Obviously, the weather is wreaking havoc with schedules as rain has postponed almost all of Tuesday’s action as well, and with the Monmouth County Tournament set to kick off on Saturday, a few changes have already been made.
The tournament was supposed to have a doubleheader on Saturday to whittle down the field with one day of action but because so many games have been moved from the rain, any team that has a first-round bye will not play and there will only be one MCT game rather than a doubleheader for participating teams on Saturday, according to MCT director Ted Jarmusz, who is the coach at Monmouth Regional. That will leave room for teams to play a divisional game and an MCT game on Saturday rather than worrying about playing a double-header in the MCT. The goal of the handful of Saturday’s MCT games will be to narrow the field to 16 teams, and then those teams need to have their next round completed and the field whittled to eight teams by the following Sunday (May 3rd).
Since MCT games don’t have scheduling priority over divisional games, the MCT changed to the double-header format on Saturday this year to get the games out of the way quicker and not have them drag late into the season like they had been doing for years. There were games scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, but now teams will most likely play a divisional game at 10 a.m. and then an MCT game at 2 p.m.
Also, Shore Regional has chosen not to participate in the MCT this year, according to Blue Devils coach Jeff Karpell. The MCT will be seeded on Wednesday, and the defending champion is St. Rose, which beat Manalapan in last year’s MCT final.