Hamilton Becomes ‘Field of Dreams’
for State High School Baseball This Weekend
CAPTION: From left to right, Hamilton Director of Economic Development Martin Flynn, Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede, NJSIAA Assistant Director Tony Maselli and Hamilton Director of Recreation Jeffrey Plunkett stand in front of the DeMeo Field scoreboard in Veterans Park, as Hamilton Township undergoes its final preparations as the host of this year’s state high school baseball tournament, which takes place this weekend.
you build it, they will come’…and
this weekend they come to Hamilton.
Thanks to the town’s complete renovation of Veterans
Park’s Bob DeMeo Field, Hamilton will host this year’s NJSIAA State High School
“We are proud to host this year’s state tournament, as
well as to welcome visitors from all across New Jersey to our community this
weekend,” says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede. “It will be a great weekend for high school
baseball and for our local businesses, which will benefit from the many
visitors we will host.”
Draw Best Teams from Across the State
While neighboring Allentown High School – which boarders
Hamilton to the east – will enjoy the shortest commute to DeMeo Field, teams
from across the state will come to Veterans Park to battle for New Jersey’s
four public and two non-public state titles this week.
Games will host teams from as far north as Park Ridge
(Park Ridge High School) and Montvale (Pascack Hills High School) in Bergen
County and Wayne (DePaul Catholic) in Passaic County to as far south as
Glouscter City (Gloucester Catholic) in Camden County and Buena Vista (Saint
Augustine Prep) in Atlantic County.
June 9, 2018
1:00PM - State Group 1 Championship Game - Park Ridge High
School vs. Middlesex High School
4:00PM - Non-Public B Championship Game - DePaul Catholic
High School vs. Gloucester Catholic High School
7:00PM - Non-Public A Championship Game - Saint Augustine
Prep School vs. Delbarton School
June 10, 2018
10:00AM - State Group 3 Championship Game - Somerville
High School vs. Allentown High School
1:00PM - State Group 2 Championship Game - Pascack Hills
High School vs. Raritan High School
4:00PM - State Group 4 Championship Game - Westfield High
School vs. Hunterdon Central High School
the event weather causes games to be rescheduled, updates will be available at
A Field of Dreams in Honor of a Local Star
Park’s DeMeo Field is dedicated to the memory of former Hamiltonian and
Steinert High School baseball alum, Bob DeMeo.
DeMeo was a prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league
organization who later became the Phillies triple-A affiliate manager; however
he was tragically killed by a drunk-driver in the early 1980’s. Following his death, the Hamilton Township
field was named in his honor.
upgrades to DeMeo Field included the reseeding the grass field, installing new bleachers,
fencing and a scoreboard. Last year, the
field was officially rededicated by Mayor Yaede and Township officials during a
ceremony that included DeMeo’s former wife, family members and one of DeMeo’s
Location and More Information
Field is located inside the Kuser Road entrance to Veterans Park in Hamilton,
NJ. For directions, visitors can use the
address (2200 Kuser Rd, Hamilton Township, NJ 08690).
can find out more about some of the town’s other recent upgrades to the fields
inside Veterans Park here – link: http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=2022