Baseball vs Sterling First Round Playoff Preview

Baseball vs Sterling First Round Playoff Preview

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UPDATE 5/24/16 9:35am:

The game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Pirates had the bases loaded and two outs leading Sterling 4-2. The lightning was too frequent and the rain was too heavy to try to resume Monday night.

The game will be completed on Tuesday with first pitch slated for 3:45pm at Cinnaminson High School.

Cinnaminson jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first after starting pitcher Jack Conville stranded two Silver Knights on base, one at third, in the top of the first.

Sterling answered with two runs of its own in the top of the third on two hits and two Pirates errors.

We will have coverage of the completion of this first round playoff game beginning at 3:45pm today. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates throughout the final innings.

The winner will take on #14 Collingswood on Thursday, May 26. The Panthers upset #3 Cedar Creek 14-6 on Monday.

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The Pirates baseball team opens the SJ2 Tournament today with a home game against Sterling. Here is our first round playoff preview.

When: Monday, May 23 at 4pm.

Where: Cinnaminson High School.

#6 Cinnaminson: 11-11

#11 Sterling: 9-14

The South, Group 2 Tournament begins today as the Pirates host the Silver Knights in a matchup of the #6 and #11 seeds at Cinnaminson High School.

Cinnaminson enters the playoffs in the midst of a four game losing streak; having dropped games to Haddon Township, Delran, Lenape and Pemberton.

Two of those games came against Patriot opponents, dropping the Pirates division record to 5-2.

During their four game skid the Pirates have been outscored 41-8 and were shutout once. The loss to Lenape occurred in the first round of the Diamond Classic.

The Pirates last win came on senior night, 4-2 over Riverside on May 9.

Sterling enters the postseason with a 9-14 overall record and recently snapped a three game losing streak with a 7-5 win over Woodbury.

After starting the year on a 5-3 clip, the Silver Knights dropped six in a row to fall to 5-9. They haven’t won more than two in a row since their losing streak ended.

The Silver Knights have given up double digits in runs nine times this season.

That losing streak included a 15-6 loss to the Pirates on April 23 in the second game of the Hedelt Tournament.

Joe Cody picked up the win on the mound as Robert Berry went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs. He also had a stolen base.

Mike Wojcik went 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the victory.

Cinnaminson jumped on Sterling early, scoring seven runs in the first inning en route to the 9-run win.

Just days after falling to Cinnaminson 15-6, the Silver Knights lost to Haddonfield 21-6.

When it comes to common opponents, the Silver Knights and Pirates have both played Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Holy Cross and Moorestown.

The Pirates are 1-4 against those teams, while the Silver Knights are 2-3.

Sterling has lost to the #1 seed in this bracket West Deptford twice this season by 6-0 scores.

Cinn City Sports will have coverage of baseball vs Sterling beginning at 4pm today. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates throughout the game.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com