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MCCC to Host Region 19 Baseball Tournament this Weekend;
Action Starts Friday Morning


West Windsor, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College is gearing up to host the NJCAA Division II Region XIX Tournament, to be played this weekend at MCCC and Mercer County Park. The Vikings earned a bye in last weekend's play-in round, one of their goals going into the tournament, according to MCCC Head Coach Kevin Kerins.

The Final Four features MCCC as the no. 2 seed. The Vikings will face Burlington County College (the no. 3 seed) on Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. on MCCC's field on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Appearing in the other 9 a.m. game, to be played at Mercer County Park, is no. 1 seed Lackawanna and no. 4 seed Del Tech Owens. The Vikings will then play the winner or loser of that contest at 12 p.m. at MCCC's home field in the double elimination tournament.

The action continues on Saturday. A play-off game will be played on Sunday if necessary. The schedule is available on the Athletics website here.

Mercer's record going into the post-season is 27-12 overall and 10-4 in the region. Kerins notes that Lackawanna, with a 41-10 record overall and an unbeaten 14-0 record in the region, will clearly be the team to beat.

In post-regular season honors, MCCC shortstop Mike Constantini and third baseman Rick McLaughlin (both sophomores and Steinert graduates), were named first-team All-Region and have been nominated as NJCAA All-Americans. Sophomore outfielder Ian Moyer (Northern Burlington) was named a second-team All-Region and freshman outfielder Dan Denton (Council Rock North) was a first-team all-Garden State Athletic Conference selection.

The Vikings enter the NJCAA Region XIX Tournament as the no. 2 seed.
Shortstop Michael Constanini and third baseman
Rick McLaughlin have been nominated as All-Americans.

Pitching has been key to the Vikings' success. Starting pitchers include freshmen Paul Piromalli (Hamilton West), Dylan Murphy (Hamilton West) and Matt Owle (Nottingham), along with sophomore Chris Rupprecht (Pennsbury).

Kerins is assisted this season by Fred Carella and Shawn Reindel.

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