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AUDIO: JFK pulls off monumental upset, knocking off top-seed Monroe in GMC Tourney’s opening round

The JFK baseball team lost its first eight games of the season.

Clearly, that’s not the same team that knocked off the top seed in the GMC Tournament Saturday afternoon.

But the 16th-seeded Mustangs did indeed beat the Falcons Saturday, 5-4, on an RBI infield hit by Joshua O. Torres. (The Mustangs have two players named Josh Torres on the team.)

For Kennedy, it was reminiscient of a win earlier this week against in-town rival Woodbridge, where Torres also drove in the winning run, Ryan Samaroo, from second base with two outs.

Monroe jumped out to a 3-0 lead but JFK went ahead in the third with four runs. Three came on a bases clearing double by Samaroo, the O’Torres drove him in.

Monroe got the run back in the fourth, and the teams would battle into the seventh, when with two out, Torres played the hero again.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from JFK on the win:

JFK head coach Tim Ballard
JFK senior IF/C Michael Hein

The win pits Kennedy (7-10) against 9th-seed North Brunswick (14-7-1) in Tuesday’s 4pm quarterfinals at North Brunswick Community Park. The Raiders got past 8th-seed Metuchen Saturday 3-2, avenging a 4-1 loss to the Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon. That game will be broadcast on the King James Radio Network by Korbid Thompson.

COMPLETE FIRST-ROUND GMCT SCORES AND QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE

Central Jersey Sports Radio will cover two other quarterfinal games, including the 4pm game between 4th-seed Middlesex and 5th-seed South Brunswick. CJSR will also broadcast 6th-seed Edison taking on 3rd-seed South Plainfield in a 7 pm quarterfinal.

Monroe takes #1 seed in GMC Tournament

Powered by a 12-9 road win Monday at St. Joe’s of Metuchen, Monroe was awarded the top seed in the upcoming GMC Baseball Tournament by the six-member seeding commitee.

The Falcons will open play Saturday in the first round against the No. 16 seed.

Central Jersey Sports Radio’s live coverage of the tournament will begin in the quarterfinals next Tuesday, with matchups and times to be determined.

After the Monroe Falcons – which shared the Red Divsion title, the top four seeds went to Red-co-champ St. Joseph at No. 2, then White winner South Plainfield and Blue Champion Middlesex.

South Plainfield was one of the two teams nominated by the committee for the top overall seed, but the decision to make Monroe the top pick was unanimous.

Overall, of the first five teams picked, three came from the GMC Red, with one each from the Blue and White.

Monroe and St. Joe’s split this season, with the team from Metuchen winning 2-0 this past Saturday. But Monroe picked up the win on the road Monday 12-9, a factor that weighed in the committee’s decision when breaking the tie, to determine who would go on the board first from the GMC Red.

The fifth seed went to South Brunswick, followed by Edison 6th and East Brunswick 7th, with Metuchen rounding out the top eight seeds.

GMC TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS:
All games at 11 am on Saturday, May 22 unless changed by the home school or noted below.

(9) North Brunswick at (8) Metuchen
(10) Spotswood at (7) East Brunswick
(11) JP Stevens at (6) Edison (noon)
(12) Woodbridge at (5) South Brunswick
(13) Colonia at (4) Middlesex
(14) Perth Amboy at (3) South Plainfield
(15) Old Bridge at (2) St. Joseph
(16) JFK at (1) Monroe

GMC INVITATONAL FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS:
All games at 4 pm on Friday, May 21.

(1) Sayreville and (2) Piscataway have byes
(14) Piscataway Tech at (3) East Brunswick Tech
(13) Wardlaw-Hartridge at (4) St. Thomas Aquinas
(12) Highland Park at (5) Carteret
(11) Timothy Christian at (6) Somerset Tech
(10) Dunellen at (7) South River, winner at (2) Piscataway
(9) Perth Amboy Tech at (8) South Amboy, winner at (1) Sayreville

Who will be GMC Tournament’s top seed? We asked one coach to rate the candidates

In about 12 hours, we’ll know who the top seed is in the upcoming GMC Baseball Tournament, the first in two years, after the entire 2020 season was wiped out by COVID-19.

