Class A North

No. 5 Manalapan 7, No. 10 Colts Neck 6 (8 Innings)

Giovanni Ciaccio hit a game-tying two-run double in the top of the seventh and Anthony Naylor doubled and scored the winning run on an error in the top of the eighth to help the Braves rally past the Cougars.

Senior right-hander E.J. Melendez earned the win in relief with a pair of scoreless,hitless innings, during which he struck out four and walked two.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Manalapan (1-0, 1-0)  1 0 1 0  2 0 2 1 7 11 3
Colts Neck (0-1, 0-1)  2  0 0 0  3  1 0 0 6 10  4

 

Pitching

Manalapan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Rob Gargano  4.1 6 4 3 2 3 72
Anthony Jomo 0.2 2 1 0 0 1 12
Justin Korman 1 1 1 1 1 0 12
E.J. Melendez (W, 1-0)  2  0  0  0  2  4  30
Colts Neck IP H R ER BB SO PC
Anthony Sasso  4.1  7 3  1  1 2  62
Hunter Boag (L, 0-1)  3.2  4  4  2  2  3  60

 

Top Hitters

Manalapan Stats
Dan Deblasio 2-3, 3 R
Giovanni Ciaccio 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI
Anthony Naylor 1-4, 2B
Vin Lanza 2B
Jake Pellecchia 2-4, RBI
Colts Neck Stats
Anthony Galason  2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, SB
Hunter Boag  3-4, 2 2B
Dan Cowles  2-3, 2B
Jack Tirrell  2-2, 2 2B

 

 

Class B North

Middletown South 7, No. 3 Middletown North 0

Sophomore Chris O'Connor went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI in his varsity debut and the Eagles beat pitchers ace Tyler Ras and the Lions.

O'Connor led off the top of the fifth with a double to left off of Ras and scored the game's first run on a throwing error that came on a sacrifice bunt by Dylon Walling one batter later.

Middletown South added a run vs. Ras in the fifth when sophomore Anthony Esposito hit a pop-up that no Middletown North infielder could camp under with the infield drawn in.

Ras, a University of Alabama commit, struck out 12 with no walks in five innings and topped out at 94 miles-per-hour with his fastball. Middletown South starter and Elon University commit Joe Sprake topped out at 92 and struck out eight in four innings.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Midd. South (1-0, 1-0) 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 7 9 0
Midd. North (0-1, 0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

 

Pitching

Midd. South IP H R ER BB SO PC
Joe Sprake (W, 1-0) 4 1 0 0 4 8 77
Robby Zega (Sv, 1) 3 1 0 0 4 2 63
Midd. North IP H R ER BB SO PC
Tyler Ras (L, 0-1) 5 3 2 1 0 12 72
Garrett French 1.1 4 3 3 3 3 43
Sean Gardiner 0.2 2 2 2 0 1 12

 

Top Hitters

Midd. South Stats
Chris O’Connor 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
Dylan Walling 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SB
Robby Zega 1-3, 2B, R
Aurelio Licata 1-3, R
Chris Lotito 1-3, 2B
Anthony Esposito 1-2, RBI
Midd. North Stats
Tyler Ras 2-3, 2B, SB

 

 

Non-Division

Shore 12, Keansburg 0 (5 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Keansburg (0-1)  0  0 0 0 0 0 4 6
Shore (1-0) 5 1 0 6 x  12 9 0

 

Pitching

Keansburg IP H R ER BB SO PC
 Paul Eckleberry (L, 0-1)  3  5 6 5 3 2 63
Rian Rivera 1 4 6 5 2 1 31
Shore IP H R ER BB SO PC
Mike Shirvanian (W, 1-0) 5 4 0 0 1 5 59

 

Top Hitters

Keansburg Stats
Justin Alessi 1-3, 2B
Shore Stats
Bailey Crochet 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R
Tommy Dunleavy 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
Cody Fleischer 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Oscar Scott 2-2, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R

 

Marlboro 3, Raritan 0

Junior Ian Li pitched six shutout innings of five-hit ball and the Mustangs blanked the Rockets. Li struck out eight and walked three on 95 pitches before giving way to freshman Joe Lomingino, who earned the save with a scoreless seventh.

Gurkaran Singh doubled home two runs in the first inning and Anthony Brienza finished 2-for-2 with a run scored in the win.

Zack Johnston allowed two earned runs on two hits and three walks while striking out nine over five innings and 95 pitches. Johnston also hit five batters.

Junior Tyler Bruno went 1-for-2 and Alex Kasmer was 2-for-3 in the loss.

 

Monmouth 13, Ranney 3 (6 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ranney (1-0) 1 0 0 1 1 0 x 3 4 1
Monmouth (1-0) 1 0 3 0 5 4 x 13 10 1

 

Pitching

Ranney IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ethan Gavin (L, 0-1) 4.2 7 9 9 0 0 83
Charles Chopuvka 1.1 3 4 4 1 0 32
Monmouth IP H R ER BB SO PC
Alex Alonso (W, 1-0) 4 2 2 2 0 2 55
Seth Gonzalez 2 2 1 1 0 2

 

Top Hitters

Monmouth Game Stats
Ricky Voss 2-4, 2B, HR, 6 RBI
Anthony Guarino 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Eli Rife 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB
Liam Kile 1-3, RBI
Tyler Riccardi 1-1, RBI
Jake Cushing 2-3, RBI
Seth Gonzalez 1-1, 2 RBI

 

Ranney Game Stats
Kiran Shah 2-3, RBI
Charles Chopuvka 1-3, RBI
Jacob Field 2-3, RBI

 

Lacey 8, Toms River South 6

James Roselli deliverd a pinch-hit, two-run home run to give Lacey a 6-3 lead in the top of the fifth and the Lions held on to knock off the Indians to open the season.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lacey (1-0) 0 0 3 1 2 2 0 8 7 2
TR South (0-1) 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 6 8 3
Pitching

Lacey

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

PC

Evan Wallis (W, 1-0)

5.1

6

6

5

2

0

72

Luke Mohr (Sv, 1)

1.2

2

0

0

0

1

24

TR South

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

PC

T.J. Scuderi (L, 0-1)

4.2

4

4

4

5

6

90

Keifer Samul

1.1

3

4

4

1

1

27

Colin Mackle

1

1

0

0

2

0

19

Gabe Driscoll

1

0

0

0

0

1

14

 

Top Hitters

Lacey

Game Stats

Darrian Grisard (3B)

2-3, BB, 3 R, SB

James Roselli (DH)

1-2, HR, 2 RBI

Miles Feaster (2B)

2-4, BB, RBI, SB

Anthony Tobia (CF)

1-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI

Jordan Jurkiewicz (C)

1-3, 2B, BB

TR South

Game Stats

T.J. Scuderi (P-RF)

3-3, HR, 2 RBI

Tom Spiwak (DH)

1-4, RBI

Justin Lowden (LF)

2-3, RBI, 2B

Michael Lazzaro (3B)

1-3, RBI

 

No. 4 Wall 8, Holmdel 1

Grant Shulman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI and pitched five scoreless innings to earn the win on the mound as the Crimson Knights topped the Hornets to open their season in winning fashion.

Schulman allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five on 86 pitches.

Junior catcher David Howarth went 1-for-3 with three RBI and Dan Wetzel finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Johnny Volpe and Dylan Richey each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored out of the top two spots in the order and Volpe also added a double.

Sal Monticciolo drove in Holmdel's lone run with an RBI double in the seventh. Alex DiBona took the loss on the mound, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven on 97 pitches.

 

Donovan Catholic 3, Southern 1

Winning pitcher Ryan Miller belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and Jarek Vargas hit a solo blast in the second to help the Griffins top the Rams on opening day.

Sophomore Liam Leonard entered the game on the mound with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh and recorded the final two outs to nail down the save.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Southern (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Donovan Catholic (0-1) 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 1

 

Pitching

Southern IP H R ER BB SO PC
Andrew Luongo 6 5 3 1 1 9  81

 

Donovan Catholic IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ryan Miller (W, 1-0)  6.1  4  1  5  94
Liam Leonard (Sv, 1)  0.2  0 0 0 0 0 9

 

Top Hitters

Southern Stats
Cole Markley 2 BB
Austin Pharo 1-3, RBI
Nick Downey 1-3
Joe Colonna 1-3
Mike Liantonio 1-3

 

Donovan Catholic Stats
Matt Morro 1-3
Liam Leonard 0-2, HBP
Sam Gates 2-2, SB
Christian Cmur 1 R
Jarek Vargas 1-2, HR
Ryan Miller 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

 

Manasquan 6, Point Beach 3

Tommy Antonucci went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored as the Warriors jumped on top early with two first-inning runs and pulled away late for an opening-day win over the Garnet Gulls.

James Harmstead went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Alec Wells was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Manasquan.

Sophomore Tim McEneny allowed an earned run on one hit and three walks over four innings and 61 pitches to earn his first win.

Losing pitcher John Nista doubled home two runs in the seventh and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings. Nista walked one before giving way to Chris Russo, who also went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

 

Central 5, Pinelands 4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Central (1-0) 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 5 8 3
Pinelands (0-1) 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 1

 

Pitching

Central IP H R ER BB SO PC
A.J. Smith (W, 1-0) 6 8 4 0 0 3 95
Colin Stacy (Sv, 1)  1 1 0 0 0 1 15

 

Pinelands IP H R ER BB SO PC
Joey Ventresca (L, 0-1) 4 8 5 5 1 8 92
Peter Hammond  3 0 0 0 1 4 45

 

Top Hitters

Away Team Stats
Shane Black 1-3, 2B
Tom Rusuitti 2-4, RBI
Tyler Aires 1-4, 3B, RBI
Nick Altieri 1-3, RBI

 

Player Stats
Sean O’Rourke 2-4, 2 2B
Nick Rapallo 2-3, RBI
Bryce O’Rourke 2-3, 2B

 

 

Jackson Memorial 4, No. 8 Freehold Twp. 2

Brothers Christian and Tom Pellone homered in consecutive innings and the Jaguars edged the Patriots on the strength of three big swings. Sophomore Christian Pellone cracked a game-tying solo home run in the second before senior Tom gave Jackson Memorial a 3-1 lead with a two-run shot in the third.

Sophomore Andrew Sefick added a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning to extend Jackson Memorial's lead to 4-1.

Luke Milchman gave Freehold Township a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning. Ryan Ford led the Patriots at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

Senior right-hander Nick Sefick lasted four innings and 68 pitches to earn the win. He allowed an unearned run on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Nick Beetel also allowed an unearned run in two hitless innings with two walks and three strikeouts, while Mike Dimino tossed a scoreless seventh on nine pitches to earn the save.

Bryan Reed allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over four innings of working while striking out four on 74 pitches. Ryan Kurczeski pitched two scoreless frames and Ford fired a scoreless seventh.

Long Branch at Barnegat - PPD, Monday, 11 a.m.

 

Non-Conference

Brick Memorial 2, Monroe 0

Senior Nick Stephan fired a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and three walks to lead the Mustangs to a win over the Falcons in the season-opener. Stephen, who missed all of 2017 due to injury, threw 93 pitches.

Greg Hanlon was 1-for-2 with an RBI single in Brick Memorial's two-run second inning while Mike Sullivan went 1-for-3 with a double in the win.

 

North Brunswick 3, Neptune, 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
North Brunswick (1-0) 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 7 3
Neptune (0-1) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 6 1

 

Pitching

North Brunswick IP H R ER BB SO PC
Mihalenko 4.2 3 1 0 1 6 62
Scimone 2.1 3 1 1 0 4 30

 

Neptune IP H R ER BB SO PC
Draper 4.1 4 3 1 2 4 73
Millaway 2.2 3 0 0 0 2 35

 

Top Hitters

North Brunswick Game Stats
Reardon 2-3 HR, Run, RBI
Ortiz 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Neptune Game Stats
Smith 1-3, 2B, R
Tinik 2-3, RBI

 

Ocean 4, A.L. Johnson 3

Winning pitcher Max Winters went 3-for-3 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first to help the Spartans top the Crusaders. Winters allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts over five innings.

Jack D'Auria broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double, part of a two-hit game for the senior. Matt Redbord also doubled and scored a run while Ryan Toomey knocked in a run with a single.

Mark Butler fired two scoreless innings with two strikeouts to earn the save.

 

Washington Twp. 1, No. 1 Toms River North 0 (10 Innings)

Senior Brendan Mullins took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before allowing a leadoff single, but the Mariners could not muster the offense to scratch a run across to get Mullins a no-hitter nor a win against the Minutemen.

Mullins struck out seven, walked one and threw 77 pitchers in seven-plus innings. Senior left-hander Jared Bellissimo took the loss, surrendering a run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in three innings.

Austin Attanasi drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the top of the 10th.

Alex Klalo went 2-for-4 with a double and Jonathan Giordano and Sibilia each went 2-for-5 for Toms River North.

 

No. 2 CBA 14, St. Lucie West Centennial (Fla.) 2 (6 Innings)

Senior John Dudek and Andrea Dalatri each doubled and drove in three runs to spark a lopsided win for the Colts in their season-opener. Dudek also belted a home run, while Dalatri and senior Jack Harnisch each notched a three-hit games. Harnisch added a pair of RBI as well.

Nick Hohenstein allowed one earned run on two hits over four innings and struck out four to pick up the win. Joe Escandon pitched a scoreless fifth inning and Braedin Hunt threw the sixth for CBA.

 

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