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

It’s not like Edison hadn’t beaten South Plainfield in years. In fact, their last win over the Tigers was in their first meeting in 2019.

But Tuesday night’s 7-2 win at North Brunswick Community Park over their White Division foes was monumental, in that it sent the third-seeded Eagles to the GMC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2008, when they lost to Old Bridge 2-1.

In a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, freshman pitcher Jaxon Appelman held third-seed South Plainfield (17-3-1) to just one hit through 6 1/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs in the seventh.

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But the Edison bats did a job as well, scoring seven runs against a South Plainfield team that entered the game with a 0.86 team ERA. The run total was the second highest allowed all season by the Tigers (Woodbridge scored nine in a 12-9 South Plainfield win on May 13th), and they had surrendered fewer than five runs in all but five games before Tuesday night.

Senior centerfielder Evrin Virola knocked in three runs on a 2-for-4 night, including a two-run double in the third that made it 3-0 Edison.

The win pits third-seeded Edison (15-6) against second seed St. Joseph of Metuchen (16-8), which beat 10th-seed Spotswood 14-3 in five innings Tuesday night. The Eagles and Falcons will play in Saturday’s 2:30 semifinal at East Brunswick Tech, a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Edison’s 7-2 GMCT quarterfinal win over South Plainfield:

Edison returns significant talent, will kick off season today against neighboring Woodbridge

Edison and Woodbridge High Schools are only seven miles apart.

But when they play Monday in the first Opening Day for New Jersey High School Baseball in two years, it will only be the sixth meeting between the two schools since 2010.

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You can hear the game LIVE on Central Jersey Sports Radio in our debut of Greater Middlesex Conference Baseball; coverage starts at 3:40 pm, with first pitch at 4:00. Click here to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas call all the action. Special thanks to game sponsors Derby Appliance, Edison Boys Baseball League, and Ideal Tire Systems of Edison.

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Edison will play its second straight season down in the White Division when it begins the 2021 campaign this afternoon, taking on a Barrons team that has a lot of unknowns.

It will also be the first official high school baseball game played on the “brand-new” red and gold field, which was set to go for last season, the season that never happened. All artificial turf, the “grass” areas are Edison red, while the infield, baselines, pitchers’ mound and home plate area is all Edison gold.

For Eagles’ head coach Vinny Abene – now in his 18th season (243-203-1) – the pitching is a bit ahead of the hitting, but he believes they have a good core coming back, including senior shortstop Walker Zampella. Abene calls him one of the best defensive shortstops in the county.

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Other returning starters in the lineup include centerfielder Evrin Virola – a senior who has been a starter his entire high school career – and first-baseman/pitcher Sal DellaFave, a junior who led the team in hits and runs batted in during his freshman campaign in 2019.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s conversation with Edison Head Coach Vinny Abene, ahead of today’s Opening Day matchup with the Barrons:

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