HALLOWEEN MASH CAPS BUSY FALL SEASON AT DIAMOND NATION
By Bob Behre
Fifty-eight teams are saying they haven’t had enough of the Fall Season, so they will convene for one last time before the cold winter winds set in at Diamond Nation and Flemington, N.J.
Diamond Nation is host to four age groups – 11U, 12U, 15U and 17/18U – this weekend as most teams in the northeast take their final competitive swings before turning their attention to winter training regimens.
The 24-team 17/18U Halloween Mash tournament opens with four games at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, beginning a three-day run toward championship games in two separate brackets. Sweet Spot Baseball squares off with Prospect Baseball Academy in one of those intriguing openers.
The 17/18U teams compete through Saturday and part of Sunday in pool play before the playoffs begin with the 2 vs. 3 seed game in the Green Bracket at 2:15 p.m. The Red Bracket 2 vs. 3 seed game is set for 4:30 p.m. The two “bracket” championship games will be contested at 6:30 p.m. on Fields 3 and 4.
The Morris County Cubs, 9ers Baseball Club, HNR Outlaws/Marlins, Lehigh Valley Baseball Academy Prospects, Jersey Boyz Baseball Navy, Diamond Jacks Super 17 Underclass, All-Out Pack and the Triton Rays Kings make up a very potent part of a deep and talented 17/18U field.
The 16-team 15U Halloween Mash tournament kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday with three big games, one of which features Team Citius meeting Hawks Baseball. The two-day 15U tournament moves to the playoff rounds on Sunday afternoon.
The 15U tournament semifinals are set for 4:30 p.m. and the championship game will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Field 1.
The familiar but imposing 15U field features the likes of Wladyka American, BBA Expos, Baseball U. North Jersey, South Jersey Bullpen, the Diamond Jacks Super 15U and ASBA Warminster.
The small 12U Halloween Mash tournament begins with a pair of openers at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The quick-paced tournament gets down to business with its playoff semifinals at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The winners meet for the 12U championship at 12:15 p.m. on Field 6.
Clarkstown Stars Black, the Diamond Jacks Gold 12U, NY Bluebirds 12U Blue and the Poughkeepsie Lightning round out the 12U field.
The 14-team 11U Halloween Mash tournament opens at 6:30 p.m. on Friday when the Manasquan Whitecaps face the Diamond Jacks Gold 11U and the Mercer Aces tangle with Tri-State Arsenal Navy.
The 11U tournament playoffs are set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The winners compete for the championship at 8:30 p.m. on Field 2.
The Delaware Diamonds, Team Combat, the Diamond Jacks Super 11U, Hit Brigade and the South Jersey Warriors bolster yet another deep Halloween Mash field.