Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket
Round of 16

(7) Barnegat 2, (23) Monmouth 1

Joe Letinski plated Matt Owens with the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Bengals walked off with an SCT round-of-16 win over the Falcons. Barnegat will play the winner of Sunday's game between No. 15 Ocean and No. 2 Toms River East on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

Sophomore left-hander Jason Groome pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief with no walks and 13 strikeouts to earn the win.

Jimmy Green staked Monmouth to a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the second inning to score Christian Hoplock, who singled to start the rally. Groome then entered the game with runners on second and third and one out and struck out the next two batters to escape the jam.

Ryan Ulrich tied the game with an RBI single in the third that scored Matt Wolfgang, who singled and advance to second on a wild pitch to set up the RBI situation.

Christian DeFazio went the distance for Monmouth and allowed only two runs on five hits and two walks in taking the loss.

(11) Toms River North at (6) Wall - PPD, Sunday, 11 a.m.

(19) Brick 6, (3) Colts Neck 5 (8 Innings)

Sophomore Trevor Rowe came off the bench to deliver a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth inning and the Green Dragons survived another late-inning rally by the Cougars to advance to the Shore Conference quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 6 Wall.

Colts Neck tied the game on a two-out RBI single by junior Tyler Kapuscinski on a 3-2 count in the bottom of the seventh to score Paul Marinello from third. Marinello singled through the middle with one out, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

The Cougars trailed 4-0 and 5-2 during the game and cut the lead to 5-4 by the end of the sixth. Center fielder Mike Antico hammered a two-run triple to deep right in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Brick lead to 5-4 and later threw a Green Dragons runner out at home plate in the top of the eighth. Antico also doubled in the bottom of the eighth, but was thrown out at home on a double-steal attempt with runners on first and third base to end the game.

Nick Zbranak went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and two RBI for the Green Dragons. Matt Greenberg also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Evan Lobato was 3-for-5 in the win.

(9) Red Bank Catholic 8, (8) St. John Vianney 4

Brendan Madigan hit a two-run home run in a five-run top of the second inning - his third home run in the last five games - and Al Molina fired four scoreless innings of one-hit relief to help the Caseys outlast the Class A Central division rival Lancers.

Madigan had not hit a varsity home run prior to his recent power surge, which also included a home run in a 7-1 win over Freehold in the first round of the SCT.

Matt Kurdewan added a two-run single in the sixth after sophomore Evan Madigan knocked in a run with a single to make it 7-4. Mike Spinelli also had an RBI single in the five-run second.

Red Bank Catholic will play No. 1 Freehold Township in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

(15) Ocean at (2) Toms River East - PPD, Sunday, 1 p.m.

(1) Freehold Twp. 2, (17) Middletown South 1

Senior right-hander Joe Ellerman pitched a two-hitter and the Patriots edged the Eagles to advance to Wednesday's quarterfinals against No. 9 Red Bank Catholic. Ellerman struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Chris Rose, Nick Cardace and Chris Talbott each doubled and Rose finished 2-for-3. Kenny Carrier walked to start the bottom of the fourth inning, went to third on Rose's double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Julius Saporito. The Patriots added the deciding run in the fifth when Mike Alexander singled, moved to second on a balk, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.

Zach Schild doubled and scored on a ground out by Nolan Pereless in the top of the sixth to cut Middletown South's deficit in half.

(5) Central 4, (12) Jackon Liberty 3

The Golden Eagles scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to take a three-run lead and held on to beat the Lions and advance to the SCT quarterfinals on Wednesday. Junior Jake Dominguez pitched five-plus innings to earn the win, while Rich Galati and Anthony Arneth backed up Dominguez to shut the door.

Arneth pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the save, stranding the bases loaded in the sixth and recording the final out in the seventh with the potential tying run on first base.

Pinch-hitter Frank Rose gave Central a 2-1 lead by hitting a ground ball through the vacated shortstop position on a hit-and-run and Galati plated the second run of the inning on an RBI ground out. The Golden Eagles scored the third run of the inning on an error.

Jackson Liberty senior Dan Serreino and Central senior Christian Bearden traded RBI doubles in the fourth inning to open the scoring for both teams.

(4) CBA 11, (20) Shore 1 (6 Innings)

The Colts scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to blow open a 1-1 game and finished off the Blue Devils in six innings to advance to the SCT quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 5 Central.

Will Morgan tripled and scored the winning run on a Pete Papcun single to start the inning and later doubled home a run and scored on a John Moschella double in that same inning. Morgan finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore catcher Brandon Martorano was 2-for-4 with a two-run triple and a run scored and senior Ryan Ramiz went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Moschella also went 2-for-4 and Andrew Buccellato was 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the win. Luca Dalatri pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 8-0.

 

Regular Season
Non-Division

Lakewood 10, Long Branch 9

Billy Figueroa went 3-for-4 with four RBI and Steven Acosta was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Piners to a win over the Green Wave. Nick Conklin, Anthony Brier and Carlos Irizarry each had two hits for Long Branch.

Raritan at Point Boro - Cancelled

Brick Memorial 2, St. Rose 0

Matt Cuppari won his first varsity game and combined with Kyle McCabe on a one-hitter as the Mustangs blanked the Purple Roses.

 

Non-Conference

University Academy Charter at Asbury Park - Cancelled

Point Beach at Spotswood - Cancelled

Toms River South 10, Ferris 0 (5 Innings)

Senior Russ Messler led a nine-hit attack with three hits and juniors Vinny Scrudato and Anthony Carfora combined to hold the Bulldogs to just two hits as the Indians picked up a non-conference victory.
Scrudato worked the first 3 1/3 innings for the win and Carfora came on to get the final five outs, four by strikeout.
Ryan Shiffer added an RBI single in the first, Jake Ryan had a double and was hit by a pitch to drive in a run, and Tyler Folger hit a sacrifice fly and an RBI double.