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By the numbers: GMC Tournament semifinals and finals set records for fewest runs, hits

It was one for the record books.

Make that three for the record books.

The two GMC Tournament semifinal games and the GMC Championship combined to see the fewest amount of runs scored and the fewest amount of hits in the event’s history, which dates back to 1986.

Already the semifinals had set a record: just six runs and eight hits combined in the two games, where South Brunswick beat North Brunswick 2-0 and St. Joseph beat Edison 3-1.

The Raiders had two hits in the game, while the victorious Vikings only had one hit. In the second game, St. Joe’s managed three hits, while Edison mustered only two.

The six runs were one shy of the previous low of seven, which came in 2008, when St. Joe’s beat JFK 3-1, and Old Bridge eked by Edison 2-1.

But that year, five runs were scored in the final, when the Falcons beat the Eagles 3-2. That made for a combined 12 runs in the semifinals and finals.

This year, just two runs were scored in the final, as St. Joseph won its seventh title all-time – and all since 2004 – with a 2-0 victory over South Brunswick. That means the semifinals and finals combined for a total of eight runs, an all-time record.

The same could be said for hits.

This year’s low of eight in the semis easily beat out the previous high of 17 in the 1998 semifinals. And adding in this year’s title game total of six hits means the semis and finals combined for just 14 hits.

Indeed, one for the record books.

Instant Replay: St. Joseph back in GMC finals on another strong outing from Goldan

There was one pitch he wanted back, but in the end it didn’t matter.

Junior Andrew Goldan three-hit Edison Monday afternoon, as 2nd-seeded St. Joseph of Metuchen beat the 6th-seeded Eagles 3-1 in the GMC Tournament semifinals heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving.

The win earned Joe’s its seventh trip to the finals since 2004, where they are unbeaten in six prior trips, the last coming in 2017.

Goldan finished the day with six strikeouts, and the only run he allowed was on a one-out homer in the sixth inning by Edison shortstop Walker Zampella. He buckled down to get a ground out and fly out after that, and despite a minor threat in the top of the seventh by the Eagles, was never in any serious trouble.

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The Falcons also managed only three hits in the game, as Mark Gialluisi scored in the first on a single by Robbie Carvelli.

St. Joe’s added two more runs in the third, when Carvelli singled again with two on, and Tyler Delvecchio grounded into a 4-6-3 double play with a runner on third.

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Falcons’ head coach Mike Murray said after the game Goldan would get the start in the final against South Brunswick, next Sunday at noon at Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech. The game can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, with air time set for 11:30.

Click below to hear the complete game broadcast of St. Joe’s GMCT semifinal win over Edison:

GMC Tournament Semifinals belonged to the pitchers, in historic fashion

The following story has been corrected to indicate Edison had two hits, instead of three, against St. Joseph, meaning the four teams combined for a record low eight hits in the semifinals.

The great thing about sports is some record is always ready to be broken.

In the 2021 GMC Tournament semifinals, two records were set. And it was thanks to the outstanding pitching from all four teams playing at Ray Cipperly Field Monday afternoon.

This year’s version of the semis set a record for the fewest runs scored by the four teams combined, as well as the fewest combined hits, in the history of the GMC Tournament, which goes back to 1986.

South Brunswick defeated North Brunswick in the opening game 2-0, while St. Joseph defeated Edison 3-1 in the second contest. That’s a grand total of six runs.

Only four times in 34 previous semifinal events have the teams combined to score fewer than ten runs.

Nine total runs were scored in the semis in 2017, 2013 and 1997, but the all time low came in 2008 when St. Joe’s beat JFK 3-1 and Old Bridge beat Edison 2-1, a total of seven runs. The Falcons beat the Knights 3-2 in the final that year, for a combined 12 runs in the two semifinal games and the final.

The record low for the semis and finals came in 2017, when St. Joe’s beat Old Bridge 3-2 in one semi, Monroe beat Woodbridge 3-1 in the other, and St. Joe’s topped Monroe 1-0 in the title game. That’s a total of ten runs, a mark that could still be beaten this coming Sunday.

And when you look at who’s expected to start, you’ll realize that’s not out of the realm of possibility.

