Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket

Semifinals

(12) St. Rose 2, (9) Raritan 1 (8 Innings)

St. Rose scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning to beat the Rockets and earn a trip to the MCT final against defending champion Red Bank Catholic Monday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood at 7 p.m. St. Rose is in the final for the first time since winning the 2008 county title.

Brody Maypother doubled home Riley Maypother in the top of the first and the Purple Roses held the lead until the fifth, when Raritan tied it up on a wild pitch. Riley Maypother struck out six in the first two innings, eight in the first three and took a shutout into the fifth before running into trouble.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
St. Rose (15-3)  1  0  0  0  0  0 0 1 2 5 0
Raritan (13-4) 0  0  0  0 1  0 0 0  1 4  0

Pitching

Raritan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Dan Vanmeerbeke (L) 8 5 2 2 4 5 96
St. Rose IP H R ER BB SO PC
Riley Maypother 4.2 2 1 1 5 8 90
Will Gannon (W) 3.1 2 0 0 1 3

Top Hitters

Raritan Stats
D.J. Dekis 1-2, R, 2B
Shawn Ohea 1-1, 2 BB
St. Rose Stats
Riley Maypother 1-2, R, 2 BB
Brody Maypother 1-3, 2B, RBI

 

(6) Red Bank Catholic 6, (2) CBA 3

Ryan O'Hara hit two solo home runs on 3-2 counts in the third and sixth innings and the Caseys snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Colts to advance to the MCT final for the third straight year after winning it a year ago.

Red Bank Catholic took the lead for good on a solo home run by catcher Chris Sparber to lead off the top of the fifth and Alex Gonzales added a two-run single with two out in the sixth after O'Hara led off the rally with his second home run.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
RBC (13-5) 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 6 9 1
CBA (16-2) 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 6 1

Pitching

Red Bank Catholic IP H R ER BB SO PC
Austin Nappi (W, 4-2) 7 6 3 3 0 4 100
CBA IP H R ER BB SO PC
Blaise Venancio (L, 4-1) 5 6 4 4 2 1 85
Nick Hohenstein 2 3 2 2 2 3 40

Top Hitters

Red Bank Catholic Stats
Ryan O’Hara 2-3, 2 HR, R, 2 RBI
Chris Sparber 1-3, HR, R, RBI
Alex Gonzales 1-3, 2 RBI
Dan Ianelli 2-3, R, SB
Robert Gonzales 1-3, R
Nick Merlo 1-3, R
CBA Stats
Jack Harnisch 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Braedin Hunt 2-3, 2B, R, RBI
John Dudek 2-3, R
Tom Rodgers 1-1, 2 HBP

 

 

Ocean County Tournament - Bracket

Opening Round

(6) Central 4, (11) Southern 3 (9 Innings)

Vance Pelino was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to force home the winning run and the Golden Eagles rallied to beat the Rams in extra innings. Central will play Class A South foe Jackson Memorial on the road in Sunday's quarterfinal round.

Colin Stacy allowed a hit to the second batter he face in the fifth inning - when he took over for starter Ryan Galati - and went on to retire the next 13 batters he faced. After he walked two straight hitters with two out in the ninth, A.J. Smith came on to record the final out of the inning on one pitch, which was enough to pick up his seventh win of the season.

Tyler Aires belted a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to erase what was a 3-0 Southern lead after the top of the fourth inning. Central got on the board when Galati singled, moved to third on a throwing error and came on on a wild pitch in the third. Tom Ruscitti made it 3-2 with an RBI double in the fifth.

Marcos Matias singled home two runs in the third and losing pitcher Austin Pharo knocked in another with an RBI single in the fourth.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Southern (5-10) 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
Central (11-4) 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 10 0

Pitching

Southern IP H R ER BB SO PC
Andrew Luongo 6.1 6 3 2 3 3 98
Austin Pharo (L) 2.1 4 1 1 2 0 43
Central IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ryan Galati 4 6 3 3 2 2 78
Colin Stacy 4.2 1 0 0 2 1 61
A.J. Smith (W, 7-1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1

Top Hitters

Southern Stats
Marcos Matias 2-4, 2 RBI
Austin Pharo 2-4, R, RBI, SB
Mike Liantonio 1-4, 2B
Cole Markley 1-3, R
Central Stats
Tyler Aires 2-3, HR, R, RBI
Ryan Galati 3-5, R
Tom Ruscitti 1-4, 2B, RBI
Vance Pelino 1-4, RBI
Colin Stacy 2-4

 

 

(1) Jackson Liberty 10, (16) Donovan Catholic 0 (5 Innings)

Junior Nick DeCarlo pitched a five-inning one-hitter and the Lions (14-2) rolled past the Griffins (2-13) and into the OCT quarterfinals Sunday against Lacey at 10 a.m. Lacey is one of only two teams to beat Jackson Liberty this season and the Lions did so this past Tuesday, 11-7.

