Monmouth County Tournament

(3) Colts Neck 5, (11) Manalapan 4

Junior first baseman Jordan Gonzalez plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to center field and the Cougars (12-2) rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Braves (9-10), improve to 7-1 in one-run games, and advance to the MCT semifinals on May 12 at First Energy Park in Lakewood. Colts Neck will play No. 7 Middletown South Monday, May 12 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood..

Manalapan took a 4-0 lead with two runs in both the third and fourth innings against Colts Neck starter Gianni Magliaro. After pitching a one-two-three sixth inning to finish his day on the mound, Magliaro belted a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to cut Manalapan's lead to 4-2. The Cougars added a run in the sixth on an error and scored two in the seventh to win it. The first run in the seventh scored on a throwing error on a stolen base by Mike Antico that allowed a run to score from third to tie the game.

Antico also advanced to third on error and with one out and a 0-and-2 count, Gonzalez lifted a breaking pitch from Manalapan reliever Nick Serra to center field, plenty deep enough to score Antico - who reached base by beating out a potential double-play ball to shortstop.

Colts Neck cut Manalapan's lead to 4-1 on an RBI triple by third baseman Kyle Murrin in the bottom of the fourth.

Magliaro allowed four runs - three earned - on four hits and six walks in six innings while striking out 12. Chris Murphy pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win and is now 3-0 with five saves and one earned-run allowed this season.

Manalapan scored first on consecutive doubles by Jon Strouse and Dan Russo, followed by an errant throw on a steal of third by Russo, who came into score when the throw went into left field. The Braves added two more in the fourth when center fielder Stephen Hansen doubled and scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Matt Parke, who later stole home on a first-and-third base-running play.

Alex Wolf pitched 5 2/3 innings for Manalapan, allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

(8) CBA 11, (1) Wall 0 (6 Innings)

Sophomore Luca Dalatri fired a six-inning, two-hit shutout to improve to 6-0 and the Colts beat previously unbeaten right-hander Tyler Swiggart to get past the Crimson Knights and into the MCT semifinals.

Dalatri walked two, struck out eight and also went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI at the plate as part of 12-hit game for CBA.

Catcher Brandon Martorano went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Trey Nelson finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Pete Papcun was 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Griffin Arnott also went 1-for-3 with three runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases for the Colts.

CBA will play the winner of Friday's game between No. 13 Freehold Township and No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven Monday, May 12 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

(7) Middletown South 1, (15) Middletown North 0

Sophomore right-hander Austin Markmann pitched his second straight shutout in a 1-0 game in the MCT and the Eagles edged the crosstown-rival Lions to advance to the MCT semifinals on May 12 against No. 3 Colts Neck at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

Markmann pitched a one-hitter in a 1-0 win over St. John Vianney one week ago in the MCT first round and followed that performance up with a two-hitter on Saturday against Middletown North. The sophomore standout struck out 10, walked two and hit a batter.

Middletown North starter Mike Zibrin allowed only one hit in six innings and gave up an unearned run in the first when he walked leadoff hitter Joe Timmins, hit Tom Mariello and threw away a pickoff throw to first to allow Timmins to score from third. From that point, the senior right-hander allowed only four baserunners to reach, one of which reached on an error. Zibrin walked three and struck out two.


Ocean County Tournament
First Round

(1) Jackson Memorial 2, (16) Southern 1

Nick Dabrio's line drive to third base scored Rich Rountree from second in the bottom of the seventh and the Jaguars walked off with a win over the Rams to advance to the OCT quarterfinals Sunday against No. 9 Brick. Jackson Memorial dropped a 3-2 game to Brick on Friday.

Brandon Janofsky pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 4-0. Zach Manson allowed just one hit over five innings and the Rams held the top-seeded Jaguars to just one hit in defeat.

Nick Sinopoli went 2-for-3 for Southern.

(2) Toms River East 4, (15) Monsignor Donovan 2

Jeff Cannova allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out nine in a complete game win as the Raiders topped the Griffins to advance to Sunday's quarterfinal round against No. 7 Toms River North. The two crosstown rivals split the regular-season series, with Toms River North winning to more recent meeting, 8-5.

Jon Meola and Tommy Vincent each belted doubles for Toms River East.

(4) Barnegat 10, (13) Pinelands 5

Joe Letinski, Nik Fraim and Jared Kacso each had two-run hits and the Bengals jumped on top of the Wildcats held on to advance to Sunday's quarterfinals Sunday against No. 5 Jackson Liberty. Barnegt swept the regular-season series between the B South rivals and just beat the Lions on Tuesday, 1-0, behind a five-inning shutout by sophomore Jason Groome, Sunday's expected starter.

Letinski and Fraim each ripped two-run doubles, Letinski in the first and Fraim in the third. Kacso later added a two-run single in the second as Barnegat jumped out to a 10-2 lead at the end of the third inning. Kacso also added a double at the plate, as did senior Ryan Ulrich.

John Corbett allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five to improve to 3-0. Cory Burke went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Pinelands.

(5) Jackson Liberty 10, (12) Lacey 0 (6 Innings)

Freshman Kyle Tavaska went 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBI and James Sofield was 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Jackson Liberty past Lacey in a battle of the Lions. Jackson Liberty will travel to No. 4 Barnegat on Sunday five days after being shutout by the Bengals and sophomore Jason Groome in five innings, 1-0.

Howard Taylor pitched five innings of two-hit, shutout ball with six strikeouts to earn the win.

(6) Central 6, (11) Point Boro 5

Junior John Forrester tied the game with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth and Ryan Paul plated pinch-runner Chris Kowalski with the winning run on a single through a drawn-in infield to give the Golden Eagles a narrow victory over the Panthers. Central will travel to No. 3 Toms River South in Sunday's quarterfinal.