As for hits, it was slim pickin’s as well Saturday, in record fashion, as the teams combined for just eight hits.

In the opener, South Brunswick managed just one hit off the Raiders’ Zach Konstantinovsky, a home run to left field by infielder Justin Gallagher in the fifth innings. The second run came in the 6th came on an E5, a fielders’ choice bunt, a hit batsman, and a sac fly to left fielded that turned out to be a 7-5-4 double play. North Brunswick got just two hits: a Frandy Martinez single in the second, and an infield hit by Kyle Tarabokia in the third.

RECAP AND REACTION: Tuttoilmondo, Sanchez combine to strikeout 16 and blank North Brunswick to send Vikings to 2nd straight GMCT final

Meanwhile, in game two, the teams combined for five hits. St. Joe’s had three, including a pair of singles in the first, the second of which had Robbie Carvelli driving in a run. Then, Carvelli knocked in another run in the third with a single.

Edison had two, including a solo homer by Walker Zampella.

RECAP AND REACTION: St. Joe’s advances to GMCT final behind another strong outing from Goldan

That’s a combined eight hits in the two games. The previous low was nowhere near it, more than double in fact, when the 1998 semifinals generated just 17 hits, the only other pair of semifinals in GMC Tournament history where both games produced fewer than 10 hits combined.

Edison blanked Carteret 6-0 in a game that produced only eight combined hits, while East Brunswick edged South Plainfield 4-3, with the teams mustering a total of nine hits combined.

Monday’s results, though, said less about the hitting than they did about the state of pitching among the four teams in the semifinals.

After all, the combined ERAs of the four starters only totalled 4.48 coming into the weekend. What else would you expect out of South Brunswick’s Joey Tuttoilmondo, North Brunswick’s Zack Konstantinovsky, Edison’s Dom LaPelosa, and St. Joeseph’s Andrew Goldan?

Konstantinovsky threw one bad pitch – the homer he allowed to Gallagher, and it wasn’t even that bad of a pitch – and went the distance in the loss. Even Gallagher said after the game he didn’t think he’d got all of it. Head coach C.J. Hendricks didn’t think it would stay inside the foul pole.

Tuttoilmondo was on fire, fanning 12, then Frankie Sanchez came on in relief and struck out four more Raiders, picking up the save.

LaPelosa got a somewhat surprising early hook, coming out in the third after falling behind 3-0. He wasn’t getting hit particularly hard, but head coach Vinny Abene went with freshman Jaxon Appelman, who shut down the Falcons, throwing four innings of no-hit ball in relief.

And Andrew Goldan, well, what can you say? A complete game two-hitter, his only mistake a one-out solo shot by Edison shortstop Walker Zampella in the 6th. He pitched out of a sticky situation in the 7th, allowing a one-out walk to Charlie Taub, then a single to Ty Mellinger with two outs, but got Justin Rivera to fly out to center to end the game.

Not shown in the box or line score was the skill with which virtually everyone worked Monday. A lot of backwards Ks in the book meant a lot of hitters fooled by pitchers that looked no good to swing at, only to tickle the ends of the plate and be called third strikes. Fastballs, curves, breaking balls were all mixed in well.

And it made for some historically low-scoring, and – dare we say – thrilling baseball Monday afternoon in East Brunswick.

South Brunswick coach C.J. Hendricks has not committed to a starter yet for Sunday’s GMC Tournament final (12 pm on Central Jersey Sports Radio, air time 11:30 am) against St. Joe’s, and he could go with Tuttoilmondo or Sanchez, depending how his state tournament pitching shakes out this week.

The Vikings are a 5th-seed in Central Jersey Group 4, and will host 12th-seed Old Bridge Wednesday at 4 pm in the first round. Should they win, they would play Friday against the winner of 4th-seed Edison and 13th-seed Princeton. Then come the finals Sunday at noon at Ray Cipperly Field.

But St. Joe’s skipper Mike Murray let their be no doubt after the recorder was turned off following his team’s win who would start against the Vikings in the GMC final: Andrew Goldan.

The Falcons have a non-conference game at Bergen Catholic Tuesday afternoon, and no one who’s worthy of a postseason start will touch the mound in that game.

