Dustin McGuinness fancies himself more a position player than a pitcher, which is remarkable for someone who’s been a big starter for the last couple of years for the East Brunswick baseball team.
But all indications are he’ll get the ball Tuesday evening when the fifth-seeded Bears (15-11) visit top-seed Old Bridge (18-8) in a Central Jersey Group 4 semifinal game you can hear right here on Central Jersey Sports Radio.
First pitch is set for 6 pm; pregame begins at 5:45 with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe calling all the action. Click here to listen.
McGuinness is 1-1 all-time against the Knights, but didn’t pitch against them in their two meetings this year.
Meanwhile, the Bears have a lineup that’s coming around at the right time. Head coach Chris Kenney says third-baseman Jack Gerould has upped his average about 150 points in the past few weeks, while others in the lineup have followed suit, in typical “that’s baseball” fashion.
Tuesday’s winner will face either third-seed Monroe or second-seed North Brunswick Friday in the sectional title game, with a GMC Red Division team guaranteed to take home the CJ4 crown.
East Brunswick is in the semis for a second straight year – its third trip in the last five seasons – and seeking back-to-back berths in the title game, where they lost last year 8-2 to Howell, a team they beat in this year’s opening round.
Old Bridge last made the CJ4 finals in 2019, when they lost at Manalapan, 3-2.
Click below to learn more about East Brunswick as head coach Chris Kenney talks with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko: