Class A North

Neptune 7, Howell 5

The Scarlet Fliers scored six runs in the top of the sixth to back starter Justin Tucker and beat the Rebels on opening day. Tucker struck out seven and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in five innings while also going 1-for-4 with an RBI out of the leadoff spot.

Sophomore catcher Devon Furges went 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks and an RBI, while sophomore Sebastian Jno-Baptiste was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Junior Matt Bonderant added a 2-for-3 game with a run scored.

Senior Dylan Taliaferro allowed one run over two innings to close the game out.

Junior Nick Ruszczyk tripled and drove in a run for Howell, while Rebels starter Mike Walsh allowed one unearned run in five innings of work before exiting upon completing the fifth.

CBA 1, No. 6 Freehold Boro 0

Junior right-hander Nick Hohenstein pitched a complete game shutout and drove in the game's lone run with an RBI double to carry the Colts to an opening-day win over the Colonials.

Hohenstein took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with four strikeouts and two walks. His fourth-inning double plated sophomore Tommy DiTullio, who doubled ahead of Hohenstein.

Senior left-hander Dan Chiusano took the hard-luck loss while pitching a three-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk.

 

 

Manalapan 10, Colts Neck 4

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Colts Neck (0-1, 0-1) 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 8 2
Manalapan (1-0, 1-0) 0 3 0 0 1 6 x 10 13 2

 

Pitching

Colts Neck IP H R ER BB SO PC
Pellecchia  (L, 0-1) 3 4 3 2 2 2 43
Hawkins 1.2 5 1 1 0 0 35
Weitzman 1.1 2 2 2 0 1 13
Boag 1 16
Jiminez 13
Manalapan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Edwin Melendez (W, 1-0) 6 8 3 1 2 5 83
Robert Gargano 1 2 1 1 15

Top Hitters

Colts Neck Game Stats
Hunter Boag 2-4, 2 doubles, run
Anthony Galason 2-4, RBI
John Weitzman 2-2, 3 runs, 2 SB

 

Manalapan Game Stats
Giovanni Ciaccio 1-4, 3 RBI, HR
Chris Pisano 2-4, 2B, RBI, Run
Dan DeBlasio 2-4, HR, SB, RBI
Jack Schweitzer 3-4, HR, run, 2 RBI
Robert Gargano 1-3, 2B
Steven Bullen 1-3, 2 Runs, HR, RBI
Vin Lanza 2-2, 2 runs, 2B

The Braves socked four home runs, three in a six-run sixth inning, as part of a 14-hit attack that propelled them to a win over the Cougars on opening day. Junior Dan DeBlasio belted a solo home run in the fifth to give Manalapan a 4-2 cushion and Steven Bullen, Giovanni Ciaccio and Jack Schweitzer all went deep in the sixth. Bullen and Ciaccio both hit two-run homers and Schweitzer's was a solo blast.

 

No. 5 Marlboro 2, Freehold Twp. 0

Senior right-hander Jeremy Bello pitched a two-hit shutout on only 72 pitches and the Mustangs edged the Patriots for an opening-day win.

Sophomore Vin Ferrigno delivered a two-run single in the fourth to score sophomore Justin Kapuscinski and junior Justin Levito with the only two runs of the game. Kapuscinski finished 2-for-3 with a double.

Senior Mike Pirrotta allowed two runs on four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings for Freehold Township. He threw 92 pitches in the loss.

 

Class A Central

St. John Vianney 7, Holmdel 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
SJV (1-0, 1-0) 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 6 0
Holmdel (0-1, 0-1) 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 1

 

Pitching

SJ Vianney IP H R ER BB SO
Ryan DeMille 5 6 2 2 2 5
Brendan Martin (W, 1-0) 2 0 0 0 1 2
Holmdel IP H R ER BB SO
Alex DiBona 6 1/3 2 2 2 3 7
Victor Wladika (L, 0-1) 2/3 4 5 5 2 0

 

Top Hitters

SJ Vianney Game Stats
Spencer Margulis 2-3, 2 RBI
Holmdel Game Stats
Brandon Saghafi 2-3
Chris Ammirati 1-2, RBI
Brandon Wong 1-3, RBI

 

Matawan 2, Red Bank 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Red Bank (0-1, 0-1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Matawan (1-0, 1-0) 0 0 0 1 1 0 x 2 4 1

 

Pitching

Matawan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Josh Horowitz (L, 0-1) 5 4 2 2 2 6 87
Mason O'Mara 1 0 0 0 0 1 8

 

Matawan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Kyle Gamble (W, 1-0) 7 5 1 1 1 3 77

 

Top Hitters

Red Bank Game Stats
Jack Mangold 2-3, 2 doubles, run
Matt Santos Sac fly RBI
John Juco 1-2, BB
Matawan Game Stats
Jackson Hercek 2-3, run
Tom Collazo 1-3, RBI double
Mike Trapani 1-3, RBI single

After surrendering a first-inning run, senior Kyle Gamble settled in and pitched a five-hitter to guide the Huskies past the Bucs. Red Bank senior Jack Mongold led off the game with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Santos.

