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After 1,448 days, East Brunswick regains possession of Commander’s Cup with 4-2 victory over Spotswood

The East Brunswick baseball team is coming off a pair of back-to-back wins in the GMC Tournament, and has Senior Night Friday, followed by a GMC semifinal date with North Brunswick Saturday. To say it’s a big week would be an understatement.

But the Bears responded in their big rivalry game with Spotswood on Thursday afternoon, beating the Chargers 4-2 at home, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, to take the Commander’s Cup trophy for the first time since they surrendered it to Spotswood on May 31, 2017.

Three down, two to go.

The win gave East Brunswick a 9-7-1 advantage in the series, which is named after American Legion Post 25, whose team Spotswood coach Glenny Fredricks leads, and has players from Spotswood and East Brunswick, as well as Milltown.

READ MORE: The history of the Commander’s Cup:

Needing to get the most out of its pitching with five games in five days, the Bears got a five-hit, five-stirkeout, two-run performance from starter Ryan Basham, who pitched 5 and 2/3 innings to get the win, while Aaron Warner got the save, throwing an inning and a third in relief. Jeffrey Osborne went the distance for Spotswood – six innings – allowing six hits and four runs in taking the loss.

Ryan Basham of East Brunswick throws in the 4th inning against Spotswood on May 19, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Basham also helped his cause at the plate, with a two-run RBI single in a three-run fourth; it turned out to be the game-winning RBI.

The victory snapped a four-game win streak by Spotswood, which had won in 2017, 2018, 2019, and – with no game due to the 2020 season being cancelled – in 2021. And it gave EB two straight wins over the Chargers, who they beat Tuesday in the opening round of the GMC Tournament, 11-1.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the third on Dylan Lugo’s two-out single, scoring Romeo Diaz, who walked to lead off the inning.

Spotswood took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Breckln DeAngelis scored on a one-out double by Casey Cumiskey, who scored on a ground ball to second by his brother Carter Cumiskey that should have ended the inning, but the throw by Bears’ second baseman Christian Bermudez took first baseman Romeo Diaz off the bag.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from the Bears on their 4-2 win over Spotswood:

East Brunswick pitcher Ryan Basham
East Brunswick head coach Chris Kenney
East Brunswick’s Vincent LaRocca rides on the shoulders of Michael Lozzi as he holds the Commander’s Cup trophy high above his head after winning the 2022 edition of the game. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

All-Time Commander’s Cup Trophy Results
East Brunswick leads 9-7-1

5/19/22 – East Brunswick 4, Spotswood 2 (at EB)
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 – (TIE) Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 5 (8 inn.) (at Trenton)
5/9/05 – East Brunswick 5, Spotswood 4 (at EB)

Spotswood and East Brunswick to rematch in annual Commander’s Cup game

East Brunswick beat Spotswood on Tuesday in the opening round of the GMC Tournament, 11-1.

Wipe that score from the ledger when the two teams meet again, same place, same time, for the Commander’s Cup Trophy.

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

Last year, the Chargers evened the Commander’s Cup series with the Bears 8-8, with one tie, on a walkoff hit by Tyler Lewandowski – who was only 0-for-4 on the day and whose wild pitch allowed the Bears to score the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth – giving Spotswood a 6-5 comeback win.

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

Three days later, they knocked off EB in the first round of the GMC Tournament.

Yup, wipe Tuesday from the ledger.

You can hear the game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio Thursday afternoon with pregame from East Brunswick High School set for 4 pm, pregame at 3:45. Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the action; click here to listen live.

Spotswood has won six of the last eight meetings between the schools, including last year’s GMCT win, and this year’s GMCT loss. And they’ve held the trophy ever since a late May, 2017 road win against the Bears.

READ MORE: The history of the Commander’s Cup:

Click below to hear Spotswood head coach Glenny Fredricks talk about the Chargers’ season and the matchup with East Brunswick:

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)

St. Joe’s is the favorite, but here’s how all 16 teams can win the GMC Tournament

No team worth its weight in stirrups and rawhide enters the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament bemoaning its seed and wishing they were someone else.

If you’re picked as one of the top 16 teams in the league and make the “big dance,” there’s reason to think you have a shot, or else why get up in the morning?

The way the tournament is laid out, with enough time for every team’s No. 1 starter to pitch three games – that is, if Mother Nature cooperates on Monday – just about everyone has a shot, since there are so many good No. 1s in the county.

So why should 16th-seed South River have hope like top-seed St. Joe’s or third-seed Middlesex has hope that they can win it all?