Senior right-hander Andrew DiPiazza - Sunday's likely starter - pitched the top of the seventh inning to earn his second save of the season, working around a leadoff single by striking out the last two batters of the inning. DiPiazza also hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give Central a 2-1 lead.

Point Boro took a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth on a tie-breaking, two-out, two-run home by senior Terrence Berkley, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base.

Anthony Arneth struck out seven in five innings while allowing three runs - two earned. Paul pitched the sixth inning and earned the win thanks to his go-ahead single.

Jack Fitzsimmons and Dan Gonella each had two hits for Point Boro.

(7) Toms River North 5, (10) Manchester 2

Junior Brett Hyers pitched a complete-game four-hitter and sophomore Joey Rose led a six-hit effort by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Mariners topped the Hawks to advance to a Sunday quarterfinal game at No. 2 Toms River East.

Hyers struck out six, walked two and quieted the Hawks bats after allowing two runs in the second inning, which gave Manchester an early 2-0 lead.

Toms River North pushed three runs across against Hawks senior right-hander Devin Tomei, two of which were unearned. The first two Toms River North batters of the inning reach on a wild pitch on a swinging strike three and an error. Julian Feliz later walked with the bases loaded, Anthony Ferlise grounded out to second base to score another run and Mike Tiplady plated another with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Ferlise later doubled home a run in the fifth inning and Joe Venditto added an RBI on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Mark Wernoch singled home a run in the Manchester second and finished 2-for-2 at the plate.

(3) Toms River South 10, (14) Lakewood 0 (5 Innings)

Junior right-hander Chandler Thompson pitched a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks and the Indians beat the Piners to advance to the OCT quarterfinals Sunday against No. 6 Central.

Thompson faced just one over the minimum thanks to a double play in the fourth inning. Jaison Jerez drew both walks for Lakewood.

Senior Tyler Folger led the Toms River South offense with a three-run home run to open the scoring in the first and an RBI single to end the game in the fifth and make the no-hitter official. Spencer Kapp also went 2-for-3 with a two-run double, Ryan Shiffer was 2-for-2 with an RBI double, and Christian Campbell also went 2-for-3 with an RBI double for the Indians.

(9) Brick 4, (8) Brick Memorial 2

Senior Evan Lobato struck out 11 in a complete-game three-hitter and Carmen Sclafani went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Green Dragons to a win over the Mustangs, their third of the season in three games between the two rivals. Brick will travel to play top-seeded Jackson Memorial in the quarterfinals on Sunday, two days after beating Jackson Memorial, 3-2, on Friday.

Brian Markoski went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Brick Memorial.


Class A North

No. 2 Freehold Twp. 3, Middletown North 2

Chris Talbott pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts as the Patriots edged the Lions in an A North game.

Joe Silvestrone drove in a run with a double and Julius Saporito scored the winning run in top of the seventh on wild pitch after he was hit to reach base.

Ryan Byrd and Kyle Capo each went 2-for-3 for Middletown South, with Byrd scoring a run and Capo driving one in.


Class A Central

Manasquan 3, Holmdel 1

Freshman Tommy Sheehan struck out eight in five innings while moving to 4-0 and also broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the third to lead the Warriors to a win over the Hornets.

Tucker Caccavale pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save and sophomore Jack Sheehan went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Joe Sadler's fifth-inning single broke Holmdel's all-time career hits record.


Class B North

Matawan 15, Red Bank 3 (5 Innings)

Matt Esposito went 3-for-3 to lead a 12-hit attack and the Huskies (10-5, 6-4) rolled to a win over the Bucs (4-11, 2-8). Nick Smith allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts to earn the complete-game victory and also added a double at the plate.

Sean O'Connell went 2-for-2 with a double for Red Bank.


Class B Central

Keyport 13, Ranney 6

Jake Caverly went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI while Ryan Leary and Eric Chandler were each 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Red Raiders to a win over the Panthers.

James Geraghty went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead Ranney.



Rumson-Fair Haven 15, Long Branch 5 (5 Innings)

Max Phrang hit his first varsity home run, a three-run shot that ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to make a winner out of starter Chris Drummond and give the Bulldogs their fifth straight win.

The Bulldogs honored legendary coach Hal Lorme, for whom the field is named, on Saturday and the Lorme family also watched Hal's grandson, Ryan Lorme, lead off and play second base for Long Branch.

Max Goione went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI and junior Morgan Maguire went 1-for-1 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored to lead Rumson.

Connor Mullan and Anthony Brier each hit two-run home runs for Long Branch.

Red Bank Catholic 8, St. Rose 3

Al Molina went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Joe Liddy pitched five shutout innings while allowing three hits as the Caseys upended the Purple Roses with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.

Brendan Madigan went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Evan Madigan added a double for Red Bank Catholic. Matt Oujo tied the game with a two-run single in the sixth for St. Rose.

Monmouth 5, Lakewood 4

Jimmy Green delivered a game-ending, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to give the Falcons a come-from-behind win over the Piners.

Monmouth trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh and scored three runs to make a winner out of Christian Hoplock, who pitched five shutout innings of relief while allowing one run on three hits with six strikeouts.

Tim Reynolds went 1-for-2 with two RBI for Monmouth, while Ivan Marks led Lakewood by going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Ocean 11, Mater Dei Prep 1 (5 Innings)

Brian Kochenash, Miles Moody and Anthony Bartolomei each had two hits and two RBI and Bartolomei worked four innings to pick up the win as the Spartans took care of the Seraphs.



Carteret 7, Matawan 1

Manalapan at North Bergen, 7 p.m.