St. Joe’s has a first-round bye in the Non-Public South A bracket, where are the 5th-seed, and will play at 4th-seed Red Bank Catholic – which also has a first-round bye – Friday afternoon. Either Colin Leyner (3-1, 3.14 ERA) or Jimmy Mulvaney (1-1, 3.10 ERA) are likely to get the start against the Caseys.

St. Joe’s advances to GMCT final behind another strong outing from Goldan

Second-seed St.Joseph of Metuchen held off 6th-seed Edison with a 3-1 GMC Tournament semifinal win Monday afternoon, to propel the Falcons to the league’s title game next Sunday in East Brunswick.

In a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, junior Andrew Goldan struck out six and allowed just one run – a homer to Edison shortstop Walker Zampella – to get the win.

With a bye in the state tournament, a non-conference game this week, and their first-round game not until Friday, Goldan can now sit out the week and rest to be full-go with no pitch count limit for next Sunday’s final at Ray Cipperly Field against 5th-seed South Brunswick.

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That game can be heard at 12 noon on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with pregame tentatively set for 11:30 am.

Robbie Carvelli drove in Mark Gialluisi for the game’s first run in the first inning.

The Falcons then scrapped for two more runs in the third – the second of which would prove to be decisive – in an inning where they worked out two walks, a single, and a hit batsman.

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St. Joe’s will make its seventh trip to the GMC finals, all since 2004, in which they are 6-0 all-time. They beat Monroe 1-0 in 2017 in their last trip.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from St. Joe’s win over Edison in the GMC Tournament semifinals:

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It’s GMC Tournament Semifinals day! A look at the matchups

Central Jersey Sports Radio will have live play-by-play coverage of both GMC Tournament Semifinal games today from Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving.

NEW: Game times have been moved back one hour to allow extra time for the field to dry after nearly constant rain since Friday afternoon.

Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe will call all the action starting at 12:35 am with the pregame show.

Thanks to local sponsors Baseball Warehouse of Highland Park, Edison Boys Baseball, Ideal Tire of Edison, and Derby Appliances.

Here’s a closer look at the semifinal matchups:

(10) NORTH BRUNSWICK (16-8-1) vs. (5) SOUTH BRUNSWICK (13-8), 1:00

How they got here: North Brunswick def. (8) Metuchen 3-2 in the first round, def. (16) JFK 8-2 in the quarterfinals. South Brunswick def. (12) Woodbridge 12-2 in the first round, def. (4) Middlesex 8-1 in the semifinals.

Starting Pitchers: Zach Konstantinovsky for North Brunswick (6-0, 1.33 ERA). Joey Tuttoilmondo for South Brunswick (3-0, 1.84 ERA)

Team Notes:

For North Brunswick, Konstantinovsky has done it at the plate and on the mound, and he’ll get the chance to do it again. In addition to going a complete game seven innings against Metuchen in their first-round game – allowing two earned runs and striking out seven – he was 1-for-2 at bat with an RBI and two walks. He’s hit three home runs on the season to lead the Raiders. In the semifinals against JFK, Tyler Sommer was 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double, while Anthony Partazana stole two bases.

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For the South Brunswick, Joey Tuttoilmondo also got the first round win on the mound, throwing 106 pitches in a complete game mercy-rule shutout, going the full six innings, striking out eight, and walking just one. Neel Telivedara knocked in three runs, and Nolan Watlington brought home two, in the opener against Woodbridge. Against Middlesex in the semis, Jared Lauri had a 2-for-4 day, including a three-run homer that gave the Vikings a 4-1 lead in the fourth.

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Tournament History:

South Brunswick is seeking its fourth trip to the finals, where they are 2-1 all time. They lost to Old Bridge 2-1 in the title game two years ago, the last tournament played since last year’s was cancelled when the season was wiped out by COVID.

North Brunswick hasn’t been to the finals since 2010. Their only two appearances came that year, and the year before. The Raiders were blanked by St. Joseph in the 2009 final 6-0, and lost 9-2 to South Brunswick in the 2010 title game.

Did you know? Of the four potential finals matchups this season, the only teams that have ever met each other in the title game are North Brunswick and St. Joe’s, in 2009.

(6) EDISON (16-6) vs. (2) ST. JOSEPH-METUCHEN (16-9), 3:30

How they got here: Edison def. (11) JP Stevens 8-4 in the first round, def. (6) South Plainfield in the quarterfinals. St. Joseph def. (15) Old Bridge 4-0 in the first round, def. (10) Spotswood in the quarterfinals.

Starting Pitchers: Dom LaPelosa for Edison (4-1, 2.33 ERA). Andrew Goldan for St. Joseph (5-0, 0.51 ERA).

Team Notes:

For Edison, Dom LaPelosa got the win in relief in the opener against JP Stevens, when Sal DellaFave struggled to find his control, walking two and hitting two batters in just 2 1/3 innings of work. LaPelosa gave up just one earned run in 4 2/3 innings innings out of the bullpen. That was followed by an eight strikeout, no earned run effort by freshman sensation Jaxon Appelman, who will be available today, if needed, though he could be saved for the state tournament, which begins later this week. Ty Mellinger has been hot in the tournament, hitting 4-for-7, while Evrin Virola knocked in three runs in the quarterfinals against South Plainfield. Della Fave has been the slugger all season long, leading the team – and for a good part of the year, the state – with seven home runs on the season.

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St. Joseph’s Andrew Goldan has been outstanding since returning a couple weeks into the season following tendinitis issues. Against Old Bridge in the oepning round, he pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball to get the win. Colin Leyner closed out that game, and the Spotswood win in the quarters. The Falcons have allowed only three runs in their two tourney wins so far. Robbie Carvelli has been serving up runs all year long; he was 2-for-3 in the opener with two RBIs, a triple and a home run. Tyler Delvecchio knocked in two runs with a 2-for-3 evening against the Chargers, while Christian Azcona knocked in three on a 2-for-4 night.

ST. JOSEPH-METUCHEN PREVIEW

Tournament History:

Edison has won more GMC Tournament titles than anyone else in the league, with eight crowns, and they’ve made more appearances in the finals than anyone else too, reaching the ultimate game nine times. But those all came in a stretch of 12 years from 1990 to 2001, and they haven’t been back since beating Spotswood for the title 20 years ago.

St. Joseph is tied for East Brunswick with seven finals appearances, second only to Edison. The Falcons have won six titles, their most recent in 2017 when they shutout Monroe 1-0. Their 2004 title game win over Carteret ended a long drought; they had not previously reached a GMC final since the tournament began in 1986, and hadn’t been to a Middlesex County final before that since 1968.

Did you know? The last time Edison reached the GMC Tournament final, current North Brunswick head coach Mark Blevins was playing third base for the Eagles? If both the Eagles and Raiders win today, Blevins would end up coaching against his alma mater in the finals, slated for Sunday, June 6th at East Brunswick Tech.

Greater Middlesex Conference moves baseball semifinals to Memorial Day

In the end, the decision was a no-brainer.

The Greater Middlesex Conference – in the face of a miserable weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday – has moved the semifinal games of its baseball tournament to Monday, Memorial Day.

League President Mike Pede told Central Jersey Sports Radio of the move just after 9 am Friday.

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday calls for on-and-off showers and drizzly weather, with windy conditions and unseasonably cool temperatures in the upper 50s. Normal for this time of year is more in the upper 70s range.

Jared Lauri – shown here slugging a three-run homer against Middlesex in the quarterfinals – will lead South Brunswick aginst North Brunswick in the GMC Tournament semifinals, now movied to Monday.

Pede says he and Middlesex AD Mike O’Donnel, the league’s baseball rep, made the decision based on a number of factors.

Pede says they didn’t want the semifinals to be contested in iffy weather, especially with a much nicer day – mid 70s and partly sunny – forecast for Monday.

He also didn’t want teams to play on different days, as if one team got their game in and the other didn’t because of the rain. Pede said that could give one team an advantage over the other in the finals with an additional day of rest for their pitching staff.

The move by the GMC should not affect what pitchers are available for the finals, slated for Sunday, June 6. NJSIAA rules say pitchers who throw up to 110 pitches – the maximum allowed in a single game – need four days’ rest before they can pitch again. There would be five days of rest in between the semifinals and finals.

