Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket

(20) Holmdel 6, (13) Manasquan 5 (8 Innings)

Brendan Crowley hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the eighth and the Hornets (2-7) added a crucial insurance run on a balk to top the Warriors (5-6) in extra innings and advance to the MCT first round next Saturday against No. 4 Monmouth Regional.

Crowley finished 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Alex DiBona and Nick Fanzini each went 3-for-5. DiBona also doubled and drove in two while Fanzini scored a run and knocked one in.

DiBona earned the win on the mound as well, pitching five strong innings of relief. The senior right-hander allowed on run on three hits and three walks while striking out six and throwing 85 pitches. Rob Shangle pitched the first three innings and allowed four earned runs - three of which were earned.

Losing pitcher Alex Wells - who threw 53 pitches over the final four innings - was 1-for-4 with two RBI and James Harmstead went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Ethan Thompson also went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI while starting pitcher Dylan Finn belted a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth for Manasquan.

 

(19) Long Branch 11, (14) St. John Vianney 5 (8 Innings)

T.J. Brewer delivered a three-run home run during a six-run outburst by the Green Wave in the top of the eighth inning, which propelled Long Branch (4-7) to an extra-inning win over the Lancers (4-4) in the preliminary round of the MCT. Long Branch will travel to play No. 3 Marlboro on April 28.

Jordan Pellot broke a 5-5 tie with a single through a drawn-in infield after Nick Luhn began the rally with a one-out double to right field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Brewer stepped up with runners on first and second and turned on an offering from Ryan Chin, sending it off the top of the shed beyond the left-field fence to make it 9-5.

James Horniacek added a two-run double in the eighth, which was his third run-scoring hit of the game. He hit an RBI single in the first inning and connected on a solo home run in the fourth that made the score 4-1.

St. John Vianney rallied once Long Branch starter Matt Mincieli left the game during the first batter of the sixth inning. Evan Perrette doubled home two runs in the sixth to cut the Lancers deficit to 4-3 and after Mincieli doubled home an insurance run in the top of the seventh, Mike DiPede and Logan Marter each delivered two-out RBI singles in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.

Mincieli retired the first 11 men he faced before Spencer Margulis touched him up for a solo home run on a 0-2 pitch with two out in the fourth. That was the only hit allowed by Mincieli, who used up all 67 pitches of his eligibility. Mincieli pitched a one-hit shutout on 83 pitches Tuesday at Middletown North.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Long Branch (4-7) 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 6 11 17 1
SJV (4-4) 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 5 8 2

Pitching

Long Branch IP H R ER BB SO PC
Matt Mincieli 5 1 1 1 0 7 67
Evan Yerman (W) 3 7 4 4 1 2 67
SJV IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brendan Martin 6 10 5 4 1 9 97
Ryan Chin (L) 2 7 6 6 1 5 53

Top Hitters

Long Branch Stats
T.J. Brewer 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
James Horniacek 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI
Matt Mincieli 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Nick Luhn 2-3, 2B, R
Jordan Pellot 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
SJV Stats
Logan Marter 2-4, R, RBI
Evan Perrette 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Spencer Margulis 1-3, HR, R, RBI
Mike DiPede 1-3, R, RBI

 

 

Class A North

Colts Neck 12, Neptune 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Colts Neck (4-6, 3-4) 2 5 0 2 0 2 1  12 8 1
Neptune (1-9, 1-6)  0 1 0 0 1 0 1  3 5 1

Pitching

Colts Neck IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brendan Reese (W, 1-0) 5 2 2 1 3 4 98
Zach Albom 2 3 1 1 0 2  30
Neptune IP H R ER BB SO PC
Sebastian JnoBaptiste (L)  2 3 7 6 5 2 60
Arden Underwood  4 4 4 4 4 7 82
Derek Conklin  1 1 1 0 0 0 13

Top Hitters

Colts Neck Stats
Hunter Boag 3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR
Joe Kohm 2-2, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B
Dan Cowles 1-2, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Rob Mannino 1-5, 2 R, HR
Player Stats
Sebastian JnoBaptiste 1-2, R 2 BB, 2B

 

Howell 7, No. 5 Manalapan 6

Dylan Beyer opened up the top of the seventh with a triple that sparked a two-run inning and propelled the Rebels (6-4, 4-4) to a come-from-behind win over the Braves (10-3, 5-3). Nick Ruszczyk plated Beyer with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6 and after Howell loaded the bases with two out, Chris Acampora worked a walk to force in the go-ahead run.

