Three local high school baseball teams – St. Augustine Prep, Buena Regional and Vineland – earned invites to the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic.
The 16-team, single-elimination tournament starts Saturday and features many of South Jersey’s top teams. The event is named after Hartmann, the former coach of Eastern and a fixture on the South Jersey baseball scene.
St. Augustine (12-4) and Buena (15-3) earned automatic invites because they are the current leaders of the Cape-Atlantic League American and National conferences, respectively.
Vineland (13-3) received an at-large berth. The Fighting Clan split two games with Buena Regional and had impressive wins over Holy Spirit and Camden Catholic.
The tournament field and schedule were announced Sunday night. A panel of sportswriters who cover South Jersey baseball, including The Press, selected the at-large teams.
The Classic began in 1974. Only three CAL teams – Millville (1978); Sacred Heart (2008); and Buena Regional (2011) – have won the event.
Here is Saturday’s first round schedule: The quarterfinals will be played May 18th. The semifinals and final will be played May 19th.
At Maple Shade
10:30 a.m. – Delsea Regional vs. Audubon
1 p.m. – Gloucester Catholic vs. Washington Township
10:30 a.m. – Buena Regional vs. Cherry Hill West
1 p.m. – Vineland vs. Northern Burlington
10:30 a.m. – West Deptford vs. Pitman
1 p.m. – Williamstown vs. Camden Catholic
at Washington Township
10:30 a.m. – Bishop Eustace vs. New Egypt
1 p.m. – Eastern vs. St. Augustine