NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - After being rocked by top seeded Middlesex on Tuesday in the first set of North Brunswick Regional Last Dance Tournament baseball games at Community Park, Spotswood bounced back with a 10-3 victory over MCVTS/Middlesex on Wednesday night. Middlesex remained undefeated in pool play with a 10-4 victory over South Plainfield. South Brunswick's Vikings are the other undefeated team in pool play after defeating Old Bridge's Knights in a tight 2-1 game. The North Brunswick Raiders took down Edison's St. Thomas 10-0.
Thursday marks the last day of pool play for the North and South Regions in the Last Dance Tournament. Today's games will be crossovers from the seeds from each of the four team regional pools playing each other. Middlesex, Spotswood, South Plainfield and Middlesex Vo-Tech made up the B group for the North Brunswick Regional while the SB Vikings, the OB Knights, St. Thomas and North Brunswick made up the A group.
South Brunswick and Middlesex are the two undefeated teams in pool play and will battle it out at 8:15 tonight to see which team moves on to the round of 16. Participating teams were guaranteed three games during the pool play portion of the tournament that is designed using the NCAA College World Series as a template. The winners from each regional pool will enter a single elimination bracket following Thursday's games.
The other crossover games on the schedule at Community Park tonight include South Plainfield (1-1) versus Old Bridge (1-1) at 5:45 p.m. Spotswood (1-1) takes on North Brunswick (1-1) at 5:45 p.m. while St. Thomas (0-2) hits the field against Middlesex Vo-Tech (0-2) at 8:15 p.m. Middlesex Vo-tech and St. Thomas are the only two winless teams in the North Brunswick Regional groups going into Thursday's games.
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.
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 tournament games are free. Games being played at professional minor league fields do have an admission charge as do some games at independent parks. All spectators are asked by tournament organizers to follow the guidelines imposed by the New Jersey Governor's Office that include wearing masks and social distancing wherever possible.