Brian Bernard pitched a one-two-three seventh inning to wrap up the win with 1 1/3 perfect innings and three strikeouts.

Beyer finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Kevin Lindon also went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Howell. Mike Wynne went 1-for-3 with a two-run triple in Howell's three-run fourth inning and starting pitcher Ryan Bearse singled home two runs in the top of the first to stake Howell to an early lead.

Bearse threw 109 pitches over 5 2/3 innings, during which he allowed five earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Dan DeBlasio was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and tripled home the tying run in the sixth before scoring the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Naylor, who also singled home a run in the bottom of the third.

Giovanni Ciaccio went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, including one on DeBlasio's triple. Nick Serrentino hit a two-run double to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning.

Ryan Crehen took the loss while throwing 65 pitches and three innings while starter Aaron Ayers lasted 56 pitches and 3 1/3 innings.

 

 

Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 4, Point Beach 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Point Beach (6-3, 5-2) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 1
Mater Dei (5-4, 4-3) 0 0 0 2 2 0 X 4 6 2

Pitching

Point Beach IP H R ER BB SO PC
Chris Russo 4 4 2 2 1 5 55
Phil Antoniotti (L, 0-1) 2 2 2 2 1 1 24
Mater Dei IP H R ER BB SO PC
Greg Bender (W, 1-1) 7 4 2 1 3 3 92

Top Hitters

Point Beach Stats
John Nista 2-3, 2B, SB, RBI
Vincent Storino 1-3, RBI
Jude Lovegren 1-2, R, BB
Mater Dei Stats
Sean Turner 2-2, 2 R, BB, 2 SB
Thomas Olausen 2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Mike Dunne 1-3, RBI

 

 

Class B South

Pinelands 15, Lakewood 0 (5 Innings)

Sean O'Rourke doubled, tripled and picked up the win on the mound to lead the Wildcats (4-5, 4-3) to a win over the Piners (2-7, 2-6), which Pinelands blew open by scoring 11 runs in the top of the fourth inning.

 

Non-Division

Point Boro 6, Freehold Boro 4

Andrew Laspina, Sam Collins and Christian Aurin delivered consecutive run-scoring hits in Point Boro's four-run sixth and the Panthers (6-3) rallied to upend the Colonials (4-5).

Laspina singled in a run and Collins followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 4-4. Aurin capped the rally with a single to left field that brought home Laspina and Collins to give Point Boro a 6-4 lead.

Aurin finished 3-for-4 with a double, Collins was 2-for-4 and Trent Livolsi also went 2-for-3 with a double for Point Boro.

Collins came on in relief of Aurin (48 pitches) with two out in the third and pitched the final 4 1/3 to get the win. Collins allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out five on 60 pitches.

Losing pitcher Matt Granato was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Freehold Boro, while Phil Marcantonio went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Dan Della Valle pitched the first five innings for Freehold Boro and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out four and throwing 66 pitches.

 

Lacey 8, No. 6 Toms River East 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Toms River East (5-3) 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 9 0
Lacey (5-6) 0 1 3 0 3 1 x 8 12 1

Pitching

Toms River East IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brandon Coyle (L) 4 6 6 6 3 4 80
Jared Mizrachi 1 2 1 1 1 1 17
Hollingworth 1 3 1 1 1 0 13
Lacey IP H R ER BB SO PC
Nick Zarycki (W) 5.2 8 3 3 1 6 83
Josh Fracasso 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 15

Top Hitters

Toms River East Stats
Brad Brush 2-3, 2 R
Ahmir Courmier 2-4, 2B
Lacey Stats
Jorden Jurkiewicz 1-4, 2B
Miles Feaster 4-4 2B, 3B, RBI 2 R
Jim Roselli 2-2, 2 BB
Nick Mirandi 2-3, 2B

 

St. Rose 3, Middletown North 2

Phil Morelli single in two runs and Pat Ferrante added an RBI double during a three-run first inning that propelled the Purple Roses (9-2) past the Lions (2-9). Riley Maypother and Mario Bove each went 2-for-3 as well for St. Rose, with Maypother doubling and scoring a run as well.

