Class A North

Howell 4, Freehold Twp. 3

Juniors Connor Fey and Justin Steel both finished 3-for-4 and each delivered an RBI single in Howell's three-run seventh inning that propelled the Rebels (4-1, 4-1) to a walk-off win over the Patriots (3-3, 1-3).

Fey cut the lead to 3-2 with his two-out RBI hit, followed by an RBI single by senior Rob Napolitano to tie the game at three. Steel ended the game with Howell's third two-out, RBI single of the inning.

Fey finished with two RBI and the rally made a winner out of senior starter Austin Kroeger, who pitched a complete game to earn the win. Kroeger allowed two earned runs on five hits and four walks.

Sophomore Ralph Gambino allowed a run on four hits and four walks while striking out seven in six innings for Freehold Township before giving way to senior Kyle Fenton. Although he took the loss on the mound, Fenton led the Freehold Township offense by going 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI.

After hitting five home runs in his team's previous two games, Freehold Township senior Joe Silvestrone went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored.

Middletown South 4, Manalapan 1

Nolan Pereless drove in three runs and junior Johnny Zega allowed just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings to lead the Eagles (2-4, 2-3) to a win over the Braves (4-3, 1-3) - their second straight win after starting the season 0-4. Pereless finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base, with his RBI coming on a two-out, two-run single in the second and another two-out RBI single in the sixth.

Junior catcher Zach Schild went 2-for-3 with a two-out RBI single of his own.


Class A South

Southern 3, Lacey 1

Junior Ronnie Velardi hit a two-run triple and scored on a Mike Lee RBI single in the third to give senior starter Zach Mason all the support he would need as the Rams (1-5, 1-4) beat the Lions (3-3, 2-3) for their first win of the season. Velardi finished 2-for-3, while Mason allowed a run on three hits while striking out 10 over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

Jackson Memorial 13, No. 8 Brick 2 (5 Innings)

Junior Kyle Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI as the Jaguars (2-4, 2-3) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning and 13-1 after two en route to a five-inning win over the Green Dragons (4-2, 3-2).

Senior Rich Rountree smacked a two-run double in the first, while senior Matt Castronuova drove in a run in each of his first-inning plate appearances, the first on a sacrifice fly and the second on an RBI single. Castronuova finished 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI and also picked up the win on the mound by throwing two innings of relief after starter Ryan Takacs exited after two with a 12-run lead.

Senior Joe DeMaio, senior Nick Rocco and junior Kyle Lona each added two hits, an RBI,  and two runs scored for Jackson Memorial, with DeMaio and Lona both going 2-for-3 and Rocco finishing 2-for-2.


No. 5 Toms River South 7, Brick Memorial 2

Ray Liguori hammered a two-run single to highlight a seven-run Indians fifth inning that broke a scoreless tie and lifted Toms River South (4-1, 4-1) to a win over the Mustangs (3-6, 0-4).

Liguori also pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game for sophomore left-hander Justin Fall, who won his first varsity start. Fall allowed two runs - one earned - on four hits while striking out five without issuing a walk. Liguori, meanwhile, struck out four and allowed one hit while extending his scoreless innings streak to 18 1/3 innings dating back to last season - all in relief.

Junior Mike Conover singled in the game's first run to start the fifth-inning scoring, the only other run-scoring hit by the Indians. Junior Brian Markoski went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Brick Memorial

No. 1 Toms River North 11, Toms River East 1

Senior right-hander Ryan Larsen pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks and the Mariners (5-1, 5-0) racked up 11 hits in a win over the Raiders (2-2, 2-2). Larsen surrendered the lone Toms River East baserunner on a solo home run by senior shortstop and University of Virginia recruit Jon Meola in the bottom of the fourth. The only other Raider to reach base was on a wild pitch on a strikeout.

Sophomore Mike Nyisztor, senior Kevin Blum, senior Joe Venditto and junior David Cordoma each picked up two hits, with Cordoma, Blum and Nyisztor each driving in a run - Blum on an RBI double. Junior catcher Owen Sulfrain was 1-for-2 with two RBI, while junior second baseman Brandon Fischer finished 1-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Junior Jeff Ciervo was 1-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.


Class B Central

Keansburg 13, Asbury Park 0 (5 Innings)

Senior Tyrell Wilson homered and drove in three runs and junior Ian Terry tripled and drove in four to help lead the Titans (3-1, 3-1) to a win over the Blue Bishops (0-2, 0-2). Senior Jim McAteer struck out five and allowed one hit over three innings of work to earn the win and also went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI at the plate.

Freshman Justin Alessi was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and junior Austin Blum finihed 1-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI in the win. Freshman Devin Nash-McGee went 2-for-2 to account for Asbury Park's only two hits and also stole a base.

