MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The popular spring Greater Middlesex County Baseball Tournament will be changing its format for the 2019 season. Typically all 31 Middlesex County varsity baseball teams participate in the open-format tournament. However, this season a 16-team format will be in place for the GMC Championship Tournament. The remaining 15 unseeded teams will play in an "invitational tournament" according to published reports.
Seeding for the upcoming county tournament will take place on Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. at East Brunswick Tech. Unlike in past years, the divisional champs from last season will not be assured a seed. Teams currently in the top spot in the Red, White, Blue, Gold and Silver divisions will be given a priority on the seeding board. The only rule seeding officials must follow according to published reports is that a team should not be seeded ahead of any team it finished behind at the conclusion of the 2018 baseball season.
Currently, Spotswood is in third place in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division with a 6-4 division record. The Chargers are behind GMC leading Middlesex High School who has a division record of 9-1 and Metuchen High School who has a division record of 6-3. New Brunswick High School is last in the conference with a 1-9 division record.
Old Bridge High School is in first place in the Red Division. St. Joe's leads the White Division while South Amboy High School sits in the top spot for the Gold Division. Perth Amboy Tech leads the Silver.
South Plainfield won its first GMC tournament last year, defeating Perth Amboy High School in a 12-inning nail biter. It was the first time in the tournament's 32 year history that two low seeds reached the finals. Perth Amboy was the 12th seed and South Plainfield was the 14th seed. The Pathers made the school's first-ever appearance in a GMC baseball tournament final. South Plainfield was the lowest seed to earn a GMC baseball tournament title since Woodbridge High School won in 2000 as the 17th seed.
Using this year's criteria, neither the 2018 champs South Plainfield or 2018 finalist Perth Amboy will be guaranteed a spot among the top 16. South Plainfield is currently in second place in the White Division while Perth Amboy is sixth in the Red Division with a 3-9 conference record.
Opening rounds of the Championship Tournament are scheduled to begin on May 7 with May 8 as a rain date. The semifinals will be played on May 14 at Rutgers University. May 15 is the rain date for the semifinals. Finals will take place on May 19 at East Brunswick Tech. The rain date for the finals in May 25.
Play in the Invitational Tournament is set to start on May 8 with the finals on May 18. Higher seeds in the Invitational Tournament will have home-field advantage.