Maypother also earned the win on the mound by limiting Middletown North to one run on five hits and a walk over fourth innings while striking out six and throwing 69 pitches. Evan Peeke threw 48 over 1 2/3 innings and Will Gannon closed out the win by tossing the final 1 1/3 on 17 pitches while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Brendan Doherty was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Middletown North while Tyler Ras and Michael Roditis each went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss. Daniel Frontera took the loss on the mound and lasted four innings before Kevin Fallon and Ras each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Ras struck out the side in order in the sixth.

 

No. 2 Wall 4, No. 3 Jackson Liberty 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Wall (10-1) 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 4 11 0
Jackson Liberty (8-1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 1

Pitching

Wall IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ryan Napolitano (W, 3-0) 5.1 2 2 2 3 8 97
Trey Dombroski (S, 1) 1.2 2 1 1 0 2 29
Jackson Liberty IP H R ER BB SO PC
Kevin Ritz (L, 2-1) 5 9 3 3 1 4 82
Matt Pickus 2 2 1 1 0 2 28

Top Hitters

Wall Stats
Grant Shulman 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
John Iradi 1-1, HR, R, RBI
Andy Lenneper 2-4, RBI
Doug Wetzel 1-3, RBI
Sean Nocera 2-2
John Volpe 2-4
Jackson Liberty Stats
David Melfi 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Connor Keenan 1-4, R
Billy Hart 1-3
Alex Torres 1-3

 

Toms River South 1, Ferris 0 (8 Innings)

Sophomore Shane Gibson singled home junior Jordan Erbe with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth and the Indians (5-5) walked off with an extra-inning triumph over the Bulldogs (7-3) to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Tom Spiwak took a no-hitter into the sixth and pitched into the seventh inning before Justin Lowden entered with the bases loaded and none out in the seventh and escaped the jam unscathed. Lowden closed the game out with a scoreless eighth to pick up the win.

 

At FirstEnergy Park

Shore 12, Ranney 2 (5 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ranney (5-4)  1 0 0 1 0 X X 2 2 0
Shore (4-6) 1 1 1 7 2 X X 12 16 0

Pitching

Ranney IP H R ER BB SO PC
Kiran Shah (L, 0-1) 3 8 6 6 0 1 47
Ryan Kraushaar 2 8 6 6 1 1 56
Shore IP H R ER BB SO PC
Hunter Ward (W, 1-0) 4 2 2 2 6 0 66
Gabe Zwerin 1 0 0 0 0 0 6

Top Hitters

Ranney Stats
Charlie Chropuvka 1-3, RBI

 

Shore Stats
Bailey Crochet 2-2, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
James LaBruno 4-4, 2B, 4 RBI, R
Jared Breithoff 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R
Mike Shirvanian 2-3, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
James Maletto 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
Mike Deusch 2-3, 3B, 2 R

 

 

Autism Awareness Challenge

At North Brunswick Community Park

Steinert 8, Barnegat 3

Sophomore Lukas Torres cracked a solo home run for Barnegat, but the Bengals (3-7) could not keep pace with the Spartans (7-3).

Delbarton 7, No. 9 Red Bank Catholic 0

Junior right-hander Jack Leiter and senior left-hander Billy Price combined on a two-hit shutout as the Green Wave (5-2) took down the Caseys (7-3), ending a five-game winning streak. Leiter, the son of former Major League All-Star Al Leiter, is committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt, while Price is a University of Virginia commit. David Glancy and Vincent Bianchi accounted for the two Red Bank Catholic hits.

No. 7 Jackson Memorial 9, Millville 2

Sophomore Carmine Petosa went 4-for-5 with two doubles and six RBI to lead the Jaguars (9-2) past the Thunderbolts (5-3). Senior Nick Sefick struck out 10 over five innings to earn the win before passing the ball off to Joe Princiotta to close it out.

 

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