However, it could affect plans for the state tournament. Edison, South Brunswick and North Brunswick all have first round games in the Central Jersey Group 4 bracket on Wednesday, while St. Joseph-Metuchen has a first round bye in South Non-Public A until Friday.

Falcons’ head coach Mike Murray, whose team is in the semifinals and will face Edison, told Central Jersey Sports Radio in an interview about a half-hour before the decision was announced that he hoped the GMC would announce its plans early, and not wait and see, going day by day, leaving people on hold with their plans for the holiday weekend.

Soon after, the GMC made the call.

The game times for Monday at East Brunswick Tech’s Ray Cipperly Field will be the same as they were for this Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving.

The opener at noon will feature 9th-seed North Brunswick and 5th-seed South Brunswick, while the 2:30 game has 6th-seed Edison taking on 2nd-seed St. Joseph-Metuchen.

Air-time will be 11:45 am on CJSR, with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe calling all the action. You can listen live by clicking here.

Below are links to game previews and interviews with all four coaches for Monday’s games:

SOUTH BRUNSWICK: Hendricks expects lower scoring game when Vikings meet Raiders in GMCT semis

NORTH BRUNSWICK: North Brunswick seeking first trip to GMC finals in over a decade

EDISON: Edison looks to keep special year rolling when Eagles face St. Joe’s in GMCT semis

ST. JOSEPH: Goldan looks to pitch St. Joe’s into GMC finals

Edison looks to keep special year rolling when Eagles face St. Joe’s in GMCT semis

From 1990 to 2001, Edison won eight GMC Tournament championships.

They haven’t been back to the finals since that run ended, but this year’s group is looking to change all that.

Coming off the pandemic year where no high school baseball was played in New Jersey, the 6th-seeded Eagles have had a solid season, bolstered by a strong pitching staff, lef by Dom LaPelosa, Sal DellaFave, and newcomer Jaxon Appelman, who was strong Tuesday in the quarterfinals, and a 7-2 winner over perennial contender South Plainfield.

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READ & HEAR MORE: Edison reaches first GMT semifinal since 2008 with upset win over South Plainfield

That strength will be on display Monday afternoon when Edison (16-6) takes on second-seed St. Joseph Metuchen (16-9) in the GMC Tournament semifinals on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving. First pitch slated for 2:30 pm.

Click here to listen to the live broadcast, with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe calling all the action.

The semifinals were originally scheduled for Saturday, but the threat of rainy, windy, and cold weather – with temperatures not expected to get out of the 50s – prompted the move, announced this morning by GMC President Mike Pede.

Edison will throw Dom LaPelosa (4-1, 2.33 ERA) on the mound, a dominant pitcher who struck out 15 in a win over Colonia earlier this month, heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

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“K” PARADE: Listen to all Dom LaPelosa’s 15 Ks from Edison’s win over Colonia

The year has quietly been a special one for Edison, which has not been to the GMC Tournament semifinals in 20 years. That capped a stretch of eight titles in 12 years, where the Eagles had won in 1990, then four in a row from 1992 through 1995, then back to back titles in 1998 and ’99, and one more for good measure in 2001.

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Ironically, that 2001 roster had a third baseman named Mark Blevins, who’s now in his fourth year as North Brunswick skipper, and his team is also in the semifinals, as the Raiders play South Brunswick in the opening GMC Tournament semifinal game. Wins by the Eagles and Vikings would pit Blevins against his alma mater for the title a week from Sunday.

Click below to hear CJSR’s Mike Pavlichko chat with Edison Head Coach Vinny Abene about the 2021 season and the Eagles’ semifinal meeting with St. Joseph-Metuchen:

Rainy Memorial Day Weekend forecast could push GMCT semis back as late as Monday

With rain in the forecast for Central Jersey for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the GMC Tournament semifinals – scheduled for Saturday at noon and 2:30 pm – are in serious jeopardy.

The Greater Middlesex Conference has devised multiple backup scenarios that would allow it to play the games this weekend, according to league President Mike Pede, who crafted the plan along with Baseball AD Mike O’Donnell of Middlesex High School.

In an exclusive conversation with Central Jersey Sports Radio, Pede discussed the plans, which include a number of options. The games could be moved later on Saturday, be moved to Sunday or Monday, or even be played at JFK High School.

Scroll down to hear the complete intervie as Mike Pavlichko talks with GMC President Mike Pede about rain contingencies for this weekend’s GMC Tournament semifinals.

Not having lights at East Brunswick Tech is a limitation, but even though JFK does, Pede wants to avoid the risk of getting one game in, but the other getting rained out. He says that would create an unfair advantage for the team that plays and wins, because they’d have an extra day off.

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Central Jersey Sports Radio is scheduled to carry both games of the GMC Tournament semifinals – presented by Bellamy & Son Paving – with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe scheduled for Saturday’s coverage.

Pregame is set for 11:45 am with first pitch at noon for Game One between 5th-seed South Brunswick and 10th-seed North Brunswick. At 2:30, the other semifinal has 2nd-seed St. Joseph-Metuchen taking on 6th-seed Edison.

Click below to hear GMC President Mike Pede talk about this weekend’s rain scenario for the GMC Tournament:

Instant Replay: Edison tops South Plainfield 7-2 in GMCT quarterfinals

The 6th-seeded Edison Eagles moved on to the GMC Tournament semifinals with a 7-2 quarterfinal win over GMC White Division foe South Plainfield.

The third-seeded Tigers had beaten Edison 11-1 and 7-5 this season, but Edison exacted revenge when it mattered most, in the county tournament.

In a game broadcast live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, the Eagles scored three times each in the third and fifth innings, and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Senior centerfielder Evrin Virola knocked in three runs, including two on an RBI double in the third inning. He was 2-for-4 on the evening.

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All while freshman Jaxon Appelman turned in a big performance on a big stage, under the lights against a perennial contender in Middlesex County. The righty threw 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, allowing only two unearned runs, both of which scored after he had already exited the game in the seventh inning.

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The win puts Edison in the GMC semifinals against 2nd-seed St. Joseph of Metuchen Saturday afternoon at 2:30, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Click below to listen to the full game broadcast of Edison’s quarterfinal win over South Plainfield:

GMC Tournament semifinals are set; Edison will make first appearance in 13 years, while North and South Brunswick will duke it out

Saturday’s GMC Tournament semifinals are all set, complete with a little bit of history in the making, and a battle of the Brunswicks.

In the opening game at noon at East Brunswick Tech, 5th-seed South Brunswick (13-7) will take on 9th-seed North Brunswick (15-8-1). The Vikings dispatched of Middlesex 8-1 in the quarterfinals Tuesday night, while the Raiders were 8-2 winners over JFK.

POSTGAME AUDIO: Lauri’s 3-run HR, Sanchez’ 12 K effort power South Brunswick to GMCT semis

In the 2:30 game, 2nd-seed St. Joseph of Metuchen (16-8) will battle 6th-seed Edison. The Falcons were 14-3 winners in 5 innings over Spotswood Tuesday night, while the Eagles upset fellow White Division foe South Plainfield – the 3rd-seed – in a 7-2 victory.

POSTGAME AUDIO: Edison reaches first GMT semifinal since 2008 with upset win over South Plainfield

Both games can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio as Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call all the action, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving. You can listen by clicking here. Pregame coverage begins at 11:45 am.

It will be Edison’s first trip to the GMC Tournament semifinals since 2008; they lost to Old Bridge in that round 2-1. Their last title came in 2001.

North Brunswick’s last trip was in 2010, when they were a 16-seed and just 4-11 going into the semis. They beat 20th-seed Carteret (which was just 9-12) to move on the finals for a second straight year, but the Raiders fell to South Brunswick, 9-2. Had they won, they would have become the lowest seeded team to win the GMC Tournament.

North Brunswick faced South Brunswick in the 2019 GMC Tournament’s first round, and lost 6-0.

The Vikings made it to the finals that year but lost to Old Bridge, 2-1.

St. Joseph lost to Old Bridge in the semifinals in 2019, also by a 2-1 score.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE (GMCT Semifinals at East Brunswick Tech)

12 noon – (5) South Brunswick vs. (9) North Brunswick
2:30 pm – (2) St. Joseph-Metuchen vs. (6) Edison

FINALS (at East Brunswick Tech)

Sunday, June 6 at East Brunswick Tech, 12 noon