MILLBURN, NJ — The Millburn baseball team, the top seed in the Livingston Region of the Last Dance Tournament that begins next Tuesday, will open with a night game in Livingston.
The Millers will play a team from Columbia High School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Okner Parkway Field in the nightcap of a doubleheader that begins with second-seeded Livingston and third-seeded Hanover Park at 4:30 p.m.
The Last Dance Baseball Tournament will involve 222 teams--including Millburn--from all over New Jersey participating in a three-week competition that will begin with three days of pool play followed by two weeks' worth of bracket-style playoffs. Every team will be guaranteed at least three games during the pool play portion, which will begin July 14.
In the Livingston Regional, to be played over three days at Okner, the two winners of Tuesday's games will play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Tuesday's two losing teams will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday, the teams in the Livingston and Caldwell regionals will cross over and play each other. The two second-place teams will play at 4:30 p.m. at Okner, and the two first-place teams will play each other at 7:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the bracket portion of the tournament the following week.
The third- and fourth-place teams in the Livingston and Caldwell regions will play at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday at The Oval in Caldwell.
As something that is taking place out of season, the tournament is not an NJSIAA event. It is being organized by Mike Murray Jr., the head baseball coach at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, with help from Millburn coach Brian Chapman and an area baseball scout, J.T. Kroeger. Teams will play under National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rules.