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Thuderstorms push CJ1 semifinals to Wednesday; Middlesex and Florence never started

In the end, it was probably the best-case scenario for both teams.

Before Florence could even get off their long, yellow bus, the Central Jersey Group 1 semifinals, originally scheduled for today at 4 pm, were called off.

Lightning and thunder could be seen and heard in the distance around 3:00 as the Middlesex players were warming up. Then a loud crack and a flash sent them off the field, and into the school for what head coach Justin Nastasi hoped would be a “wait it out” situation.

Middlesex players warm up before the Central Jersey Group 1 semifinals against Florence Tuesday. It will now be played Wednesday at 1 pm.

In the end, the forecast was not good, and the game was called.

Top-seed Middlesex (17-4) and 12th-seed Florence (8-8) now are scheduled to play at 1 pm tomorrow at Mountainview Park in Middlesex, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Pregame is scheduled for 12:30 pm. Click here to listen.

Middlesex is seeking its third straight crown in Central Jersey Group 1, and it fourth straight appearance in the title game. The Blue Jays have won it in four of the last five seasons, and have also won two Group 1 statewide championships in that stretch.

As of this writing at 4:45 pm, the other GMC team left in the state tournament, Old Bridge, was in a rain delay at Marlboro. The 12th-seeded Knights trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third, with the Mustangs getting the leadoff man aboard with a walk.

Both starters – Justin Herbstman for Old Bridge and Alex Jankowski for Marlboro eclipsed the 31 pitch mark, so neither would be available if the game had to be continued tomorrow.

Keep checking this website, and follow us on Twitter at @cjsportsradio, for the latest on both games.

Greater Middlesex Conference moves baseball semifinals to Memorial Day

In the end, the decision was a no-brainer.

The Greater Middlesex Conference – in the face of a miserable weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday – has moved the semifinal games of its baseball tournament to Monday, Memorial Day.

League President Mike Pede told Central Jersey Sports Radio of the move just after 9 am Friday.

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday calls for on-and-off showers and drizzly weather, with windy conditions and unseasonably cool temperatures in the upper 50s. Normal for this time of year is more in the upper 70s range.

Jared Lauri – shown here slugging a three-run homer against Middlesex in the quarterfinals – will lead South Brunswick aginst North Brunswick in the GMC Tournament semifinals, now movied to Monday.

Pede says he and Middlesex AD Mike O’Donnel, the league’s baseball rep, made the decision based on a number of factors.

Pede says they didn’t want the semifinals to be contested in iffy weather, especially with a much nicer day – mid 70s and partly sunny – forecast for Monday.

He also didn’t want teams to play on different days, as if one team got their game in and the other didn’t because of the rain. Pede said that could give one team an advantage over the other in the finals with an additional day of rest for their pitching staff.

The move by the GMC should not affect what pitchers are available for the finals, slated for Sunday, June 6. NJSIAA rules say pitchers who throw up to 110 pitches – the maximum allowed in a single game – need four days’ rest before they can pitch again. There would be five days of rest in between the semifinals and finals.

However, it could affect plans for the state tournament. Edison, South Brunswick and North Brunswick all have first round games in the Central Jersey Group 4 bracket on Wednesday, while St. Joseph-Metuchen has a first round bye in South Non-Public A until Friday.

Falcons’ head coach Mike Murray, whose team is in the semifinals and will face Edison, told Central Jersey Sports Radio in an interview about a half-hour before the decision was announced that he hoped the GMC would announce its plans early, and not wait and see, going day by day, leaving people on hold with their plans for the holiday weekend.

Soon after, the GMC made the call.

The game times for Monday at East Brunswick Tech’s Ray Cipperly Field will be the same as they were for this Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving.

The opener at noon will feature 9th-seed North Brunswick and 5th-seed South Brunswick, while the 2:30 game has 6th-seed Edison taking on 2nd-seed St. Joseph-Metuchen.

Air-time will be 11:45 am on CJSR, with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe calling all the action. You can listen live by clicking here.

Below are links to game previews and interviews with all four coaches for Monday’s games:

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EDISON: Edison looks to keep special year rolling when Eagles face St. Joe’s in GMCT semis

ST. JOSEPH: Goldan looks to pitch St. Joe’s into GMC finals

Rainy Memorial Day Weekend forecast could push GMCT semis back as late as Monday

With rain in the forecast for Central Jersey for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the GMC Tournament semifinals – scheduled for Saturday at noon and 2:30 pm – are in serious jeopardy.

The Greater Middlesex Conference has devised multiple backup scenarios that would allow it to play the games this weekend, according to league President Mike Pede, who crafted the plan along with Baseball AD Mike O’Donnell of Middlesex High School.

In an exclusive conversation with Central Jersey Sports Radio, Pede discussed the plans, which include a number of options. The games could be moved later on Saturday, be moved to Sunday or Monday, or even be played at JFK High School.

Scroll down to hear the complete intervie as Mike Pavlichko talks with GMC President Mike Pede about rain contingencies for this weekend’s GMC Tournament semifinals.

Not having lights at East Brunswick Tech is a limitation, but even though JFK does, Pede wants to avoid the risk of getting one game in, but the other getting rained out. He says that would create an unfair advantage for the team that plays and wins, because they’d have an extra day off.

Bellamy & Son Paving is the presenting sponsor of Central Jersey Sports Radio’s coverage of the GMC Tournament.

Central Jersey Sports Radio is scheduled to carry both games of the GMC Tournament semifinals – presented by Bellamy & Son Paving – with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe scheduled for Saturday’s coverage.

Pregame is set for 11:45 am with first pitch at noon for Game One between 5th-seed South Brunswick and 10th-seed North Brunswick. At 2:30, the other semifinal has 2nd-seed St. Joseph-Metuchen taking on 6th-seed Edison.

Click below to hear GMC President Mike Pede talk about this weekend’s rain scenario for the GMC Tournament: