NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Spotswood played its final game of the Last Dance Baseball Tournament at Community Park on Thursday. The team finished the round of pool play in the North Brunswick Regional section on Thursday with a 5-2 loss to North Brunswick Township. Spotswood finished the tournament with a 1-2 record. The team's only win was a 10-3 victory over MCVTS.
St. Thomas defeated MCVT 8-3 and South Plainfield got the win over Old Bridge 5-4 in other crossover matchups on Thursday. However, the big winner of the North Brunswick Regional section's crossover games yesterday was Middlesex. Middlesex shutout South Brunswick's Vikings and will move on to the Last Dance tournament's round of 16 in the South Region, grabbing the last seed. Play continues on Tuesday across the Garden State. Middlesex will play top seeded Governor Livingston at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.
The Last Dance Tournament is the brainchild of St. Joseph's of Metuchen High School's head baseball coach Mike Murray and is meant to give graduating New Jersey high school baseball players one last opportunity at bat. The Last Dance Tournament includes more than 200 teams. All teams were guaranteed three games this week before the tournament moved into the single elimination rounds. The tournament format mirrors the NCAA College World Series.
United States Specialty Sports Association is sanctioning the tournament not the NJSIAA, which is the governing body behind high school sports in New Jersey. Since the tournament is not sanctioned by the NJSIAA, participants are not allowed to wear their school-issued uniforms, use any equipment provided by area high schools or be identified by their high school team name. The Last Dance Tournament is considered a youth sports event not a high school sponsored tournament.
Most of the pool rounds were free. However, now that games are moving to minor league professional parks, a fee of $5 to $10 will be charged for admission according to published reports. Spectators are required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.