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“Mr. Old Bridge,” Ron Mazzola, does a little bit of everything for Knights, Chargers, GMC

He’s been at it a while, seen a lot, and does a little of everything.

Ron Mazzola is most well-known to the average fan as being the PA voice of Old Bridge football. His first game was by accident, a rescheduled game due to rain that ended up being played at Edison, and the main announcer, Gus Persch, was unavailable.

The Knights beat No. 2 Hillsborough that day 49-0. The rest, as they say, is history.

But even before that, Mazzola was busy behind the scenes, not long after he graduated Madison Central High School in 1978, having played baseball and basketball for coaches Walt Peto and John Somogyi.

He was involved in many youth sports and did PA on frequent Madison and Cedar Ridge night soccer games.

He’s done video for Old Bridge teams, helped run the GMC wrestling tournament and gymnastics championships.

He even helped run the first “unofficial” Big East wrestling tournament in 1996 at the behest of then-Rutgers coach John Sacchi.

In the midst of it all, after having worked at various now-gone sporting goods stores like Herman’s, Gervin’s and Route 18 Sports, he opened his own business – Prestige Imaging – which still thrives to this day, despite a downturn during the pandemic, and provides the Greater Middlesex Conference with all its postseason awards.

They even helped create the new Old Bridge uniforms after the Madison-Cedar Ridge merger. (He’s still got the rejected color combo jerseys -“retro” jersey day, anyone?)

I sat down recently with Ron to talk about his involvement with local sports.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s interview with “Mr. Old Bridge,” Ron Mazzola:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 4: The Mr. Old Bridge

A pair of big wins for a pair of Raiders, and the Big Man in Old Bridge.

Those are some of the highlights of Episode 4 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

We take a closer look at the top-ranked North Brunswick’s big win at Old Bridge, thanks to a big night from Marqis Perry. Then Hillsborough came up with a statement win over Phillipsburg in overtime.

Later, host Mike Pavlichko talks with Bellamy & Son Paving Big Central Player of the Week Tommy Amankwaa, and sits down with Mr. Old Bridge, Ron Mazzola, to talk about his PA work for Old Bridge and Spotswood, work with GMC wrestling and gymnastics, and great moments in Knights’ football.

Then, Dom Savino slides into the chair across from Mike to preview Week Three action in the Big Central.

New Spotswood coach Meagher excited to lead Chargers

Following the 2019 season, North Brunswick head coach Mike Cipot lost one of his assistants to South Brunswick, which plucked from his staff John Viotto – a Vikings alum – to take over for the retired Joe Goerge.

Two years later, another Cipot assistant will take a head coaching job in Middlesex County.

When preseason camp opens today for Spotswood, former Edison standout Chris Meagher will be at the helm.

Though the Chargers have had a rough last couple of seasons, Meagher will have big shoes to fill.

Andy Cammarano left Spotswood as the Chargers’ longest-tenured football coach ever, going 61-76 over 14 seasons. His program peaked from 2013 to 2016, winning six games twice and seven games twice, going a combined 26-14 with a couple of Blue Division titles and a handful of playoff appearances mixed in as well.

Meagher recently spoke with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about the upcoming season. Click below to listen:

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:

Instant replay: Spotswood walks off East Brunswick 6-5 in extra innings to retain Commander’s Cup Trophy

The Bill Thompson Memorial Commander’s Cup Trophy only had to make a short journey to its home for the next year after Wednesday’s 16th annual meeting between Spotswood and East Brunswick.

Tyler Lewandowski’s two-RBI double off the left field wall in the bottom of the 8th made up for his wild pitch in the top of the inning that gave East Brunswick a one-run lead, and it gave Spotswood a 6-5 walkoff win over the Bears.

POSTGAME REACTION: Listen to hero Tyler Lewandowski and head coach Glenn Fredricks talk about the win.

The win was the fourth straight for the Chargers in the series, who last lost in 2016. They’ve taken five of the last six against East Brunswick, and won both home games in the series. The Chargers also lead 3-1-1 in extra inning games, though the Bears lead the overall series 8-7-1.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action of Wednesday’s 16th annual Commander’s Cup Trophy game:

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

Spotswood only led once in Commanders’ Cup XVI against East Brunswick: when it counted.

The Chargers had twice tied the score after trailing 2-0 and 4-2 against the Bears at “The Swamp” Wednesday afternoon, before coming back to win 6-5 in extra innings, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The teams went to extra innings tied at 4. East Brunswick went ahead 5-4 in the top of the seventh when Dustin McGinnis scored from third after a wild pitch by Spotswood reliever Tyler Lewandowski with the bases loaded.

But they say baseball is a game of redeeming features, and Lewandowski showed that old adage still holds water.

Wednesday’s game was sponsored in part by Fredricks’ ACBL Team, New Brunswick Matrix. Click for details on the team!

In the bottom of the 8th, after left fielder Nicholas Vitale grounded to short and third baseman Ethan Williams popped up to first, DH Justin Prasch walked, and right fielder Matt Frobosilo did the same.

With two on and two out, Lewandowski – 0-for-4 on the day, and whose wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score for EB – drove a ball deep into the power alley in left center. East Brunswick left fielder Zack Zebro and center fielder Dylan Lugo converged on the track, and the ball went off the chainlink outfield fence, falling to the warning track.

Spotswood’s Tyler Lewandowski deals Wednesday against East Brunswick.

Jackson Walsh – the starting pitcher, pinch running for Prasch – came home on the deep fly ball to tie the game, and Frobosilo followed him home, giving Spotswood a 6-5 walkoff victory.

