GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW- 1ST ROUND
Posted by Glenn Fredricks on May 13 2005 at 05:00PM PDT
No. 12 OLD BRIDGE (10-8) VS. No. 5 SPOTSWOOD (16-4): The only common opponents these teams share are East Brunswick and Middlesex. East Brunswick swept the Knights (2-1 and 7-4) in their Red Division series, while the Chargers fell, 5-4, in a crossover game. Spotswood swept Middlesex (13-6 and 6-4) in their Blue Division series, while Old Bridge defeated the Blue Jays 10-0 in a GMCT first-round game. With that win, Old Bridge snapped a three-game losing streak. The Knights will throw ace Steve Santurro, owner of a deceptive 1-5 record with a 4.08 ERA. Spotswood will counter with sophomore right-hander Michael Hohman (3-1, 2.27). Opponents are batting .246 against him. Ace Steve Curry (6-0, 4.03 ERA), a southpaw, is available to counter lefty slugger Sean Langan (.490) who is 7-for-8 over the past two games. First baseman Matt Donaghue (.395), Steve Cooper (.3476), Chris Baldino (.324) and Scott Bird (.326) are Old Bridge's other top hitters. In the regular season, Old Bridge defeated three of the GMCT's top four seeds. Unlike Spotswood, which has clubbed 16 homers with eight players belting at least one, Old Bridge lacks power. The Chargers are averaging 8.7 runs per game. Curry and Dan Savage have combined for 10 of Spotswood's 16 victories. Five starters are slugging over .500 and five starters are batting .400 or better. Hohman has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games. Three Chargers catchers have thrown out 59 percent of would-be base stealers. Steve Abbott, Hohman, Scott Dyckman, and the Dubovick brothers, Mike and John, have combined to score over 110 runs. The Chargers had an earlier winning streak of eight games and have won four of their last five.
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