If you’re a high school baseball fan, Linwood and Somers Point are the places you’ll want to be this weekend as the annual Coaches vs. Cancer showcase event swings back around.
Formerly hosted by Millville and now by Mainland Regional High, the event has become one of the most popular on the high school baseball calendar in South Jersey, and that has led to an expanded field of teams that will be competing at Mainland’s varsity and junior varsity fields, as well as Fehrle Field in Somers Point.
The showcase kicks off today at 4 p.m. at Mainland as Delsea Regional — last year’s South Jersey Group 3 champion — takes on Holy Spirit. There are two other games, both in Somers Point, as Atlantic City and Bridgeton renew their annual rivalry at 4 p.m. followed by Mainland vs. Highland at 7.
The event features 32 teams, including three from the Shore Conference and two from Pennsylvania. Here’s a quick look at the schedule:
4pm: Holy Spirit vs. Delsea Regional
At Fehrle Field in Somers Point
4pm: Atlantic City vs. Bridgeton
7pm: Mainland vs. Highland
9am: Absegami vs. Cape May Tech
9:30am: Buena vs. Overbrook
11:30am: Cherokee vs. Millville
Noon: Lenape vs. Southern Regional
2pm: Bishop Eustace vs. Shawnee
4:30pm: Spring Ford (Pa.) vs. Haverford (Pa.)
At Somers Point
7pm: Central Regional vs. Ocean City
9:30am: Hammonton vs. Washington Township
11:30am: Kingsway vs. Jackson Memorial
Noon: Timber Creek vs. Cherry Hill East
2pm: St. Augustine Prep vs. Gloucester Catholic
2:30pm: Audubon vs. Spotswood
4:30pm: Williamstown vs. Cherry Hill West
There’s also a pretty big softball tournament going on, as the 40th Annual Hammonton Invitation takes place on three fields at Hammonton High. This tournament features some state powerhouses, such as Donovan Catholic and Haddon Heights, plus teams like Steinert, Bordentown, Southern Regional and Burlington Township.
Here’s a look at the schedule for the opening-round matchups on Saturday. The Semifinals are at 10 a.m. on Sunday with the championship game at noon on the main varsity field.
8am (Field 1) Hammonton vs. Southern Regional
8am (Field 2) Burlington Township vs. Shawnee
10am (Field 2) GCIT vs. Gloucester
10am (Field 3) Donovan Catholic vs. Cedar Creek
Noon (Field 2) Haddon Heights vs. Rancocas Valley
Noon (Field 3) Steinert vs. Millville
2pm (Field 2) Bordentown vs. Delsea Regional
2pm (Field 3) Kingsway vs. Mainland