But for now, we can ask, “Who will it be?”

The top division in the GMC had a split title this year between Monroe and St. Joseph. The Falcons from Metuchen won the first meeting between the teams 2-0 back on Saturday in Monroe, but those Falcons salvaged the two-game series on the return trip to Metuchen, winning an error-prone game Monday 12-9.

Will it be one of those teams? What about South Plainfield?

East Brunswick, which is 9-9 after Wednesday’s loss to Spotswood, is the only GMC team to have beaten both Falcons this year. And head coach Chris Kenney says he could make a case for either team earning the Number One seed overall.

While he says South Brunswick is also knocking on the door, only a division champion cam be an overall top seed, which would take the Vikings out of that conversation.

Could South Plainfield, the GMC White champion, make a play?

Click below to hear East Brunswick head coach Chris Kenney break down the reasons why St. Joe’s and Monroe each can make an argument to be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GMC Tournament:

Here are some key points:

Monroe (12-4 overall, 12-3 GMC, 11-3, GMC Red Co-Champs)

Monroe head coach Sean field talks to his team after a 12-9 win Monday at St. Joe’s that gave them a share of the GMC Red Division title, and a shot at the top seed in the upcoming GMC Tournament.

The purple and gold Falcons reeled off eight straight wins in the heart of their season, but split with East Brunswick, South Brunswick and St. Joseph.

Their only other loss on the season came to Manalapan, their lone non-conference game this season, on April 23rd.

Their only non-divisional GMC game came a day later: an 8-3 win against Spotswood back on April 24th.

Three different players have hit four home runs this season. Junior Christopher Wisniewski has gone yard twice, while Jacob Veczko and Aidan Lane each have a homer.

Garrett VanBuren and Josh Weinstein have been aces on the mound, each with over 33 strikeouts and a nearly 2:1 strikeout-walk ratio.

St. Joseph (13-6 overall, 11-3 GMC/GMC Red Co-Champs)

St. Joseph junior Andrew Goldan throws a pitch in a 4-1 win over Old Bridge on May 3, 2021. Goldan no-hit the Knights through five innings, but was pulled after five based on his pitch count. He’s been lights out since coming back from tendinitis issues.

The Falcons from Metuchen haven’t put together a win streak longer than three games this season, the first of which began on Opening Day.

While Joe’s hasn’t played any league games out of their Red Division, they took on more out-of-conference opponents than Monroe. They beat Lawrenceville 9-0 and St. Benedict’s 12-0, but also have three non-league losses.

They fell to Hun 9-0, Somerville 14-4, and Cherokee 5-0.

Three different players have – Mark Gialluisi, Andrew Goldan and Eric Gonzalez each have a homer for St. Joe’s, they have a little less pop in the bat.

Scoring-wise the teams are similar: St. Joseph has scored 109 runs in 19 games for an average of 5.73 per game; Monroe 90 in 16 games for a 5.63 run per game average.

On the mound, Andrew Goldan has been lights out, allowing just seven hits in 21 innings, limited earlier in the season with some tendinitis.

The rest to get him healthy appears to have done him a lot of good. He was no-hittting Old Bridge through five before being yanked while being held to a strict pitch count. And he pitched a two-hit complete game whitewash in the first meeting with Monroe back on Saturday.

South Plainfield (15-2-1 overall, 13-1-1 GMC, 12-1-1 GMC White Champs)

The Tigers actually have fewer losses (2) than all but one of the 32 GMC teams. East Brunswick Tech is 12-1.

Of course, they’re a division down from the Red, but they’re playing solid baseball.

