BY ALEC CROUTHAMEL — After a dormant first few innings of their Greater Middlesex Conference quarterfinal game against Edison, the floodgates opened for North Brunswick.
An eight-run fourth put the game out of reach quickly, and the Raiders came out with an 11-0 win in five innings on their home field at North Brunswick Community Park, to put them in the GMCT semis for the third straight year.
Saturday at 2:30 pm, the top-seeded Raiders will face fourth-seed Monroe – which they swept two games in the regular season – at East Brunswick Magnet School’s Ray Cipperly Field, in a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Auto Lounge of Edison.
North Brunswick managed only two hits after three innings, but put up eight runs in the fourth in a variety of ways, including bunts, walks, hit-by-pitches, and even an error. They batted around in the inning, taking the pressure off of their pitching in a hurry.
Kyle Anderson threw all five innings for North Brunswick in shutout fashion, allowing only three hits and striking out two without an extra-base hit. He was also backed by some great defense, with a number of highlight-reel plays to prevent any damage on the scoreboard.
Edison’s Paul di Pasquale lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing the first two runs of the game before being taken out. Robert Roma pitched the remainder of the game for the Eagles, allowing 8 runs the rest of the way. Roma also provided a hit from the plate.
Rutgers-bound North Brunswick star Zack Konstantinovsky also contributed in many ways from the plate, with two hits, a sacrifice fly RBI, and even reaching on a hit-by-pitch to his right arm. Konstantinovsky will get the ball in Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Monroe, and the ace is eager to get on the mound.
North Brunswick (13-5) has dominated their first two games of the GMC Tournament, outscoring South River and Edison (12-8) by a combined 36-0 in just ten innings en route to the semis.
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