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North Brunswick, No. 10 Middlesex split doubleheader, as Raiders and Blue Jays each rally late

Game One was a low-scoring affair, and the bats came alive in Game Two.

But each team – North Brunswick and 10th-ranked Middlesex – rallied late to win a game each and split a doubleheader after a rainy forecast postponed Friday night’s opener to the home-and-home series in North Brunswick.

In the first game, the Raiders – designated the road team due to the rain out – fell behind 2-0 after one inning, and trailed 3-0 heading into the fourth. But North Brunswick got on the board with two runs that inning, and tied the game at three in the fifth on an RBI single by starting pitcher Zach Konstantinovsky, essentially getting the junior Rutgers-commit off the hook for a loss.

Headed to extra innings tied at three, the teams played a scoreless eighth, but in the bottom of the ninth, North Brunswick broke through. Konstantinovsky led off with a single, and stole second. After Omar Carreras flied out to center, Frankie Garbolino singled and moved the lead runner to third.

Konstantinovsky came in to score when Pat McCann grounded a shot up the middle, which hit the mound, and died on the natural grass surface as the two Blue Jay middle infielders couldn’t get to it in time to make a play at the plate, giving the Raiders a 4-3 win.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from North Brunswick head coach Mark Blevins and starting pitcher Zack Konstantinovsky:

Rutgers-bound junior Zack Konstantinovsky didn’t get the win in Game One of a doubleheader against North Brunswick, but he scored the winning run in a 4-3 victory in 9 innings. He struck out 15, allowing just three runs, two earned. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

In Game Two of the doubleheader, North Brunswick struck first, as the Raiders scored four runs to open the game, though Middlesex chipped back with two in their half of the first inning.

North Brunswick went up 7-2, saw the lead shring to 7-6 by the end of three, then added two in the fourth to make it 9-6. The Blue Jays picked up two in the fifth to get to within a run again at 9-8 before they would explode for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The Blue Jays sent eleven batters to the plate in the decisive inning on only three hits. There were two walks, a hit batsman, and one reach on an error.

Then, Stephen Young – who allowed North Brunswick’s game-winning run in the opener and was chased from his start in the first inning of Game Two – came in with runners at first and second and nobody out to get his team out of the jam. He struck out Kyle Anderson, walked Aaron Neder, and then got Yomar Carreras to ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 double-play.

With the twinbill split, North Brunswick is now 4-4; Middlesex is 5-2.

Click below to hear from left fielder Bobby Ulmer – who had two doubles, a triple – and three RBI on the day – and pitcher Stephen Young:

Instant Replay: Group 1 State Final – Middlesex 4, New Providence 3 (13 inn.)

The Middlesex Blue Jays won their seventh overall state championship – and sixth in the Group Final era – by beating New Providence 4-3 in 13 innings on a walk-off single by senior catcher Mark Geist.

Scorll down to hear the full game broadcast, as originally heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The victory was Middlesex’s third straight in walk-off fashion, fourth if you count their mercy-rule walkoff against Florence in the sectional semifinals.

Middlesex won the Central Jersey Group One title 2-1 over Point Pleasant Beach on June 11th on a bases loaded fielder’s choice, which turned out to be a throwing error on the Gulls’ second baseman. As thrilling as it was, the score was only tied at one, and the bases were loaded with nobody out, much less of a pressure situation than would come a few days later.

On the following Monday, trailing 5-3 after allowing a grand slam to South 1 champ Woodstown in the group semifinals, Middlesex was down to its final strike with junior Bobby Ulmer at the plate, and he hit an 0-2 pitch with two out over the left field wall for a grand slam of his own, to give Middlesex a stirring 7-5 win.

Which made it all the more intriguing when the Blue Jays took a slim, 1-0 lead into the seventh against New Providence in the state Group 1 final. Three outs away from a championship, the Pioneers nickeled and dimed Middlesex for three runs to take a 3-1 lead.

But as Middlesex had proven in the postseason, they may be down, but are never out.

They tied the game at three and sent it to extra innings.

Then more extra innings, then still more.

Ultimately, after Stephen Young came on in relief in the seventh and held New Providence scoreless for 6 and 2/3 innings, Middlesex got its shot.

Perhaps fittingly, it was Ulmer – the local legend born just a few days earlier – who got the rally started with a leadoff walk. A sac bunt moved him to second, and a groundout to the right side of the infield moved him to third.

That’s when senior catcher Mark Geist’s seeing eye single between third and short brought home Ulmer with two out, and set off a celebration that continued back in Middlesex with an escort from police and fire trucks when they arrived back home from Veterans’ Park in Hamilton.

Click below to hear the complete game broadcast, including the 45-minute pregame show featuring interviews with players and coaches, as well as Middlesex Athletic Director Mike O’Donnell. Listen as Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino bring you the call:

Another 7th inning rally for Middlesex, another CJSR audio recap!

