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St. Joseph, Ridge, Rutgers Prep continue to lead Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten, while North and East Brunswick debut

The top three teams remain the same in the Week 8 Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten, but two new teams made the the Top Ten this week.

North Brunswick debuted and jumped all the way to fourth, on the strength of a big run as the 6th-seed in the GMC Tournament. They’re in Saturday’s title game after outlasting East Brunswick – the 7th-seed, which ousted 5-seed Old Bridge – by a 1-0 score in 12 innings Saturday in the semifinals.

Pingry dropped a spot this week after the addition of the Raiders and Bears, with No. 9 Old Bridge dropping out, along with South River, which had a 0-4 week. But the Big Blue are the first tournament champion in the area, after they won the Prep A Tournament Sunday with a 5-3 victory over Hun.

Below are the full Week 8 rankings:

Blue Jays make big jump, Old Bridge debuts, St. Joe’s stays atop new Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten

With two wins over Woodbridge to break a first-place tie and claim the GMC White Division title, earning the third-seed in the GMC Tournament, Middlesex made a big lead from 8th to 5th in the Week 7 Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten rankings.

St. Joseph and Ridge remained Nos. 1 and 2, while Rutgers Prep – which claimed a berth in the Somerset County Tournament finals next Monday with a semifinal win last week – rose from fifth to third. Monroe climbed two spots to third after gaining the second-seed in the GMC Tournament.

Woodbridge fell to sixth, while Somerville dropped out. And Old Bridge made its first appearance in the Bellamy rankings this season, finishing 3rd in the tough GMC Red, and earning the fourth seed in the county tournament.

Below are the full Week 7 rankings:

Solid week for the Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten, with little movement in the Week 6 rankings

Only two teams moved in the Week 6 Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten, after the entire slate of ranked teams combined to go 20-3 in the week gone by, with nobody losing more than once.

Woodbridge and Somerville flip-flopped, as the Barrons moved up to third on the strength of a 2-0 week, while Somerville dropped to fourth after going 1-1.

The rankings – though released Monday night – were compiled before Monday’s Somerset County Tournament doubleheader.

Below are the full Week 6 rankings:

Tourney wins and regular season streaks juggle bottom of Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten, while St. Joe’s and Ridge remain at the top

Despite a pair of losses to North Jersey schools, St. Joseph of Metuchen remains at No. 1 – where it’s been all season long – in the Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten rankings, followed closely behind by Ridge at No. 2.

At this point, the Falcons are widely expected to garner the top seed in the GMC Tournament, when the committee meets next Friday, May 13. St. Joe’s is the defending tournament champion.

The Red Devils already are the top seed in the Somerset County Tournament, and they won their opening game in the quarterfinals Saturday 13-3 against Gill St. Bernards, and will face 4th-seed Bridgewater-Raritan in the last of two semifinal games at TD Bank Park on Monday, May 9.

The top four spots all remained the same, with Somerville holding in third and Woodbridge in fourth. Rutgers Prep inched up to fifth, while Monroe flip-flopped with the Argonauts and fell to sixth.

Bridgewater-Raritan – one of the four remaining teams in the SCT – returned to the top ten after a week’s hiatus. The Panthers dropped out last week at 4-6 but rebounded with a very strong week, going 4-1 with regular season wins over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Watchung Hills and Mongtomery, and their SCT win over 5th-seed Watchung Hills. Their only loss of the week came in Delaware Division play against Hunterdon Central.

Middlesex held in eighth, Pingry – on a 2-2 week – moved to ninth – and South River made its debut, at 11-2, the current leader in the GMC Blue Division. The Rams are one of just four GMC teams to begin the week with ten-plus wins – Woodbridge, Middlesex and Joe’s being the others – while having won seven straight games.

Below is the full Bellamy & Son Paving Week 5 Top Ten:

Nearly all “chalk” matchups in Saturday’s Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals

The goal every year for the dozen or so – it changes from time to time – high school baseball teams in Somerset County is to get to TD Bank Park in Bridgewater, home of the Somerset Patriots.

That’s where the SCT semifinals and finals are held, and eight teams will get the chance to punch their ticket Saturday, with four quarterfinal games on tap. The top four seeds are all playing their first games in the tournament, having received the highly-coveted double-byes.

Top-seed Ridge (12-1) is coming off a 10-4 win over Pingry Friday afternoon, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, and will face 9-seed Gill St. Bernard’s (7-6) at noon in Basking Ridge. The Knights are the only lower seed to win a second-round game, beating 8-seed Immaculata 4-2 on the road a week ago.

