Baseball Friday NJSIAA Scoreboard, 5/23/14
Central Jersey Group IV
(5) Jackson Memorial 2, (13) Howell 1
Shortstop Mike Schmidt threw out the potential tying run at home plate on a relay from left fielder Rich Rountree to end the game and give the Jaguars a thrilling win over the Rebels in the CJ IV quarterfinals. Rob Napolitano doubled over Rountree's head, but Rountree got to the ball and initiated the relay that would end the game.
Senior right-hander Brandon Janofsky struck out 13 in a complete-game three-hitter and also hit a solo, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the third to put Jackson ahead, 2-1. Janofsky also scored the first Jackson Memorial run in the top of the first inning on a dropped pop-up.
Sophomore Troy Miller hit a solo home run in the top of the first to stake Howell to a 1-0 lead.
Jackson Memorial will host No. 9 East Brunswick in Tuesday's sectional semifinal.
(6) Monroe at (3) Colts Neck - PPD, Saturday, Noon
Central Jersey Group III
(2) Wall 5, (7) Ocean 4 (9 Innings)
Senior second baseman Branden Biegert lined a two-out single to center field to plate pinch-runner Christian Carlson with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Crimson Knights beat the Spartans for the third time this season. Wall will host No. 3 Hamilton West in Tuesday's sectional semifinal.
Wall rallied from a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Starting third baseman and winning pitcher Ryan Orender hammered a two-run double to deep left field to cut the deficit to 4-3 and on the next batter, catcher Dan Wondrack drilled a double of his own off the left-field fence to score Orender with the tying run.
Ocean loaded the bases against Wall starter Tyler Swiggart with no one out in the top of the sixth, but the George Washington University recruit induced a 1-2-3 double play for the first two outs and struck out the next batter to escape the jam without surrendering a run.
Orender pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn his second win of the tournament.
Ocean scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead and added another in the fifth to go up 4-1. Catcher Zack Godfrey, right fielder Andrew MacNeille and designated hitter John Walsh each had an RBI single in the fourth and first baseman Anthony Bartolomei dropped in an RBI single in the fifth.
(3) Hamilton West 2, (6) Jackson Liberty 1 (10 innings)
Central Jersey Group II
(6) Matawan 4, (3) Spotswood 1
Sophomore Adam Elliot pitched a five-hitter and the Huskies scored three times over the final two innings to top the Chargers and advance to the sectional semifinals against the winner of Saturday's game between No. 7 Manchester and No. 2 Robbinsville. According to Matawan coach Bobby Carnovsky, this is Matawan's first trip to a sectional semifinal since 1993.
Elliot allowed one unearned run while walking one and striking out eight to improve to 6-3. Matawan took the lead on a two-out RBI single by Joe Piscopo in the top of the sixth that plated courtesy runner Makel Caldwell, who scored two runs while running for catcher Cory Nusbaum.
Nusbaum also plated Matawan's fourth run with an RBI ground out in the top of the seventh, which followed an RBI single by Nick Smith. Justin Henderson gave Matawan a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the top of the fourth before Spotswood tied it with an RBI single by Ryan Walker in the bottom of the inning.
(1) Cinnaminson 3, (8) Monmouth 2
Marc Marcinak hit a two-run double in the top of the fourth inning to pull the Falcons within 3-2 of Cinnaminson, but the defending Group II champions held on to win a rematch of last year's extra-inning Group II semifinal at Rider. Zach Centrella went the distance for Monmouth and took the hard-luck loss.
(7) Manchester at (2) Robbinsville - PPD, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Central Jersey Group I
(6) Shore at (3) East Brunswick Tech - PPD, Saturday, 1 p.m.
South Jersey Group III
(5) Highland at (4) Toms River South - PPD, Saturday, 3 p.m.
South Jersey, Non-Public A
(13) Pingry at (4) CBA - PPD, Saturday
South Jersey, Non-Public B
At Diamond Nation, Flemington
(10) Gill St. Bernard’s 4, (7) Mater Dei Prep 0
Dan Spear threw a two-hit shutout with four walks and seven strikeouts and also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Knights to a win over the Seraphs. Anthony Stanziale went the distance for Mater Dei, allowing two runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five.