Their only issue – if you can call it that – is while they swept the GMC White’s second-place team, Edison, they were 0-1-1 against the division’s third place team, North Brunswick. They tied the Raiders 2-2 in 7 innings on May 8th, and lost 2-1 in the visit to North Brunswick on the 10th.

Out of conference, they were blanked 2-0 by a very good Millburn team that’s 13-3 and will be facing Seton Hall Prep Saturday afternoon in the Greater Newark Tournament finals. Their out-of-conference wins were a 6-1 victory a few days later against a so-so Montgomery squad, and a 16-0 victory over Watchung Hills Wednesday.

But boy can they score; the Tigers are averaging 8.47 runs per game, including a 27-1 win over New Brunswick on April 24th.

They’ve also won three games in shutout fashion, and 10 of their wins have seen the Tigers allow a run or less.

Monroe makes case for top GMCT seed with 12-9 road win at St. Joseph-Metuchen

After a 2-0 home loss to St. Joseph on Saturday, the Monroe Falcons desperately wanted another crack at it.

They took advantage Monday in Metuchen, winning a 12-9 slugfest that will make determining who gets the top seed in the upcoming GMC Tournament anything but an easy decision.

The teams split their regular season series, and share the GMC Red Division title. Now it will be up to the seeding committee, which will make its picks to seed the league tournament in a meeting that begins at 10 am Thursday at East Brunswick Tech High School.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will be there to provide all the latest.

In Monday’s game, ace Josh Weinstein didn’t have his best stuff, head coach Sean Field told his team, but he continued to battle through 3 1/3 innings before C.J. Wisniewksi came on. Though he gave up a couple of runs, he struck out six of the final nine batters he faced in the final three full innings to get the win.

Reliever C.J. Wisniewski struck out six batters in the final three innings of Monday’s win at St. Joe’s.

Jacob Veczko had a big day at the plate for Monroe: 3-for-5 with a single, double, and a ground rouble double, knocking in five runs on the afternoon in a game that was error-prone for both sides, but more so for St. Joseph.

While St. Joe’s is 13-6 overall, and Monroe 12-4, the teams are both 11-3 in the GMC Red Division.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko with postgame reaction from Monroe after their 12-9 win over St. Joseph-Metuchen:

Monroe reliver C.J. Wisniewski was the Falcons’ big weapon out of the ‘pen.
Jacob Veczko knocked in five runs with a single, double and ground rule double for Monroe.
Monroe head coach Sean Field talks about the big win.

St. Joseph, Middlesex clinch division title shares, South Plainfield takes GMC White outright heading into final week before Tourney seeding

With wins Saturday afternoon, St. Joseph of Metuchen clinched at least a share of the GMC Red Division, while Middlesex staked its claim to at least part of the GMC Blue Division, heading into a critical week for league tournament seeding.

The GMC will draw out brackets for its conference tournaments Thursday morning at 10 am, with Central Jersey Sports Radio providing up-to-the-minute coverage. Follow us on Twitter at @cjsportsradio for all the details.

In a battle of the Falcons – and the top two teams in the GMC Red – St. Joseph came up with a 2-0 road win behind a three-hit gem from junior Andrew Goldan, who struck out six and didn’t walk a single Monroe hitter in throwing a complete game.

Click below to hear St. Joe’s pitcher Andrew Goldan talk about his winning effort Saturday against Monroe:

Josiah Brown’s RBI single in the top of the sixth gave St. Joe’s a 1-0 lead, and Tyler DelVecchio’s double in the seventh added an insurance run.

Click below to hear St. Joe’s head coach Mike Murray talk about the win, and preview Monday’s rematch with Monroe in Metuchen:

The teams will rematch on Monday in Metuchen at 4 pm. Should St. Joe’s win, they’d be the GMC Red Division Champions outright. Should Monroe win, they would clinch at least a share.

It’s expected the winner of the red would be the top seed in the GMC Tournament. A St. Joseph win Monday makes them a lock; a Monroe win would put a potentially difficult decision in the hands of the seeding committee.

