Sunday at noon, St. Joseph of Metuchen will play South Brunswick for the 2021 GMC Tournament Championship in baseball.
Central Jersey Sports Radio will have complete coverage – presented by Bellamy & Son Paving – starting at 11:15 am with our pregame show, full of interviews with the players and both head coaches. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, with first pitch set for noon from Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech.
The Falcons will be going for their seventh GMC title all-time, while the Vikings are looking for their third.
Scroll through this story for links to our coverage of both teams in the tournament so far, the finals at-a-glance, how they got here, team records in the finals, team leaders, and other notes and stats:
Coverage of St. Joseph:
- Lucky Seven? St. Joe’s a win away from yet another GMC baseball crown
- Carvelli and Gialluisi look to bring home their first hardware for St. Joe’s
- GAME AUDIO: GMC Semifinals – St. Joseph 3, Edison 1
- St. Joseph advances to GMC final behind another strong outing from Goldan
- Goldan looks to pitch St. Joe’s into GMC Finals
Coverage of South Brunswick:
- Hendricks believes his Vikings are hitting their stride at the right time
- Lauri’s having fun on South Brunswick’s run to GMC Finals
- GAME AUDIO: GMC Semifinals – South Brunswick 2, North Brunswick 0
- Tuttoilmondo, Sanchez combine to strikeout 16 and blank North Brunswick to send Vikings to 2nd straight GMC final
- Hendricks expects lower scoring game when Vikings meet Raiders in GMCT semis
- GAME AUDIO: GMC Quarterfinals – South Brunswick 8, Middlesex 1
- Lauri’s 3-run HR, Sanchez’ 12 K effort power South Brunswick to GMC semis
- South Brunswick will need to turn the tide against Middlesex to reach GMC semis
GMC FINALS AT-A-GLANCE:
(2) St. Joseph-Metuchen (17-11, 11-3 GMC Red)
(5) South Brunswick (14-9, 9-5 GMC Red)
St. Joseph: Andrew Goldan (6-0, 0.61 ERA)
South Brunswick: Frankie Sanchez (2-0, 0.72 ERA) or Joey Tuttoilmondo (4-0, 1.60 ERA)
Date and Time: Sunday, June 6 – 12 noon
Location: Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech HS
Listen on: Central Jersey Sports Radio (click here)
Announcers: Mike Pavlichko, Dom Savino
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
First Round: def. (15) Old Bridge 4-0
Quarterfinals: def. (10) Spotswood 14-3
Semifinals: def. (6)Edison 3-1
First Round: def. (12) Woodbridge 12-2
Quarterfinals: def. (4) Middlesex 8-1
Semifinals: def. (9) North Brunswick 2-0
St. Joseph (6-1): Prior to their 2004 appearance, the Falcons had not made a GMC or Middlesex County final of any kind since 1968, when they beat South River 2-0 for the Middlesex County Coaches’ Association Tournament Championship.
They allowed eight runs in their lone finals loss, but in their six wins have allowed a total of two runs, winning fiveof them via shutout, including a 2014 victory at TD Bank Park in Bridgdewater over South Plainfield, 1-0, on a one-out, bases loaded walk that scored Marl Bobko from third
2004: St. Joseph 6, Carteret 0
2005: East Brunswick 8, St. Joseph 1
2006: St. Joseph 11, South Amboy 0
2008: St. Joseph 3, Old Bridge 2
2009: St. Joseph 6, North Brunswick 0
2014: St. Joseph 1, South Plainfield 0
2017: St. Joseph 1, Monroe 0
South Brunswick (2-1): The Vikings won their last title 11 years ago, beating North Brunswick – the team they beat in the semifinals to get here 9-2. Their other title was eight years before that.
2002: South Brunswick 4, Piscataway 2 (9 innings)
2010: South Brunswick 9, North Brunswick 2
2019: Old Bridge 2, South Brunswick 1
South Brunswick and St. Joe’s have never met in the GMC Tournament finals.
Red Division: With a Red Division team is guaranteed to win this year’s final, the division will have won four of the last five finals. East Brunswick won it in 2016, while St. Joe’s won in 2017. South Plainfield out of the White took the 2018 title, but Old Bridge claimed the flag for the Red again in 2019, and this year, either St. Joe’s or South Brunswick from the Red will be crowned GMC champs.
The last lower seeded team to win a GMC title was in 2018, when 14th-seed south plainfield beat 12th-seed Perth Amboy 2-1 in a 12 inning title game.
Christian Azcona, Tom Zammitti and Tyler Delvecchio are all hitting .400 or better on the season, with DelVecchio and Robbie Carvelli leading the team in runs batted in with 20 apiece. The Falcons hit .303 as a team, and are at .324 in the postseason despite managing just three hits against Edison in the semis.
Carvelli is tearing the cover off the ball in the GMCs, however, 5-for-8 (.625) with four runs batted in, a triple and a home run. Delvecchio also has driven in four runs. And Mark Gialluisi has been on base six times in nine plate appearances, thanks to his team-leading four walks in the GMCs.
The Falcons have hit four home runs all year, coming from the bats of Carvelli, Gialluisi, Eric Gonzalez and Andrew Goldan.
On the mound, Goldan has three of the Falcons’ two tournament wins, a combined six hits in 13 2/3 innings pitched, allowing just one earned run, walking five and striking out 10, with an ERA of 0.53 in the postseason.
Pete Cortez is the top-hitting regular, with a batting average of .371. He’s 4-for-9 in the GMCs, with 2 RBIs. As a team, the Vikings are hitting just over .260, but that’s up to .288 in the GMCT.
Cortez also leads in a number of other offensive categories, including hits (26), singles (18), doubles (6), RBIs (15) and runs scored (17). But the Vikings have balance. right behind him with 12 RBIs apiece are jared Lauri, Frankie Sanchez, and Alex Ciccone, who will return Sunday from a thumb injury suffered when he dove back in head first and was picked off first base in the first inning of the Vikings’ quarterfinal game against Middlesex.
South Brunswick has launched 10 home runs on the season. Lauri and Sanchez have each sent three out of the yard, while Cortez has hit two, and Justin Gallagher and Nolan Watlington each have a homer.
As for pitching, only Joey Tuttoilmondo and Frankie Sanchez have seen the ball for the Vikings in the county tournament. Sanchez is 1-0 with a save while Tuttoilmondo is 2-0. Sanchez is the only one to allow an earned run in the tournament, as the Vikings have a team ERA of 0.35 over three games. The pair have combined for 36 strikeouts and seven walks, allowing three runs total in 20 innings of work.