Woodbridge has overcome obstacles to reach GMCT semifinals, so what’s one more?

Neither Josh Vazquez or Eddie Nunez – shown here in a May 12 game at Middlesex – will be available Saturday for Woodbridge in the GMC Tournament semifinals against St. Joseph-Metuchen. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Woodbridge has been a mainstay in the GMC White Division. The newcomers added this year were not a piece of cake.

Specifically, it was Metuchen and Middlesex who caused the Barrons fits, in that order.

Both up from the Blue Division, along with Spotswood, Woodbridge went 0-4 against the duo this year.

First, it was the boys from the Brainy Boro. the Bulldogs beat the Barrons handily in their two regular season games this year, winning 7-0 at home on April 13th, and 11-1 at Woodbridge the next day.

Those two losses would come back to haunt them, as they headed into their last two games before the GMC seeding meeting last Friday tied with newcomer Middlesex atop the White Division standings, with the Blue Jays standing in their way.

Middlesex won the opener under the lights at Woodbridge 1-0, claiming at least a share of the division title, then scored a 5-0 win to clinch it outright in a home game at Mountainview Park.

Those two losses potentially cost Woodbridge as high as a third-seed, meaning a path to the final without St. Joseph-Metuchen in the way. They ended up the five-seed, but now they’re only a win away, as the Barrons (19-4) get set to take on top-seed and defending champion St. Jo’s (19-6) in the GMC Tournament Semifinals Saturday at Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will have live coverage of the game – presented by Dayton Toyota Service, Route 130 in South Brunswick – which is scheduled for approximately 2:30 pm, or shortly after the conclusion of the opening game of the semifinals: North Brusnwick and East Brunswick, with first pitch scheduled for noon.

Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe will call all the action for you; click here to listen.

Due to pitch counts in the first two games of the tournament, strikeout machines Eddie Nunez and Josh Vazquez will be unavailable, so head coach Mike Monaco will throw Matt Troche on the hill against St. Joe’s standout Donovan Zsak.

And Troche is no slouch, not in the least. No one is when you’ve won 19 out of 23 games. But Woodbridge is 7-1 in games Troche has started.

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Woodbridge is seeking just its second trip to the GMC Tournament Final. In their only other appearance, it was an all-township affair, as the Barrons beat JFK 1-0 in the 2000 title game.

Click below to hear Woodbridge head coach Mike Monaco talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

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