Baseball Thursday Scoreboard, 5/7/15
Class A North
Middletown South 5, Howell 1
Jon Martin threw a four-hitter and Austin Markmann drove in Johnny Zega in the first and third innings as the Eagles (16-5, 10-4) beat the the Rebels (9-9, 7-7) to clinch a share of the Class A North title and outright public division title. Middletown South has now won 14 straight games and 16 of its last 17 to overcome a 0-4 start.
Martin allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out two over his seven innings of work and did not allow a run after Connor Boyle tripled to lead off the game and scored on an RBI single by Connor Fey.
Markmann finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, the first on an RBI double in the first to plate Zega and the second on an RBI single in the third to push Zega across and give Middletown South the lead for good. Zega finished 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Ian Scheuer singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and the Eagles added a run in the same inning with a steal of home on a first-and-third play. Ben Porpora tacked on one more run in the seventh on an RBI double.
CBA 5, Manalapan 1
Cid Porter and Brandon Martorano combined to drive in all five runs in the bottom of the third and the big inning was all Luca Dalatri would need to pitch the Colts (15-5, 10-4) past the Braves (15-6, 8-6) and clinch a share of the Class A North title for CBA.
Porter hit a two-run single to center to open the scoring and Martorano blasted a three-run home run to left field to stake CBA to a 5-0 lead. Martorano finished the game 3-for-3, while Will Morgan and Shane Turk each added two hits apiece.
Dalatri allowed one run in the top of the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Stephen Carbonara and Jake Sadowitz. The junior right-hander allowed six hits and two walks while striking out nine to improve to 5-0 this season and 16-0 over his last two seasons.
Sadowitz and Stephen Hansen each finished with two hits for Manalapan.
Class A Central
Raritan 8, Holmdel 1
Jon Guccione threw six shutout innings to improve to 4-0 and added a double at the plate to help lead the Rockets (10-6, 6-5) to a win over the Hornets (2-15, 1-11).
Ryan Ruziecki went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI, while Tom Pulcine was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the win.
Will Van Name was 4-for-4 with a double to lead Holmdel.
Class A South
Brick 4, Toms River South 3
Nic Chirichello and Brandon Weber combined on a two-hitter and Nick Moglia doubled home Carme Sclafani with the go-ahead run with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning to help the Green Dragons (11-9, 7-7) beat the Indians (13-5, 10-4) and clinch a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament.
Chirichello pitched into the seventh inning and allowed three unearned runs on two hits while walking two and striking out five. Weber came on with a runner on first in the seventh and nailed down the save with an assist from right fielder Matt Rosace, who made a catch on a fly ball to the outfield and doubled off the runner at first.
Michael Conover went 1-for-2 with a run scored for Toms River South.
Jackson Memorial 11, Toms River East 3
Four Jackson Memorial players contributed at least two hits and Matt Crispe broke the game open with a three-run home run in a four-run fourth inning as the Jaguars (13-5, 9-4) topped the Raiders (5-9, 5-8).
Chris Hawryluk went 3-for-3 with a two-run double, two runs scored and a stolen base. Kyle Johnson and Joe DeMaio each went 2-for-3, with Johnson scoring three runs, driving in a run and stealing four bases while DeMaio hit two doubles and drove in two runs.
Brandon Janofsky also hit a solo home run and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Brick Memorial 11, Southern 3
Twin brothers Corey and Matt Cathey combined to go 5-for-8 with seven RBI and the Mustangs (11-11, 4-9) went off for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead and beat the Rams (6-13, 4-9).
Matt Cathey was 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI, while Corey Cathey finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Nick Matteo added a double and two RBI, while James Donlon tripled and drove in two in the win. Justin Bates also went 2-for-2 for Brick Memorial.
Alec Merritt allowed a run on six hits and three walks while striking out four to earn the win. Jared Lubanski went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Southern.
Toms River North 10, Lacey 5
Doug Molnar struck out 10 in a complete game and the Mariners (14-3, 12-2) rode a 15-hit attack to a win over the Lions (6-13, 3-11), clinching the program's first Class A South division championship since 2008.
Junior catcher Owen Sulfrain was 2-for-4 with four RBI, all in the first two innings to help Toms River North jump on top, 8-0. Ryan Larsen finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Joe Venditto, Mike Tiplady and Brandon Fischer all went 2-for-4. Tiplady doubled for one of his hits, Fischer drove in two runs and Venditto scored two.
Class B Central
Keyport 17, Asbury Park 7 (6 Innings)
Kyle Johnson hit a go-ahead two-run triple in a five-run Keyport fourth and the Red Raiders (6-9, 6-8) tacked on eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to close out a win over the Blue Bishops (1-12, 1-12).
Asbury Park took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the fourth before Keyport tied the game on an RBI double by Steven Chandler followed by an RBI infield single by Kyle Mitchell that made it 6-6.
Mitchell finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Chandler (2-for-4) and Johnson (2-for-3) each tripled and drove in three runs.
Christian Smith went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Shane Chandler went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Robert Hila and Jake Caverly both went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, with Hila hitting a double and Caverly a triple to go with an RBI.
Matt Hallman hit a three-run home run for Asbury Park and Devin Nash-McGee was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Point Beach 19, Keansburg 4 (5 Innings)
Joe Delgrippo went 3-for-3 with a double six RBI and the Garnet Gulls (12-4, 11-3) coasted to a win over the Titans (6-9, 6-8).
