Opening Day! No. 6 Somerville and Immaculata square off in longstanding rivalry

To walk from the front door at Somerville High School to the front door at Immaculata High School, or vice versa, is only about 3,000 feet. As the crow flies, it’s even closer.

Friday, they will be on the same baseball field at the Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater as they face each other in Game One of the 2022 season, the first truly normal year in three seasons in the sport.

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There was no season at all in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even last year, though there were state playoffs, there was no Somerset County Tournament.

Immaculata had an uneven 2021 campaign, finishing 8-13, but making a run to the Non-Public South B semifinals, where they lost to eventual group champion Holy Spirit. Somerville went a terrific 20-4, and made it to the North 2, Group 3 semifinals, where they lost to Cranford, which then lost to Millburn in the sectional title game.

Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the action of today’s Opening Day ballgame at Torpey, with pregame set for 3:45 and first pitch set for 4:00. Click here to listen to the game for free, with no paywall.

Click below to hear preview interviews with both head coaches:

Somerville head coach Chris Banos with Mike Pavlichko
Immaculata head coach Kevin Cust with Chris Tsakonas

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