SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The baseball team representing Springfield, consisting of players from Dayton High School, will open play in the Last Dance Tournament next Tuesday in the Western Union County Regional.
Taking the out-of-season name of "Dawgs Baseball," the Springfield contingent will play its first pool play game in the region against top-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Teener Field in Union. Scotch Plains-Fanwood was the 2019 Union County Tournament champion.
On Wednesday, the Dawgs will play either Westfield or Demarest, either at noon at Snyder Park in Berkeley Heights or 1 p.m. at Teener Field. On Thursday, the final day of pool play, the times and sites are to be announced.
The Last Dance Baseball Tournament will involve 222 teams 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.
As something that is taking place out of season, the tournament is not an NJSIAA event. It has been 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.