SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) will be hosting its first ever Cal Ripken Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament beginning this Thursday July 19. Teams from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania will be staying in town over the weekend as some of the best 10 year-old baseball players in the Middle Atlantic States compete to advance to the Cal Ripken World Series.
"As the commissioner of the SPJBC it has always been my dream to host a Regional Tournament," said SPJBC Commissioner Joe Scrudato. "The SPJBC's complex is one of the very best in New Jersey, and it will be great to showcase our baseball club to the surrounding states coming to the tournament."
Opening day festivities are scheduled to begin 9:00am Thursday on Field #2 with Past SPJBC Commissioner Owen Kelly throwing out the celebratory first pitch.
South Plainfield’s 10U team which defeated North Hunterdon 3-1 in the Cal Ripken Northern New Jersey States will play at 4:00pm Thursday afternoon on Field No. II against Hickory Maryland. South Plainfield is one of only two teams returning to the competitive Regional Tournament. The Tigers had a third overall finish as 9Us in 2017.
South Plainfield is grouped in Pool A with Maryland, Northwestern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern East New York. Pool B consists of teams from Northern East New York, Western New York, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Northern New Jersey (North Hunterdon). You may find the full schedule HERE.
In pool play, the Tigers will also face Southern Eastern New York on Friday, and Delaware on Saturday. Should they make it, the quarterfinals will be at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 between the third place and second place teams in each pool respectively and the winners will face the first place teams in the semifinals later in the day at 3:00 p.m.
"Our 10U travel team, coaching staff and parents will represent South Plainfield very well, and will make South Plainfield very proud," said Scrudato. "Go Tigers."
The final round will take place at 11:00 a.m. on July 23.
Eddie BUDZINSKI - 18
Ryan BALENT - 7
Justin CULVER - 27
NicK IRIZARRY - 2
Daniel KAPSCH - 11
Dominic MASSARO - 6
Alex PIGNA - 10
Will BETHEA - 19
Braden TANKIEWICZ - 33
Aidan KAPLAN - 4
Dylan OLLER - 44
Anthony TOMEI - 5
Manager - Jay CULVER - 8
Coach- Dan KAPSCH - 25
Coach- Ed BUDZINSKI - 18
Coach- Bill BETHEA - 49