Baseball Thursday Scoreboard, 4/24/14
Class A North
No. 10 Colts Neck 15, Howell 13
Guiseppe Varile went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to headline a 13-hit attack for the Cougars, who outlasted the Rebels in a Class A North slugfest.
Gianni Magliaro and Kyle Murrin each tripled for Colts Neck while Tyler Kapuscinski and Lou Rondinella each added a double.
Junior left-hander Chris Murphy surrendered his first earned run of the season, but still earned the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed five hits and struck out six.
Troy Miller reached base in all six of his plate appearances for Howell and finished 1-for-1 with a two-run double, four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Rob Napolitano went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, Ryan Wares finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Dan Matrisciano was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double, Andrew Larsen went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and Jake Larsen finished 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the loss.
No. 4 Freehold Twp. 6, Middletown North 5
Nick Cardace was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the seventh and scored the winning run on a ground ball to shortstop by Sam Goldsmith that beat the Lions and gave the Patriots their fourth straight win.
Chris Talbott doubled twice and scored a run while Kenny Carrier went 1-for-3 with a run, RBI and stolen base, with his lone hit coming during the seventh-inning rally. Jose Diaz pitched two scoreless innings of relief with one hit allowed and two strikeouts to earn the win.
Ryan Byrd went 3-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI and four stolen bases for Middletown North, while Matt Reilly was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the loss.
Manalapan 4, Marlboro 2
Senior Alex Wolf pitched six solid innings and sophomore Jake Sadowitz recorded the final three outs after inheriting the tying runs on first and second to nail down a Braves win over the Mustangs.
Wolf scattered seven hits and struck out two in his first win of the season. Sophomore Chris Rodriguez had a key, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth to put Manalapan ahead, 4-1, while Jon Strouse opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.
Stephen Hansen plated Manalapan's second run with an RBI triple in the second. Losing pitcher Dustin Jensen had a double at the plate, while center fielder Mike Santaromita finished 3-for-3.
No. 5 CBA 9, Middletown South 4
Sophomore catcher Brandon Martorano drove in four runs, including three in the second inning on his fourth triple of the year to help lead the Colts to a win over the Eagles for their fourth straight victory.
John Moschella also doubled twice and drove in two runs for CBA, and Pete Papcun added a double and a triple for the Colts. Luca Dalatri also doubled for CBA.
Mike Garvey allowed three earned runs on seven hits over six innings to earn the win and improve to 2-0 on the season.
Tom Maraniello led Middletown South with two hits, including a double.
Class A Central
Holmdel 9, No. 8 Shore 8
Sophomore winning pitcher Tyler Fischer hit a game-winning, three-run home run in the the bottom of the seventh for his second homer of the day, which delivered the Hornets a win over the Blue Devils to snap a six-game losing streak.
Fischer finished 4-for-4 with six RBI to go with the two home runs, including the final hit of Holmdel's five-run seventh inning that proved the difference. D.J. Goins drove in two runs with a double off the right-field wall to make it 8-6 and after Shore elected to intentionally walk Joe Sadler, Fischer hammered the winning homer over the right-center field fence on the second pitch of the at-bat.
Shore took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run by junior James Kelly after entering the inning trailing 1-0. Fischer answered with his first homer, a two-run shot off Shore starter Matt Cosentino that tied the game at 3.
Cosentino highlighted Shore's three-run fifth with a two-run triple and catcher Nick Blaney tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with a solo home run to make it 8-4.
No. 7 St. John Vianney 3, No. 9 Red Bank Catholic 1 (9 Innings)
Joe Rotelli knocked in the winning runs with a double in the top of the ninth inning and the Lancers beat the Caseys to sweep the regular-season series from their Class A Central rivals. Rotelli finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Junior Dan Schirmacher pitched 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound. Catcher Anthony Santoro also went 2-for-3 with a double, second baseman Drew Fisher was 2-for-4 and right- fielder Evan Pietronico added a double in the win.
Senior Al Molina surrendered one run on six hits and one walk while striking out nine in seven innings for Red Bank Catholic. Center fielder Brendan Madigan went 2-for-4, while Matt Kurdewan added a double in defeat.
Manasquan 9, Rumson-Fair Haven 8
Senior Tommy Toole struck out the final two batters of the game in the top of the seventh inning to strand the bases loaded and preserve a second straight win for the Warriors and a third straight loss for the Bulldogs.
Toole stuck out three batters in the seventh and went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored at the plate. Manasquan scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by a squeeze bunt by Matt Edwards and a steal of home by Tanner Cowley, who finished with three RBI.
Jack Sheehan also went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while freshman Matt Fahey knocked in two runs with a single in Rumson's three-run first inning.
Class A South
No. 3 Jackson Memorial 5, Lacey 2
The Jaguars scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and senior Brandon Janofsky pitched six strong innings to improve to 3-0 in a win over the Lions. Janofsky scattered nine hits while striking out five and walking one, and Ryan Takacs pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to get the save.
Nick Dabrio went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Matt Guarino was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for Jackson Memorial, which made the most of four hits - all singles.
Connor Rooney hit a solo home run to open the scoring in the top of the first and Anthony Elefante finished 2-for-3 for Lacey.
Class B North
Matawan 4, Freehold 0
Senior Nick Santuccio pitched a four-hit shutout with six strikeouts and a walk to lead the Huskies to a win over the Colonials. Junior outfielder Billy Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in the win, while Joe Piscopo, Luke Adduchio and Adam Elliot each had two hits for Matawan.
Cory Nusbaum and Chris Veary also added an RBI single each in the Matawan win.
Long Branch 16, Neptune 5
Juan Martinez hit his first varsity home run and drove in two runs to highlight an offensive outburst by the Green Wave in a win over the Scarlet Fliers. Connor Mullan, Austin Cannon and Nick Conklin each drove in two runs as well, and Christian Sanchez earned his second straight win on the mound.
No. 2 Wall 4, Ocean 0
One day after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh in a Monmouth County Tournament win over Freehold, junior Ryan Orender pitched a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and two walks to pitch the Crimson Knights past the Spartans.
Tim Willey went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Wall, while Miles Moody finished 2-for-3 to lead Ocean.