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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.

“Goldan!” St. Joes wins seventh GMC Tournament title behind scoreless, 10 K effort from Andrew Goldan

It was another sterling, dominating, phenomenal – name another adjective – pitching performance from junior Andrew Goldan, who struck out ten in six and two-thirds scoreless innings to lead St. Joseph of Metuchen to its seventh GMC tournament crown.

The second-seeded Falcons beat fifth-seed South Brunswick 2-0 Monday at Ray Cipperly Field in East Brunswick, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio and powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Goldan finished the GMC’s 3-0, allowing only one earned run in 20 1/3 innings, striking out 20. His ERA in the three GMC games was 0.34.

St. Joe’s got a run in the second when Christian Azcona singled to lead off, and Jack Kern reached on a bunt, and an error on South Brunswick catcher Joey Chegus on the throw to first.

Colin Layner walked to load the bases and Xavier Arana walked to drive in the run.

The Falcons manufactured an insurance run the hard way in the third, when Robbie Carvelli led off with a double, and Tyler Delvecchio singled to move Carvelli’s pinch runner, Ryan Kim, him to third.

After a popup to second by Azcona, Kern laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze to bring in Kim from third.

St. Joseph (18-11) is now 7-1 all-time in the GMC title game, with all those wins coming since 2004. South Brunswick (14-9) is 2-2 all-time in GMC finals, and has lost two straight.

They last appeared in 2019, and lost 2-1 to Old Bridge.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from St. Joseph’s GMC Tournament win:

St. Joe’s pitcher Andrew Goldan
St. Joe’s head coach Mike Murray

A complete preview of the 2021 GMC Tournament Championship: St. Joseph-Metuchen vs. South Brunswick

Sunday at noon, St. Joseph of Metuchen will play South Brunswick for the 2021 GMC Tournament Championship in baseball.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will have complete coverage – presented by Bellamy & Son Paving – starting at 11:15 am with our pregame show, full of interviews with the players and both head coaches. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, with first pitch set for noon from Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech.

Click here to listen to the live broadcast!

The Falcons will be going for their seventh GMC title all-time, while the Vikings are looking for their third.

Scroll through this story for links to our coverage of both teams in the tournament so far, the finals at-a-glance, how they got here, team records in the finals, team leaders, and other notes and stats:

Coverage of St. Joseph:

Coverage of South Brunswick:

GMC FINALS AT-A-GLANCE:

Teams:
(2) St. Joseph-Metuchen (17-11, 11-3 GMC Red)
(5) South Brunswick (14-9, 9-5 GMC Red)

Starting Pitchers:
St. Joseph: Andrew Goldan (6-0, 0.61 ERA)
South Brunswick: Frankie Sanchez (2-0, 0.72 ERA) or Joey Tuttoilmondo (4-0, 1.60 ERA)

Date and Time: Sunday, June 6 – 12 noon
Location: Ray Cipperly Field at East Brunswick Tech HS
Listen on: Central Jersey Sports Radio (click here)
Announcers: Mike Pavlichko, Dom Savino

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

St. Joseph:
First Round: def. (15) Old Bridge 4-0
Quarterfinals: def. (10) Spotswood 14-3
Semifinals: def. (6)Edison 3-1

South Brunswick:
First Round: def. (12) Woodbridge 12-2
Quarterfinals: def. (4) Middlesex 8-1
Semifinals: def. (9) North Brunswick 2-0

FINALS HISTORY:

St. Joseph (6-1): Prior to their 2004 appearance, the Falcons had not made a GMC or Middlesex County final of any kind since 1968, when they beat South River 2-0 for the Middlesex County Coaches’ Association Tournament Championship.

They allowed eight runs in their lone finals loss, but in their six wins have allowed a total of two runs, winning fiveof them via shutout, including a 2014 victory at TD Bank Park in Bridgdewater over South Plainfield, 1-0, on a one-out, bases loaded walk that scored Marl Bobko from third

2004: St. Joseph 6, Carteret 0
2005: East Brunswick 8, St. Joseph 1
2006: St. Joseph 11, South Amboy 0
2008: St. Joseph 3, Old Bridge 2
2009: St. Joseph 6, North Brunswick 0
2014: St. Joseph 1, South Plainfield 0
2017: St. Joseph 1, Monroe 0

South Brunswick (2-1): The Vikings won their last title 11 years ago, beating North Brunswick – the team they beat in the semifinals to get here 9-2. Their other title was eight years before that.

2002: South Brunswick 4, Piscataway 2 (9 innings)
2010: South Brunswick 9, North Brunswick 2
2019: Old Bridge 2, South Brunswick 1

South Brunswick and St. Joe’s have never met in the GMC Tournament finals.

