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Apparently Mother Nature loves baseball so much that she doesn't want the season to end.

After two days of rain postponements, state-ranked Christian Brothers Academy will take its shot at title No. 3 this season when it takes on the No. 2 team in the state, Bishop Eustace, at 4 p.m. at Monmouth University in the Non-Public South A championship. Senior Mike Garvey will take the hill after the Colts had to reshuffle their pitching the last couple of days because of the rainouts and the postponement of the Shore Conference Tournament final against Red Bank Catholic.

Mike Garvey will look to pitch CBA to the Non-Public South A title against Bishop Eustace on Wednesday. (Photo by Matt Manley)

Junior ace Luca Dalatri is available in relief and also could pitch in Thursday's SCT final at 7:30 p.m. at Toms River North against the Caseys. Of course, making things more interesting is that there's a chance it could rain on Saturday in the Non-Public A final if CBA wins today, which could give more rest to Dalatri and allow him to come back. None of it matters unless the Colts win the section first, so the focus is obviously on today.

“One of the things we talked about was that this was the only scenario where we would maybe, possibly get two starts out of (Dalatri),” CBA coach Marty Kenney told SSN's Matt Manley last night about his decision to start Dalatri in the SCT final. “If you’re talking about splitting the game (on Wednesday), you don’t know the score of the game, you don’t know how many pitches he’s thrown, so there are too may variables to think about it that way.”

Bishop Eustace has ace Tyler Phillips, a 6-foot-5 righty who throws 90-plus and three-hit Gloucester Catholic in the semifinals, but will start its No. 2 pitcher, Penn State recruit Justin Hagenman today against CBA. However, Phillips could come on in relief, similar to Dalatri.

“(Phillips) was scheduled for a bullpen Tuesday, so he’ll pitch an inning or two against CBA or throw a bullpen in preparation for Saturday after the game,'' Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano told the Courier-Post.

In other baseball news, the Shore Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game is coming up on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at FirstEnergy Park, with a home run derby before the game that starts at 6 p.m. You can check out the rosters here.


There are a few football events coming up on the calendar this month.

First up is the Gridiron Showcase, a two-day event on June 13-14 at Long Branch's Bresett Stadium that will feature 50-60 college coaches from Division III up through FBS on hand to evaluate talent. The showcase, which is being run by Manasquan offensive lineman coach Donny Klein, is a chance for Shore Conference players to get seen by a large group of college evaluators.

The annual Shore's Best Camp at Riverwood Park in Toms River will run from June 25-28 and will feature 20-plus college coaches from Division III through FBS programs. The camp annually features some of the Shore Conference's top returning players.

On June 26, Super Bowl champion Tim Wright of the New England Patriots, a former standout at Wall and Rutgers, is hosting a one-day camp in Wall that features multiple NFL players as instructors.

More on Wednesday: 

  • A Maryland team that includes pitcher Mike Rescigno (Red Bank Catholic) faces off against a Virginia squad led by catcher Matt Thaiss (Jackson Memorial) in the NCAA super regional round on Friday.
  • Bryce Harper and new Rangers phenom Joey Gallo were on the same Little League team.
  • A guy got nine days in jail for driving a Zamboni while drunk during a girls high school hockey game.
  • State power Paramus Catholic football is now on its third coach in the last six months.

On tap for today: CBA will try to win its third championship of its tremendous season when it faces off against Bishop Eustace at 4 p.m. at Monmouth University in the Non-Public South A final, hopefully without any rain interfering.

I'll end with the monster shot that Joc Peterson hit for the Dodgers last night, plus the awesome bowling alley that Jake Peavy has in his house.