Baseball – Jersey Shore Opens Up Carpenter Cup Defense With 9th-Inning Rally
Wall had one of the Shore's best baseball teams in 2018 and three of its top players showed Friday in the Jersey Shore's Carpenter Cup opener why the Crimson Knights will indeed be a force to be reckoned with in 2019.
Junior Grant Shulman hit a game-tying RBI single and classmate John Volpe followed with a go-ahead two-run single during a five-run ninth-inning that propelled the Shore squad - the defending champions of the Carpenter Cup - to come-from-behind, 6-2, win over Suburban One League American at F.D.R. Park in Philadelphia.
Wall junior left-hander Trey Dombroski was dominant in his three innings of work to open the game. The Monmouth University commit allowed three hits and a walk while striking out seven in a scoreless outing.
Colts Neck senior Anthony Galason started the rally by getting hit by a pitch and moving to second on a passed ball. Shulman then followed with an RBI single to left and went to third on a hit-and-run single by Jackson Memorial junior Alex Iadisernia, who advanced to second on the throw to third. Volpe then followed with a single down the left-field line that plated the go-ahead runs and advanced to second on the throw home.
Toms River North senior Jared Bellissimo added an RBI double in the top of the ninth to give winning pitcher Austin Nappi of Red Bank Catholic some extra cushion for the bottom of the ninth. Giovanni Ciaccio also walked and scored a run in the ninth to aid the rally.
Ocean junior Max Winters got the Shore on the board first with an RBI single in the top of the third inning to score Jackson Memorial sophomore first baseman Carmine Petosa.
S.O.L. struck for two runs in the eighth inning, both of which were charged to Red Bank Regional junior Jack Povey. Jackson Memorial sophomore Nick Beetel recorded one out before giving way to Nappi, who recorded the final five outs to earn the win. Nappi allowed one hit and struck out two.
Jackson Liberty senior Matt Pickus and Pinelands junior Noah Dean followed Dombroski with two scoreless innings apiece. Pickus allowed two hits and struck out two while Dean - a Xavier University commit - struck out five of the eight batters he faced. Dean also walked one and hit a batter but did not allow a hit.
Jersey Shore will play Inter-A.C. Independents in the Carpenter Cup quarterfinals on Monday, 12:30 p.m. on the Showcase Field at F.D.R. Park, with the winner advancing to the semifinals next Friday at Citizens Bank Ballpark.