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St. Joe’s is the favorite, but here’s how all 16 teams can win the GMC Tournament

No team worth its weight in stirrups and rawhide enters the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament bemoaning its seed and wishing they were someone else.

If you’re picked as one of the top 16 teams in the league and make the “big dance,” there’s reason to think you have a shot, or else why get up in the morning?

The way the tournament is laid out, with enough time for every team’s No. 1 starter to pitch three games – that is, if Mother Nature cooperates on Monday – just about everyone has a shot, since there are so many good No. 1s in the county.

So why should 16th-seed South River have hope like top-seed St. Joe’s or third-seed Middlesex has hope that they can win it all?

Click below to listen to Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko break down all 16 teams:

INSTANT REPLAY: South Brunswick sweeps doubleheader from Edison, 3-1, 1-0

All four starting pitchers went complete games, but South Brunswick got just enough clutch hits to sweep Edison in a doubleheader on May 3, 2022, taking the first game 3-1, and winning the second 1-0.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko call all the play-by-play live from Rowland Park in South Brunswick:

Game 1: South Brunswick 3, Edison 1
Game 2: South Brunswick 1, Edison 0

Pitchers rule the day, but South Brunswick gets clutch hits to sweep doubleheader from Edison

In a rarity in high school baseball – where’s Elias Sports Bureau when you need them to find out how rare? – all four starting pitchers went the distance in Tuesday’s GMC Red Division doubleheader between South Brunswick and Edison, but it was the Vikings that got just enough clutch hits to sweep the twin-bill from the Eagles.

South Brunswick won the opener 3-1, thanks to Teonis Pimentel’s two-RBI triple to open the scoring in the fifth-inning. It followed a one-out triple down the line by Mattox Lim and David Rybinski getting hit by a pitch. Charles Soriano added a sac fly to score Pimentel.

Edison cut it to 3-1 in the sixth when Jaxon Appelman hit a sac fly to center to score Jordan Martins, but that was all they would get.

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Appelman was trying to help his cause, as he allowed just five hits in seven innings of work, striking out 11. But he took the hard-luck loss to fall to 2-3, while Nolan Watlington pitched a complete-game two-hitter for South Brunswick, striking out four, allowing just one run. He’s now 2-0.

In the second game, after a long first inning with several stoppages and an overturned call that turned a hit batsman into a strikeout, both pitchers picked up the pace. And both were cruising into the sixth.

In the bottom of the inning, Ethan Fantel worked out a two-out walk, then Peter Cortez drove him in with a double to make it 1-0. All of a sudden, Edison was down to its final three outs. They threatened, as Paul DiCarlo reached on an error by the shortstop, then stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position.

But South Brunswick starter Joey Tuttoilmondo – one of the best pitchers in the GMC – struck out Matt Yascko to end the game. It was his 13th strikeout in the game, a seven-inning, one-hit effort that improved his record to 4-1 and gives him 58 strikeouts on the year to go with just 11 walks.

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Click below to hear postgame reaction from the South Brunswick Vikings:

Nolan Watlington, complete game two-hitter in Game 1
Teonis Pimentel, game-winning RBI triple in Game 1
Joey Tuttoilmondo, complete game, 13-strikeout one-hitter in Game 2

Let’s play two! Edison, South Brunswick to square off in Tuesday doubleheader

Two games, four solid starting pitchers.

That’s the story heading into Tuesday afternoon’s GMC Red Division doubleheader as Edison (5-7) travels to South Brunswick’s Rowland Park to play two against the Vikings (5-8).

Central Jersey Sports Radio will broadcast both games, with the pregame show at 3:15, and first pitch of game one slated for 3:30. The second game will follow about 20 minutes later. Mike Pavlichko will call all the play-by-play; click here to listen.

Each team has had its share of successes, and each had its share of struggles in 2022, and often for the same reason. Both have some veteran players and good pitching, but sometimes the hits and runs just don’t come.

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It’s one reason both teams have lost three of their last four games.

But the matchup also is a chance for both to right the ship. The GMC Red can be unforgiving – especially for an Edison team playing its first year in the division, moving up from the White – but it’s an opportunity for each team against a similar team. A split may be status quo, but a sweep could turn the tide for whoever can grab both.

Click below to hear both head coaches talk about Tuesday’s doubleheader with Edison visiting South Brunswick.

South Brunswick head coach Tim Sweeney
Edison head coach Vinny Abene

Other than top two, much movement in Week 2 Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten

With an idle week, top-ranked St. Joseph of Metuchen stayed put in the Week Two Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten, as did Ridge after a 1-1 week.

But after that, there was a good deal of movement in the rankings, as one would expect early in a season with most teams playing just a handful of games.

Case in point: Woodbridge – on the strength of a sweep of North Brunswick and a ten-run win over Colonia – vaulted into the rankings at No. 6 with a 5-0 record, the only team to make a debut this week.

South Brunswick, on the other hand, dropped to seventh, while Bridgewater-Raritan jumped from 5th to third, and Edison dropped out with a rough 0-3 start, including a sweep at the hands of South Plainfield.

READ MORE: South Plainfield bats around twice, knocks off No. 7 Edison 9-2 to sweep home-and-home set

Below are the full Week 2 Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten rankings, with each team’s record and previous rank:

INSTANT REPLAY: South Plainfield 9, No. 7 Edison 2

On the strength of a five-run second inning, and a four-run fourth, South Plainfield also got solid pitching from senior Jack Massett en route to a 9-5 road win over 7th-ranked Edison, in a GMC White Division game on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

The Tigers improved to 2-2 with the win, while Edison dropped to 0-2.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko call all the action from Edison High School:

South Plainfield bats around twice, knocks off No. 7 Edison 9-2 to sweep home-and-home set

Knowing it had pitching and defense, South Plainfield wasn’t happy to say the least with its first two games of the 2022 season, a 4-3 loss to Monroe, followed by a 17-5 defeat.

What they got against Edison in their next series were the same two games, except the Tigers ended up on the right side of both this time.

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South Plainfield (2-2) capped off a home-and-home sweep of Edison Thursday afternoon with a 9-2 win over the 7th-ranked Eagles (0-2), as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

After a 1-2-3 first inning, the Tigers batted around in the second. They got a single, walk and a bunt for a hit to load the bases, then a two-RBI double by DH Steven Zultowski followed by a bases-clearing two-RBI double by right fielder Tyler Balent to take a 4-0 lead, adding a fifth-run on an infield hit by second-baseman Zack Robinson.

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South Plainfield would add four more in the fourth inning, when they would again send nine men to the plate, including a bases-loaded three-RBI double by catcher Luke Bickunas.

While there was no one star offensively – all but one starter got a hit and scored – the Tigers got a gem on the mound from senior Jack Massett, who allowed just two runs on four hits, struck out five and walked no one.

South Plainfield has now won five straight against Edison in the regular season, with their last loss coming exactly three years ago to the day, early in the 2019 campaign. However, the Eagles beat the Tigers in last year’s GMC Tournament quarterfinals.

Click below for postgame reaction from South Plainfield’s 9-2 win over Edison:

Senior pitcher Jack Massett
Head coach Scott Gleichenhaus

Rebuilding South Plainfield looks for sweep of Edison, while Eagle bats look to take flight off Tigers’ ace

South Plainfield will have its best pitcher on the mound, while Edison’s heavy hitting lineup will try and tee off on him.

And we haven’t even played a full week of high school baseball yet. Isn’t it great?

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The Tigers rallied late to beat the No. 7 Eagles Tuesday afternoon at home, 5-4, handing Edison (0-1) a loss in its opening game, while giving South Plainfield (1-2) its first victory, after a rough opening weekend against Monroe.

Wednesday afternoon – if the rain holds off, which it should, expected to end around midday – the two teams will square off on the red turf on the Boulevard of The Eagles, in a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

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Mike Pavlichko will have all the live play-by-play, beginning with the pregame show around 3:45, and first pitch at 4:00. Click here to listen.

Click below to hear previews of the game with both head coaches:

Edison head coach Vinny Abene
South Plainfield head coach Scott Gleichenhaus

Falcons hold on to top spot in Week 1 Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten

On the strength of a 2-0 start to the season, St. Joseph of Metuchen remains No. 1 in the Week 1 Bellamy & Son Paving High School Baseball Top Ten.

The Falcons were 13-0 and 14-4 winners over Perth Amboy on Friday and Saturday, the 27 runs making for the most St. Joe’s has scored in a two-game GMC series against an opponent in at least 14 years (the oldest records publicly available go back to 2008).

Ridge pulled up to second with a 12-1 blowout win over Gill St. Bernard’s, while Watching Hills dropped two spots to fourth after opening with a 3-2 loss at North Hunterdon.

Monroe jumped into the rankings at No. 8, knocking out South Plainfield, after sweeping the Tigers with a 4-3 home win on Opening Day, and a 17-5 road win Saturday.

Below are the full Week One Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten Rankings:

St. Joe’s leads inaugural Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten

Thanks to Joe Bellamy at Bellamy & Son Paving, high school baseball now has a weekly Top Ten on Central Jersey Sports Radio!

And it’s St. Joseph of Metuchen – the defending GMC Tournament champion – which holds the top spot in the preseason rankings.

The Falcons took the title last year over South Brunswick, which came in third, just behind second-ranked Watchung Hills, which is expected to be one of the top teams again in Somerset County.

Here’s the complete preseason Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten, with each team’s 2021 record and postseason achievements, where applicable: