Class A North

Middletown South 6, Manalapan 0

Sophomore Austin Markmann pitched five shutout innings of two-hit ball and the Eagles (1-0, 1-0) blanked the Braves (0-1, 0-1) to win their season-opener. Junior Zach deRocco went 2-for-2 with four RBI, while junior Nolan Pereless scored two runs and stole three bases. Sophomore Dan Mishlen pitched the final two innings for Middletown South and did not allow a hit.

Sophomore Chris Rodriguez wrapped a double for one of Manalapan's two hits.

No. 4 CBA 9, Middletown North 9 (Game called due to darkness)

The Colts (0-0-1, 0-0-1) scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 9 and after the Lions (0-0-1, 0-0-1) could not push a run across in the bottom of the inning, the game was called due to darkness. Sophomore Luca Dalatri singled and scored to make it 9-8 and senior Pete Papcun tied the game by beating out an infield single as the tying runs scored.

Middletown North needed only five singles to score nine runs thanks to seven CBA errors. Aaron Borrero went 1-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Lions offense.

Papcun and junior Will Morgan each went 2-for-4, with Morgan adding an RBI double. Sophomore catcher Brandon Martorano also added a two-run triple in a 1-for-4 game.


Class A Central

Monmouth 3, Holmdel 0

Senior John Bonczyk struck out 12 batters and allowed only two hits to earn his first varsity win as the Falcons (1-1, 1-1) blanked the Hornets (0-1, 0-1) for head coach Paul Crivello's first career win.

Christian Hoplock went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and Matt Vincenti also added a double in the win. Kyle Jones allowed two earned runs on only four hits with four strikeouts in taking the loss.


Class A South

No. 6 Toms River East 6, Brick 2

No. 7 Toms River North 5, No. 2 Jackson Memorial 3

Sophomore Jeff Ciervo singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie and senior Anthony Ferlise belted a solo homer for insurance in the top of the seventh to help the Mariners (2-0, 2-0) beat the Jaguars (1-1, 1-1) for the third straight time, dating back to last season.

Ferlise finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while junior catcher Mike Tiplady was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and senior Joe LaCava went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Joe Venditto - who won Toms River North's opener with a walk-off single in the seventh as part of a 4-for-4 day at the plate - added a two-run single in the fourth inning to give Toms River North a 2-1 lead.

Junior Brandon Janofsky ripped a two-run double to give Jackson Memorial the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

No. 10 Toms River South 6, Lacey 3

The Indians (1-1, 1-1) plated five runs in the second inning without a run-scoring hit and held on to beat the Lions (0-2, 0-2) behind thanks to a strong effort by the bullpen. Junior Chandler Thompson pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win and sophomore Hunter Marchlewski faced the minimum over three innings, allowing just one hit that was erased on a double play.

Senior Russell Messler belted an RBI triple off the left-field wall in the fourth inning, while juniors Ryan Shiffer and Jake Ryan started the five-run second with consecutive singles to begin the inning. Ryan finished the game 2-for-3

Lacey grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an error and a George Peddie RBI single, part of a 2-for-3 game for Peddie.


Class B North

Ocean 3, Red Bank 1

Senior left-hander Ryan Lillie tossed a complete-game, four-hitter and Anthony Bartolomei drove in all three Ocean runs as the Spartans (2-0, 2-0) topped the Bucs (1-1, 1-1). Bartolomei had a two-run single in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the third.

Senior third baseman Jimmy McGrorry went 3-for-3 with a run scored while senior outfielder Miles Moody added two hits in the win. Isaiah Sestito plated Red Bank's lone run with an RBI single in the fourth.


Class B Central

Point Beach 9, Keyport 0

Senior Noah Yates pitched five shutout innings, striking out 10 while allowing only two hits as the Garnet Gulls (1-0, 1-0) topped the Red Raiders (0-2, 0-2) in their opener.

Sophomore John Van Shoick went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the offense.

