GLEN RIDGE, NJ--The Glen Ridge High baseball team is among over 200 schools that will take part in the inaugural (and hopefully only) 'Last Dance Tournament, which will begin with first-round action from July 14-16.
The Last Dance was put together to help those high school players, in New Jersey, who didn't get the chance to play this spring.
Glen Ridge head coach Liam Penberthy is thrilled that his team will compete. Because of NJSIAA regulations, as far as coaching, Penberthy will not be able to work with the players until July 13, but he'll be ready to coach them a day later.
"The kids are getting some work in, locally, and that's good," said Penberthy. "During the season, I was able to stay in touch with them, virtually, as we had all hoped to be able to play in the spring. While that didn't work out, it's good that our players will get a chance to compete now."
The tournament is being held in pool play, with teams divided into groups of four, throughout the state. For example, Bloomfield will be playing in games at Montclair, in a bracket which includes Montclair, Montclair Kimberley and Kushner Academy.
Read about Bloomfield's baseball team here. https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bloomfield/sections/sports/articles/bengals-baseball-team-gets-a-last-dance-opportunity-to-hit-the-diamond-beginning-on-july-14
And read an earlier article about Glen Ridge baseball here. https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bloomfield/sections/sports/articles/glen-ridge-high-baseball-coach-liam-penberthy-has-a-young-core-hopes-2021-will-be-a-breakout-season-for-team
Glen Ridge will be playing in the Livingston-Caldwell regional, joining Caldwell High, West Essex and Cedar Grove, in games played in Caldwell, at the recreation center. The Ridgers' first-round opponent is expected to be Caldwell, which is seeded second in the bracket while Glen Ridge is the third seed.
The other part of the bracket will be in Livingston and features the host town, along with Millburn, Hanover Park and Columbia.
Penberthy anticipates 14 players will be competing for the Ridgers. They are Aidan Brennan, Hayden Sweet, Will Greenberg, Justin Fields, Jesse Samuelson, Griffin Seibel, Zach Gold, Gavin DiCicco, MIke Cifelli, Eli Gottleib, Zach Chempanos, Tyler Johnson, Jake Morvillo and Chris Mitzack.
"I'm all about baseball," said Penberthy. "So when I heard the guys could go out and play, I was thrilled. We're looking forward to getting back on the field."