After a light weekend last week, there’ll be plenty of D2 action as we head into the first weekend of March. 12 of the 13 teams are scheduled to play. Most of them will wrap up or kick off Florida trips, but there’ll be some baseball for those of you in the Haverhill and Rindge areas too. Here’s what’s on tap.
Division 2 has seen its fair share of sweeps this season. In the first few weekends, New England was really taking it on the chin. Through the end of Valentine’s Day weekend, the region had gone a combined 0-17 in six separate sweeps. That’ll happen when you start two weeks before D1 but don’t have the same indoor facilities to prep in. Playing nationally ranked teams like Tampa, Mount Olive, and Nova Southeastern doesn’t help either.
All that changed in a big way this past weekend. The NE-10’s Northeast Division led the charge down in Myrtle Beach at the Ripken Experience Challenge. Franklin Pierce, Southern New Hampshire, and Stonehill led the charge, going 14-1 and outscoring their opponents 118-36. Preseason Southwest Division favorite Southern Connecticut broke even at 2-2 at the same tournament. Post swept a doubleheader from Alderson Broaddus a few hours up the coast in North Carolina. Some teams are still waiting to get things going, but if no more weather casualties roll in, 6 of them will get on a diamond.