Phil Anastasia: Diamond Classic field announced

The 38th annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic baseball tournament begins next weekend with eight games at four sites.

The title game is May 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Eastern. Lenape is the defending champion.

Four Olmpic American teams made the field, three as at-large teams. No. 1 Gloucester Catholic is a heavy favorite, although the Rams will face a challenge from Pitman in the opening round.

Here's the pairings:

Saturday, May 14
At Maple Shade High School:
Holy Cross (12-2) vs. St. Augustine (11-2), 10:30 a.m.
Washington Twp. (11-3) vs. Highland (11-1), 1 p.m.

At Deptford High School:
Eastern (12-5) vs. Audubon (11-3), 10:30 a.m.
Lenape (10-4) vs. Cherokee (10-5), 1 p.m.

At Overbrook High School:
Buena (11-5) vs. Delran (10-4), 10:30 a.m.
Holy Spirit (14-2) vs. Haddon Heights (13-1), 1 p.m.

At Washington Twp. High School:
Pitman (11-2) vs. Gloucester Catholic (18-1), 10:30 a.m.
Millville (12-2) vs. Paul VI (11-4), 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 21
Second round games, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 22
Semifinals, 12:30 p.m.
Championship game, 5:30 p.m.

-- Phil Anastasia

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