Mike Trapani tied the game with an RBI single in the fourth and Matawan grabbed the lead for good on an RBI double by senior Tom Collazo.

 

Shore 15, Rumson-Fair Haven 1 (6 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Shore (1-0, 1-0) 0 0 1 0 0 14 x 15 12 1
Rumson (0-1, 0-1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 4 3

 

Pitching

Shore IP H R ER BB SO
Mike Deusch  (W, 1-0) 5 3 1 1 3 5
Jimmy Malletto 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rumson IP H R ER BB SO
Kyle Burnett 4 3 1 1 4 1
Forsyth (L, 0-1) 1.1
Adams 0
Kirman 0.2

 

Top Hitters

Shore Game Stats
Mike Jelliff 2-5 2 Grand Slam, 2 R, 8 RBI
James LaBruno 3-4 1 R Double, BB
Dean Smolokoff 2-2 3 R, Double, 2 BB
Michael Deusch 1-3 1 R, 3 RBI Triple
Austin Cannon 1-2 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, HBP
Mike Shirvanian 1-5 2 R, 2 RBI

 

Rumson Game Stats
Connor Dupree 2-2, R
Tom Scinto 1-2

Senior Michael Jelliff hit two grand slams during a 14-run sixth inning and the Blue Devils blew open what was a close game to hammer the Bulldogs. Sophomore Michael Deusch earned the win on the mound for Shore.

 

Class B North

No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 12, Long Branch 3

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Long Branch (0-1, 0-1) 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 7 1
RB Catholic (1-0, 1-0) 1 5 0 3 0 3 X 12 7 5

 

Pitching

Long Branch IP H R ER BB SO PC
James Horniacek (L, 0-1) 1.1 2 6 6 8 1 56
Evan Yerman 2.2 3 3 3 2 4 46
Juwan Wilkins 2 3 0 0 2 45
RBC IP H R ER BB SO PC
Austin Nappi (W, 1-0) 6 6 3 0 0 1 82
Jack Bertoldo 1 1 0 0 0 1 13

 

Top Hitters

Long Branch Game Stats
Juwan Wilkins 2-2, run
TJ Brewer 1-4, RBI

 

RBC Game Stats
Aaron Ahn 2-2, 3 runs, RBI
Anthony DeRosa 1-3, 3B 3 RBI, 2 runs
Brian Sheehy 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI
Connor Caizza 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Mike Veit 2-3, 2 runs

 

 

No. 7 Middletown North 4, No. 4 Middletown South 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Midd South (0-1, 0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 6 1
Midd North (1-0, 1-0) 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 4 2

 

Pitching

Midd. South IP H R ER BB SO PC
Joe Sprake 5 3 2 1 4 2 76
John Martin (L, 0-1) 2 1 2 0 3 3 33
Midd. North IP H R ER BB SO PC
Tyler Ras 6.2 6 3 2 1 5 94
Garrett French (W, 1-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 3

 

Top Hitters

Midd South Game Stats
Ryan Ruziecki 2-4, 2B, R
Joe Sprake 2-3, RBI
Robby Zega 1-3
Dylan Walling 1-3
Midd North Game Stats
Mike Mercier 1-3, RBI
Marc Cerbo 1-3, R, RBI
Brendon Doherty 1-3, RBI

Junior Brendon Doherty dropped in a single to shallow left field to chase home the winning run  with two out in the bottom of the seventh and the Lions won a back-and-forth affair with the rival Eagles.

Middletown North entered the final frame trailing 3-2 and tied the game when sophomore Jason Timmons drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error on a ball hit by senior Marc Cerbo, who went to second on the error. Cerbo then advanced to third on a passed ball and Middletown South right-hander John Martin responded by striking out Nick Donato, who fouled off a bunt attempt with two strikes.

Martin then walked the next two batters to load the bases for Doherty, with lofted a 2-1 fastball from Martin between the left-fielder and shortstop Aurellio Licata, who got a glove on the ball as he was racing into shallow left field.

