Greater Middlesex Conference officials have done a lot of weather watching this week, hoping they would not have to move Saturday’s county championship game.
But that turned out not to be the case, as officials pulled the plug on Saturday’s 2 pm title game at Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech between top-seed and defending champion St. Joseph Metuchen and 6th-seed North Brunswick.
Scattered thunderstorms are predicted throughout a good portion of the day on Saturday.
GMC President Mike Pede officially announced the move just before 1:30 Friday afternoon. The game will now be played at noon on Sunday, still at East Brunswick Tech.
The field at EB Tech is one of the most pristine natural grass surfaces in the state, maybe even the nation, at the high school level.
To translate, they don’t want to see outside forces affect the game, or the game affect teams, in a negative fashion. The main goal is to not have to reschedule, as that can throw off future pitching matchups. But they also don’t want to see weather affect a game with so much on the line.
To the point, the GMC did the same thing last year, moving the tournament semifinals – scheduled for the Saturday before Memorial Day – to Memorial Day itself, with showers in the forecast for the entire weekend.
St. Joseph, which is 7-1 all-time in the finals, is seeking back-to-back titles for the first time since they were the last team to do it in 2008 and 2009.
North Brunswick is back in the final for the first time since 2009 and 2010. They are the last team to make the GMCT final in consecutive years (South Brunswick made it in 2019 and 2021, with a year off in between due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the 2020 season) and are seeking their first title, having lost both of those back-to-back appearances.
The pitching matchup is expected to be a stellar one between St. Joe’s Rutgers-bound senior Andrew Goldan and North Brunswick’s Rutgers-bound junior Zack Konstantinovsky, who has struck out a whopping 101 batters on the year, while walking only one.
Central Jersey Sports Radio will provide live coverage of the game, with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe calling all the action, beginning with the pregame at 11:30 am. First pitch is at noon. Click here to listen live.
Keep checking our site for more stories throughout the day Friday and Saturday, culminating in a complete preview Saturday with notes, stats, tournament history and more.