DeCarlo gave up an infield single to Brandon DuPont in the fourth inning and struck out six without issuing a walk.

Shane Hickey went 3-for-3 with two RBI, Rich Dordas was 2-for-4 with two RBI and David Melfi went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for Jackson Liberty. Billy Hart also went 1-for-1 with two RBI, Alex Torres was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI and Charlie Rudderow was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in the win.

 

(2) Toms River North 14, (15) Barnegat 0 (5 Innings)

Craig Larsen led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI to lead the Mariners (11-5) to a one-sided win over the Bengals (6-11) and into the OCT quarterfinals on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Mike Centeno pitched four scoreless innings for the win and Jonathan Poplawski worked the fifth to seal it.

 

(4) Point Boro 2, (13) Brick Memorial 1

Senior Ryan Sansone punched a game-winning RBI single into right-center field in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Panthers (11-4) scored twice after being down to their last out to beat the Mustangs (7-11).

Point Boro scored the tying run on a wild pitch with two out before Sansone singled to score Dylan Kleinfeldt with the winning run.

Nick Guzzi pitched all seven innings to pick up the win, allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out six and throwing 89 pitches. Guzzi also went 2-for-3 at the plate, with one of his two singles coming in the seventh to set Point Boro up with runners on the corners with none out.

The two hits by Guzzi accounted for half of the total allowed by Brick Memorial starter Trevor Sherman, who had allowed only two heading into the seventh. After Guzzi singled and Kleinfeldt - his courtesy runner - stole second in the seventh, Sherman got a shallow fly out and a strikeout to move within one out of escaping with a win, but the wild pitch set up Sansone for the winning hit.

Sherman struck out six, walked two and threw 92 pitches. Blaine Netterman and Mike Murphy each went 1-for-2 for Brick Memorial, with Netterman scoring on Murphy's RBI single in the first inning.

Point Boro will host Toms River East Sunday at 11 a.m. with a trip to the OCT semifinals on the line.

 

(5) Toms River East 9, (12) Point Beach 3

Matt Santos pitched a complete game and was 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Raiders (8-6) past the Garnet Gulls (12-4) and into the OCT quarterfinals Sunday at No. 4 Point Boro. Santos allowed one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out six on 80 pitches.

Brad Brush was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Shaun Sullivan was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Ryan Goodall went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Jared Mizrachi added a solo home run, while Aidan Meola was 1-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI. Ahmir Cournier also doubled and scored two runs for Toms River East.

Kenny MacPherson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for Point Beach. Chris Russo took the loss on the mound while throwing 55 pitches over three innings.

 

(8) Lacey 11, (9) Toms River South 7

Winning pitcher Jacob Bowles hit a game-tying single and Jorden Jurkiewicz smacked an RBI triple to ignite a five-run sixth-inning that carried the Lions (9-9) over the Indians (8-8) for the second time this season.

Jurkiewicz's sixth-inning triple was his second of the game and Miles Feaster also finished 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBI for Lacey. Keith Apostolos was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Josh Fracasso was 2-for-2 with an RBI in the win as well.

T.J. Scuderi was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Colin Mackle went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead Toms River South. Nico Gonnella took the loss in relief after Justin Lowden threw three scoreless innings following a two-inning start by Tom Spiwack.

 

(3) Jackson Memorial 6, (14) Brick 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Brick (5-11)  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 1
Jackson Mem (14-4)  0 4 2 0 0 0 X 6 9 0

Pitching

Brick IP H R ER BB SO PC
Rob Page (L) 2 7 6 5 1 1 44
Joe Espana 4 2 0 0 3 1 57
Jackson Memorial IP H R ER BB SO PC
Nick Beetel (W, 4-0) 7 7 1 1 2 4 96

Top Hitters

Brick Stats
Chris Salsano 2-4, solo HR
Jackson Memorial Stats
Carmine Petosa 2-2, 2B, 2-run HR, 2 R
Jake Wendell 1-2, 2-run 2B
Alex Iadisernia 1-3, RBI

 

(10) Pinelands 15, (7) Manchester 10

Anthony Diaz and Billy Crawford each went 4-for-5, with Diaz hitting a triple, driving in four and scoring three to lead the Wildcats (8-7) to a high-scoring win over the Hawks (8-6). Pinelands will play at Toms River North in Sunday's quarterfinal round at 2 p.m.

Crawford also drove in a run and Peter Hammond was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Nick Rapallo also went a perfect 2-for-2 with four runs and two RBI and Joey Ventresca was 2-for-4 with two RBI for Pinelands, which stormed out to an 11-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings and a 14-2 lead through three-and-a-half.

