Monmouth County Tournament
Preliminary Round

(17) Freehold 3, (16) Mater Dei Prep 1

Freshman Dan Chiusano, junior Nick Murphy and sophomore Steve Rullo combined on a three-hitter as the Colonials edged the Seraphs in the MCT preliminary round to advance to a first-round game against top-seeded Wall. Murphy earned the win in relief.

Freehold scored two runs on a first-inning error and added a run in the second with an RBI single by Alex Mulhern.

Freshman Vincent Stanziale allowed one earned run on eight hits and one walk in his first career start for Mater Dei Prep. Vinny Smith finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate and drove in the Seraphs' lone run.


Class A North

Middletown North 4, Middletown South 1

Ryan Byrd went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI to help make a winner out of starter Frank Dente and lead the Lions to a win over the Eagles. Dente allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks while striking out three.

Mike Zibrin also went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Middletown North's four-run fourth inning, while Dente also knocked in a run with a single in the fourth.

No. 6 CBA 6, Manalapan 0

Mike Garvey pitched a four-hit shutout with three strikeouts and the Colts broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning to get past the Braves. Will Morgan highlighted the four-run fifth with a two-run double and John Moschella followed with an RBI single. Ryan Ramiz collected three hits for CBA for his third three-hit game of the season.

Dan Russo led the Manalapan offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.


Class A Central

No. 7 Monmouth 11, Manasquan 10

Winning pitcher Christian Hoplock singled home Matt Vincenti with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to cap a back-and-forth game between the Falcons and the Warriors. Vincenti started the rally with Monmouth's fifth double and sixth extra-base hit of the game.

Dan Valerio went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double to lead the Monmouth offense, while Joe Berner finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Monmouth scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-8 lead. Berner highlighted the inning with a two-run single, while Marc Marcinak added an RBI double and Jimmy Green and Garrhet Reedy each had an RBI single in the frame.

Marcinak also went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the win, while Vincenti and Green each had two hits for the Falcons. Reedy also had a double for Monmouth.

Ty Hawkins and Jack Sheehan each homered for Manasquan. Hawkins hit a two-run homer as part of a seven-run second inning for the Warriors. Freshman Tom Sheehan went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in the second and senior Tommy Toole also had a two-run double in the second.

No. 8 St. John Vianney 5, Rumson-Fair Haven 2

Senior left-hander Justin Chin threw a six-hit complete game and senior catcher and Rutgers University recruit Anthony Santoro went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run off right-handed senior and Seton Hall recruit Shane McCarthy to lead the Lancers to a win over the Bulldogs.

Chin did not give up a hit until the fourth inning and faced the minimum through the fourth. He struck out seven and walked one.

St. John Vianney scored three unearned runs in five innings against Rumson starter Morgan Maguire. Rumson scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on three hits, two of which came on ground balls that took bad hops on the St. John Vianney infielders.

Chris Morris also went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Lancers. Maguire went 2-for-2 with an RBI and allowed three unearned runs on five hits in five innings of work, walking three and striking out five.

McCarthy retired the side in order in the sixth before running into trouble in the seventh, when Chris Loney doubled to start the inning and Santoro followed with a homer to right-center on a 2-1 fastball. McCarthy struck out five and walked two while allowing three hits.

No. 9 Shore 4, Holmdel 2

Andrew Schulz allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks while striking out six to improve to 3-0 and give the Blue Devils their sixth straight win.

Junior Sam Parrino went 2-for-3 with two RBI, including a game-tying RBI single in Shore's two-run fourth inning, which gave the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead. Parrino also capped the scoring with an RBI single in the fifth, which followed an RBI single by junior James Kelly.

Senior Nick Blaney went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored and senior Matt Schulz finished 1-for-2 with a double and a sacrifice fly for an RBI in the win.

Sophomore Tyler Fischer went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Holmdel.


Class A South

Brick Memorial 8, No. 4 Toms River South 1

Ian Ambrose allowed just two hits and no earned runs in five innings and Matt Cathey went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI to help the Mustangs roll to a win over the Indians. Ty Hobbs belted a three-run home run for Brick Memorial and Pat Franzoni ripped two doubles and scored two runs in the win.

Joe Trafficante pitched the final two innings to nail down the Mustangs' second straight win.


Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 11, Henry Hudson 1 (6 Innings)

Sam Miles tossed a six-inning complete game, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out four to help the Seraphs top the Admirals. Jerry Trotta went 3-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Taylor Hardy added a a three-run double in a 1-for-3 game.


Class B South

Manchester 3, Monsignor Donovan 2

Catcher Mitch Stage singled to center field to score Devin Tomei with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and the Hawks walked off win a win over the Griffins. Stage finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Tomei went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base.

Shaun Wernoch allowed two runs on seven hits, two walks and two hit batters while striking out four to earn the win. Freshman Steven Rodriguez also went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.



Freehold 10, Point Boro 6

The Colonials scored five runs in the first inning on five straight one-out hits and held off a Point Boro rally in the seventh inning to beat the Panthers. Zach Mulhern, Dante Cuzzolino, Nick Belka, Nick LaMonte and John Bostic accounted for the five consecutive hits, with Cuzzolino, Belka and Bostic doubling during the streak.

Point Boro scored four in the bottom of the seventh to cut a 10-2 deficit to 10-6 and loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate before the Colonials escaped the jam.

Freehold collected 14 hits as a team, including six doubles. Bostic and freshman Chris Cassandra went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for Freehold, while Mulhern went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. LaMorte finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Alex Mulhern also added a double and two runs scored in a 1-for-4 game.

Senior Dean Marino allowed two earned runs on just a walk and a hit while striking out four in earning the win.

The Point Boro lineup also doubled six times, with Dan Gonella going 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Panthers. Mike Falconetti also went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Sam Monoca was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the loss. John Youmans and Terrence Berkley each added a double for Point Boro.

Marlboro 6, Pinelands 4

The Mustangs scored six runs in the first three innings and held on to beat the Wildcats and end their four-game losing streak. During its four-game losing streak, Marlboro lost the game in the bottom of the final inning three straight times and all five of their losses this season have been by a one-run margin.

Steve Santigate doubled home a run and Justin Ondar singled in another in the top of the second inning to put Marlboro up 3-0 and took advantage of a Pinelands error to scored three in the third inning. Matt Nelson and Jeff Goldrosen also doubled for Marlboro, while Justin Trochiano went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Steve Epstein allowed two runs in four innings to earn the win, striking out three and walking none. David Lunn went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the fourth inning and Cory Burke finished 1-for-3 with a double in the loss.

Lakewood 9, Keansburg 6 (9 Innings)

The Piners scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and took advantage of five Keansburg errors in the game while picking up a win over the Titans.

Freehold Twp. 5, No. 1 Wall 4 (15 Innings)

Senior Julius Saporito broke a 4-4 tie with a two-out, solo home run in the top of the 15th inning to propel the Patriots to a win over the previously unbeaten Crimson Knights. Saporito has now homered in three straight games for Freehold Township.

Saporito finished 3-for-6 for Freehold Township, while Kenny Carrier earned the win with 9 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, during which he threw only 98 pitches. Chris Barcas threw seven shutout innings of relief for Wall.

Junior catcher Joe Silvestrone went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI for the Patriots while senior first baseman Nick Cardace finished 5-for-7 in Freehold Township's 16-hit attack.

Junior catcher Dan Wondrack went 3-for-6, while Matt Tancredi and Brendan Brady each added two hits and an RBI in the loss.

Jackson Liberty 8, No. 3 Jackson Memorial 3

Junior Howard Taylor hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to extend the Lions lead to 8-3 and Jackson Liberty held on to knock off the Jaguars for their fourth straight win after a 1-5 start. Freshman Kyle Tavaska also highlighted a four-run Jackson Liberty second inning with a two-run single.

Senior Matt Guarino hit a solo home run in the top of the second to open the scoring and senior Mike Petrizzo hit an RBI triple in the top of the sixth to pull Jackson Memorial within 4-3. Brandon Janofsky also had a double for Jackson Memorial, while Joe Santanello doubled for Jackson Liberty.

Senior Dan Serreino allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings while striking out eight to earn the win.

No. 2 Toms River East 7, Monsignor Donovan 3

Anthony DeBlasio took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and settled on a complete-game three-hitter as the Raiders beat the Griffins. Senior C.J. Hirschy went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI, belting a three-run homer in the top of the first. Senior second baseman Tommy Vincent added a solo blast in the third for Toms River East.

Senior Frank Vicari broke up the no-hitter with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh for Monsignor Donovan, before DeBlasio battled through the final out. DeBlasio struck out seven while improving to 3-0.



Southern 3, Mainland 2 (9 Innings)

Ron Velardi delivered a two-out, game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to score Chris Starner and propel the Rams to their second extra-inning, walk-off victory.

Starner reached on a dropped third strike to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Liantonio before scoring on Velardi's hit with two outs. Velardi finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate.

Southern starting pitcher Nick Scalone worked five innings, striking out five and walking one before giving way to Jared Lubanski. Lubanski pitched four innings of two-hit baseball while striking out four for his second win of the season.

The Rams took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a suicide squeeze bunt by Vinnie Colecchia.

Matawan 2, Montville 1

Sophomore Adam Elliot pitched six strong innings for his first varsity win and Alex Cella singled to score Kyle Chapman with the winning run in the top of the seventh as the Huskies edged the Mustangs on the road.

Elliot struck out six and walked two while allowing one run in his six innings. Mike Creamer nailed down the save by striking out two batters with runners on second and third to end the game.


At Diamond Nation

Washington Twp. 6, No. 8 St. John Vianney 4 (9 Innings)

Senior Evan Pietronico went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI and Anthony LaVigne was 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored, but the Lancers fell to the Minutemen at Diamond Nation in Flemington. Catcher Anthony Santoro also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Chris Morris finished 2-for-5 with a double for St. John Vianney.


Friday, April 18

Class B North

Wall 11, Red Bank 1 (5 Innings)

Chris Barcas and Ryan Orender each went 3-for-3 with three RBI and the Crimson Knights cruised to their eighth straight win to open the season by beating the Bucs. Orender doubled for Wall's lone extra-base hit, while senior Tim Willey went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Senior right-hander Tyler Swiggart (4-0) allowed one unearned run on four hits in four innings with two strikeouts and no walks.

Class B Central

Keansburg 7, Point Beach 0

Josh Heck threw a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and no walks and the Titans rolled to a win over the Garnet Gulls. Joe Breheny went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI while Mike Keelan also finished 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Mike Politano also chipped in a double, two RBI and two runs scored for Keansburg.