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North Brunswick claims top spot in Big Central Media Poll, edging out Union in Week Two

A week ago, North Brunswick had three first place votes in the Big Central Week One Media Poll, while Union had just one.

But the voters that didn’t pick Union first had the Farmers higher than those who didn’t have the Raiders in the top spot, so Union took Number One.

In Week Two, the first place votes went the same way – with Somerville and Woodbridge each getting a nod – but a win over ranked Old Bridge on the road boosted the Raiders in the minds of voters, and this week, they earned the top spot with 52 points, two more than Union.

There was little other change in the poll. Hillsborough jumped over Phillipsburg following a 21-14 overtime home win over the Stateliners, while Edison and Watchung Hills both dropped out. Three teams – Bernards, Cranford and Linden – tied for tenth, with five other teams getting votes.

Below is the Week Two Big Central Media Poll:

North Brunswick win over No. 4 Old Bridge keeps Raiders at No. 1 in CJSR Week Two Top Ten

Going on the road is never easy. Going to Vince Lombardi Field in Old Bridge is even tougher, where the Knights’ student section is loud. Coming out of there with a victory is even tougher.

But that’s what No. 1 North Brunswick did on Friday, pulling out a 34-27 victory at then No. 4 Old Bridge. And so, the Raiders remain No. 1 this week in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, picking up both first place votes.

Woodbridge and Summit made their season debuts in the rankings, while Edison and New Providence dropped out, though the Pioneers were more of a mathematical casualty, having still received a vote in the poll.

The Media Poll will be out later Monday afternoon.

Below are the Week Two CJSR Rankings:

Union takes top spot in Big Central Media Poll; four different teams get first place votes

Somerville began the year as a unanimous Number One in the preseason Big Central Media Poll, but after dropping its second game of the year Sunday at Rutgers to Northern Highlands, Union has taken over at the top of the Week One rankings.

But the Farmers (1-1) are far from a unanimous pick. In fact, they only picked up one first place vote from the media members participating in the poll, while North Brunswick – 1-0 after a 56-21 win over South Brunswick in its opener – picked up three. But the Raiders picked up 51 points, finishing one point behind Union, which tallied 52.

Overall, four teams picked up first-place votes; Woodbridge (2-0) and Somerville (1-1) each got a nod.

In actuality, the entire poll was wide open this week, with 17 teams getting at least one vote.

Week Zero is in the books; Big Central goes 1-3 in Battle at the Beach, while Carteret begins new era with a big win

Only ten of the 60 teams in the Big Central opened their seasons on Week Zero, and only one of the four that played in Ocean City this weekend came home a winner.

But perhaps the biggest pleasant surprise was Carteret, which shutout JP Stevens in its first game since November of 2019.

The Ramblers got three first-quarter touchdowns from senior Kanya Groover, who carried five times in the game for 112 yards, en route to a 37-0 shutout win over JP Stevens at “The Pit” Friday night.

It was a night of firsts for the Ramblers:

It was the Ramblers’ first win since October 25th, 2019, and the first victory for new coach Kevin Freeman.

It was their largest margin of victory in almost five years, since a 40-0 win over North Brunswick on September 23, 2016. That was also their most recent shutout win before Friday night.

Down at the Battle of the Beach in Ocean City, a showcase put on by the West Jersey Football League Coaches Association, Woodbridge was the only one of four league teams to earn a win, beating Winslow Township 26-14 Sunday.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood dropped its opener Sunday 52-0 to Cedar Creek, while on Saturday, Union battled Millville to a tough 38-21 loss – in which both teams reeled off a number of big plays – and Bernards got doubled up 40-20 by Penns Grove.

In other area action…

Somerville blanked Olney Charter of PA Friday night 25-0 down in Philly.

And on Saturday, new South Plainfield head coach – and Tiger alum – Bill Hamilton picked up the first win of his tenure, a 35-14 win over South River at Denny Stadium.

READ MORE: Smith, South Plainfield ground game tame South River, 35-14

Central Jersey Sports Radio’s coverage of Big Central Conference football kicks into high gear Friday night, with the season debut of “The Big Central Game of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland,” as Piscataway comes off its one-year COVID hiatus, hosting #6 Phillipsburg, with game time at 6:00, air-time at 5:45 with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe calling all the action.

And don’t forget to catch our podcast, “This Week in the Big Central driven bu Autoland,” which drops on Thursday. We’ll have a look at the week gone by, a preview of Week One games, interviews and analysis, hosted by Mike Pavlichko.

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LaSala’s Woodbridge Set for New Season with New Leaders

It is the cyclical nature of high school sports: players gain experience, grow into seniors, and graduate to the next level, giving a new group of players the chance to break through.

After graduating an accomplished class that guided the Barrons to its first sectional final in 22 years, Woodbridge begins that cycle again this fall, as head coach Joe LaSala leads a team filled with skill players stepping into larger roles.

Seniors Isaiah Allen and Mike Calvert assume the mantle as the Barrons’ top offensive playmakers, replacing All-State running back Ali Lee, Jr. Under center, Saint Joe’s transfer Matt Stanton takes over for three-year starting quarterback Anthony Santino.

READ MORE: Ali Lee Jr. commits to Stony Brook

Woodbridge is one of ten teams that will open the 2021 season with a Week Zero game, as they play Winslow Township in the Sunday 6 pm finale of the mammoth Battle at the Beach showcase, hosted by the West Jersey Football League in Ocean City, NJ.

Click below to hear Woodbridge coach Joe LaSala talk with Dom Savino about the new-look Barrons:

Audio: Listen to all of Woodbridge freshman Eddy Nunez’ 14 strikeouts against Colonia

Though he allowed six runs in six innings of work, Woodbridge freshman Eddy Nunez was on fire Saturday afternoon, striking out 14 batters in Game Two of a doubleheader won by Colonia 7-6.

That appears to be a record for a Barron freshman, topping what head coach Mike Monaco believes was the previous record: a 13-strikeout effort by now-Rutgers ace Harry Rutkowski back in 2014. Rutkowski fanned 13 in a 3-2 loss at Sayreville in his freshman debut.

Rutkowski graduated from Woodbridge in 2019 with 19 career double-digit strikeout games. His best effort in the “K” department came on Opening Day in 2015, when he fanned 16 Governors in a 2-0 win over South Amboy. That mark also is believed to be a single-game record for the Barrons.

Click below to listen to an audio montage of all 14 strikeouts by Woodbridge freshman Eddy Nunez, as called by Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

Individual pitching highlights Woodbridge and Colonia split doubleheader in battle of cross-town rivals

It might sound counterintuitive to say that pitching highlighted a doubleheader in which a combined 23 runs were scored, but both Woodbridge and Colonia got some highlight efforts Saturday afternoon as they split a doubleheader in Colonia.

The twinbill – heard Saturday on Central Jersey Sports Radio and sponsored by Woodbridge Township – was made necessary when Thursday’s matchup under the lights at Woodbridge was called due to rain in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Patriots up 4-3.

In Game One, the Barrons won 6-4 to extend their winning streak to five games. Starting pitcher Matt Medvetz went five innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 earned runs, striking out 9 Colonia batters. His performance was much-needed considering the Barrons’ ace, Josh Vazquez – like Pats’ ace J.T. Kroner – threw over 50 pitches in Thursdays’s rainout and was unavailable Saturday.

Click below to hear a replay of Game One. (Woodbridge 6, Colonia 4)

Due to technical issues, the game is joined in progress beginning with Woodbridge leadoff hitter A.J. Bosch at the plate in the top of the first inning.

In Game Two, Colonia’s Tyler Mendez – making his first varsity appearance – came on in relief of starter Harrison Brindley and pitched five solid innings out of the ‘pen. Though he allowed four runs, it was the length of the outing that was key, preventing head coach Mike Scialfo from having to go further into his bench.

But even in defeat, Woodbridge got a thrilling and gutsy performance from freshman Eddy Nunez, who struck out 14 in six innings of work. That’s at least a recent best for a freshman at Woodbridge, though whether it’s a record is unknown.

Current Rutgers ace Harry Rutkowski struck out a season-high 13 in his freshman debut on April 12, 2014 in a 3-2 loss at Sayreville.

The strikeouts were the thrilling part. The gutsy part came in the fourth inning when Nunez, already nine strikeouts into his day, was drilled on the right shoulder – his throwing arm – by a line drive off the bat of Colonia second baseman Benjie Pabon.

It caromed to first baseman Matt Medvetz, who stepped on the bag for the out, and after a brief delay, Nunez walked it off, stayed in the game, and struck out five more batters.

Click below to hear a replay of Game Two. (Colonia 7, Woodbridge 6)

Colonia snapped a three-game skid with the Game Two victory, improving to 3-3. Woodbridge had its five-game win streak snapped in the second game, and drops to 5-3.

Woodbridge extends win streak to five with 6-4 win over Colonia in twinbill opener

After both team’s aces pitched in Thursday’s rainout, with neither available for Saturday’s doubleheader, Woodbridge coach Mike Monaco was looking for some help from the rest of his staff.

He got a pleasant surprise, and a senior delivered.

Matt Medvetz hadn’t pitched since Opening Day on April 19th against Edison, when he came out of the game with arm issues. Monaco had hoped he would be back Saturday to give the rest of this staff some rest.

Medvetz delivered, and then some.

The senior pitcher threw five innings to get the win, allowing just two earned runs on three hits, while striking out nine. Both runs came in the first, after which Medvetz settled down to even his record at 1-1.

But most importantly, it allowed Monaco to get some breathing room for the rest of the day.

Medvetz also helped his cause at the plate, doubling in a run in the first inning to help the Barrons to a 3-0 lead.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko speak with Mike Medvetz about his winning performance against in-town rival Colonia.

Colonia looks to stay unbeaten in GMC White in home doubleheader against cross-town rival Woodbridge

Though Colonia is just 2-2 in the early part of the 2021 high school baseball season, the Patriots have two out-of-conference losses, to Sparta and Immaculata.

That means they’re unbeaten in the GMC White Division, with a pair of wins over North Brunswick. And they’ll hope to continue that trend Saturday morning when they play a 10 am twin bill against Woodbridge, after rain wiped out their game in the third inning Thursday night.

The Patriots were leading 4-3 in the bottom of the third with Woodbridge at bat, and the Barrons had two runners on when the game was called.

The cancellation means they’ll restart that game from scratch Saturday, though the teams’ aces – who started Thursday’s game – won’t be able to pitch. Both Josh Vazquez for the Barrons and J.T. Kroner for the Patriots threw more than 50 pitches, which means two days rest is required and they wouldn’t be available until Sunday at the earliest.

WOODBRIDGE PREVIEW: Woodbridge takes four-game win streak into Colonia for twin-bill following rainout

Listen to Central Jersey Sports Radio for pregame coverage starting at 9:45 am as Mike Pavlichko will call all the action of both games. You can listen by clicking here. The game is sponsored by Woodbridge Township.

Click below to hear Colonia coach Mike Scialfo talk about his team’s season so far, and the matchup against Woodbridge:

Woodbridge takes four-game win streak into Colonia for twin-bill following rainout

Their aces were on the mound Thursday night, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Josh Vazquez of Woodbridge and Rutgers commit J.T. Kroner of Colonia were duking it out when the rains came, and stopped their game after 3 1/2 innings with the road Patriots ahead 4-3.

In the world of baseball, the stats don’t count, but at the high school level, the pitches do.

Since both eclipsed the 50 pitch mark, neither is available for what will now be a 10 am doubleheader Saturday at Colonia, which you can hear in its entirety on Central Jersey Sports radio by clicking here.

COLONIA PREVIEW: Colonia looks to stay unbeaten in GMC White in home doubleheader against cross-town rival Woodbridge

Coverage begins at 9:45 am with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action. The game is sponsored by Woodbridge Township.

The Barrons (4-2) enter the game on a four-game winning streak after two season-opening losses to Edison, while the Patriots (2-2) are looking to end a two-game skid, having dropped a pair of our-of-conference games to Sparta and Immaculata.

Click below to hear Woodbridge head coach Mike Monaco discuss the season so far, and preview Saturday’s doubleheader against in-town rival Colonia: