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Instant replay: South Brunswick finally beats Middlesex to set up GMCT semi date with North Brunswick

The Middlesex Blue Jays have been a thorn in C.J. Hendricks’ side for a while now.

The South Brunswick head coach beat them in his first season as Vikings’ head coach, but had lost his last four meetings with them dating back to 2017.

The streak ended Tuesday.

Fifth-seeded South Brunswick topped 4th-seed Middlesex 8-1 on Tuesday in the GMC Tournament Quarterfinals on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, thanks in large part to a five-hit complete game shutout by star pitcher Frankie Sanchez.

POSTGAME AUDIO: Lauri’s 3-run HR, Sanchez’ 12 K effort power South Brunswick to GMCT semis

And it was Jared Laurie’s bat that turned out to make the difference, cranking a three-run homer in the fourth of Middlesex standout pitcher Jared Young, the starter who had hit a solo shot on the first pitch of the bottom of the first to stake himself a 1-0 lead.

The win sets up a “Battle of the Brunswicks” as the Vikings will face 9th-seed North Brunswick in the semifinals Saturday at noon at East Brunswick Tech.

Click below to listen to the complete game broadcast of South Brunswick’s win over Middlesex in the GMC Tournament quarterfinals:

Instant Replay: Edison tops South Plainfield 7-2 in GMCT quarterfinals

The 6th-seeded Edison Eagles moved on to the GMC Tournament semifinals with a 7-2 quarterfinal win over GMC White Division foe South Plainfield.

The third-seeded Tigers had beaten Edison 11-1 and 7-5 this season, but Edison exacted revenge when it mattered most, in the county tournament.

In a game broadcast live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, the Eagles scored three times each in the third and fifth innings, and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Senior centerfielder Evrin Virola knocked in three runs, including two on an RBI double in the third inning. He was 2-for-4 on the evening.

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All while freshman Jaxon Appelman turned in a big performance on a big stage, under the lights against a perennial contender in Middlesex County. The righty threw 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, allowing only two unearned runs, both of which scored after he had already exited the game in the seventh inning.

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The win puts Edison in the GMC semifinals against 2nd-seed St. Joseph of Metuchen Saturday afternoon at 2:30, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Click below to listen to the full game broadcast of Edison’s quarterfinal win over South Plainfield:

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:

Lauri’s 3-run HR, Sanchez’ 12 K effort power South Brunswick to GMCT semis

South Brunswick had not beaten Middlesex in four meetings heading into Tuesdays quarterfinal matchup in the GMC Tournament.

Jared Lauri and Frankie Sanchez made sure the streak didn’t continue.

Down 1-0 after Middlesex starter Stephen Young led off the bottom of the first with a first pitch home run, South Brunswick exploded for four decisive runs in the top of the fourth inning, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

After back-to-back singles by Neel Telidevara and Frankie Sanchez, Pete Cortez tied the game with an RBI single.

Then Lauri launched a homer to left about 315 feet.

That gave the Vikings the runs they would need, but Sanchez kept the Blue Jays off balance the rest of the afternoon.

He struck out 12, tying a season best, and allowed only five hits in seven innings of work.

The 5th-seeded Vikings will go on to play 9th-seed North Brunswick Saturday in the semifinals. The Raiders topped 16th-seed JFK 8-2 in the other quarterfinal.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from South Brunswick’s win over Middlesex in the GMC Tournament quarterfinals:

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Left fielder Jared Lauri
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Edison hopes third time’s a charm, as Eagles seek breakthrough win against division rival for trip to GMCT semifinals

The first meeting was an 11-1 home loss, the second was a 7-5 road defeat.

If Edison can narrow a seven-run gap again tonight, they’ll beat South Plainfield, when the two teams meet in the GMC Tournament quarterfinals.

The Eagles are the (14-6) are the sixth-seed in the tournament, and have had a good season. And despite third-seed South Plainfield’s 17-2-1 mark, the Tigers are beatable.

Their lone blemishes in conference were a loss and a tie against North Brunswick, a team Edison split with this year, picking up a 4-3 home win, but taking a 3-2 loss in the second of the home-and-home series.

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What could be an issue for Edison is pitching when they meet tonight at 7 pm in the GMC Tournament Quarterfinals, in a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio, following the first quarterfinal matchup between Middlesex and South Brunswick. Click here to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, presenting sponsor of the GMC Tournament on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Really, it’s not the pitching, but the potential lack of available pitching. Sal DellaFave struggled early in Edison’s opening round win Saturday over in-town rival JP Stevens.

Head coach Vinny Abene went with Dom LaPelosa out of the pen, and so the options get a little tighter for Abene tonight.

Click below to hear Abene talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about tonight’s matchup with the Tigers.

