Spotswood relishes underdog role against St. Joe’s

Spotswood holds the Bill Thompson Memorial Commander’s Cup Trophy after a 6-5 walk-off win over East Brunswick on May 19, 2021. It was the Chargers’ fourth straight win in the series. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

St. Joseph of Metuchen is the highest remaining seed in the GMC Tournament, but that doesn’t faze Spotswood.

The 10th seeded Chargers take on the second-seeded Falcons tonight in the championship tourney’s quarterfinals, after knocking off 7th-seed East Brunswick 2-1 Saturday behind a two-hitter from Casey Cumiskey.

It was Spotswood’s second win over East Brunswick this season, with the first coming just three days prior when Ty Lewandowski’s double off the wall in left field drove in two runs in the seventh, fueling a walk-off win in the annual Commander’s Cup trophy game.

Spotswood’s Tyler Lewandowski talks to CJSR’s Dom Savino after his walk-off double beat East Brunswick in the Commander’s Cup Trophy game on May 19, 2021.

By the transitive property (which never works in sports anyway) the Chargers should at least be able to hang with St. Joe’s: they beat East Brunswick twice this year, and East Brunswick beat both Falcons in the Red Division, Joe’s and Monroe.

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But Monroe is out of the tournament, having lost 5-4 to 16th-seed JFK in a monumental first round upset Saturday.

Can Spotswood pull off another?

Click below to listen to Ty Lewandowski talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about Spotswood’s two recent wins over East Brunswick, and its quarterfinal game against St. Joseph tonight:

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