York County baseball teams set for Kerrigan Tournament
- The Tom Kerrigan Memorial Tournament starts Saturday and ends Monday.
- There are 16 teams in the double-elimination tournament.
- The championship game is slated for noon Monday at Manchester.
Late summer is a time of the year that all of the local sandlot baseball teams look forward to.
It started with the end of both the Central and Susquehanna league playoffs, won by Stoverstown and Jacobus, respectively.
It continued last weekend with the York County Championship Series, won by Jefferson over Hallam.
Now in concludes, as the calendar turns to September, with the biggest event of them all — the Tom Kerrigan Memorial Baseball Tournament, formerly known as the Colonial York Tournament, which enters its 52nd year.
In total, six local teams — the four mentioned above (Stoverstown, Jacobus, Jefferson and Hallam), along with a late entry (York City) and a travel team affiliated with the York Revolution — will compete in the three-day, double-elimination event, with the goal of ultimately claiming the title Monday afternoon.
Here’s a brief preview of what to expect this weekend. First-round contests begin Saturday.
Jefferson: The Titans clinched a berth by capturing the Central League regular season. It was the first time that the organization won the league regular-season title. It’s also just the second time Jefferson will play in the field (the other was 2013).
The Titans kick off the Colonial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Wolf vs. Green Door, which hails from Southern Maryland and plays in the same league as former Colonial regular, Bumpy Oak.
If Jefferson wins, it will play the winner of the 1 p.m. tilt between Staten Island and the York (Young) Revolution at 4 p.m. at Mount Wolf.
Hallam: The Express clinched its entry by virtue of winning the Susquehanna League regular season. Hallam has won three of the last four league regular-season titles and has a lot of experience playing in the event.
Hallam will start its schedule at 10 a.m. at Shiloh vs. Perth Amboy, which is from Northern New Jersey. The Jersey team is affiliated with the Long Island Storm, a club that has had success recently in the Colonial.
If the Express win, they will take on the winner of the 1 p.m. contest between Delco and Burlington at 4 p.m. at Shiloh. Burlington has finished runner-up to the Susquehanna Assault in the previous two tournaments.
Jacobus: The Jackals clinched a berth by virtue of capturing the Susquehanna playoff title. They will make their second consecutive trip to the Colonial after winning the regular-season crown a season ago.
Jacobus will begin its run at 1 p.m. at Manchester against Cecil County, located on the Maryland Eastern Shore near Delaware. Cecil County has played in all 51 previous Colonial events.
If the Jackals win, they will square off against the winner of the 10 a.m. contest between Norristown and South Penn-Centre County at 4 p.m. at Manchester.
Stoverstown: The Tigers clinched their entry by virtue of winning the Central League playoff title. They claimed a share of the title back in 2012, along with the Susquehanna Assault.
The Tigers will kick off their run at 1 p.m. at Stoverstown against the New York Hawks. The Hawks have fielded many competitive teams over the years, but have never won the event.
If Stoverstown wins, it will take on the winner of the 10 a.m. contest between the Susquehanna Assault and York City at 4 p.m. at Stoverstown.
York City: A late entrant into the field, the team is taking over the place vacated by the West Shore League. Tournament Director Ed Brenner indicated the squad will be filled out by players from the youth leagues in York City along with a handful of all-star players from the West Shore League.
The team's run may not last long. It is set to face the Assault in the opener at 10 a.m. at Stoverstown. The Assault has won or shared six of the last seven Colonial titles.
York Young Revolution: The Young Revolution, a travel team sponsored by the York Revolution pro baseball team, is a young adult travel squad that competes throughout the eastern part of the United States. The club will be filled out by mostly high school teenagers, with a few adults added in the mix.
While the team figures to be a competitive entry, it will be tested early against Staten Island at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Wolf. Winner of the 2005 tournament as well as runner-up in 2011, the New York area club always seems to be alive late into the tournament.
If the Young Revolution wins, it will get the winner of the 10 a.m. contest between Jefferson and Green Door at 4 p.m. at Mount Wolf.
Notes: The field is the smallest ever at just 16 teams. Brenner indicated he had interest from around 20 teams total, but some of them fell through.
While the field is smaller than what Brenner would like — he would prefer 24 teams — the size makes for an easier configuration. The bracket is symmetrical. Under the larger brackets, some teams would have to play and win one more game to advance to the winners' bracket finals.
Fewer teams also translate into fewer fields and travel for the clubs. In total, just seven fields will be used, with four of them — Shiloh, Stoverstown, Manchester and Mount Wolf — taking most of the action. Glen Rock and Pleasureville will host losers' bracket contests Saturday, while Northeastern High School will host a contest on Sunday.
While the initial forecast called for a dry weekend, there is now a 50 percent chance of rain hitting the area from Hurricane Hermine on Sunday. If games are postponed, organizers will try to fit them in Monday, if possible. If not possible, Brenner indicated there would be a discussion about resuming the tournament the following weekend.
If there is no rain, the title will be determined starting at noon Monday at Manchester.
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