino, Peters, Wyers 2 (NB), Ahart 2, Powell, Melchiore (SJH).
WP-Brown-Luden (3-2); LP—Mantuano; S — DiSciascio (1).
GIAMBELLUCA GOLF COURSE
The first Chuck Giambelluca Memorial Golf Outing will take place on Thursday, June 2 at Mercer Oaks (725 Village Rd. West). There will be registration at 7 a.m. and departure at 8 a.m. The cost per golfer is $150. This price includes a golf cart and green fees; drinks on the course (beer and water); winning teams, contests longest and closest to the pin; buffet breakfast and lunch; as well as pork roll sandwiches provided by Case Pork Roll at the turn. For more details, information, or scholarship opportunities, please contact: Jerry Thompson at (609) 346-1282, [email protected]; Mike Giambelluca at (609) 575-6525, [email protected]; Tom Dolan at (609) 847-7379, [email protected] or Pat Papero at (609) 802-8779, [email protected]