Meanwhile, in Spotswood, Middlesex shutout the Chargers 10-0 in six innings. The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead into the fifth and exploded for eight runs – four apiece – in what turned out to be the final two innings of the game.

Raiden Yost led Middlesex with a 2-for-3 afternoon and four runs batted in, while Ryan Vollmer, Robert Ulmer, and Anthony Long each knocked in two runs.

Kenny Yonker pitched a complete game two-hitter for the Jays, striking out ten, walking one, and allowing just two Spotswood hits in the six-inning victory.

Click below to head Middlesex head coach Justin Nastasi talk about the Blue Jays’ win over Spotswood:

While those two divisions still must bet settled, the White was settled today, while the Gold was determined Friday.

South Plainfield went into the weekend needing one win to take the GMC White Division championship, and they got it. The Tigers beat Sayreville in a rescheduled game from earlier in the year 6-1 at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.

As for the GMC Gold, East Brunswick Tech clinched at least a share of the division title with its 12-5 win over Timothy Christian Wednesday afternoon, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. They took the crown outright when they finished the sweep Friday with a 16-1 win in Piscataway.

EB Tech is the only GMC team to finish the year with a perfect divisional record, at 10-0.

Friday Championship Recap: A look back at titles for Colonia boys; Monroe, Rutgers Prep and Bound Brook girls (with audio and photos)

It was a big night for high school basketball in the Skyland and Greater Middlesex Conferences, as the Skyland crowned girls’ pod championships, while the GMC held its boys’ and girl’s finals all on the same night.

Central Jersey Sports Radio covered four title games Friday night; here’s a audio look back at coverage from CJSR’s Mike Pavlichko, Dom Savino and Justin Sontupe:

Monroe avenges regular season loss to Aquinas to win GMC Girls’ Somogyi Family Pod championship

There it was, hanging out there: one loss, to the two-time defending GMC Tournament Champions.

Aquinas also beat them in last year’s GMCT final.

Oh, and don’t forget that the Monroe girls’ basketball team, which prides itself on its defense, gave up the most points it had all season in that game, in a 49-41 loss.

Don’t worry, they didn’t forget it either.

While third-seeded Monroe didn’t ever have a lead in the first half, they used a 12-1 early second-half run and a 23-7 third quarter to power past and hold off second-seed St. Thomas Aquinas, 46-40, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. The win gave the Falcons (13-1) the Somogyi Family Pod Trophy, given to the winner of the GMC’s top four-team girls’ pod.

St. Thomas Aquinas (9-8) had the game’s leading scorer in 5-4 freshman Amarilis Shubick. She’s the second-leading scorer on the team, but was the only Trojan in double-figures, scoring 16, nearly six over her average. Shubick had four treys, including two in the second half that helped Aquinas’ effort to get back into it.

Senior co-captain Akyia Baker was held to just seven points, all in the second half.

For Monroe, senior forward Rosie Regan led the way with 14 points, eight of which came after intermission.

Click below to hear postgame comments from Monroe head coach Leigh Vogtman and senior forward Rosie Regan:

Monroe head coach Leigh Vogtman
Monroe senior forward Rosie Regan

Aquinas-Monroe girls lead off CJSR triple-header as Trojans and Falcons rematch for the GMC’s Somogyi Family Pod Championship

The Monroe girls’ basketball team won its first seven games of the season, and has won five straight since a 49-41 loss at St. Thomas Aquinas on February 16th.

The Trojans have gone 3-3 in that timespan.

Don’t pay any attention to that.

Even though Middlesex earned the top seed in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament’s Somogyi Family Pod by knocking off Aquinas on the night before the playoffs were seeded – they’re out due to COVID – the two teams in the final are the two most people anticipated might be there as far back as the last time they met: in the finals of last year’s more traditional, pre-COVID GMC Tournament.

The Trojans won that game 64-61, and this game might just be as close.