Click below to listen to Dom Savino with the game-winning call:

The win keeps the Bill Thompson Memorial Commander’s Cup Trophy with Spotswood for another year. They’ve had it since a May 31, 2017 victory against East Brunswick, the latest one being their fourth straight in the series, which the Bears now lead 8-7-1.

The Chargers have also won five of the last six meetings dating back to 2015, which was the first and only other time the series had been played at SHS. They are now 2-0 all-time in the series at “The Swamp.”

Click below to hear Dom Savino with postgame reaction from Tyler Lewandowski and Spotswood head coach Glenn Fredricks:

Spotswood pitcher/2B Tyler Lewandowski, whose walk-off double won the game
Spotswood head coach Glenn Fredricks

The history of the Commander’s Cup:

Spotswood and East Brunswick will play their annual Commander’s Cup game on Wednesday, a matchup that was born out of Post 25 American Legion baseball.

You can hear the game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio with pregame at 3:45 and first pitch at 4 pm, as Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action. Click here to listen.

Chargers’ coach Glenn Fredricks, a Spotswood alum who’s now in his 17th year as the program’s head coach, took over the Milltown Post 25 baseball team in 2004, and says the game came about because of adjutant Bill Thompson’s love for baseball.

The team, of course, featured kids from both high schools and all three towns, since high school students in Milltown attend Spotswood.

The next year, when Fredricks first led Spotswood, he decided the high school teams should play each other every year, with the winner keeping Thompson’s trophy.

Click below to hear Fredricks talk about the origins of the Commander’s Cup:

All-Time Commander’s Cup Trophy Results
East Brunswick leads 8-7-1

5/19/21 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 5 (8 inn.) (at SHS)
5/8/19 – Spotswood 3, East Brunswick 0 (at EB)
5/17/18 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 3 (8 inn.) (at EB)
5/31/17 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 0 (at EB)
5/7/16 – East Brunswick 6, Spotswood 1 (at EB)
5/2/15 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 4 (at SHS)
5/3/14 – East Brunswick 13, Spotswood 7 (at EB)
5/4/13 – East Brunswick 4, Spotswood 2 (8 inn.) (at EB)
5/18/12 – East Brunswick 4, Spotswood 2 (at Michelin Field)
5/9/11 – East Brunswick 16, Spotswood 9 (at EB)
5/19/10 – East Brunswick 5, Spotswood 4 (at EB)
4/26/09 – East Brunswick 13, Spotswood 3 (at Trenton)
4/27/08 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 4 (9 inn.) (at Trenton)
4/21/07 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 0 (at Trenton)
4/30/06 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 5 (8 inn.) (at Trenton)
5/9/05 – East Brunswick 5, Spotswood 4 (at EB)

Bears look to bring Commander’s Cup back to East Brunswick

The Commander’s Cup trophy – awarded annually to the winner of each year’s Spotswood-East Brunswick baseball tussle – has been with the Chargers for over four years.

They took it back with them after a 6-0 road win on the last day of May in 2017, and it hasn’t been up Summerhill Road since.

Wednesday afternoon, the Bears hope to change all that.

Sponsor: New Brunswick Matrix Baseball

That’s when East Brunswick – which is 8-8 overall and 8-6 in the GMC Red through Monday’s win against Piscataway – will travel to take on Spotswood at the place the Chargers affectionately call “The Swamp.”

(The descriptor is quite apropos.)

First pitch is set for 4 pm, and you can hear the entire game on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling all the action, starting with the pregame show at 3:45. Click here to listen to the live broadcast.

The Bears will throw Mike Marchesi to start the game, and head coach Chris Kenney hopes to get two to three solid innings from him before going to senior Chris Procaccini.

East Brunswick will be playing its third game in as many days, its third such stretch this season, with all coming since the calendar turned to May.

Click below to hear head coach Chris Kenney talk with Mike Pavlichko about the Bears’ season so far, and the matchup with the Chargers.

Spotswood, in the mold of its head coach, renews rivalry with East Brunswick in Commander’s Cup game at “The Swamp”

For anyone who knows Glenny Fredricks, the longtime Spotswood baseball coach, he epitomizes the tiny boro where he grew up.

Small, scrappy, gritty. Underdog mentality.

That’ll be the mindset of his Chargers, too, when they host East Brunswick Wednesday in Commander’s Cup XVI, for the Bill Thompson Memorial Trophy. It’s tied in with American Legion Post 25 in East Brunswick, where the late Thompson – a big baseball fan – was once their baseball adjutant for the post’s team.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will provide play-by-play of the game, beginning with a pregame show at 3:45, with first pitch at 4 pm. Click here to listen to the live broadcast.

Wednesday’s game is sponsored by Fredricks’ ACBL Team, New Brunswick Matrix.

Spotswood (13-5) had reeled off six straight wins before running into Middlesex, which won the Blue Division outright with a sweep of the Chargers this weekend, 10-0 Saturday at “The Swamp,” and 5-2 at home Monday afternoon.

East Brunswick (8-8) will be playing its third game in as many days as the Bears come off a win over Piscataway Monday, and host Westfield Tuesday afternoon.

Spotswood will throw junior Jackson Walsh (1-1, 3.41 ERA) against the Bears, and will look to get on base, then wreak havoc from there.

Click below to listen to Spotswood head coach Glenny Fredericks talk about the Chargers’ season so far, and their matchup Wednesday with East Brunswick:

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.