The best of South Jersey's high school baseball teams will find out soon if they qualify for the Joe Hartman Diamond Classic which begins in May.
So far the first month of the South Jersey high school baseball season has offered few surprises. During the preseason, defending state Non-Public A champion St. Augustine was expected to be the top team in South Jersey.The Hermits are near the top of the various South Jersey rankingsOther top teams were expected to be Bishop Eustace, Gloucester Catholic, and Cherry Hill West are among the elite.On Sunday, St. Augustine beat Gloucester Catholic, 3-0, as ace Cole Vanderslice struck out and walked five while pitching six innings.The top teams usually have one thing in common – at least one ace on the staff, but the way the NJSIAA pitching rules are, teams need at least two and more likely three quality pitchers if they want to contend for the No. 1 spot in South Jersey.The Diamond Classic invites 16 of the top teams in South Jersey of all Group sizes. The tournament teams will be picked this week and the first-round games must be played by May 8. The second round and semifinals will be on May 11 with the final May 15 at Eastern.
PUBLISHED gloucestercitynews.net | April 30, 2019