Middletown South took the lead by scoring three runs off junior right-hander and Alabama commit Tyler Ras in the sixth inning. Junior starting pitcher Joe Sprake hit a soft line drive over a drawn-in infield to score senior Ryan Ruziecki and break up the shut out and Licata tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field to plate pinch-runner Scott Benigno. Ruziecki reach on an infield single to lead off and senior Ben Porpora drew a six-pitch walk before giving way to the pinch runner.

Courtesy runner Jeff Lewandowski stole second base with two out and sophomore Robby Zega hit a pop up into shallow left that was dropped, allowing Lewandowski to score the go-ahead run.

Mike Mercier and Cerbo checked in with RBI singles to stake Middletown North to a 2-0 lead.

 

Ocean 8, No. 9 Manasquan 1

Senior left-hander Jake DeMarco struck out 12 in a three-hit complete game and the Spartans defeated Notre Dame commit Tommy Sheehan and the Warriors on opening day.

Ocean scored all eight of its runs in the fifth inning, which included two-run singles by junior Matt Redbord and junior Jake Papa and two-run singles by DeMarco and junior David Yatcilla.

Sheehan allowed departed with runners on the corners and none out in the fifth and struck out 10 in four-plus innings of work.

Monmouth 3, Wall 1

Senior Josh Jackson doubled twice and drove in two to back sophomore pitcher Dante Ciaramella and the Falcons picked up a win over the Crimson Knights. Ciaramella allowed six hits and a walk over seven innings and struck out five during his 91-pitch effort.

Freshman Teddy Sharkey struck out six in his high school debut, but took the loss with three earned runs in three innings. Ryan Napolitano pitched four shutout innings with four strikeouts to keep Wall in the game.

 

Class B South

Donovan Catholic 3, Point Boro 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pt. Boro (0-1, 0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Donovan Cath. (1-0, 1-0) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0

 

Pitching

Pt. Boro IP H R ER BB SO
Josiah Gliddon  (L, 0-1) 6 1 3 3 2 4
Donovan Cath. IP H R ER BB SO
Zach Mann  (W, 1-0) 4 2 0 0 1 3
Jon Paplowski  (S, 1) 3 2 0 0 0 3

 

Top Hitters

Pt. Boro Game Stats
Pat Feehan 2-3
Trent Livolsi 1-3, 2B
Justin Rafi 1-2
Donovan Cath. Game Stats
Ian Gilroy 1-2, 2 RBI
Sawyer Conrad 1 RBI
Bart Goble BB, Run
Zach Mann HBP
Nick Demaio BB
Alex Jansen Run
Ross Artale 1 Run

Ian Gilroy's two-run single in the second inning was Donovan Catholic's lone hit of the game against Point Boro starter Josiah Gliddon and Zach Mann and John Paplowski did the rest on the mound as the Griffins beat the Panthers on opening day.

 

Non-Division

Lacey 2, No. 8 Brick 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Brick (0-1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 1
Lacey (1-0) 1 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 2 0
 

Pitching

Away Team IP H R ER BB SO
Mike Soldo (L, 0-1) 3.1 0 2 2 2 5
John Zurawski 1.2 2 0 0 1 1
Jayden Tissiker 1 3 0 0 3 2
Lacey IP H R ER BB SO
Tom Coraggio (W, 1-0) 6 6 1 1 0 3
Anthony Elefante (S, 1) 1 1 0 0 0 3

 

Top Hitters

Brick Game Stats
John Prato 1-4
Chris Salsano 2-4, 2B, run
Matt Stadelberger 1-3, 2B
Lacey Game Stats
Jorden Jurkiewicz 0-1, RBI, 2 BB
Paul Carluccio 1-2, 2B, BB
Jarrett Dial 1-2, RBI, BB

 

Raritan 7, Mater Dei Prep 0

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Raritan (1-0) 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 7 10 0
Mater Dei (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

 

Pitching

Raritan IP H R ER BB SO
Zack Johnston (W, 1-0) 4 0 0 0 1 8
Jake Tennant 3 1 0 0 1 2
Mater Dei IP H R ER BB SO
Vinny Stanziale (L, 0-1) 4 8 6 6 2 2
Greg Bender 3 2 1 0 3 1

 

Top Hitters

Raritan Game Stats
Matt Birdsall 3-4, 4 RBI
Tyler Bruno 2-4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Alex Lamattina 2-3, 2 Runs, 2 2B, HBP
Mater Dei Game Stats
Greg Bender 1-2

 

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