Lehigh Valley SportsNet
is pleased to announce their upcoming broadcasts of this weekend's Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series
that concludes the circuit's successful 50th Anniversary Celebration
The defending champion Allentown Railers
(29-10) will tangle with the South Jersey Giants
(24-17) in the Best of Three series this Friday and Saturday.
The Championship Series begins Friday evening at 5:00 from ECTB Stadium in Allentown with a doubleheader of nine-inning contests for Games 1 and 2. If a deciding Game 3 is necessary then the series will head to the home ballpark of the South Jersey Giants in Lindenwold, New Jersey for a Saturday evening clash at 7:00.
Veteran broadcaster Bob Rotruck
will again provide the play-by-play on Lehigh Valley SportsNet. Friday's broadcast coverage will begin at 4:45.
All games can be heard live on TuneIn.com and on the TuneIn app under "Lehigh Valley Sports." Replays of the games will air immediately following the live broadcasts and throughout the day.
"I once again enjoyed my experience with the ACBL in my second season broadcasting their games," Rotruck said. "The response from the listeners has been great which is especially exciting for me."
The Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants finished the regular season with the two best records in the ACBL. Allentown has won the regular-season crown for four consecutive seasons. South Jersey has made the postseason in all three years of their existence and have now advanced to the Championship Series for the first time.
It is the second straight season for the Railers and Giants to meet in the postseason. Last year, Allentown swept an opening round series over South Jersey 4-0 and 4-2 at ECTB Stadium before knocking off Staten Island for their first-ever title.
Allentown opened the 2016 postseason with a sweep of the Quakertown Blazers
in a marathon doubleheader on Tuesday that ended at 12:01 a.m. Mike Gulino
(Pace University) delivered the winning hit in the bottom of the 12th for a 6-5 triumph in a back-and-forth Game 1 and then the Railers punched their ticket to the Finals with a 14-5 win in the nightcap.
South Jersey split a pair of shutouts at the Staten Island Tide
on Tuesday and then the Giants won the decisive Game 3 on Wednesday 5-2 back in Lindenwold.
Rotruck is a veteran broadcaster of over 2,000 live games who also serves as the Voice of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms
hockey team in the American Hockey League
where the club operates as the top affiliate of the NHL's Philadelpia Flyers
. He has previously broadcast minor-league baseball for the St. Lucie Mets
and Vero Beach Dodgers
of the advanced-A Florida State League among other teams.