Red Division: With a Red Division team is guaranteed to win this year’s final, the division will have won four of the last five finals. East Brunswick won it in 2016, while St. Joe’s won in 2017. South Plainfield out of the White took the 2018 title, but Old Bridge claimed the flag for the Red again in 2019, and this year, either St. Joe’s or South Brunswick from the Red will be crowned GMC champs.

The last lower seeded team to win a GMC title was in 2018, when 14th-seed south plainfield beat 12th-seed Perth Amboy 2-1 in a 12 inning title game.

TEAM LEADERS:

St. Joseph:

Christian Azcona, Tom Zammitti and Tyler Delvecchio are all hitting .400 or better on the season, with DelVecchio and Robbie Carvelli leading the team in runs batted in with 20 apiece. The Falcons hit .303 as a team, and are at .324 in the postseason despite managing just three hits against Edison in the semis.

Carvelli is tearing the cover off the ball in the GMCs, however, 5-for-8 (.625) with four runs batted in, a triple and a home run. Delvecchio also has driven in four runs. And Mark Gialluisi has been on base six times in nine plate appearances, thanks to his team-leading four walks in the GMCs.

The Falcons have hit four home runs all year, coming from the bats of Carvelli, Gialluisi, Eric Gonzalez and Andrew Goldan.

St. Joe’s junior Andrew Goldan threw five no-hit innings against Old Bridge this year, but didn’t finish the game due to a strict pitch count as he returned from tendinitis issues.

On the mound, Goldan has three of the Falcons’ two tournament wins, a combined six hits in 13 2/3 innings pitched, allowing just one earned run, walking five and striking out 10, with an ERA of 0.53 in the postseason.

South Brunswick:

Pete Cortez is the top-hitting regular, with a batting average of .371. He’s 4-for-9 in the GMCs, with 2 RBIs. As a team, the Vikings are hitting just over .260, but that’s up to .288 in the GMCT.

Cortez also leads in a number of other offensive categories, including hits (26), singles (18), doubles (6), RBIs (15) and runs scored (17). But the Vikings have balance. right behind him with 12 RBIs apiece are jared Lauri, Frankie Sanchez, and Alex Ciccone, who will return Sunday from a thumb injury suffered when he dove back in head first and was picked off first base in the first inning of the Vikings’ quarterfinal game against Middlesex.

South Brunswick has launched 10 home runs on the season. Lauri and Sanchez have each sent three out of the yard, while Cortez has hit two, and Justin Gallagher and Nolan Watlington each have a homer.

Jared Lauri slugs a 3-run homer in the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon to power South Brunswick past Middlesex in the GMC Tournament Quarterfinals.

As for pitching, only Joey Tuttoilmondo and Frankie Sanchez have seen the ball for the Vikings in the county tournament. Sanchez is 1-0 with a save while Tuttoilmondo is 2-0. Sanchez is the only one to allow an earned run in the tournament, as the Vikings have a team ERA of 0.35 over three games. The pair have combined for 36 strikeouts and seven walks, allowing three runs total in 20 innings of work.

Top Middlesex ump shares love for the game, urges more to become officials

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He’s the President of the local chapter of the New Jersey State Federation of Umpires.

But he started out as a high schooler, looking to pick up a few extra bucks in his spare time.

Sunday, Warren Bennett will be an umpire at the GMC Tournament final, when South Brunswick and St. Joseph square off at Ray Cipperly Field (11:15 air time, noon first pitch on Central Jersey Sports Radio). And he’s hoping more people who love the game of baseball consider their potential to do the same.

Click above to learn more about how to be an umpire and join the NSJFU.

While there’s a shortage of officials at all levels of all sports, Bennett says it’s a bit better in the Mickey Sedlak Chapter of the NJSFU, which officiates both baseball and softball in Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties. But they still need new blood, particularly at the sub-varsity level.

Click below to hear Warren Bennett talk about upiring, his love of baseball, his experiences, and how to become an umpire with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

GMC Tournament history: Every championship game and more

When 2nd-seed St. Joseph-Metuchen and 5th-seed South Brunswick meet for the GMC Tournament title Sunday afternoon at Ray Cipperly Field in East Brunswick, it will be the Vikings’ second straight trip, and the first for the Falcons in four years.

Of course, there was no tournament last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but South Brunswick made it to the 2019 final, losing 1-0 to Old Bridge.

St. Joseph of Metuchen made it to the finals last in 2017, when they beat Monroe 1-0.

Monroe was the top-seed in this year’s tournament, but was knocked out in the first round by 16th-seed JFK.

South Brunswic and St. Joe’s are a combined 8-2 in the finals all-time, so it would appear something has to give.

Sunday’s GMC Final can be heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving, by clicking here. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino have the call, starting with pregame at 11:15 am. First pitch is at noon.

Here’s a closer look at the GMC Tournament finals, year by year:

GMC TOURNAMENT FINALS HISTORY:

1986:  East Brunswick 14, Madison Central 3

1987:  Cedar Ridge 2,  Colonia 1

1988:  Carteret 4, JP Stevens 2 (11 innings)

1989:  Madison Central 8, Cedar Ridge 7 (8 innings)

1990:  Edison 9, South Plainfield 3

1991:  East Brunswick 6, South Plainfield 5

1992:  Edison 1, Bishop Ahr 0

1993:  Edison 12, JFK 3

1994:  Edison 10, Monroe 3

1995:  Edison 5, Piscataway 3

1996:  Bishop Ahr 4, Edison 3 (13 innings)

1997:  East Brunswick 3, JFK 2

1998:  Edison 2, East Brunswick 1

1999:  Edison 7, Bishop Ahr 2

2000:  Woodbridge 7, JFK 1

2001:  Edison 4, Spotswood 1

2002:  South Brunswick 4, Piscataway 2 (9 innings)

2003:  Piscataway 9, East Brunswick 5

2004:  St. Joseph 6, Carteret 0

2005:  East Brunswick 8, St. Joseph 1

2006:  St. Joseph 11, South Amboy 0

2007:  Spotswood 7, JP Stevens 6

2008:  St. Joseph 3, Old Bridge 2

2009: St. Joseph 6, North Brunswick 0

2010:  South Brunswick 9, North Brunswick 2

2011:  Old Bridge 3, South Plainfield 2

2012:  Middlesex 10, Sayreville 4

2013:  JFK 4, Monroe 2

2014:  St. Joseph 1, South Plainfield 0

2015:  Monroe 1, Sayreville 0 (8 innings)

2016:  East Brunswick 1, JP Stevens 0

2017:  St. Joseph 1, Monroe 0

2018:  South Plainfield 2, Perth Amboy 1 (12 innings)

2019:  Old Bridge 2, South Brunswick 1

MOST GMCT FINALS APPEARANCES:

  1. Edison – 9
  2. St. Joseph – 8
  3. East Brunswick – 7
  4. South Plainfield – 5
  5. South Brunswick, JFK, Monroe – 4

READ MORE: GMC Tournament Semifinals belonged to the pitchers, in historic fashion

MOST GMC TOURNAMENT WINS:

  • 8-Edison
  • 6-St. Joseph-Metuchen
  • 5-East Brunswick
  • 2-South Brunswick, Old Bridge

ALL-TIME RECORDS IN THE FINALS:

East Brunswick 5-2 (2016)

Bishop Ahr 1-2 (1996)

Carteret 1-1 (1998)

*Cedar Ridge 1-1 (1987)

Colonia 0-1

Edison 8-1 (2001)

JFK 1-3 (2013)

JP Stevens 0-3

*Madison Central 1-1 (1989)

Middlesex 1-0 (2012)

Monroe 1-3 (2015)

North Brunswick 0-2

Old Bridge 2-1 (2019)

Perth Amboy 0-1

Piscataway 1-2 (2003)

Sayreville 0-2

South Amboy 0-1

South Brunswick 2-1 (2010)

South Plainfield 1-4 (2018)   

Spotswood 1-1 (2007)

St. Joseph 6-1 (2017)

Woodbridge 1-0 (2000)

DID YOU KNOW?

In the Greater Middlesex Conference’s current alignment, every team from the GMC Red Division has made at least one appearance in the finals. New Brunswick is the only White Division team never to qualify for the finals, while four current Gold Division teams have never made it: South River, Highland Park, Dunellen and Metuchen. South Amboy is the only current Gold Division team to make a final, losing 11-0 to St. Joe’s in the 2006 title game.

Lucky Seven? St. Joe’s a win away from yet another GMC baseball crown

They’ve got one for the thumb, plus one more.

When 2nd-seed St. Joseph of Metuchen takes on 5th-seed South Brunswick Sunday afternoon for the GMC Tournament title, the Falcons will be gunning for lucky Number Seven.

You can hear Sunday’s game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio – presented by Bellamy & Son Paving – with a special extended pregame show beginning at 11:15. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, and you can listen by clicking here.

St. Joe’s has only lost one GMC Tournament final in baseball – in 2005 to East Brunswick – although the school had a long absence from any kind of county final before that.

Before their 2004 appearance in the title tilt – when they beat Carteret 6-0 – they had not been to a GMC or Middlesex County Coaches’ Association final since 1968, a whopping three-decade-plus drought.

Not only did the drought end there, but the Falcons made it to four of the next five finals, winning three of them, in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They added two more in 2014 and 2017, with the 2014 title coming in dramatic fashion.

That year, the Falcons beat South Plainfield 1-0 on a walk-off walk with the bases loaded.

For St. Joe’s, it will start with pitching, as junior Andrew Goldan takes the mound, coming off a one-run, six-strikeout performance against Edison in the semifinals.

On the season, he’s 6-0 with a miniscule 0.61 earned run average.

Who he’ll go against is up in the air, as South Brunswick’s top starters are both available.

Joey Tuttoilmondo was stellar against North Brunswick in the Vikings’ semifinal win, while Frankie Sanchez closed it out. Neither will have any pitch count restrictions Sunday against St. Joseph.

Click below to hear Falcons’ head coach Mike Murray talk about the GMC Finals matchup vs. South Brunswick:

Hendricks believes his Vikings are hitting their stride at the right time

Despite a state tournament loss to Old Bridge – and an upset at that – in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 state playoffs, South Brunswick is playing good baseball.

At 14-9, the Vikings have won three straight games in the tournament to get here, and won four of their last five in league play heading into the postseason, with victories over Monroe and Piscataway, plus a pair of victories over Old Bridge.

It’s always tough to beat a team three times in a season – especially with the first two coming so recently – but that’s why Vikings head coach C.J. Hendricks also believes they can turn the tables on St. Joe’s, which beat South Brunswick twice in the regular year.

Despite the year off in between due to COVID, it’ll be the second trip in a row to the finals for 5th-seed South Brunswick, when they take on No. 2 seed St. Joseph-Metuchen Sunday at noon in the GMC Tournament Finals.

South Brunswick lost 1-0 to Old Bridge in the 2019 GMC finals.

Sunday’s game can be heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio at noon, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving, with air-time at 11:15 am. Click here to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the play-by-play.

South Brunswick will have to do more at the plate than they did in the semifinals against Route One rival North Brunswick.

The Vikings were one-hit by the Raiders’ Zach Konstantinovsky, who only allowed a home run to shortstop Justin Gallagher in the fifth inning, and a scratch-and-claw run that came home on a fly ball to left in the sixth inning by Pete Cortez.

Click below to hear South Brunswick head coach C.J. Hendricks talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

Carvelli and Gialluisi look to bring home their first hardware for St. Joe’s

St. Joseph of Metuchen will play for its seventh GMC Tournament title this Sunday when the 2nd-seeded Falcons take on 5th-seed South Brunswick Sunday at East Brunswick Tech.

But it’ll be the first opportunity for sophomores Robbie Carvelli and Mark Gialluisi to put another piece in the trophy case.

Carvelli – the Falcons’ centerfielder – is 5-for-8 in the tournament so far, batting .625 over three games against Old Bridge, Spotswood, and Edison, knocking in four runs, not counting the run that came in on a 4-6-3 double play he grounded into in the third inning of the semifinals against the Eagles.

Gialluisi has been given the keys by head coach Mike Murray to deal with a pitching staff that has had three solid starters, at various stages of their high school careers.

There’s senior Colin Leyner, who hasn’t allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings in the tournament, in two appearances, including a token inning in a mercy rule win against the Chargers.

There’s sophomore Jimmy Mulvaney, who got the win against the Chargers.

And then there’s Junior Andrew Goldan, who will get the start for the 2nd-seeded Falcons Sunday against 5th-seed South Brunswick at Ray Cipperly Field in the GMC title game, which can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Click here to listen to Sunday’s game, with coverage beginning at 11:15 am and first pitch scheduled for 12 noon. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action.

Goldan has just been lights out this season, after missing some time early due to tendinitis issues.

Against Edison in the semifinals, he held the Eagles in check, allowing just three hits – though one was a homer by shortstop Walker Zampella – and one run, striking out six in six innings of work in a 3-1 win.

Click below to hear Carvelli and Gialluisi talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

St. Joseph sophomore CF Robbie Carvelli
St. Joseph sophomore C Mark Gialluisi

Lauri’s having fun on South Brunswick’s run to GMC finals

It’s a theme repeated on high school baseball – and softball – fields throughout the country this Spring, right down to Rowland Park in South Brunswick.

That’s where the Vikings practiced Friday afternoon – just wrapping up before the skies opened up in Biblical proportions – as they get set for Sunday.

That’s when 5th-seeded South Brunswick will face 2nd-seed St. Joseph Metuchen in the GMC Tournament Finals, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Game time is at noon, with coverage beginning at 11:15 am; click here to listen live.

And it was there at Rowland Park where left fielder Jared Lauri talked Friday about just getting out and playing ball.

And how much fun he was having.

Plus, “a lot of us didn’t take it for granted,” said Lauri, referring to how his team felt about getting in the 2021 season after 2020 got wiped away by the coronavirus pandemic.

All the better that the Vikings are in the county championship game.

Not that 2021 has been without difficulty. South Brunswick was upset in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 playoffs by Old Bridge, a Red Division foe they had beaten twice in the regular season.

Click below to hear South Brunswick Jared Lauri talk about the Vikings’ 2021 season and look ahead to Sunday’s GMC Tournament final:

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: