Times Baseball notebook: teams prepare for sections next week
At that time next week, the region’s NJSIAA teams will prepare to start their first run through a state tournament installment in two years.
The last time we played in the section, Trenton Catholic (South Jersey, non-public B final) and Northern Burlington (Central Jersey, Group 3 final) were the last two teams standing. Who will it be this year?
Find out this week when the parentheses will be released.
As for the game on the pitch this week, CVC teams are finally allowed to play outside of the conference, and there will be some interesting matches on tap.
Congratulations also to Hun, who won the Preparation A title on Sunday with 8-1 and 16-0 victories over Lawrenceville.
Here’s a look at all the team records in the Times area.
Allentown (1-2 this week; 10-3 overall)
Bordentown (0-3 this week; 5-10 overall)
Ewing (1-1 this week; 4-10 overall)
Florence (1-2 this week; 5-8 in total)
Hamilton West (2-0 this week; 12-5 overall)
Hightstown (1-1 this week; 9-4 overall)
Hopewell Valley (2-2 this week; 10-8 overall)
Hun (3-1 this week; 19-2 overall)
Lawrence (2-2 this week; 7-10 overall)
Lawrenceville (2-0 this week; 11-8 overall)
Montgomery (0-2 this week; 6-8 overall)
New Egypt (3-1 this week; 11-5 overall)
Northern Burlington (1-2 this week; 12-5 overall)
Notre Dame (0-0 this week; 7-6 overall)
Nottingham (1-0 this week; 5-10 overall)
Peddie (2-0 this week; 5-8 overall)
Pennington (2-0 this week; 7-8-1 overall)
Princeton (2-0 this week; 9-6 overall)
Princeton Day School (0-2 this week; 2-12-1 overall)
Robbinsville (4-0 this week; 9-2 overall)
Steinert (1-3 this week; 13-5 overall)
South Hunterdon (1-2 this week; 8-8 overall)
Trenton (0-2 this week; 0-12 overall)
Trenton Catholic (4-1 this week; 10-3 overall)
West Windsor-Plainsboro North (0-2 this week; 1-11 overall)
West Windsor-Plainsboro South (1-2 this week; 6-8 total)
LOOKING BACK ON SOME MEMORABLE RESULTS OF THE LAST WEEK
Robbinsville continues to roll with narrow win over Allentown
Blake Grembowitz scored five points, striking out six, as the Ravens beat the Redbirds on Monday. The top of the line-up from Robbinsville (Kyle Madera, Tyler Provost and Connor Stachowski) represented all three RBIs.
Pennington scores early touchdown to beat PDS 16-13
I’m kidding, but only lightly. Pennington scored seven runs in the first inning, then nailed four more runs in the third and three in the sixth, to keep the Panthers rally going. PDS lost 13-2 in the bottom of the fifth and scored five, two and four to get within three points. The teams combined for 27 hits. Will Thompson was 4 for 6 with six RBIs for Pennington.
New Egypt changes the game on Iron Mikes with BCSL Freedom victory
The first time TCA and New Egypt played, the Iron Mikes managed to secure a 5-1 victory. But Thursday, under the lights of Mercer County Park, the Warriors won 11-5, thanks to Justin McKnight and Jake Siegel.
GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Monday May 24, Gloucester Catholic (17-2) vs Steinert (13-5), 6 p.m. at DeMeo Field: the first of two trips to Hamilton this week for state-ranked Gloucester Catholic, who will play Hamilton West at DeMeo on Wednesday night.
Monday, May 24, Maple Shade (15-2) vs TCA (10-3), 3:45 p.m. Mercer County Park: huge BCSL Freedom Division contest between two good teams.
Tuesday, May 25, Hightstown (9-4) at Princeton (9-6), 4:15 p.m .: both teams will think they can go further in the CJ 4 range, and it will be a good test for each team.
Saturday May 29, Monroe (13-4) at Robbinsville (9-2), 11 a.m .: two teams that could do damage in their respective sections will play a tune-up contest.
ZONE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jedier Hernandez, C, TCA, Sr .: all the signal caller to Seton Hall has done since the start of May 14 is 12 in 16 with 10 runs scored, 16 runs batted in, five doubles and two triples, while the Iron Mikes have gone 4- 1 during this period. Not bad.
ZONE TEAM OF THE WEEK
Robbinsville: the Ravens are the hottest team in the region, scoring seven straight wins since returning from a COVID-19 hiatus. Robbinsville went 4-0 last week and rose to the top of the CVC standings.
WATCH THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Carson Applegate, Hun, Jr.: 5-0, 0.00 ERA, 67 Ks in 35 innings, 28 for 53 (.528), 31 points, 13 RBI, 12 doubles, 27 stolen bases.
2. Jedier Hernandez, TCA, Sr .: 25 in 34 (0.735), 21 points, 29 RBIs, three circuits, 17 walks.
3. Hawkins Sutter, Lawrenceville, Jr .: 25 in 60 (0.417), 17 points, 31 RBIs, seven doubles, three homers, 11 walks.
4. Drew Wyers, Northern Burlington, Jr .: 20 for 46 (.435 batting average), with 22 runs scored, 21 RBIs, seven doubles, three homers, 14 goals.
TOP 10 AREA
1. Hun (19-2 years old)
2. Robbinsville (9-2)
3. Highstown (10-4)
4. Allentown (10-4)
5. Hamilton West (13-5)
6. Steinert (13-5)
7. Northern Burlington (12-5)
8. Lawrenceville (11-8)
9. Catholic Trenton (10-3)
10. New Egypt (11-5)
HVAC TOP FIVE
1. Robbinsville (3-2)
2. Highstown (10-4)
3. Allentown (10-4)
4. Hamilton West (13-5)
5. Steinert (13-5)