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The Red Devils beat Gill 12-1 in the season opener for both teams on April 2, scoring nine times in the first two innings. Brendan Callanan had four RBI in the game, while Mike Olivo knocked in three.

RECAP WITH AUDIO: No. 2 Ridge explodes in a 7-run fourth, hands No. 10 Pingry its first loss of season

The other three games are all at noon.

Second-seed Somerville (8-5) will host 7-seed Pingry (9-1) at 11 am at the Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater. The Pioneers have won two straight since a pair of losses out of conference, and have won four straight against Skyland foes. The ‘Ville has won three straight against the Big Blue, whose last win against the Pioneers came back in 2013.

READ MORE: Somerville jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat feisty Bridgewater-Raritan, 9-7

It will be interesting to see how a pretty good Pingry team – which suffered its first loss of the season Friday at Ridge – will rebound, especially playing its fourth game in as many days. They won Wednesday at Belvidere, 25-1, then edged Del Val at home 6-5 before Friday’s defeat.

Also at 11 am, 5-seed Watchung Hills (7-7) will visit 4-seed Bridgewater-Raritan (7-7), in perhaps the most evenly-matched game of the day. The Panthers had an off-day Friday after a four-game stretch from Monday to Thursday, winning the first three – including a couple of slugfests over Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Montgomery, before falling 10-6 to Hunterdon Central at home Thursday to end the stretch.


The Warriors have won two straight, 8-5 at Phillipsburg and 5-4 over Delbarton at home. Bridgewater has won four of the last five, head-to-head, going back to the beginning of the 2019 season.

Finally, 6-seed Rutgers Prep (9-2) will plat at 3rd-seed Montgomery (5-5). The Argonauts lost 9-1 to the Cougars on Day Two of the season, as Alex Benitez had a 3-for-3 day, and Adam Neufeld and Greg Blecikhart each knocked in a pair of runs, and Neufeld pitched six innings of five-hit, one-run ball.

READ MORE: Four homers, 5th inning onslaught, power Rutgers Prep past Bernards to keep Argos atop Valley

Monty has won three of the last four meetings – which have been rare – going all the way back to 2016.

The winner of Pingry/Somerville and Rutgers Prep/Montgomery will face off in one semifinal on May 9 in Bridgewater, while the other matchup will feature the winners of the Gill St. Bernards’s/Ridge and Watchung Hills/Bridgewater-Raritan games.

The semifinals are at 4 and 7 pm at TD Bank Park, and will be broadcast live by Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

INSTANT REPLAY: No. 2 Ridge 10, No. 10 Pingry 4

On the strength of a seven-run fourth inning in which 2nd-Ranked ridge sent 11 batters to the plate, the Red Devils beat No. 10 Pingry 10-4 in a Skyland Conference crossover game in Basking Ridge on Friday, April 29, 2022.

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Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko call all the play-by-play:

No. 2 Ridge explodes in a 7-run fourth, hands No. 10 Pingry its first loss of season

Both teams put up crooked numbers in the first inning, but 2nd-ranked Ridge exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning, coming back from a 4-3 deficit to beat No. 10 Pingry 10-4 at home, in a Skyland Conference crossover game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio Friday afternoon in Basking Ridge.

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The win was the Big Blue’s first of the season, as they fall to 9-1. Ridge is now 12-1, and has won eleven straight since a loss to Hunterdon Central in its second game of the season.

Shortstop Brendan Callanan knocked in four runs in the game, the first two with a triple in the first inning, the other two with a single in the decisive fourth inning. Third baseman Luke Somelofske came in to pitch to start the top of the fourth, and got the win, retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced in four full innings of work, allowing only two hits: a single in the fifth and a two out double in the seventh.

That double came off the bat of Liam Royster, who started the game for Pingry, and took the loss.

Pingry was playing its third game in four days after wins over Belvidere and Del Val Wednesday and Thurday. They visit Somerville tomorrow in the Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals. Ridge hosts Gill St. Bernards in another quarterfinal game.

Click below for postgame reaction from shortstop Brendan Callanan and third baseman/pitcher Luke Somelofske:

Big test for two teams with one loss between them: No. 1 Ridge, No. 10 Pingry

Solid pitching, good hitting. Two teams very similar in nature who are a combined 20-1 will square off in Basking Ridge Friday afternoon, as No. 1 Ridge entertains No. 10 Pingry in a Skyland Conference crossover game.

