GMC Tournament history: Every championship game and more

When 2nd-seed St. Joseph-Metuchen and 5th-seed South Brunswick meet for the GMC Tournament title Sunday afternoon at Ray Cipperly Field in East Brunswick, it will be the Vikings’ second straight trip, and the first for the Falcons in four years.

Of course, there was no tournament last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but South Brunswick made it to the 2019 final, losing 1-0 to Old Bridge.

St. Joseph of Metuchen made it to the finals last in 2017, when they beat Monroe 1-0.

Monroe was the top-seed in this year’s tournament, but was knocked out in the first round by 16th-seed JFK.

South Brunswic and St. Joe’s are a combined 8-2 in the finals all-time, so it would appear something has to give.

Sunday’s GMC Final can be heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving, by clicking here. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino have the call, starting with pregame at 11:15 am. First pitch is at noon.

Here’s a closer look at the GMC Tournament finals, year by year:

GMC TOURNAMENT FINALS HISTORY:

1986:  East Brunswick 14, Madison Central 3

1987:  Cedar Ridge 2,  Colonia 1

1988:  Carteret 4, JP Stevens 2 (11 innings)

1989:  Madison Central 8, Cedar Ridge 7 (8 innings)

1990:  Edison 9, South Plainfield 3

1991:  East Brunswick 6, South Plainfield 5

1992:  Edison 1, Bishop Ahr 0

1993:  Edison 12, JFK 3

1994:  Edison 10, Monroe 3

1995:  Edison 5, Piscataway 3

1996:  Bishop Ahr 4, Edison 3 (13 innings)

1997:  East Brunswick 3, JFK 2

1998:  Edison 2, East Brunswick 1

1999:  Edison 7, Bishop Ahr 2

2000:  Woodbridge 7, JFK 1

2001:  Edison 4, Spotswood 1

2002:  South Brunswick 4, Piscataway 2 (9 innings)

2003:  Piscataway 9, East Brunswick 5

2004:  St. Joseph 6, Carteret 0

2005:  East Brunswick 8, St. Joseph 1

2006:  St. Joseph 11, South Amboy 0

2007:  Spotswood 7, JP Stevens 6

2008:  St. Joseph 3, Old Bridge 2

2009: St. Joseph 6, North Brunswick 0

2010:  South Brunswick 9, North Brunswick 2

2011:  Old Bridge 3, South Plainfield 2

2012:  Middlesex 10, Sayreville 4

2013:  JFK 4, Monroe 2

2014:  St. Joseph 1, South Plainfield 0

2015:  Monroe 1, Sayreville 0 (8 innings)

2016:  East Brunswick 1, JP Stevens 0

2017:  St. Joseph 1, Monroe 0

2018:  South Plainfield 2, Perth Amboy 1 (12 innings)

2019:  Old Bridge 2, South Brunswick 1

MOST GMCT FINALS APPEARANCES:

  1. Edison – 9
  2. St. Joseph – 8
  3. East Brunswick – 7
  4. South Plainfield – 5
  5. South Brunswick, JFK, Monroe – 4

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MOST GMC TOURNAMENT WINS:

  • 8-Edison
  • 6-St. Joseph-Metuchen
  • 5-East Brunswick
  • 2-South Brunswick, Old Bridge

ALL-TIME RECORDS IN THE FINALS:

East Brunswick 5-2 (2016)

Bishop Ahr 1-2 (1996)

Carteret 1-1 (1998)

*Cedar Ridge 1-1 (1987)

Colonia 0-1

Edison 8-1 (2001)

JFK 1-3 (2013)

JP Stevens 0-3

*Madison Central 1-1 (1989)

Middlesex 1-0 (2012)

Monroe 1-3 (2015)

North Brunswick 0-2

Old Bridge 2-1 (2019)

Perth Amboy 0-1

Piscataway 1-2 (2003)

Sayreville 0-2

South Amboy 0-1

South Brunswick 2-1 (2010)

South Plainfield 1-4 (2018)   

Spotswood 1-1 (2007)

St. Joseph 6-1 (2017)

Woodbridge 1-0 (2000)

DID YOU KNOW?

In the Greater Middlesex Conference’s current alignment, every team from the GMC Red Division has made at least one appearance in the finals. New Brunswick is the only White Division team never to qualify for the finals, while four current Gold Division teams have never made it: South River, Highland Park, Dunellen and Metuchen. South Amboy is the only current Gold Division team to make a final, losing 11-0 to St. Joe’s in the 2006 title game.

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