EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- St. Joseph High School defeated Monroe, 1-0, in the GMC Final on Saturday to win the GMC Championship.
In a classic pitcher's duel, Kyle Angel, who was a perfect 6-0 this season heading into the game, proved equal to Monroe's Eric Heatter, a Rutgers commit, for seven innings. When Heatter left the game with shoulder tightness, the Falcons pushed across the game's only run against reliever Chris Perdoni.
Perdoni hit Brandon Warick with a pitch and then yielded a single to Angel. Coach Mike Murray inserted pinch runner Matt Hennelly at second and Connor Esposito at first. Nick Loffredo hit a single past short. Murray held up Hennelly, but Esposito kept running and was tagged out in a rundown. Loffredo then took off for second, resulting in an errant throw that scored Hennelly with the winning run.
St. Joe’s has now won seven consecutive games and will take on Christian Brothers Academy in the NJSIAA Tournament on Tuesday in the Non-Public A South quarterfinal game.