Lauri’s 3-run HR, Sanchez’ 12 K effort power South Brunswick to GMCT semis

South Brunswick had not beaten Middlesex in four meetings heading into Tuesdays quarterfinal matchup in the GMC Tournament.

Jared Lauri and Frankie Sanchez made sure the streak didn’t continue.

Down 1-0 after Middlesex starter Stephen Young led off the bottom of the first with a first pitch home run, South Brunswick exploded for four decisive runs in the top of the fourth inning, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

After back-to-back singles by Neel Telidevara and Frankie Sanchez, Pete Cortez tied the game with an RBI single.

Then Lauri launched a homer to left about 315 feet.

That gave the Vikings the runs they would need, but Sanchez kept the Blue Jays off balance the rest of the afternoon.

He struck out 12, tying a season best, and allowed only five hits in seven innings of work.

The 5th-seeded Vikings will go on to play 9th-seed North Brunswick Saturday in the semifinals. The Raiders topped 16th-seed JFK 8-2 in the other quarterfinal.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from South Brunswick’s win over Middlesex in the GMC Tournament quarterfinals:

Starting pitcher Frankie Sanchez
Left fielder Jared Lauri
Head coach C.J. Hendricks

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