St. Rose 8, Mater Dei Prep 2

Senior left-hander Jimmy Gowen pitched a four-hit shutout and the Purple Roses (2-0, 2-0) picked up a win over the Serpahs (1-1, 1-1) in B Central. Senior catcher Will King collected three hits and junior Kyle Missry added two.

Junior leadoff hitter Vincenzo Mezzacappa had two of Mater Dei's four hits in the game.

Keansburg 10, Ranney 0 (5 Innings)

Sophomore Ian Terry, and seniors Mike Keelan, Joe Breheny and Mike Politano combined for seven hits and six RBI as the Titans (1-1, 1-1) coasted to a win over the Panthers (0-2, 0-2). Politano doubled twice, including a two-run double in the top of the first to stake Keansburg to an early lead.

Breheny pitched five scoreless innings and allowed only three hits to earn the win on the mound.

Asbury Park 4, Henry Hudson 3

Keyshawn Samuels singled to plate Angel Rosario with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and the Blue Bishops (1-0, 1-0) topped the Admirals (1-1, 1-1) to make a winner out of senior Will Wells.

Wells allowed only one hit and struck out eight while overcoming six walks. The senior Neptune transfer also went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the win. Samuels went 2-for-4 with the winning RBI while Rosario finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Freshman Brendan Carlstrom struck out 11 and allowed only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings in his first varsity start.



Class B South

Manchester 8, Pinelands 3

Shaun Wernoch allowed five hits and struck out four in a complete-game effort as the Hawks (2-0, 1-0) topped the Wildcats (1-1, 1-1). Wernoch also went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while senior catcher Mitch Stage finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Junior Dan Mills also added a two-run double for Manchester, while Cory Burke went 1-for-2 with a double for Pinelands.

Barnegat 9, Monsignor Donovan 0

Junior Seamus Brazil pitched a one-hit shutout and the Bengals (1-1, 1-1) rolled to a win over the Griffins (0-2, 0-1). Brazil walked one and struck out seven.

Senior outfielder Joe Letinski went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored for Barnegat, while senior Matt Owens doubled and drove in two runs, junior Ed Rogan drove in two, and sophomore Conner Hoeler went 3-for-4 with and RBI.

No. 9 Central 4, No. 8 Jackson Liberty 3 (9 Innings)

Senior second baseman Dan Viscel drew a 12-pitch, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to cap a wild win for the Golden Eagles (1-0, 1-0) over the Lions (0-2, 0-2). Viscel came on to play second base after starting pitcher Andrew DiPiazza re-entered the game to hit in the fifth inning and had to be taken out.

Central jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an RBI double by DiPiazza and an RBI single by senior center fielder Rich Galati - who later scored on following two errors on a steal of second base. DiPiazza departed with a 3-0 lead, a runner on second base and two out in the top of the fifth and after reliever Jake Dominguez walked No. 9 hitter Ryan Van Wickle, Jackson Liberty shortstop Jame Sofield hit an inside-the-park home run in which Galati and left fielder Javon Hardy collided. Galati had to come out of the game as part of the concussion protocol.

One of the three Lions runs was charged to DiPiazza, who allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven on 71 pitches. The University of Alabama recruit was not in any physical discomfort and said the short outing was part of an early season plan to manage his workload and give other pitchers innings in key situations. He said Alabama has nothing to do with the plan.

Jackson Liberty senior Dan Serreino pitched five innings and did not allow a run after the second inning. He struck out four, walked four and allowed four hits.  Senior Dan Naif allowed one run on four hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings of relief while striking out three.

Point Boro 2, Lakewood 1

Senior Mike Dunham pitched a complete-game one-hitter and the Panthers (1-0, 1-0) scratched two runs across to edge the Piners (0-1, 0-1). Dunham walked one and struck out eight in the win.

Sam Monaco went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and junior Jack Fitzsimmons was 1-for-2 with an RBI.



Holy Spirit 2, Brick Memorial 1

Sophomore D.J. Wilson allowed three hits over five shutout innings in his varsity debut, but Holy Spirit scored twice in the sixth to pull out a win over the Mustangs (0-2). Wilson walked three and struck out six while taking the no-decision.