Noah Dean threw 98 pitches in four innings to earn the win, allowing four earned runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Diaz pitched the next 1 2/3 innings and Sean O'Rourke shut the door with 1 1/3 scoreless.

John Simonini was 3-for-5 with two RBI and James Johns went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for Manchester. Evan Scala also went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the loss.

 

Regular Season

Class A North

Freehold Twp. 10, Colts Neck 4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Freehold Twp (8-8, 7-6)  0 0 6 2 1 0 1 10 11 1
Colts Neck (8-11, 5-8)  3 0 0  0  0 0 1 4  4  1

Pitching

Freehold Twp. IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ryan Ford 1 1 3 2 1 0 28
Ryan Kurczeski (W) 6 3 1 1 4 3 77
Colts Neck IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brendan Reese (L, 1-3) 2.2 6 6 5 3 1 64
Walter Jordan 1 2 2 2 1 1 31
Brooks Condon 1.1 1 1 0 0 0 14
Zach Albom 2 2 1 1 2 2 37

Top Hitters

Freehold Twp. Stats
Cristian Corcione 2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B
Brandon Smith 2B, RBI, R
Andrew Reidy 2-3, 3 RBI
Ryan Kurczeski 2-3, RBI
Chris Corchado 2-3, 2B, R, RBI
Colts Neck Stats
Anthony Galason 2-2, 2 BB
Rob Mannino 1-2, R
Nick Straub 1-1, R

 

 

Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 12, Ranney 2 (5 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Ranney (7-8, 6-5) 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 4
Mater Dei (10-5, 9-3) 3 5 0 1 3 12 14 1

Pitching

Ranney IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ethan Gavin (L) 2 8 8 5 0 2 54
Kiran Shah 2 2 1 0 0 0 23
Deven Bhatnagar .1 4 3 3 0 0 16
Mater Dei IP H R ER BB SO PC
Mike Dunne 3 2 1 1 0 2 39
Brandon Sansone (W, 3-2) 2 0 1 0 1 3 27

Top Hitters

Ranney Stats
Ethan Gavin 1-2, RBI
Deven Bhatnagar 1-2
Jacob Field 0-0, R, HBP
Cole Redman 0-1, R, BB
Mater Dei Stats
Thomas Olausen 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI
Brandon Sansone 2-3, 4 RBI
Greg Bender 2-3, RBI
Sean Turner 3-4, 3 R, SB

 

 

Non-Division

Rumson-Fair Haven 16, Keansburg 0 (5 Innings)

Alex Burnett pitched a five-inning one-hitter with two walks and nine strikeouts and the Bulldogs (9-5) routed the Titans (8-7). Robby Smith was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Gordon Forsyth also went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

 

Non-Conference

South River 16, Henry Hudson 0 (5 Innings)

Ocean 7, Hudson Catholic 4

St. John Vianney 8, St. Joseph by the Sea (N.Y.) 2

Logan Marter was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI to lead the Lancers (9-5) to a win over St. Joseph by the Sea of Staten Island.

Robert Skinner went 1-for-3 with two RBI, Chris Caragliano was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Michael DiPede finished 2-for-4 with a run scored an an RBI. Luciano Fabrizzi added an RBI double in the win.

Matt McCormack allowed two unearned runs on three hits over five innings to earn the win. He struck out four, walked one and threw 73 pitches.

 

No. 2 Wall 9, East Brunswick 0

Trey Dombroski fired his fourth shutout of the season and the Crimson Knights (15-3) coasted past the Bears. Dombroski allowed a season-high three hits while striking out four, walking one and throwing 88 pitches.

Teddy Sharkey was 2-for-2 with three RBI, John Volpe, Grant Shulman and Doug Wetzel were each 2-for-3, and Dylan Richey was 1-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI. Volpe also scored two and drove one in, Shulman knocked in a run and Wetzel scored two.

 

No. 8 Manalapan 9, Hamilton West 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hamilton West (11-8) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Manalapan (15-5) 1 4 2 2 0 0 X 9 10 0

Pitching

Hamilton West IP H R ER BB SO PC
De Leon (L) 2.2 8 7 7 2 0 63
Manalapan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ryan Crehan (W, 2-2) 4 3 0 0 3 2 68
Anthony Jomo 2 1 0 0 2 6 41
Joe Mazza 1 0 0 0 1 3 17

Top Hitters

Hamilton West Stats
Zamora 1-1, 2B, 2 BB
Manalapan Stats
Devin Newman 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
Giovanni Ciaccio 2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Nick DeMiceli 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Dan DeBlasio 1-2, R, 2 RBI
Anthony Surhoff 1-2, R, 2 RBI

 

 

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