Junior DH Bobby Ulmer’s walk-off grand slam in the Group One semifinals against Woodstown gave his Blue Jays a 7-5 win over Woodstown, and a berth in the Group 1 championship game Saturday at 1 pm at Veterans Park in Hamilton.

Middlesex (20-4) will take on New Providence (17-7), which beat Hasbrouck Heights 12-1 Monday in the other semifinals.

The rally by the Blue Jays in the 7th inning was their second in-a-row. In fact, they loaded the bases against Point Pleasant Beach, too, in their 2-1 win Friday afternoon in the Central Jersey Group 1 title game.

Click below to hear an audio recap of Middlesex’s 7th-inning rally against Woodstown:

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Listen to Bobby Ulmer talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about his walk-off grand-slam

Middlesex gains Group 1 final on Ulmer’s dramatic, walk-off grand slam

Postgame breakdown: Mike and Dom look back at Blue Jays’ thrilling come-from-behind win

Middlesex gains Group 1 final on Ulmer’s dramatic, walk-off grand slam

A walk-off home run is the stuff kids dream of, maybe before they even play Little League.

But how about a walk-off grand slam with two outs, on an 0-2 pitch?

That’s exactly what junior DH Bobby Ulmer did Monday afternoon at Mountainview Park, sending his team and their fans into utter delirium.

It didn’t win Middlesex a championship, but it did give them a 7-5 victory and send the Blue Jays to the Group 1 final for the fourth time in five seasons, where they’ll try to win the school’s third Group 1 title under sixth-year head coach Justin Nastasi, and the program’s sixth overall.

Listen to Middlesex junior Bobby Ulmer’s walk-off grand slam.
Middlesex DH Bobby Ulmer

CLICK HERE for Bobby Ulmer’s live postgame interview with Mike Pavlichko on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The Blue Jays (21-4) will play in the Group 1 title game Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at Veterans Park in Hamilton, facing North 2 champion New Providence. The Pioneers (17-7) beat North 1 title winner Hasbrouck Heights 12-1 in a five-inning mercy rule-shortened game in the other semifinal Monday.

Middlesex got the scoring going in the top of the first, when they took a two nothing lead on an RBI double by Ulmer – who finished the game with a pair of doubles and six runs batted in. He drove in pitcher Stephen Young – who led off the game with a single – and Ryan Vollmer, who worked a one-out walk.

Woodstown cut it to 2-1 when Middlesex conceded the run with a groundout by Ben Woodruff following a one-out triple by Chase Swain, who would do even bigger things in the fifth inning.

It was there Woodstown began to hit Young, who looked to be cruising, retiring five batters in a row to close the fourth.

But before that, Middlesex would extend the lead to 3-1 on an RBI single in the fourth by Matt Venutolo.

In the next half-inning, Caden DeSiato worked out a walk for Woodstown, and Brent Williams moved him to second with a single. Chase Reiger beat out a bunt onto the grass down the third base line that Young fielded, but he had no throw by the time he got to it and everyone was safe.

Thenm on a 2-2 pitch, Swain cranked a grand slam to left field to give Woodstown a 5-3 lead.

Young settled back in and got three flyouts on the next six pitches to end the inning.

Meanwhile, Reiger was settling in, and came out for the seventh just three outs away from sending his team to the Group 1 final.

But just like against Point Pleasant Beach in the Central Jersey Group 1 title game, Middlesex loaded the bases and won the game.

In that game, however, the Jays loaded the bases with no outs. This time, it was a little more dramatic.

Ty Nicolay, the nine-hitter, led the inning off with a single. Stephen Young followed with the same.

Woodstown head coach Mark DiCastro had seen enough, and pulled Reiger for Lucas Prendergast, who had started the game at second base. The junior started well, striking out the hero in the game against the Gulls, Anthony Long.

On a 1-0 pitch, Ryan Vollmer hit a ground ball to first that could have been the ballgame. First baseman Tyler Wolf fielded a few feet from the bag, threw to second, but the toss was wide and pulled second Baseman Brant Williams – who moved over from third to replace Prendergast, now on the mound, off the bag. Everyone was safe.

Even had Wolf just gotten the one out, the game would have been over when Raiden Yost flied out to left. Instead, there were two out and the bases still loaded.

That brought up Bobby Ulmer, who quickly found himself in an 0-2 hole.

On the next pitch, he found the lawn behind the left field fence, and it was all over. A walk-off grand slam, capping a wild comeback, and giving Middlesex its second straight state playoff walkoff win.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Middlesex’s 7-5 Group 1 semifinal win against Woodstown:

Middlesex pitcher Stephen Young
Middlesex head coach Justin Nastasi

Listen to Bobby Ulmer talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about his walk-off grand-slam

If you wanted high drama in Monday’s Group 1 semifinal, you got it.

The game featured two grand slams, but it wasn’t Chase Swain’s in the fifth inning for Woodstown that was the difference, though it looked for a while like it might be.

No, the grand slam that won it was Bobby Ulmer’s in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, and an 0-2 count.

Click below to listen to Ulmer after the game, live on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko. Note: the clip includes the game-winning call: