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Who will be GMC Tournament’s top seed? We asked one coach to rate the candidates

In about 12 hours, we’ll know who the top seed is in the upcoming GMC Baseball Tournament, the first in two years, after the entire 2020 season was wiped out by COVID-19.

But for now, we can ask, “Who will it be?”

The top division in the GMC had a split title this year between Monroe and St. Joseph. The Falcons from Metuchen won the first meeting between the teams 2-0 back on Saturday in Monroe, but those Falcons salvaged the two-game series on the return trip to Metuchen, winning an error-prone game Monday 12-9.

Will it be one of those teams? What about South Plainfield?

East Brunswick, which is 9-9 after Wednesday’s loss to Spotswood, is the only GMC team to have beaten both Falcons this year. And head coach Chris Kenney says he could make a case for either team earning the Number One seed overall.

While he says South Brunswick is also knocking on the door, only a division champion cam be an overall top seed, which would take the Vikings out of that conversation.

Could South Plainfield, the GMC White champion, make a play?

Click below to hear East Brunswick head coach Chris Kenney break down the reasons why St. Joe’s and Monroe each can make an argument to be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GMC Tournament:

Here are some key points:

Monroe (12-4 overall, 12-3 GMC, 11-3, GMC Red Co-Champs)

Monroe head coach Sean field talks to his team after a 12-9 win Monday at St. Joe’s that gave them a share of the GMC Red Division title, and a shot at the top seed in the upcoming GMC Tournament.

The purple and gold Falcons reeled off eight straight wins in the heart of their season, but split with East Brunswick, South Brunswick and St. Joseph.

Their only other loss on the season came to Manalapan, their lone non-conference game this season, on April 23rd.

Their only non-divisional GMC game came a day later: an 8-3 win against Spotswood back on April 24th.

Three different players have hit four home runs this season. Junior Christopher Wisniewski has gone yard twice, while Jacob Veczko and Aidan Lane each have a homer.

Garrett VanBuren and Josh Weinstein have been aces on the mound, each with over 33 strikeouts and a nearly 2:1 strikeout-walk ratio.

St. Joseph (13-6 overall, 11-3 GMC/GMC Red Co-Champs)

St. Joseph junior Andrew Goldan throws a pitch in a 4-1 win over Old Bridge on May 3, 2021. Goldan no-hit the Knights through five innings, but was pulled after five based on his pitch count. He’s been lights out since coming back from tendinitis issues.

The Falcons from Metuchen haven’t put together a win streak longer than three games this season, the first of which began on Opening Day.

While Joe’s hasn’t played any league games out of their Red Division, they took on more out-of-conference opponents than Monroe. They beat Lawrenceville 9-0 and St. Benedict’s 12-0, but also have three non-league losses.

They fell to Hun 9-0, Somerville 14-4, and Cherokee 5-0.

Three different players have – Mark Gialluisi, Andrew Goldan and Eric Gonzalez each have a homer for St. Joe’s, they have a little less pop in the bat.

Scoring-wise the teams are similar: St. Joseph has scored 109 runs in 19 games for an average of 5.73 per game; Monroe 90 in 16 games for a 5.63 run per game average.

On the mound, Andrew Goldan has been lights out, allowing just seven hits in 21 innings, limited earlier in the season with some tendinitis.

The rest to get him healthy appears to have done him a lot of good. He was no-hittting Old Bridge through five before being yanked while being held to a strict pitch count. And he pitched a two-hit complete game whitewash in the first meeting with Monroe back on Saturday.

South Plainfield (15-2-1 overall, 13-1-1 GMC, 12-1-1 GMC White Champs)

The Tigers actually have fewer losses (2) than all but one of the 32 GMC teams. East Brunswick Tech is 12-1.

Of course, they’re a division down from the Red, but they’re playing solid baseball.

Their only issue – if you can call it that – is while they swept the GMC White’s second-place team, Edison, they were 0-1-1 against the division’s third place team, North Brunswick. They tied the Raiders 2-2 in 7 innings on May 8th, and lost 2-1 in the visit to North Brunswick on the 10th.

Out of conference, they were blanked 2-0 by a very good Millburn team that’s 13-3 and will be facing Seton Hall Prep Saturday afternoon in the Greater Newark Tournament finals. Their out-of-conference wins were a 6-1 victory a few days later against a so-so Montgomery squad, and a 16-0 victory over Watchung Hills Wednesday.

But boy can they score; the Tigers are averaging 8.47 runs per game, including a 27-1 win over New Brunswick on April 24th.

They’ve also won three games in shutout fashion, and 10 of their wins have seen the Tigers allow a run or less.

Instant replay: Spotswood walks off East Brunswick 6-5 in extra innings to retain Commander’s Cup Trophy

The Bill Thompson Memorial Commander’s Cup Trophy only had to make a short journey to its home for the next year after Wednesday’s 16th annual meeting between Spotswood and East Brunswick.

Tyler Lewandowski’s two-RBI double off the left field wall in the bottom of the 8th made up for his wild pitch in the top of the inning that gave East Brunswick a one-run lead, and it gave Spotswood a 6-5 walkoff win over the Bears.

POSTGAME REACTION: Listen to hero Tyler Lewandowski and head coach Glenn Fredricks talk about the win.

The win was the fourth straight for the Chargers in the series, who last lost in 2016. They’ve taken five of the last six against East Brunswick, and won both home games in the series. The Chargers also lead 3-1-1 in extra inning games, though the Bears lead the overall series 8-7-1.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action of Wednesday’s 16th annual Commander’s Cup Trophy game:

“Walk ’em off Spotswood!” Lewandowski’s double off the wall lets Chargers keep Commander’s Cup Trophy another year

Spotswood only led once in Commanders’ Cup XVI against East Brunswick: when it counted.

The Chargers had twice tied the score after trailing 2-0 and 4-2 against the Bears at “The Swamp” Wednesday afternoon, before coming back to win 6-5 in extra innings, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The teams went to extra innings tied at 4. East Brunswick went ahead 5-4 in the top of the seventh when Dustin McGinnis scored from third after a wild pitch by Spotswood reliever Tyler Lewandowski with the bases loaded.

But they say baseball is a game of redeeming features, and Lewandowski showed that old adage still holds water.

Wednesday’s game was sponsored in part by Fredricks’ ACBL Team, New Brunswick Matrix. Click for details on the team!

In the bottom of the 8th, after left fielder Nicholas Vitale grounded to short and third baseman Ethan Williams popped up to first, DH Justin Prasch walked, and right fielder Matt Frobosilo did the same.

With two on and two out, Lewandowski – 0-for-4 on the day, and whose wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score for EB – drove a ball deep into the power alley in left center. East Brunswick left fielder Zack Zebro and center fielder Dylan Lugo converged on the track, and the ball went off the chainlink outfield fence, falling to the warning track.

Spotswood’s Tyler Lewandowski deals Wednesday against East Brunswick.

Jackson Walsh – the starting pitcher, pinch running for Prasch – came home on the deep fly ball to tie the game, and Frobosilo followed him home, giving Spotswood a 6-5 walkoff victory.

Click below to listen to Dom Savino with the game-winning call:

The win keeps the Bill Thompson Memorial Commander’s Cup Trophy with Spotswood for another year. They’ve had it since a May 31, 2017 victory against East Brunswick, the latest one being their fourth straight in the series, which the Bears now lead 8-7-1.

The Chargers have also won five of the last six meetings dating back to 2015, which was the first and only other time the series had been played at SHS. They are now 2-0 all-time in the series at “The Swamp.”

Click below to hear Dom Savino with postgame reaction from Tyler Lewandowski and Spotswood head coach Glenn Fredricks:

Spotswood pitcher/2B Tyler Lewandowski, whose walk-off double won the game
Spotswood head coach Glenn Fredricks

The history of the Commander’s Cup:

Spotswood and East Brunswick will play their annual Commander’s Cup game on Wednesday, a matchup that was born out of Post 25 American Legion baseball.

You can hear the game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio with pregame at 3:45 and first pitch at 4 pm, as Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action. Click here to listen.

Chargers’ coach Glenn Fredricks, a Spotswood alum who’s now in his 17th year as the program’s head coach, took over the Milltown Post 25 baseball team in 2004, and says the game came about because of adjutant Bill Thompson’s love for baseball.

The team, of course, featured kids from both high schools and all three towns, since high school students in Milltown attend Spotswood.

The next year, when Fredricks first led Spotswood, he decided the high school teams should play each other every year, with the winner keeping Thompson’s trophy.

Click below to hear Fredricks talk about the origins of the Commander’s Cup:

All-Time Commander’s Cup Trophy Results
East Brunswick leads 8-7-1

5/19/21 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 5 (8 inn.) (at SHS)
5/8/19 – Spotswood 3, East Brunswick 0 (at EB)
5/17/18 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 3 (8 inn.) (at EB)
5/31/17 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 0 (at EB)
5/7/16 – East Brunswick 6, Spotswood 1 (at EB)
5/2/15 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 4 (at SHS)
5/3/14 – East Brunswick 13, Spotswood 7 (at EB)
5/4/13 – East Brunswick 4, Spotswood 2 (8 inn.) (at EB)
5/18/12 – East Brunswick 4, Spotswood 2 (at Michelin Field)
5/9/11 – East Brunswick 16, Spotswood 9 (at EB)
5/19/10 – East Brunswick 5, Spotswood 4 (at EB)
4/26/09 – East Brunswick 13, Spotswood 3 (at Trenton)
4/27/08 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 4 (9 inn.) (at Trenton)
4/21/07 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 0 (at Trenton)
4/30/06 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 5 (8 inn.) (at Trenton)
5/9/05 – East Brunswick 5, Spotswood 4 (at EB)

Bears look to bring Commander’s Cup back to East Brunswick

The Commander’s Cup trophy – awarded annually to the winner of each year’s Spotswood-East Brunswick baseball tussle – has been with the Chargers for over four years.

They took it back with them after a 6-0 road win on the last day of May in 2017, and it hasn’t been up Summerhill Road since.

Wednesday afternoon, the Bears hope to change all that.

Sponsor: New Brunswick Matrix Baseball

That’s when East Brunswick – which is 8-8 overall and 8-6 in the GMC Red through Monday’s win against Piscataway – will travel to take on Spotswood at the place the Chargers affectionately call “The Swamp.”

(The descriptor is quite apropos.)

First pitch is set for 4 pm, and you can hear the entire game on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling all the action, starting with the pregame show at 3:45. Click here to listen to the live broadcast.

The Bears will throw Mike Marchesi to start the game, and head coach Chris Kenney hopes to get two to three solid innings from him before going to senior Chris Procaccini.

East Brunswick will be playing its third game in as many days, its third such stretch this season, with all coming since the calendar turned to May.

Click below to hear head coach Chris Kenney talk with Mike Pavlichko about the Bears’ season so far, and the matchup with the Chargers.

Spotswood, in the mold of its head coach, renews rivalry with East Brunswick in Commander’s Cup game at “The Swamp”

For anyone who knows Glenny Fredricks, the longtime Spotswood baseball coach, he epitomizes the tiny boro where he grew up.

Small, scrappy, gritty. Underdog mentality.

That’ll be the mindset of his Chargers, too, when they host East Brunswick Wednesday in Commander’s Cup XVI, for the Bill Thompson Memorial Trophy. It’s tied in with American Legion Post 25 in East Brunswick, where the late Thompson – a big baseball fan – was once their baseball adjutant for the post’s team.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will provide play-by-play of the game, beginning with a pregame show at 3:45, with first pitch at 4 pm. Click here to listen to the live broadcast.

Wednesday’s game is sponsored by Fredricks’ ACBL Team, New Brunswick Matrix.

Spotswood (13-5) had reeled off six straight wins before running into Middlesex, which won the Blue Division outright with a sweep of the Chargers this weekend, 10-0 Saturday at “The Swamp,” and 5-2 at home Monday afternoon.

East Brunswick (8-8) will be playing its third game in as many days as the Bears come off a win over Piscataway Monday, and host Westfield Tuesday afternoon.

Spotswood will throw junior Jackson Walsh (1-1, 3.41 ERA) against the Bears, and will look to get on base, then wreak havoc from there.

Click below to listen to Spotswood head coach Glenny Fredericks talk about the Chargers’ season so far, and their matchup Wednesday with East Brunswick:

The goal was: “Get hardware.” They did, and Watchung Hills is the CJSR boys’ basketball 2021 Team of the Year

There were many good boys’ high school basketball teams in the GMC and Skyland Conferences in this COVID-shortened season, but when you beat three of them – including two that you lost two a total of three times this season – en route to winning your league’s top pod trophy, that has to count for something.

For us, that counts for making Watchung Hills the No. 1 team in the final Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten of the year, and thus the 2021 Boys’ Basketball Team of the Year.

The Warriors finished the year 12-3, their losses coming to Hunterdon Central twice, and once to Gill St. Bernard’s, at the time the No. 1 team in our rankings.

Watchung Hills beat both of those teams in the first two rounds of the Skyland Conference Tournament’s Blue Division pod, then knocked off then No. 5 Rutgers Prep in the finals on the road, on a game-winning baseline bucket by Tyler Bokatch in the final few seconds, holding off one last chance by the Argonauts, who had to go the length of the floor in just under 1.5 seconds.

LISTEN: An audio look back at Watchung Hills boys’ basketball, 2021 CJSR Team of the Year, with Coach Justin Salton, Trevor Bokach, Elijah Lewis

Second in the final rankings was Colonia. The Patriots – in a four-team GMC pod – took down the No. 3 and No. 2 teams in the rankings, respectively: St. Joseph of Metuchen and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Below are the final rankings, including postseason tournament superlatives:

Marcus Borden – winner of two titles – says group champs won’t cheapen sectional crowns

Five years after East Brunswick beat Jackson to win its first state sectional title under Marcus Borden, the Bears were at it again.

In the snow at the College of New Jersey, they took home another Central Jersey Group IV title, beating Brick Memorial 9-0.

For a coach who remembers just about every play of every game he’s ever coached in (spend some time with him and you’ll see what I mean) that game especially sticks out.

With the NJSIAA membership voting Wednesday to allow public group championships by a large margin – 318-12, with six abstentions – some have worried it could make sectional titles less relevant.

Just don’t put Borden in that category. Listen below to his conversation with Central Jersey Sports Radio about the NJSIAA’s historic vote, and his own past efforts to get New Jersey to play to group titles:

22 Big Central football players named to NJFCA Super 100 Team

by Mike Pavlichko

The Big Central Conference – in its first year of existence – was responsible for nearly a quarter of the players selected to New Jersey Football Coaches Association’s Super 100 Team, which is chosen annually in December.

The selections for 2020 were announced on Twitter Monday night.

Nominations are made by coaches who are members of the NJFCA, and comittees of coaches make the final selections based on NJSIAA playoff sections. For this season, with no playoffs, the NJFCS simply divided the state into quadrants based on geographical Northing numbers.

Only seniors can be named to the Super 100 Team, and those getting full scholarships to play football collegiately are automatically selected, according to NJFCA Commissioner John Jacob.

Cookie Desiderio and A.J. Pena of Somerville – Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Big Central Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively – were among the 12 players selected in the Central section.

CJSR’s Mr. Versatility Ali Lee Jr. of Woodbridge also was selected, along with teammate Jordan Harris.

Rounding out the Central section were Austin Scott (South Plainfield), Majid Howard-Baker (South Brunswick), Omar Shehabeldin (North Brunswick), Dylan McFadden (Montgomery), Kyle DeGraw (Monroe, Keyshawn Dixon (JFK), Longevity Award winner Sean Levonaitis (Hillsborough) and Zach Zebro (East Brunswick).

There were ten players selected in the North 2 section, headlined by Rutgers-bound Desmond Igbinosun of Union, along with his teammate Diante Wilson.

Others included Shawn Martin (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Andrew Taddeo (Ridge), Matt Quetel (Phillipsburg), Chad Martini and James Coslet (Watchung Hills), Omakus Langley II (Hillside) and Bruce Myers (Bridgewater-Raritan).

Each year, the Super 100 Team is honored with a dinner in the Spring, but whether that will happen in person or virtually – due to COVID-19 protocols – has not yet been determined.

Wall to Wall Big Central Football will air Thanksgiving Weekend on Central Jersey Sports Radio

Did the high school football season end too soon for you? Not stuffed yet from Thanksgiving Dinner?

Have no fear.

Central Jersey Sports Radio begins a new tradition this year: We’ll air every single one of our high school football broadcasts back-to-back-to-back to…. (you get the idea) … to-back this Thanksgiving Weekend.

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That’s right: 3 days, 13 games, 20 teams, 30 hours of Big Central Conference Football, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving of Piscataway.

Simply go to our website and click the Listen Live button to tune in any time, morning, noon or night. We’ll be “on the air” practically from sunup to sundown – definitely after sundown!

Here’s the schedule for each day, with original air date, and approximate start time:

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 26

  • Somerville vs. South Plainfield, October 2 – 8 am
  • St. Joseph-Metuchen vs. Elizabeth, October 3 – 9:45 am
  • Old Bridge vs. East Brunswick, October 9 – noon
  • South River vs. Spotswood, October 10 – 2 pm
  • Bernards vs. Johnson, October 12 – 4:30 pm
  • Bound Brook vs Voorhees, October 16 – 6:30 pm

Friday, November 27 (Now starts at 9 am instead of 8 am)

  • Edison vs. North Brunswick, October 23 – 8 am
  • Manville vs. Bound Brook, October 30 – 11 am
  • Ridge vs. Hillsborough, November 6 – 1:45 pm
  • St. Joseph-Metuchen vs. Woodbridge, November 7 – 4:15 pm
  • Metuchen vs. South Hunterdon – 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 28

  • Woodbridge vs. Somerville, November 13 – noon
  • Edison vs. Hillsborough, November 20 – 3 pm