The St. Augustine Prep and Cedar Creek high school baseball teams control the races for the Cape-Atlantic League conference titles.
The high school baseball regular season is winding down and several meaningful games are scheduled for this week.
St. Augustine (15-4) leads the CAL American Conference’s Division I with a 6-1 record. The Hermits can clinch the division with a win at Absegami on Thursday.
CAL rules require a team to win its division before it can win the conference. Both the American and National conferences have two divisions. The division winner with the best conference record wins the conference. If the division winners have the same conference record the winner of their head-to-head meeting will be the conference champion.
The Hermits are 8-1 in the American Conference. Teams play 13 conference games.
Holy Spirit (13-4) and Vineland (12-5) are fighting for the American Conference Division II title. Holy Spirit is 6-0 in the division, while Vineland is 6-1. Teams play eight division games.
Holy Spirit beat Vineland 9-6 on April 17. The teams meet again at Holy Spirit on Thursday.
St. Augustine holds an edge in the conference standings over both Spirit (6-4 in the conference) and Vineland (8-2 in the conference).
St. Augustine beat Holy Spirit 5-1 on May 10. The Hermits and Vineland are scheduled to play at Vineland on May 22.
In the National Conference, Cedar Creek (14-3) can clinch the Division II title with a win over ACIT (8-11) on Thursday.
Cedar Creek holds the edge for the conference title. The Pirates are 11-1 in the conference with three remaining conference games — Thursday vs. ACIT; at Pleasantville on May 20 and at Lower Cape May Regional on May 22. If the Pirates will all three, they will be the conference champions.
Buena Regional (11-4) leads National Division I. The Chiefs are also 9-1 in the conference. But Cedar Creek holds the head-to-head edge, beating Buena 6-5 on April 11.
Ocean County championship
Barnegat will play Central Regional 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Toms River East for the Ocean County championship.
It will be the Bengals first appearance in the county final. Barnegat advanced to the final with an 8-0 win over top-seeded Jackson Memorial on Saturday.
Barnegat sophomore pitcher Jason Groome struck out six and threw a two-hit shutout for the win.
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