They square off in the Somogyi pod title game this afternoon at 4, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. Air time is 3:45; click here to listen.

Central Jersey Sports Radio’s coverage of the county tournaments will continue at 6 pm with the top Skyland Conference Tournament pod’s final, the Blue Division title game, featuring top-seed Rutgers Prep (11-0) and 2nd-seed Gill St. Bernard’s (12-1). After the game, we’ll join the 7 pm GMC Boys’ Karl-Anthony Towns/Jay Williams Pod final in progress, featuring top-seed St. Thomas Aquinas and (9-4) and 2nd-seed Colonia (10-4).

Third-seed Monroe (12-1) is led by senior Nina Branchizio’s 14.2 points per game, and has played solid defense, holding opponents to fewer than 30 points in seven of their 13 games; two teams have scored in the teens.

The defense for 2nd-seed Aquinas (9-4) has not been as constricting, allowing an average of 46 points per game, but they’ve also played a tougher schedule with more non-conference opponents. But they can also put up points. The 49 they scored the first time they played Monroe was the most the Falcons had allowed all season.

Senior guard Akyia Baker is the team’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game.

Click below to hear both coaches talk about the matchup:

Monroe head coach Leigh Vogtman
St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Joe Whalen

Rutgers Prep girls continue to cruise, and hold No. 1 spot in the rankings

One of three unbeaten teams remaining in the area, Rutgers Prep remains the Number One team in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Girls’ Basketball Top Ten for Week Five.

The Argonauts are 9-0 following a 2-0 week, outscoring Immaculata and Phillipsburg by a combined total of 128-40; they beat the Spartans 74-15 and the Stateliners 54-25. Prep has now held five of its nine opponents under 30 points.

Gill St. Bernard’s also is 9-0; the Knights beat Franklin in overtime last week 44-42, en route to a 3-0 week, and are in second.

Mount St. Mary rambled through a four-win week, to end the regular season 12-0, with the maximum number of games that can be played through the start of the three-game Skyland Conference Tournament. They beat Pingry and Voorhees this week, bookended by wins in both ends of a home-and-home with Somerville.

Dropping from the ranks of the undefeated was Calvary Christian of the GMC Gold, which fell to 9-1 after a 2-1 week that began Monday with a 42-28 loss to Blue Division crossover foe Metuchen.

Entering the rankings is Middlesex; the Blue Jays check in at No. 8 after beating the highest-rated GMC team, St. Thomas Aquinas, 59-50 at home on Friday.

Aquinas actually held steady in third despite a 1-2 week, having beaten 4th-ranked Franklin but losing at Saddle River Day. The Trojans did not drop, however, because they beat Franklin and a were one spot ahead of them, and two weeks ago beat No. 5 Monroe head to head.

Franklin had a 2-2 week, but their losses were to two teams ahead of them in the rankings – Aquinas and No. 2 Gill St. Bernard’s. They followed those defeats with a pair of wins at Bridgewater-Raritan and Watchung Hills.

Below are the complete Week 5 rankings:

Rutgers Prep maintains stranglehold on No. 1 ranking

In what may have been its toughest test of the regular season, Rutgers Prep passed with flying colors, and as part of a two-win week, it helped keep the Argonauts solidly atop the Central Jersey Sports Radio Week 4 Girls’ Basketball rankings.

Prep led Franklin 35-6 at halftime, en route to a 65-33 win Saturday afternoon heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. That followed an 87-27 win over Montgomery on Tuesday.

Click below to hear an audio version of the Week 4 Top Ten, including comments from Rutgers Prep’s Mary Klinger and Christina Dalce, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Akyia Baker and Joe Whalen:

At 7-0, Rutgers Prep is outscoring opponents an average of 74-30, holding five opponents to 33 points or less, and three of them under 30.

North Brunswick joined the top ten after a two-win week – beating JFK and South Plainfield – and following a No. 8 Middlesex loss to Bound Brook.

Following are the Week 4 Rankings: