LAKEWOOD – What has has already been a complicated week for veteran Christian Brothers Academy baseball coach Marty Kenney got even more complicated Tuesday night.
With the Colts’ NJSIAA Non-Public A South championship game against Bishop Eustace having been rained out Tuesday morning and postponed to Wednesday, Kenney made the calculated decision to pitch ace junior right-hander Luca Dalatri Tuesday night in Shore Conference Tournament championship game against Red Bank Catholic at FirstEnergy Park.
Dalatri (8-0 on the season, 19-0 the last two seasons and 24-2 for his career) warmed up in the bullpen, warmed up on the mound before the top of the first inning.
However, he never got the chance to throw a pitch in the game because the game was rained out.
The game has tentatively been rescheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Toms River High School North.
CBA (24-5) will meet Bishop Eustace (24-6) Wednesday at 4 p.m., weather permitting, at Monmouth University in the Non-Public South A championship game.
Kenney said senior right-hander Mike Garvey (6-1) will start Wednesday with Dalatri available in relief for as many innings as needed..
At the start of the week, Dalatri was scheduled to pitch Tuesday against Bishop Eustace, and if the Colts won, come back on Saturday in the Non-Public A state championship game against either unbeaten Don Bosco Prep or St. Joseph (Montvale). .
However, with the rainout of the Bishop Eustace game, Kenney switched gears and decided to start Dalatri Tuesday night.
“One of the things we thought about is this was this was the only way we could possibly get two starts out of him,” Kenney said.
The NJSIAA’s 10-inning in four day pitching rule is a major consideration in Kenney’s thinking right now.
If a pitcher pitches one pitch into the sixth inning on one day, he needs three days rest before he can pitch again. If a pitcher pitches five innings in one day, he needs two days rest before he can pitch again.
Daltri did not throw a pitch in the game Tuesday night so that does not count toward the pitching rule.
If the SCT game was played Tuesday night and Dalatri pitched at least into the sixth inning, he would have been eligible to pitch Saturday should CBA get that far.
If CBA wins Wednesday and Dalatri pitches five innings or less in relief, he can come back and pitch Saturday.
Dalatri has pitched on three days rest once in his career — the 2014 Shore Conference Tournament championship game — which CBA won 2-0 over Barnegat.
Pitchers can pitch on consecutive days if they do not pitch five innings in one day.
Kenney said if CBA loses Wednesday and, Dalatri does not pitch, he would pitch the SCT championship game.
Otherwise, Kenney said he would likely split the pitching duties among several pitchers in the SCT final.
SCT director Joe Montano, the Red Bank Catholic athletic director, said all fans in attendance Tuesday night had the option of either getting a refund or getting a ticket for the game Thursday night.
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