ATLANTIC CITY – Two New Jersey high school baseball teams are set to face off again Thursday, four weeks after a game between them ended with a lopsided 52-3 score.
Buena coach Harry Grose told NJ.com that he’s worried about the rematch Thursday between his defending state-champion team and Pleasantville in Atlantic City.
“I don’t want to play the damn game. But it’s on the schedule,” Grose said. “I’m a little worried, because I don’t want what happened last time.”
He said he is bringing a lot of junior varsity players to quickly make changes, but his JV players scored 20 runs in the third inning of the first game.
Buena used more than 20 players in the game, but Pleasantville’s pitchers gave up about 30 walks.
A 10-run mercy rule for New Jersey high school baseball games doesn’t kick in until the fifth inning.
Pleasantville’s coach, Erick McAllister, told the Press of Atlantic City after the loss that his team never quit and that the Buena players were gentlemen in the win.
“Throughout each inning and run, they never quit,” McAllister told the newspaper. “They had the strength of character to continue to fight and do their best regardless of the score.
“I am proud of my boys’ reaction to the loss. They were supportive of one another and chalked it up to a learning experience that they all share. They were gentlemen in the loss — as were the players from Buena gentlemen in the win.”