South Plainfield looks to keep ball rolling right into GMCT semifinals

North Brunswick has been the only blemish on the South Plainfield baseball team in GMC play this season.

The good news for the Tigers is that’s not who they play Tuesday night in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.

That could come Saturday in the semifinals, but Saturday doesn’t come unless third-seed South Plainfield (17-2-1) can get by 6th-seed Edison (14-6) tonight in a 7 pm game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, part of a doubleheader of coverage that begins with Middlesex-South Brunswick at 4 pm.

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Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, and you can listen live – and for free – by clicking here, thanks in part to all our local sponsors, as well as presenting sponsor Bellamy & Son Paving.

South Plainfield has beaten Edison twice this season. The Tigers cruised to an 11-5 road win on April 29th, then finished out the home-and-home with a 7-5 home victory against the Eagles.

But beating a team three times in a season isn’t easy in any sport, and first-year SPHS head coach Scott Gleichenhaus recognizes the challenge ahead, in that neither team is the same team they were in the first third of the season.

Click below to hear South Plainfield head coach Scott Gleichenhaus talk to Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about the Tigers’ season and tonight’s quarterfinal against Edison:

Spotswood relishes underdog role against St. Joe’s

St. Joseph of Metuchen is the highest remaining seed in the GMC Tournament, but that doesn’t faze Spotswood.

The 10th seeded Chargers take on the second-seeded Falcons tonight in the championship tourney’s quarterfinals, after knocking off 7th-seed East Brunswick 2-1 Saturday behind a two-hitter from Casey Cumiskey.

It was Spotswood’s second win over East Brunswick this season, with the first coming just three days prior when Ty Lewandowski’s double off the wall in left field drove in two runs in the seventh, fueling a walk-off win in the annual Commander’s Cup trophy game.

Spotswood’s Tyler Lewandowski talks to CJSR’s Dom Savino after his walk-off double beat East Brunswick in the Commander’s Cup Trophy game on May 19, 2021.

By the transitive property (which never works in sports anyway) the Chargers should at least be able to hang with St. Joe’s: they beat East Brunswick twice this year, and East Brunswick beat both Falcons in the Red Division, Joe’s and Monroe.

RECAP: “Walk ’em off Spotswood!” Lewandowski’s double off the wall lets Chargers keep Commander’s Cup Trophy another year

But Monroe is out of the tournament, having lost 5-4 to 16th-seed JFK in a monumental first round upset Saturday.

Can Spotswood pull off another?

Click below to listen to Ty Lewandowski talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about Spotswood’s two recent wins over East Brunswick, and its quarterfinal game against St. Joseph tonight:

South Brunswick will need to turn the tide against Middlesex to reach GMCT Semis

They’ve been the thorn in his side for the last five years.

South Brunswick coach C.J. Hendricks beat Middlesex the first time he faced them, but hasn’t been able to repeat the feat since.

If his team doesn’t do it this year, they’ll have to wait until 2022.

The Vikings are oh-for-their-last-four against the Blue Jays, inlcuding a 9-5 loss last year, a 6-4 defeat in 2018, and two losses in 2017: a 7-3 defeat in the GMC Tournament first round, and a 5-3 regular season loss.

And they face off again Tuesday at 4 pm in one of the first two GMC Tournament Quarterfinal games of the day. Central Jersey Sports Radio will provide live play by play of all the action, powered by presenting sponsor BEllamy & Son Paving, with the pre-game show starting at 3:45. Listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino by clicking here.

South Brunswick’s last win in the series came in 2016, an 8-0 whitewash of Middlesex.

Of course, over the course of that winnings streak, the Jays have won three sectional titles, and a pair of Group 1 championships.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with South Brunswick’s C.J. Hendricks about the 2021 season and the Middlesex game in the GMC Tournament:

Blue champ Middlesex will have to beat a big boy to get to GMCT Semis

For the Middlesex Baseball team, the road to the GMC Championship Tournament Semifinals goes through the GMC Red Division.

Then again, the GMC Red Division hasn’t exactly been a house of horrors for the Blue Jays.

In fact, they’re 8-5 against the division under head coach Justin Nastasi, whose team has played at least one Red opponent every except his first, 2014.

On Tuesday, fourth-seed Middlesex takes on fifth-seed South Brunswick in one of the afternoon GMC Tournament Quarterfinals. The game can be heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio by clicking here, with pregame at 3:45, and first pitch at 4:00. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action.

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The Blue Jays have had a good string of recent success against the Vikings. They’ve won four straight meetings dating back to 2017. Their last loss to South Brunswick came on May 10, 2016.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko speak with Justin Nastasi about the Middlesex-South Brunswick game: