When the Old Bridge baseball team scheduled its April 19th Opening Day game for a ceremony to honor longtime former coach Fred Cole by naming the field after him, they had no idea the varsity team wouldn’t be able to make it.
A COVID shutdown not only kept the current Knights from the ceremony – though the JV team was able to attend – but it kept them from playing until six days later, and against Don Bosco Prep, at that.
With a team that has only one returning player with varsity experience – centerfielder Jason Gilman – that was a tall order, and as Old Bridge tried to find itself, the Knights got off to an 0-4 start, with losses to Bosco, St. Peter’s Prep, and two games to Monroe, the GMC Red Division leader.
But against Piscataway, the bats exploded, for a 6-1 victory Thursday – their first at newly-named Fred Cole Field – and a 15-10 road win against the Chiefs Saturday afternoon. They’re now 2-4, and looking for more Ws.
Monday, they take on St. Joseph-Metuchen (6-2) at home, in a game you can hear LIVE on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action. Game time is 3:45, air-time is 3:30. Click here to listen.
Monday’s game is sponsored in part by Baseball Warehouse, and Derby Appliance.
Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Old Bridge head coach Matt Donaghue about the Knights’ early season: