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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:

Colonia wins pitchers duel, as Kroner outlasts Appleman, and helps his cause at the plate

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: J.T. Kroner is getting it done on the mound and at the plate for Colonia.

It’s been true all year, and it was true Monday afternoon as the Patriots blanked Edison at home 1-0 on Pat Barbato Way.

Kroner threw 109 pitches and got the win, fanning 10 batters in a two-hit shutout. His RBI triple in the third inning scored Harriosn Brindley, and wound up being the difference.

Edison freshmanJaxon Appelman wasn’t far off Kroner’s pace on the mound though. He allowed just one run and only four hits, while striking out 11, and walking only two.

Both pitchers went the distance.

The teams will rematch Tuesday on Central Jersey Sports Radio, as the home-and-home series shifts to Edison. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, with pre-game set for 3:45 from Boulevard of the Eagles, and first pitch set for 4 pm.

You can hear the game by clicking here.

Edison looks to right ship in home-and-home with Colonia

After winning five straight to start the season, Edison has dropped four of its last six, but the opponents have been tough.

They’ve dropped two to South Plainfield, the GMC White Division leader whose only blemish was a tie this weekend against North Brunswick. Another loss came to Middlesex, the Blue Division’s top team. And they split with North Brunswick, a literal tough out in the division.

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Pitching has been a part of it, as has defense, according to head coach Vinny Abene. But the bats have cooled a bit, too.

The Eagles scored an average of 11 runs a game in their first five, but have only plated 11 runs total in their last six games.

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Of course, three runs in the sixth to beat in-town rival JP Stevens this weekend was no slouch of an effort, and the Eagles hope to maintain that timely hitting when they face divisional foe Colonia in a home-and-home series that starts on the road this afternoon at 4 pm.

Freshman Jaxon Appelman is scheduled to get the start in Monday’s series opener.

The teams will play in Edison tomorrow at 4 pm, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio by clicking here. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will have the call, with pregame starting at 3:45.

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The game will be sponsored locally by Ideal Tire of Edison, the Edison Boys’ Baseball League, and NIck’s Meat Depot.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with Edison head coach Vinny Abene about the series with Colonia: