Monday, March 29, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
Grounds crew all over the country are preparing for what most still consider American's favorite past-time. The area ball fields in sand lots, public parks, high school grounds and stadiums are all getting a face lift preparing the playing field for the sport of baseball. With the Phillies really excited about playing on real grass, high school players all over our area are only use to the blades of grass. Maybe the local high school's playing surface is not as good as what's preserved at Citizens Bank Park, but its grass. Getting an early start on getting a few swings in against an opponent instead of practice, Cherokee and Vineland participated in a scrimmage before the season begins on this Thursday.
Both Cherokee and Vineland are glad that the a new season is just about to began as neither team put together an effort that landed them into the playoffs. The Chiefs are apart of the Olympic Conference American Division that features Shawnee, Washington Township, Eastern, Lenape and Cherry Hill East. Vineland’s division also has teams that have proven themselves. The Fighting Clan are in the Cape-Atlantic Conference American Division I with teams from Absegami, Millville, Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City.
On this day, Vineland and Cherokee participated in a preseason baseball game looking to finalize their roster. The Fighting Clan from Vineland will open their regular season on Friday when they will host Ocean City in a Cape-Atlantic Conference match-up. Cherokee will begin their regular scheduled opener against Buena in a non-league game on Wednesday.
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