Monmouth County Tournament

Semifinals

(2) CBA 3, (11) Manalapan 2

Junior catcher Brandon Martorano singled through the middle of a drawn-in Manalapan infield with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate Cid Porter with the winning run and the Colts beat the Braves in their final turn at-bat to advance to a second straight MCT final.

CBA will defend its Monmouth County Tournament title Friday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood against No. 13 Wall.

Porter led off the CBA seventh with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a squib single to shallow right field by senior shortstop Matt D'Angelo to set up the inning. Manalapan elected to walk senior right fielder Will Morgan to load the bases and create the force-out at the plate. Martorano - the clean-up hitter in CBA's lineup Tuesday - smacked the first pitch back toward the mound, glancing off the foot of Braves reliever Matt Klepper and out of the reach of shortstop Chris Rodriguez to allow Porter to trot in from third.

Martorano also started the game-tying rally in the sixth with a leadoff single and took third on a misplay down the left-field line. He came around to scored the tying run on an RBI fielder's choice ground out to second base by junior first baseman Kenny Campbell.

Junior right-hander Luca Dalatri improved to 6-0 on the mound and 17-0 over the last two seasons. On Tuesday, he allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 12. The University of North Carolina recruit also gave CBA a 1-0 lead when he blasted his sixth home run of the year - a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Manalapan scored both runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead against Dalatri. Chris Rodriguez ignited the rally with a pop fly that landed on the left-field line and with the shortstop, third baseman and left fielder all converging on the pop fly, Rodriguez sped into an uncovered third base, ahead of a diving tag from James Miller, who ran all the way from shallow left to apply the tag.

Junior Stephen Hansen followed with an RBI double to right-center and Jake Sadowitz gave Manalapan the lead with a two-out, RBI single to left-center to plate Hansen.

Nick Serra allowed two runs on five hits over five-plus innings to take the no-decision for Manalapan.

 

Class B North

Wall 5, Ocean 4

Jake Malone delivered a game-winning RBI single with two out in the bottom of the seventh and the Crimson Knights rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Spartans and wrap up their Class B North season.

Ryan Orender reached on an error with two out in the seventh, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Malone's winning single.

Wall scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game. Senior catcher Dann Wondrack launched a two-run home run to cut the deficit in half, his sixth long ball of the season. Orender followed with a double and scored on Malone's first RBI single to make it 4-3.

Sophomore shortstop Nolan Cloney tied the game with an RBI single to score Malone with two out.

Tyler Rossback had an RBI single in Ocean's three-run second inning and Frank Henry later made it 4-0 in the fifth on an RBI single to plate catcher Marc Chernin, who began the rally with a leadoff double.

 

Non-Division

Holmdel 11, Keyport 3

Tyler Kiss doubled, tripled and drove in four runs to help lead the Hornets to a win over the Red Raiders. Tyler Fischer also went 3-for-3 and D.J. Goins added a two-run double in the win. Jordyn Brosemer struck out three in six innings to earn the win.

Matawan 6, Monmouth 5

Joe Piscopo hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Huskies survived a comeback by the Falcons. Matt Esposito led the Matawan offense with two hits and three RBI.

Matt Vincenti tied a Monmouth school record with his 23rd career double, matching Mo Williams.

Long Branch 14, Barnegat 13

Sean Cuddy went 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI to lead an offensive outburst by the Green Wave in a win over the Bengals.

Lakewood 8, Keansburg 0

Toms River South 3, Manchester 2 (8 Innings)

Ben Montenegro drove in the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the eighth and the Indians walked off with a win over the Hawks. Ryan Shiffer was 4-for-4 with two doubles and Anthony Carfora struck out eight over the final four innings to earn the win.

Donovan Catholic 5, Lacey 4

Steve Lazicki hit a two-out, bases-clearing double to cap a five-run top of the seventh and give the Griffins a come-from-behind win over the Lions. Freshman John Poplawski earned his first varsity win on the mound.

 

Non-Conference

Mahwah 10, Red Bank 9 (8 Innings)

Ryan Santos went 3-for-5 with five RBI, but the Bucs fell to the Thunderbirds in extra innings.