Tag: Ryan Vollmer

Listen to all 11 runs scored by Middlesex in CJ1 semifinal win over Florence

It was another offensive explosion for the Middlesex Blue Jays, the top-seed which has won two of its three state playoff games in 2021 by the 10-run mercy rule.

They beat Florence yesterday at Mountainview Park in the sectional semifinals of the state playoffs 11-0 on a walkoff two-RBI single by Ryan Vollmer. Vollmer also had a three-run homer in the Blue Jays’ breakout fifth inning.

Mark Geist hit a two-run homer, while Vollmer delivered the knockout blow, a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth that put Middlesex over the Mercy rule threshhold.

Stephen Young added a first-pitch two-RBI double in the bottom of the second.

Middlesex has now outscored its state playoff opponents 33-1 in three games.

The win puts Middlesex (19-4) in the Central Jersey Group One Championship Game Friday at 1 pm at Mountainview Park against 6th-seed Point Pleasant Beach (15-7). It’s their third straight title game against the Garnet Gulls, with the Jays having won both previous meetings.

In fact, Middlesex has won its last five against Point Beach, going back to the Jays’ drop down from Group 2 following the 2012 season. And they have outscored them 39-5, including a shutout in the 2018 title game.

Click below to hear highlights of all 11 Middlesex runs scored in their CJ1 semifinal victory over Florence:

Vollmer wants to go out like he came in – with a Blue Jays’ championship

Ryan Vollmer didn’t go to school in Middlesex until high school, but he was welcomed with open arms when he joined the Blue Jays’ program in 2018.

That’s because he knew several players from his time in Little League in neighboring Green Brook.

That year also brought Middlesex its second straight Group 1 championship under Justin Nastasi, as the Blue Jays beat Park Ridge to win the statewide crown.

So, Vollmer has seen the ultimate championship in Middlesex, and he hopes to see it again this year, one last time before he graduates.

He had a chance in 2019, as the Blue Jays claimed their third straight sectional championship, but fell in the Group 1 semifinals to Glassboro.

Tuesday, he’ll try and get his team back to the Central Jersey Group 1 title game, as top-seed Middlesex (17-4) hosts 12th-seed Florence (8-8) at Mountainview Park, in a game that can be heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling the action.

First pitch is set for 4 pm. Pregame will start at 3:30 pm; you can listen for free by clicking here.

Don’t forget to check back here after the game for postgame reaction on cjsportsradio.com.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Ryan Vollmer about his career with Middlesex, his best friends on the team, and the CJ1 title game against Florence: