In a tight Delaware Division, Somerville and Bridgewater-Raritan get set to battle

It’s their first meeting this year, and their final one won’t be until the Somerset County Tournament is over.

Thursday afternoon, No. 3 Bridgewater-Raritan and No. 4 Somerville will square off in a juxtaposition of opposites. The Pioneers (5-3) are a mostly veteran club that can hit, while the Panthers (4-4) are still working things out, trying to find the right combination on a team filled with youngsters.

But like they say in rivalry games, throw out the records, and let the chips fall where they may.

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You can hear Thursday’s game on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas calling all the action at 3:45 pm, with pregame at 3:30. Click here to listen live, and for free.

The ‘Ville can score a lot of runs, but has been a bit of an enigma this season. They blanked a very good Montgomery team 13-0, but lost 18-8 to Hunterdon Central, a team that started the year in the statewide Top 20, but now is battling it out in the division with Somerville (both are 4-2 in the Division) and B-R (which is 4-3). Somerville also has a good 5-1 win over Monroe, but lost to Skyland Conference Delaware Division-leader Ridge 14-7.

Bridgewater, on the other hand, though just 4-4, has two of those losses to South Jersey teams in Rancocas Valley and Egg Harbor Township, the latest coming Wednesday, 5-2 to EHT.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk to both head coaches ahead of Thursday afternoon’s divisional contest:

Somerville head coach Chris Banos
Bridgewater-Raritan head coach Max Newill

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