Defending GMCT champ St. Joe’s has dominated all year, looks to continue the trend in Saturday’s semis

St. Joe’s of Metuchen players listen to head coach Mike Murray talk after a 3-0 win over Monroe on April 20, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Only one GMC team has beaten St. Joseph-Metuchen all year. In a 19-6 season, only Old Bridge – which was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals by Woodbridge – has beaten the Falcons, doing so by a 3-0 score on May 9th at Fred Cole Field.

Other than that, it’s been all Ws in GMC play in 2022.

Last season’s team had three league losses, but it didn’t seem to matter. They got the second-seed in the county tournament, but they didn’t care. They won the whole damn thing anyway.

And they’re poised to do it again.

The Falcons are blessed with as many solid starting arms as the day is long, and they’ll go with one who wasn’t even playing last year: dominant Donovan Zsak, who’s been nearly impossible to hit this season.

Zsak is 4-0 this year, easing back from an injury that kept him out all last year, with a 0.75 ERA, striking out 43 while walking just ten.

The top-seeded, defending champion Falcons are looking to get to a second straight title game for the first time since they won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.

Only two other teams have done that since. North Brunswick made it in 2009 and 2010, losing both times, their only finals appearances, while South Brunswick made it back-to-back in 2019 and 2021 (there was no season, and thus no tournament, due to COVID in 2020); they also lost both, including last season to St. Joe’s, 2-0.

To get there, the Falcons will have to get past 5th-seed Woodbridge (19-4), which upset fourth-seed Old Bridge in the semifinals, 3-1, Tuesday night at North Brunswick Community Park.

You can hear the game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio – driven by Dayton Toyota Service, Route 130 in South Brunswick – beginning at 2:30, shortly after the opening game of the semifinal doubleheader, featuring 6th-seed North Brunswick and 7th-seed East Brunswick.

Mike Pavichko and Justin Sontupe will call all the action live from Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech; click here to listen.

Click below to hear St. Joseph-Metuchen head coach Mike Murray talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

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