Andrew Allegretta was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI, while John Daly went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. John Nista and Ryan Franzoni also went 2-for-3 each, with Nista driving in two and Franzoni plating one.
Mike Frauenheim was also 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Zach Schaller doubled, scored twice and drove in two, and Tanner Smith and John Vann Schoick each went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
St. Rose 9, Henry Hudson 1
Ryan Scharfenberg allowed one hit over four shutout innings and Mike Gowen led the offense with three hits, two runs scored and three stolen bases as the Purple Roses (15-5, 12-2) beat the Admirals (1-11, 1-11) to wrap up their divisional schedule.
Joe Volpe went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases, while Kyle Missry and Riley Maypother each finished 1-for-2. Missry drove in a run and scored two while Maypother knocked in two runs.
Scharfenberg took a no-hitter into the fourth inning before surrendering the only hit he would allow in his final inning of work. Jack Slocumb drove in the lone Henry Hudson run with an RBI double in the seventh.
Mater Dei Prep 10, Ranney 0 (5 Innings)
Matt Paciulli pitched a two-hit shutout over five innings and the Seraphs (14-5, 13-1) put up five runs in the first inning en route to a win over the Panthers (4-11, 4-9) that clinches the program's first outright Class B Central championship since 2002.
Paciulli walked one and struck out five, while Ryan Fannner, Cole Hardy, Nick Roditis and Kyle Dowlen all doubled in the first-inning rally.
Class B South
Donovan Catholic 6, Manchester 3
Kyle Malloy hit a tie-breaking three-run double to deep center field with two out in the top of the seventh inning and Ryan O'Sullivan pitched out of a jam after coming in with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning as the Griffins (13-10, 7-6) won a thriller against the Hawks (7-11, 6-8).
Matt Drake hit a two-out, RBI triple in the top of the first inning to open the scoring and - along with Charlie Dimino - drove in a run in the third to stake Donovan Catholic to a 3-0 lead. Drake and Malloy each finished 2-for-4.
Manchester pulled even with two runs in the fifth and the tying run in the bottom of the sixth. Jon Meaney plated a run with a sacrifice fly to get the Hawks on the board and Steven Rodriguez doubled home Ryan Vanderham, who doubled earlier in the inning, to cut Donovan Catholic's lead to 3-2.
P.J. Martinez drove in the tying run with a two-out, RBI double in the sixth. Meaney also added a double and finished 1-for-3.
Central 9, Lakewood 8
The Golden Eagles (8-10, 7-6) needed only one hit to rack up nine runs and beat the Piners (1-15, 1-13), thanks to seven walks and five Lakewood errors.
Pinelands 5, Point Boro 1
David DeFeo pitched a one-hitter and Sage Sysol drove in three runs to lead the Wildcats (11-8, 9-5) to a win over the Panthers (9-10, 6-8) for their sixth win in the last seven games.
DeFeo ovecame seven walks by striking out seven and allowed just one earned run to cross the plate. Pinelands scored four runs in the fourth inning with RBI singles by Chris Burke and R.J. Rodriguez and a two-run single by Sysol.
Rodriguez finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Pat Spagnola was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Mitch Merrill also doubled and scored two runs for Pinelands.
Frank Graziano drove in the lone Point Boro run with the Panthers' only hit - an RBI ground-rule double in the top of the fifth to break up DeFeo's no-hit bid.
Barnegat 8, Jackson Liberty 5
The Bengals (13-6, 10-4) scored four runs with two out in the top of the fourth inning to open the scoring and senior starter John Corbett went the distance to beat the Lions (10-8, 9-5) and nail down the Barnegat's first ever outright division title. The Bengals shared the division co-championship with Manchester in 2008.
Senior Seamus Brazill broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, RBI infield single between the third base line and the pitcher's mound. Corbett followed with a single and sophomore Anthony Lani then singled home pinch-runner Evan Albanese to make it 2-0. Sophomore Justin Diefenbach capped the inning with a two-run double to left-center, the highlight of his 2-for-3 day at the plate with a run scored.
Junior Jared Kacso stole home on a first-and-third play with one out in the fifth to give Barnegat a 5-1 lead, and the Bengals gave Corbett an 8-1 lead with three more runs in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Aaron McLaughlin and senior catcher Nik Fraim each had an RBI single in the sixth and Kacso capped Barnegat's scoring with a sacrifice fly. Kacso finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Corbett allowed three earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out nine and also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored.
Mike Zak hit an RBI double in the sixth and starting pitcher Brandon Pallante drove in two with a double in the seventh for Jackso Liberty. Ryan Van Wickle was 2-for-4 with a run scored and also threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Pallante.
Freehold Twp. 6, Chatham 3
Pat Nielsen pitched a complete-game six-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts and the Patriots (10-12) beat the Cougars to inch closer to a Shore Conference Tournament berth. Freehold Township can qualify for the tournament by winning at Lacey on Friday.
Matt Gorman and Kevin Gordon each went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Patriots, with Gorman scoring a run, driving in two and stealing two bases. Jake Russo added an RBI double and scored a run, while Gordon, John Carroll and Joe Silvestrone each added a double.
Carroll's double was his 11th of the season, breaking the single-season school record.