North Brunswick Baseball Sweeps South Plainfield in Twin Bill


NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It was a cold and windy Wednesday afternoon/evening at Community Park in North Brunswick, N.J. But, the North Brunswick High School varsity baseball team wasn’t bothered by the elements, taking both games of a double-header against South Plainfield.

With Monday and Tuesday’s games both postponed due to rain and poor field conditions, the two Greater Middlesex County White Division squads battled in a two-game affair.

In the first game, South Plainfield (1-3) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to an RBI double by senior outfielder Brian Cullen, but that was all for the Tigers.

Sign Up for E-News

North Brunswick (3-0) took the lead in the bottom of the third on a Roger Gomez three-run home run, and scored four more in the bottom of fifth and two in the sixth to defeat the Tigers 9-1. Gomez finished with five RBI’s while a two-run single from Feliz Diaz, an RBI double by Justin Garcia, and an RBI single by Neal Gaeta did damage in that aforementioned fifth inning.

Eric Vasquez (1-0) was sharp, pitching a complete game, allowing only one run and striking out three.

A couple of bright spots shined through for the Tigers in the outfield however. In the third and fifth inning, centerfielder Jack Gillis sprinted and dove left and right respectively making two ESPN Top-10 highlight reel worthy catches.

Game two was much closer, with this time the Raiders squeaking out a come-from-behind 6-3 victory.

The Tigers once again took an early 2-0 lead, scoring one in each the first and second innings, as Mike Stanczak and Jean Sapini scored for the Tigers.

North Brunswick plated a run in the third to cut the deficit to 2-1, and took a 3-2 lead on a two-out RBI double by Rutgers University signee and senior Eric Reardon. Reardon finished the game 2-for-3, and gave up three runs on seven hits, struck out four, and walk four in six innings to earn the win on the mound after playing first base in the first game.

The Raiders picked up another run in the top of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead, but South Plainfield responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning.

However, North Brunswick took back command of the game with two runs in the top of the seventh.

South Plainfield has struggled out of the gate at 1-3 through four games. However, there is no need for panic in Tiger country as the defending state Group 3 championships lost three of their first five games before getting hot near the end of the season which propelled them to glory.

This year is a different team, but the roster is still full of talent such as senior shortstop Nick Polizzano, who through the first two games was 5-for-6 at the plate.

The Tigers will look to get back on track Saturday morning in their extremely-competitive schedule as they travel out to Montgomery in a nonconference contest.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Samantha Pullen Girls’ Spring Track

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ track team is off to another great start in the 2018 season.  Their record currently stands at 3-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers defeated divisional rivals Metuchen and Middlesex by the scores of 80-56 and 75-56.  They then went on to dominate Bishop Ahr by a score of 112-24.  Much of the Lady Tigers success has been due to the ...

The Athlete of the Week Tatianna Sutor Girls’ Lacrosse

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ Lacrosse team is off to a fantastic start to their 2018 season with a record of 2-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers crushed division rival Bishop Ahr by the score of 14-2, and then went on to beat Boonton 6-3.  A huge part of the success for South Plainfield has been due in a large part to the contributions of senior goalie Tatianna ...


Victor Kochmann, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Letter Welcoming Mike Zushma to Politics

April 19, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I'd like to welcome Mike Zushma to the world of politics and congratulate him on being selected as the town's Democratic Chairman.


I've served as Republican chair since 2009, and I've always enjoyed spending my time helping good people get elected to office.  In South Plainfield, it's never about party:  People work together and try ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield High School Hall Of Fame Is Seeking Nominees

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Hall of Fame Committee is again holding their search for candidates for induction into the SPHS Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was established at South Plainfield High School to recognize outstanding graduates as leaders in their fields who could serve as role models for current and future students.

Candidates will be evaluated on ...

Kennedy School Welcomes Author Lisa Mullarkey

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Teacher and children’s author Lisa Mullarkey stopped by John F. Kennedy Elementary School on April 18. 

“This year’s guest author was very well received by our students and staff. Mrs. Mullarkey spent the day motivating our students to be future writers," said Kennedy Principal Kevin Hajduk. "It was a privilege for our students at ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold Open House on April 24

April 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy, an AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, will hold an open house the evening of Tuesday, April 24.At this time, prospective students and their families in pre-K3 through 8th grade will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet teachers and register. 

“Holy Savior ...

Elks Lodge #2298 Hosted Princess Breakfast

April 19, 2018

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 Youth Activities Committee recently hosted a Princess breakfast, in conjunction with the South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop.   On the menu we featured only the BEST breakfast in town.  Our lil princesses were able to come down to have their pictures taken with their favorite Disney characters. 

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 ...

Part Time Position in Municipal Court

The South Plainfield Borough is seeking to hire a part time person with strong customer service skills to perform detailed Municipal Court clerical work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Answering telephone and walk in inquiries, data entry, maintaining files and records for accuracy, processing payments, related duties as required.

Successful candidates should process ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

South Plainfield

Open House 312 Elissa Court South Plainfield

Real Estate


Sun, April 22, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

Suburban Woman's Club Luncheon/Fashion Show April ...


Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Spring Wellness Health Fair - Mayor's Wellness


Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield's Annual Health and Fitness Fair


Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

A Tribute to our Veterans - Jim Barone


Sun, April 29, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

Autism Awareness Event on April 29th


Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)


How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.


Your library is a hub of education and entertainment that is available to you not just when the library is open, but at all hours, thanks to our great online resources.  

If you want to brush up on your computer skills, or learn something new, try Learning Express.  You can access it through the library’s website. Once you’ve registered (you’ll need ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Hears Presentation on WWII Air Force Service Pilots

During World War II, one thousand seventy-four aviators, all with prior experience and airman certificates, flew over 60 million miles; transported every type of military aircraft; towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice; simulated strafing missions and transported cargo. Thirty-eight members of this elite group lost their lives and one went missing in performing their ...

Press Releases

OLOVEE will be at Menlo Park Mall

April 20, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - OLOVEE  is a unique company that offers trendy products and donates back to four causes in the community. OLOVEE will be at Menlo Park Mall on Saturday April 21st for a “Health & Wellness “ Expo.  During this campaign, OLOVEE will donate $4 per product to the color and cause of your choice.  A same day discount of 25% will be ...