Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket

(13) Freehold Twp. 7, (5) Rumson-Fair Haven 0

Junior catcher Joe Silvestrone broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fifth and tacked on a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to spark the Patriots to a win over the Bulldogs in the MCT quarterfinals. Freehold Township will play No. 8 CBA in Monday's semifinal at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

Senior Joe Ellerman pitched six shutout innings to improve to 4-1, allowing just two hits and four walks (two intentional) while striking out eight. Ellerman also started the Patriots' fifth-inning rally with a two-out single to right field, and after a single by Steve Derby and a walk by Chris Talbott, Silvestrone lined a 1-2 curveball from Rumson strarter Shane McCarthy to left-center field to plate the game's first two runs. Talbott and Silvestrone later scored on wild pitches to cap the inning.

Derby finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and and an RBI while Talbott was 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, giving Freehold Township a 6-for-11 day from their top three hitters (Derby, Talbott and Silvestrone) with a double, home run, five runs scored and five RBI.


Class A North

Middletown South 2, Middletown North 0

Sophomore Zach deRocco and senior Kyle Brey combined on a no-hitter and the Eagles beat the Lions to clinch a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament. DeRocco, pitching with limited availability on two days of rest, walked four and hit two batters before giving way to Brey, who finished off the no-hitter with three hitless frames.

Joe Timmins made a diving catch in center field for the third out of the top of the fourth inning, stranding the bases loaded and preserving the shutout. Timmins also walked twice, stole two bases, and scored the deciding run of the game.

Mike Zibrin allowed two runs on only two hits in a complete-game loss. He pitched a one-hitter in a 1-0 loss to Middletown South on Saturday in the Monmouth County Tournament.


Class A Central

St. John Vianney 14, Raritan 6

Joe Rotelli, Chris Morris and Anthony LaVigne all homered, had two hits and scored two runs and Evan Pietronico went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI to lead a three-inning offensive assault that lifted the Lancers to a win over the Rockets, clinching the outright Class A Central division title.

St. John Vianney scored all 14 of it runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings after falling behind 5-0. Rotelli homered to highlight a four-run fourth inning and Morris hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth to put Vianney ahead 7-6. LaVigne hit a three-run homer in the Lancers' seven-run sixth that broke the game open.

Morris and LaVigne each finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and Rotelli was 2-for-3 with three RBI to go with his fourth home run of the year. Nick Gugliari also went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI, while John Michael Broderick and Nick Dery combined for four two-hit innings of relief with no earned runs allowed. Broderick earned the win, allowing one unearned run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.

Ryan Ruzieki went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI for Raritan while Brandon Bentley homered and drove in three for the Rockets. Johnny Guccione went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Jon Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two runs in defeat.

Shore 3, Manasquan 2

Nick Blaney drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to force in the winning run and give the Blue Devils a win over the Warriors, who are eliminated from Shore Conference Tournament contention with the loss.

Dylan Vosk was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single in the second and also recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning to earn his first win. Shore took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk by Clayton Coffey.

Andrew Schulz allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 6 1/3 innings and also singled and stole second base to start the seventh inning.

Manasquan tie the game at 1 on an RBI double by Tommy Toole in the third and drew even at 2 on a solo home run by Matt Edwards in the top of the fifth.


Class A South

Toms River North at Toms River South - PPD, TBD


Class B Central

Henry Hudson at Keansburg - PPD, Saturday, 2 p.m.

St. Rose 11, Ranney 1 (5 Innings)

St. Rose 12, Ranney 2 (5 Innings)

Tim Panuzzo and and Mike Gowen each threw one-hitters as the Purple Roses swept a double-header against the Panthers to clinch the Class B Central championship.


Class B South

Point Boro 3, Barnegat 0

John Youmans delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning in support of starter Mike Dunham, who pitched a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and one walk to lead the Panthers to a win over the Bengals.

Frank Graziano went 2-for-4 with a double in the win.

John Corbett struck out 10 and walked three while allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings in a losing effort. Nik Fraim went 2-for-3 to lead Barnegat at the plate.



Matawan at Keyport - Cancelled

Monmouth 6, Freehold 5

The Colonials rallied from a five-run deficit, but Dan Valerio hit the go-ahead solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Falcons a win over Freehold.

Southern at Long Branch - Cancelled

Red Bank Catholic 8, Red Bank 2

Al Molina went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored and Brendan Madigan was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases to lead the Caseys to a win over the Bucs. Joe Liddy threw four innings of scoreless, one-hit relief to earn the win while also striking out five.

Jackson Liberty at Toms River East - PPD, Saturday, Noon



Monsignor Donovan 5, New Egypt 4

Ian Koukos hit a pinch-hit, two-run double in the fourth inning and scored on an RBI single by Matt Drake as the Griffins rallied from an early 2-1 hole and beat the Warriors.