Perquimans set to host Albemarle Easter baseball tournament
Five area schools participating
By David Gough
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Today begins the annual Albemarle Easter tournament for high school baseball teams in or around the Daily Advance’s coverage area.
Perquimans County High School will host the three-day tournament this year as six teams are set to compete today, Monday and Tuesday.
The tournament will be made up of two pools.
Pool A consists of Perquimans, Camden and Pasquotank, while Pool B will be Currituck, Northeastern and Gates. Each team plays twice before it plays in one of the placement games on Tuesday.
“It’s a tournament that can bring back bragging rights for your area,” Perquimans coach Justin Roberson said.
Four games are scheduled to be played today with the remaining two games of pool play scheduled for Monday.
If the field is ready in time for use despite potential rain overnight, the tournament will kick off with the host Pirates (11-6, 5-3 Albemarle Athletic) facing rival Camden (3-16, 0-8 AAC) at 10 a.m. this morning. Perquimans won both meetings between the two this season by 10 and 11 runs.
Roberson noted he plans on getting to the field as early as 6 a.m. to make sure he and others can get the field ready in time if needed.
“We’re still hoping to start the first game at 10 a.m. (today) and stay on schedule,” Roberson said.
If the schedule holds up, the Bruins will turn around for a 1 p.m. match up against the Pasquotank Panthers (4-10). The two each won once against each other in the first week of the season as both final scores were 9-5.
At 4 p.m., Pool B action starts with Gates (13-5) and Northeastern (4-11). Gates will then compete in today’s last scheduled game against Currituck (14-3) at 7 p.m.
The Red Barons defeated Northeastern 10-1 and was shut out by Currituck 6-0 this season.
Monday concludes pool play with Currituck facing Northeastern at 3 p.m. and Pasquotank taking on Perquimans at 6 p.m.
Currituck swept Northeastern this season and has won 14 of 15 games, including 10 straight heading into this tournament. Perquimans beat Pasquotank 12-0 in both games the two have played against each other.
Tuesday will have the final three games of the tournament. The first two games will be the third-place teams from both pools playing each other at 1 p.m. and the second-place teams playing at 4 p.m.
The tournament championship game, which ends a tournament that takes place right before the conference and state playoffs get underway, is set to be played at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“(These) are competitive games prior to the playoffs that you’re going to get to play in a playoff-type setting,” Roberson said. “And more than anything, it’s bragging rights and a pride thing.”
Gates defeated Perquimans 2-1 in last year’s Easter tournament championship game at Camden County High School.
Weather, once games begin, looks promising for the duration of the tournament, but Roberson noted that they might have the tournament begin Monday and end Wednesday if they have to.