Strike Out Autism Benefit
At Central Regional High School

No. 9 Central 19, Mater Dei Prep 9 (6 Innings)

Mater Dei Prep pulled to within 11-9 and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the fifth, but Andrew DiPiazza came on to get out of the jam and the Golden Eagles erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to close out the Seraphs in a wild game at the host site of the Strike Out Autism Challenge.

DiPiazza, Frank Rose and Christian Bearden each had three hits to help lead Central's 15-hit attack. DiPiazza hit two doubles, scored three times and drove in three runs, while Bearden also doubled twice, drove in three and scored twice. Rose hit a solo home run, junior Anthony Arneth added a 2-run home run and senior Javon Hardy scored three runs and stole four bases.

Matt Eckert, Danny Poracky, Taylor Hardy and Cole Hardy each had two hits for Mater Dei, with Cole Hardy and Poracky each ripping a double.

Barnegat 4, No. 2 St. John Vianney 3

Senior Ryan Ulrich delivered a go-ahead, two-run double down the left-field line in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Bengals held on to hand the Lancers their third straight loss and make a winner out of sophomore Jared Kacso.

In his first varsity start, Kacso allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out six in six innings of work. He also delivered a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the third to put Barnegat ahead, 2-0. Conner Hoeler doubled and scored on another double by Matt Owens in the second to open the scoring for the Bengals.

Senior Drew Fisher tied the game with a two-run single in the top of the fourth and the Lancers loaded the bases with two out against Kacso in the bottom of the sixth, but the sophomore induced an inning-ending fly-out to right field off the bat of senior catcher and Rutgers University recruit Anthony Santoro.

Ed Rogan retired the side in order in the seventh inning to nail down the win.

At 18th Ave. Complex, Wall

No. 1 Wall 10, St. Rose 0 (6 Innings)

Junior catcher Dan Wondrack belted Wall's first home run since early in the 2012 season and junior Ryan Orender pitched a six-inning, two-hit shutout to lead the Crimson Knights to their fifth straight win to open the season.

Wondrack finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Orender allowed just two hit batters on top of his two hits, did not issue a walk, and struck out four. He hit consecutive batters to start the second inning and opposing starting pitcher Jimmy Gowen dropped down a perfect bunt to load the bases with none out, but Orender pitched out of it with a strikeout, a comebacker to the mound and a ground ball to first to end the threat.

Junior center fielder Nick Martinez went 2-for-3 with two long doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, while Orender (2-for-2) and senior shortstop Chris Barcas (2-for-3) each checked in with two hits. Barcas also scored two runs and drove one in and senior first baseman Jack Gifford finished 1-for-4 with three RBI.

No. 8 Toms River South 12, Long Branch 1 (5 Innings)

The Indians pushed 10 runs across in the top of the first inning and coasted to a win over the Green Wave, their fifth straight since an opening-day loss at Toms River East. Senior center fielder Russell Messler went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, junior catcher Ryan Shiffer went 3-for-3, and senior shortstop Christian Campbell was 1-for-1 with three runs scored to lead the Toms River South offense.

Sophomore Hunter Marchlewski allowed a run over three innings to earn his first varsity win. Catcher Nick Conklin went 2-for-3 with an RBI double for Long Branch and shortstop Abel Delgado also chipped in a 2-for-3 day at the plate in the loss.

 

At Howell High School

Middletown North 4, No. 10 Howell 3

Mike Zibrin allowed one earned run on five hits over five innings and the Middletown North relief corps held on to the lead as the Lions beat the Rebels for their first win of the season. Zibrin did not walk a batter and struck out five before giving way to Connor Youncofski, who gave up a run on one hit and one walk while fanning two to earn the save.

Jake Bailey went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while Aaron Borrero finished 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base for Middletown North. Youncofski also added a triple in a 1-for-4 day at the plate.

Mike Levy and Rob Napolitano each went 2-for-4 for Howell, with Levy doubling twice, scoring, and driving in a run as well.