St. Rose 5, Keyport 2

Brendan Hueth doubled and scored a run and Mike Gowen was 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Purple Roses (2-3, 1-1) held off the Red Raiders (2-3, 2-3). Travis Cloney scattered eight hits and allowed two runs over six innings to earn the win on the mound. Sophomore Joe Volpe was also 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the win.

Christian Smith, Steven Chandler and Kyle Mitchell each had two hits for Keyport and Jake Caverly doubled in a run for the Red Raiders.

Mater Dei Prep 12, Henry Hudson 2 (5 Innings)

Sophomore Kyle Dowlen drove in three runs and junior Matt Paciulli tossed a five-inning complete game in his first varsity start as the Seraphs (3-1, 3-0) scored 12 unanswered runs to top the Admirals (0-3, 0-3).

Dowlen went 2-for-3 with a tie-breaking RBI single with two out in the third and also hit a two-run double in the fifth. Junior Cole Hardy went 2-for-2 with a two-run double in the fourth and three runs scored, while senior Vincenzo Mezzacappa also went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Paciulli allowed two earned runs in the top of the first, then settled in to allow four hits and three walks for the game while striking out seven. Alonso Olsen went 2-for-2 to lead Henry Hudson.

Point Beach 12, Ranney 0 (5 Innings)

Junior John VanSchoick and senior Geno Antognoli combined on a one-hitter and the Garnet Gulls (4-0, 4-0) coasted past the Panthers (0-3, 0-3) for their fourth straight win to open the season. VanSchoick also went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI at the plate, while senior Mike Frauenheim was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the offense.

Antonio Garcia, Andrew Allegretta and Ryan Franzoni each added two hits in the win.


Class B South

Lakewood 7, Manchester 6

Point Boro 11, Jackson Liberty 7

Junior Sam Monaco and senior Ryan Youmans each had three hits to lead a 10-hit attack and the Panthers (2-4, 1-3) outslugged the Lions (2-3, 2-2). Youmans finished 3-for-3 with four runs scored, while Monaco was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

Senior Jack Fitzsimmons and juniors Sebastian Severino and Bill Feehan each added a double in the win. Junior Tim Rossi worked six innings and struck out six while surviving a 12-hit attack by Jackson Liberty. Senior Matt Pinto and junior Ryan Van Wickle each went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Lions, with Van Wickle doubling twice and Pinto once.

No. 10 Barnegat 4, Donovan Catholic 2 (8 Innings)

Senior catcher Nik Fraim hit a game-winning, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Bengals (3-2, 3-1) walked off with a win over the Griffins (3-2, 1-1).

Fraim finished 2-for-4 and his home run made a winner of junior Jared Kacso, who pitched two innings in relief of starter Seamus Brazill. Kacso also opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the third.

Brazill allowed one unearned run on five hits while walking one and striking out six. Donovan Catholic scored its first run on a throwing error in the fourth and jumped ahead in the top of the eighth on an RBI triple by sophomore Mike Marron that scored senior Matt Drake, who led off the inning with a single.

Central 3, No. 9 Pinelands 2 (9 Innings)

Senior Jake Dominguez delivered a two-out, game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Golden Eagles (3-1, 2-1) walked off with a win over the Wildcats (3-2, 2-1).

Dominguez worked the first 5 1/3 innings on the mound for Central, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Senior Anthony Arneth pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the win, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out three in a scoreless relief appearance.



No. 2 Colts Neck 6, Freehold 4

Junior Jeremy Slad ripped a game-winning RBI double in the top of the seventh inning to higlight a three-run seventh and keep the Cougars (6-0) unbeaten with a win over the Colonials (3-4). Junior Andrew Conforti added an RBI single to cap the scoring, as well as a two-RBI day at the plate.

Senior left-hander Mario Ferraioli went the distance to earn the win. He allowed one earned run on eight hits while walking three and striking out seven. Junior Mike Antico went 1-for-2 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI for Colts Neck.

Senior Dante Cuzzolino went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI for Freehold, while sophomore Chris Cassandra finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss.

Holmdel 2, Long Branch 1

Sal Monticiollo pitched five scoreless innings and Tyler Fischer closed it out on the mound as the Hornets (1-3) topped the Green Wave (1-5) in a non-divisional match-up. Fischer also added an RBI at the plate, as did Will Van Name.



Raritan 14, Academy Charter 2 (5 Innings)

Freshman Zac Johnstone pitched a complete game for his first career win and the Rockets (4-1) hammered Academy Charter for the second time this season. Johnstone allowed two runs on two hits while striking out seven.

Johnny Guccione and Jon Rodriguez each went 2-for-3 with two RBI, with Rodriguez also scoring two runs.