High school softball will be played in New Jersey in 2020, even as the spring season took a backseat to the coronavirus pandemic.
Somerset County is set to host a 2-day, 8-team county tournament, organized by Bernards coach Leslie O’Connor, August 10-11 as a way finally hit the diamond after a spring of uncertainty and, ultimately, no softball.
Bridgewater-Raritan, Hillsborough, Manville and Watchung Hills makes up the first pool while Bernards, Montgomery, Ridge and Somerville rounds out the second pool. Teams will consist of their players and coaches with the exception of Manville, which will feature players from the school as well as any other interested players from county teams not playing in the tournament.
All games will be played at the North Bridge Street Fields in Bridgewater over the 2-day stretch.
Teams will be guaranteed at least three games with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semifinals on the second day. The semifinals will be held at 6 p.m. August 11 on the two fields immediately followed by the finals, tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m.
The Day 1 pool play schedule is as follows:
Bridgewater-Raritan vs. Watchung Hills, 8 a.m.
Manville vs. Hillsborough, 10 a.m.
Bridgewater-Raritan vs. Manville, 12 p.m.
Watchung Hills vs. Hillsborough, 2 p.m.
Bridgewater-Raritan vs. Hillsborough, 4 p.m.
Watchung Hills vs. Manville, 6 p.m.
Bernards vs. Somerville, 8 a.m.
Bernards vs. Ridge, 10 a.m.
Somerville vs. Montgomery, 12 p.m.
Somerville vs. Ridge, 2 p.m.
Bernards vs. Montgomery, 4 p.m.
Ridge vs. Montgomery, 6 p.m.