Jackson Liberty 5, Brick 4

Freshman Kyle Tavaska and senior James Sofield each went 2-for-3 and the Lions held on to beat the Green Dragons. Tavaska finished with three runs scored and Sofield drove in two runs for Jackson Liberty.

Sofield allowed three earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season. Senior Dan Serreino needed only four pitches to nail down the save.

Junior Carmen Sclafani went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Brick, while classmate Dan Berg went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

 

Class A North

No. 6 CBA 3, Marlboro 2 (8 Innings)

John Moschella belted a walk-off single to deep center field to plate the winning run in the bottom of the eighth and the Colts pulled out a win over the Mustangs with a run each in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Pinch-hitter Trey Nelson came through with a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to plate Andrew Buccellato from second and tie the game at 2.

Ryan Ramiz started the eighth-inning rally with a lead-off double and moved to third on a single by Brandon Martorano, and after an intentional walk to Will Morgan and the first out of the inning, Moschella ended the game with his single over the drawn-in outfield.

CBA starter Mike Garvey allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings and Tyler Montoya pitched the final 1 1/3 for the win.

Corey Goldstein pitched into the seventh for Marlboro, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk. After a two-out, RBI single by Morgan tied the game at 1 in the sixth for CBA, Kyle Ondar put Marlboro back in front, 2-1, with an RBI single of his own.

 

Class A Central

Monmouth 12, Raritan 2 (5 Innings)

Junior Matt Vincenti went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three stolen bases to lead the offense and the Falcons rolled to their fifth straight win since losing to Red Bank Catholic on opening day. Zach Centrella pitched allowed two runs on five hits over five innings to earn the complete-game win, his second victory of the season (2-0).

 

Class B North

Matawan 6, Neptune 3

Winning pitcher Nick Santuccio helped his cause with two hits and an RBI at the plate and the Huskies topped the Scarlet Fliers. Santuccio allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Senior catcher Cory Nusbaum singled home a run in the fourth inning and plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Tim Welsh surrendered three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings while taking the loss and also added a run-scoring hit at the plate for Neptune.

 

Class B Central

Keansburg 8, Asbury Park 3

Senior Joe Breheny scatterd four hits over six innings and struck out six to earn the win and lead the Titans past the Blue Bishops for their fourth straight win.

 

Non-Division

Middletown South 3, Holmdel 0

Sophomore Johnny Zega pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings to improve to 2-0 as the Eagles gave him and relievers Kyle Brey and Andrew Wisialko enough support to secure a win over the Hornets. Brey pitched out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth by recording a strikeout and a groundout against the only two batters he faced.

Sophomore Zach deRocco went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to lead a Middletown South offense that made the most of its three hits against Holmdel starter Ashwin Jain. Tyler Kiss finished with a 2-for-2 day at the plate for Holmdel, which managed only four hits against the Middletown South mound trio.

Colts Neck 11, Monsignor Donovan 0 (5 Innings)

Senior Gianni Magliaro pitched a five-inning one-hitter with three walks and seven strikeouts and the Cougars bounced back from their first loss of the season Thursday to Freehold Township by beating the Griffins. Magliaro and junior Tyler Kay got the scoring started with back-to-back RBI singles in the top of the first and Colts Neck never looked back.

 

Non-Conference

Southern 1, St. Joseph-Hammonton 0 (8 Innings)

Nick Liantonio singled home Vinnie Colecchia with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Rams walked off with their first win of the season. Sophomore Jared Lubinski pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief of starter Nick Scalone, who allowed only two hits over six innings while striking out seven.

North Brunswick 3, Brick Memorial 2

Joe Pipher went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a stolen base, but the Mustangs could not create enough offense against the Raiders and starter Steve Bloyed. Matt Cathey also went 2-for-3 in the loss, while Bloyed worked around seven hits and three walks to earn the complete-game victory.