Bergen County High School Baseball Tournament

The Bergen County High School Baseball Tournament weathered the storms and the semifinal round began on Sunday May 26 with  Northern Valley Old Tappan High School being hosted by St. Joseph’s Regional High School, Montvale .  Old Tappan threw Junior RH Pitcher John O’Reilly against St. Joe’s lefty Rob Kaminsky, the best pitcher in Bergen County for at least a year, who should be drafted in the first round of this year’s MLB Amateur Draft beginning June 6 through June 8.  Representatives if the Phillies and Padres were there among others who we could not identify.  Will the Yankees or Mets let this home town talent leave?  The Mets draft 11th and the Yankees draft 26th and 32nd in the first round.  Can’t wait to see what happens.

The greatest joy in watching today’s game was enjoying how many players on both teams have been a part of the Bergen All Stars /N.E.B.A.S. Leagues through the years.  Better than 80% of the 2 rosters have represented their home towns in N.E.B.A.S. League play for their respective towns, needless to say it was a great feeling to witness the players being announced to remind us of the growth and popularity of the North East Bergen All Stars League.

In a game where both pitchers dominated play, where Old Tappan had chances to score early the game turned on a home plate fair ball call in the bottom of the 4th inning. A batted ball  by some accounts more than a foot foul of the 3rd base bag was called FAIR  by an umpire not in position and very slow to get out from behind the box to make a call.  Perhaps future B.C.C.A. semifinal games will bring in a 4th umpire to avoid such terrible mistakes that clouded what was a great effort by Kaminsky but equaled by the younger O’Reilly.  It seems like an easy problem to fix but cannot take away from the call made. There were 3-4 news writers along the first baseline who had the perfect vantage point and not one commented that the ball was fair, but the difference being foul by how much., ranging from 1/2 foot to 1 1/2 feet.  In a 3 man umpire crew with a man on 1st, the only umpire in position to make the call was the home plate umpire who changed the course of a game by lack of hustle.

Kudos to Rob Kaminsky, who tossed a 2 hit gem and  who we will all watch in early June come draft time . There were numerous MLB scouts there,  speed guns in hand who saw a great effort by Kaminsky who solidified his spot as one the top HS Pitchers available for the draft and each  probably left also making a memo to themselves to follow Old Tappan’s O’Reilly who was on this day equal to Kaminsky, tossing a 5 hit wonder of his own .

For a review of today’s game, please read the game review from NJS: northjerseysports.com, here,

 

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