The Pirates baseball team will host Manchester Township today at 4pm for a semifinal in the South, Group 2 Tournament. Here is our playoff preview.
When: Tuesday, May 31 at 4pm.
Where: Cinnaminson High School.
#6 Cinnaminson: 13-12
#10 Manchester Township: 13-11
Today’s South, Group 2 semifinal features #6 Cinnaminson and #10 Manchester Township at 4pm.
The Pirates come into today following a 16-4 loss to Holy Cross in their final regular season game of the year. The loss dropped the Pirates Patriot record to 5-3 and it was their third straight division loss.
The semifinal appearance for the Pirates marks the fourth straight year Cinnaminson has advanced this far in a sectional tournament beginning with the state title in 2013.
Cinnaminson opened the playoffs with a 6-2 win against #11 Sterling that was spread out over two days due to inclement weather.
Jack Conville started that game and went four strong innings for the win. Brandon Staub picked up the save with three scoreless innings of relief.
The Pirates then outlasted #14 Collingswood 10-9 on Thursday to advance to the sectional semifinal.
Mike Hess got the start on the mound and allowed just three unearned runs in 3.2 innings of work, his second start of the season.
Staub took the baseball in the top of the sixth and allowed two runs, but wound up as the winning pitcher (6-2) when the Pirates walked off in the bottom of the seventh.
Manchester Township has picked up two upset wins en route to today’s semifinal contest.
The Hawks took down #7 Lower Cape May 2-1 in the first round and #2 Haddonfield 4-1 in the second round.
It has been an up and down year for Manchester, which is in its first year without longtime head coach John Musolf, who retired after the 2015 season.
The Hawks lost their season opener 10-0 to Point Pleasant Boro before rebounding with an 11-2 win over Jackson Liberty.
Manchester Township’s longest losing streak of the year was three games, which occurred twice.
The Hawks longest win streak of the year was five games right before the playoffs began. The streak was snapped with a 5-0 loss to Ocean Township in the preliminary round of the Shore Conference Tournament.
That loss did not deter the Hawks when the playoffs started just five days later as they picked up back-to-back upsets to reach the semifinal round today.
Cinnaminson and Manchester Township have not met in the last seven seasons.
The other semifinal contest today features #1 West Deptford against #4 Audubon.
Cinn City Sports will have coverage of today’s semifinal game between the Pirates and the Hawks beginning at 4pm. Follow George Rider on Twitter for live updates throughout the game.
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