Click below to listen to Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko break down all 16 teams:

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:

St. Joe’s remains No. 1, but Montgomery and Rutgers Prep join the ranks of the ranked in Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten

One of four undefeated teams remaining in the GMC, St. Joseph of Metuchen holds the top spot yet again in the Week 3 Bellamy & Son Paving High School Baseball Top Ten Rankings.

The Falcons are 6-0, after sweeping South Brunswick and East Brunswick in a pair of home-and-home sets this week. Ridge (5-1) and Bridgewater-Raritan (3-1) held in second and third, respectively.

Somerville (4-3) and Monroe (6-2) flip-flopped, with the Pioneers now in fourth after beating the Falcons 5-1 in the week gone by.

Woodbridge (6-2) holds in sixth, followed by two new teams in the rankings. Montgomery (4-2) joins at seventh, despite losing to Somerville this week 13-0; they also blanked one of the top teams in the state – Hunterdon Central – 1-0. Meanwhile, Rutgers Prep (5-1) debuts at No. 8 after a 3-0 week, including wins over Montclair-Kimberley, North Plainfield and Bernards.

The last two teams hold steady, Spotswood (7-0) in ninth and Middlesex (6-2) in 10th.

Previously-No. 7 South Brunswick and No. 8 Watchung Hills (both 3-4) dropped out.

Below are the full Week 3 rankings:

Other than top two, much movement in Week 2 Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten

With an idle week, top-ranked St. Joseph of Metuchen stayed put in the Week Two Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten, as did Ridge after a 1-1 week.

But after that, there was a good deal of movement in the rankings, as one would expect early in a season with most teams playing just a handful of games.

Case in point: Woodbridge – on the strength of a sweep of North Brunswick and a ten-run win over Colonia – vaulted into the rankings at No. 6 with a 5-0 record, the only team to make a debut this week.

South Brunswick, on the other hand, dropped to seventh, while Bridgewater-Raritan jumped from 5th to third, and Edison dropped out with a rough 0-3 start, including a sweep at the hands of South Plainfield.

READ MORE: South Plainfield bats around twice, knocks off No. 7 Edison 9-2 to sweep home-and-home set

Below are the full Week 2 Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten rankings, with each team’s record and previous rank:

Fredricks, working on next 250 wins at Spotswood, excited for ’22 Chargers

Glenny Fredricks’ 250th win as head coach of the Spotswood Chargers should have come all the way back in June.

Up 11-2 on JFK at home in the bottom of the fourth, with a chance to make it a ten-run lead, they would just need three more outs to seal the deal. The game had started a few minutes late.

But all of a sudden: crash, bang, boom! Lightning bolts came, the skies emptied, and the 2021 season came to an abrupt end.

Almost ten months later, the Chargers picked up their skipper’s milestone win in their very first game, an 8-1 victory at Colonia, in what should have been a home game at “The Swamp.”

Just a few days later, Fredricks now is just 248 wins away from 500. He’s 252-163-1 in his 17th season at the helm – not counting the wiped out 2020 COVID season – with the Chargers out to a 3-0 start.

Mike Pavlichko stopped by SHS Tuesday afternoon before the team’s game against Metuchen – which turned out to be a 4-3 win – to talk to 1994 Spotswood grad Glenny Fredricks about his milestone victory, and his decades on Summerhill Road:

Falcons hold on to top spot in Week 1 Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten

On the strength of a 2-0 start to the season, St. Joseph of Metuchen remains No. 1 in the Week 1 Bellamy & Son Paving High School Baseball Top Ten.

The Falcons were 13-0 and 14-4 winners over Perth Amboy on Friday and Saturday, the 27 runs making for the most St. Joe’s has scored in a two-game GMC series against an opponent in at least 14 years (the oldest records publicly available go back to 2008).

Ridge pulled up to second with a 12-1 blowout win over Gill St. Bernard’s, while Watching Hills dropped two spots to fourth after opening with a 3-2 loss at North Hunterdon.

Monroe jumped into the rankings at No. 8, knocking out South Plainfield, after sweeping the Tigers with a 4-3 home win on Opening Day, and a 17-5 road win Saturday.

Below are the full Week One Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten Rankings:

St. Joe’s leads inaugural Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top Ten

Thanks to Joe Bellamy at Bellamy & Son Paving, high school baseball now has a weekly Top Ten on Central Jersey Sports Radio!

And it’s St. Joseph of Metuchen – the defending GMC Tournament champion – which holds the top spot in the preseason rankings.

The Falcons took the title last year over South Brunswick, which came in third, just behind second-ranked Watchung Hills, which is expected to be one of the top teams again in Somerset County.

Here’s the complete preseason Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten, with each team’s 2021 record and postseason achievements, where applicable: