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.
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: