Tall task for Bridgewater-Raritan in SCT semis, but Panthers feel like they’ve turned a corner

The Bridgewater-Raritan baseball team had won five of six games before what head coach Max Newill says was a clunker against North Hunterdon.

He hopes it was just getting one out of their system before Monday night’s Somerset County Tournament semifinals, where the fourth-seeded Panthers (9-8) will take on top-seed Ridge (14-2) at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.

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In those five wins, Newill says his team had been hitting the ball better, but also getting more bang for their buck. You’ve heard of hitting it where they ain’t? The Panthers were hitting it were they were.

They were hitting the ball hard, but not getting much to show for it.

While the two teams have faced each other once already this season, a 10-2 Ridge win on April 18, the game was actually played over two days, after heavy rain and lightning suspended the game. And neither coach really believes it was representative of what we’ll see Monday night at 7 pm, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the play-by-play live, immediately following the 4 pm semifinal between second-seed Somerville and 6th-seed Rutgers Prep.

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