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Pingry is 9-0 and has given up just four earned runs all year. Half of them came in Thursday’s 6-5 win over Delaware Valley, an error-prone game uncharacteristic of the Big Blue.

In fact, after allowing a single run to Bound Brook in a 14-1 Opening Day road win, Pingry pitching went the next 40 innings without giving up a run.

The next time a runner crossed the plate on them after Opening Day was this past Wednesday, in a 25-1 road win at Belvidere.

Ridge on the other hand is 11-1, and has won ten straight since a 7-6 loss to a very good Hunterdon Central team back on April fourth. They’ve done it with solid pitching as well, and great balance at the plate, with four starters hitting over .350.

They’ve won games by the ten-run rule, but also have won tight ones, like a 2-1 victory against West Morris, a 3-1 decision over North Hunterdon, and – in their most recent game, Thursday – a 5-2 victory over Hillsborough.

You can her Friday afternoon’s game on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with live coverage beginning at 3:45, and first pitch set for 4 pm. Mike Pavlichko will call all the play-by-play. Click here to listen live, and for free.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with both head coaches about their seasons, and Friday’s matchup:

Ridge head coach Tom Blackwell
Pingry head coach Anthony Feltre

Falcons, Red Devils keep rolling along, while only undefeated area team makes its debut

While St. Joseph of Metuchen and Ridge remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the Week 4 Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten baseball rankings, the only undefeated team remaining in Middlesex or Somerset Counties has made its first appearance of the season.

They’ve done it quietly, with stellar pitching, up in Martinsville, as Pingry (7-0) makes its debut this week.

The Big Blue have only allowed a single run all season, in a 14-1 Opening Day win at Bound Brook. That’s a streak of 37 straight shutout innings, with the lone score coming in the fourth of a five-inning mercy rule win against the Crusaders. Pingry has blanked opponents in 40 of 41 innings pitched.

They visit Belvidere tomorrow and host Delaware Valley Thursday before facing No. 2 Ridge (9-1) Friday, in a game just added to the Central Jersey Sports Radio broadcast schedule. First pitch is set for 4 pm. Mike Pavlichko calls all the action with pregame at 3:45; click here to listen.

Below is the full Bellamy & Son Paving Week 4 Top Ten:

Somerset County Tournament continues with four first-round games Saturday

With all three higher seeds winning their opening round games back on Wednesday, the Somerset County Tournament moves to the second round on Saturday with four games, as Rutgers Prep, Pingry, Watchung Hills and Immaculata join the fray.

In the opening round, 12-seed Hillsborough – last in the packed Skyland Conference Delaware Division – picked up just its first win of the year, a 6-3 victory over 13-seed Bound Brook. Cole Jara knocked in half the runs Wednesday with 3 RBI on a 2-for-4 afternoon at the plate; he also had a stolen base.

11-seed Bernards squeaked past 14-seed Manville, winning 3-1 at home on Wednesday, while 10-seed Franklin pounded out 12 runs against 15-seed North Plainfield in a 12-5 home victory despite Dylan Millman being the only batter in the lineup with more than one hit; the Warriors worked out nine walks against Canucks pitching.

Saturday, in the second round, Franklin (4-4) will visit undefeated 7-seed Pingry (6-0) up in Martinsville at 11 am. The winner moves on the the quarterfinals next Saturday, April 30th, at second seed Somerville. The other side of that bracket has Bernards (3-6) at 6-seed Rutgers Prep (6-2) at noon, with the winner travelling next weekend to 3rd-seed Montgomery.

The other half of the SCT bracket has 12-seed Hillsborough (1-5) at 5-seed Watchung Hills (4-6) at 2 pm, with the winner going to visit 4-seed Bridgewater-Raritan next weekend. The other half of that side of the bracket has 9-seed Gill St. Bernard’s (5-4) playing at 8-seed Immaculata (5-4). Both teams had first-round byes, and – due to a scheduling conflict – will play Monday at 4 pm out at Diamond Nation in Flemington. The winner will visit top-seed Ridge next Saturday.

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Following the quarterfinals, the semis will be May 9th at 4 and 7 pm at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater, the home of the Somerset Patriots. The finals are two weeks later, May 23 at 7 pm. The semifinals and finals can be heard live exclusively on Central Jersey Sports Radio.