NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

North Jersey 2, Group III

(4) Middletown South 5, (13) Warren Hills 2

Robby Zega and Jeremy Joyce keyed a five-run third inning and the Eagles (13-10) topped the Blue Streaks (8-13) and move on to a sectional quarterfinal date with No. 12 Menham.

Zega cracked a two-run double in the third that made it 3-0 and Joyce capped the Middletown South scoring with a two-run single. Ben Porpora opened the scoring for the Eagles with an RBI single that tied the game at 1-1.

Joe Sprake lasted five innings and 86 pitches to earn the win and Jack Roesch fired two scoreless innings while allowing one hit to pick up the save.

 

 

(7) Middletown North 3, (10) Colonia 2 (8 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Colonia (14-12) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 1
Midd. North (14-9) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 7 2

 

Pitching

Colonia IP H R ER BB SO PC
Chris Michael 7.2 7 3 1 1 7 96
Midd. North IP H R ER BB SO PC
Tyler Ras (W, 3-2) 8 5 2 0 0 4 90

 

Top Hitters

Colonia Game Stats
Frank Lehman 2-4, RBI
Midd. North Game Stats
Tyler Ras 2-4, RBI
Brendan Doherty 3-4
Jake Dillon 2-4, RBI

Catcher Jake Dillon singled home winning pitcher Tyler Ras with the winning run with two out in the bottom of the eighth and the Lions walked off with a first-round win over the Patriots. Middletown North will host No. 15 Red Bank in the sectional quarterfinals on Thursday in a rematch of a Monmouth County Tournament opening-round game won by Middletown North.

Ras tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and Mike Mercier momentarily gave Middletown North a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Colonia responded with an unearned run off Ras in the top of the seventh to ultimately send the game into extra innings.

 

(15) Red Bank 3, (2) Somerville 1

Senior Mason O'Mara fired a two-hitter and the Bucs (10-11) upended the second-seeded Pioneers (13-8) to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday at No. 7 Middletown North. O'Mara struck out six, walked three and threw the maximum 110 pitches.

Jack Povey broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning and Jonah Rosen went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh to stretch the lead to 3-1. Will Grant also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Jack Mangold was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

 

 

Central Jersey Group IV

(5) Freehold Twp. 4, (12) Old Bridge 0

Zack Pericone fired a four-hit shutout and the Patriots topped the Knights to advance to the quarterfinals Thursday, when they will travel across town to face No. 4 Freehold Boro. Pericone struck out two, did not walk a batter and allowed just four singles during his 82-pitch outing.

Cristian Corcione opened the scoring with a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth, when the Patriots scored all of their runs. Brandon Smith capped the inning with an RBI single, while Ryan Ford was 2-for-3 with a single and a run scored during the rally.

(4) Freehold Boro 8, (13) Hightstown 1

Tom Holdorf fired a three-hitter and Nick Aiello and a Matt Granato each drove in two runs to lead the Colonials past the Rams and into a quarterfinal showdown against No. 5 Freehold Township.

Holdorf struck out two and walked one on 87 pitches to improve to 4-2 on the season. Aiello finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three stolen bases, while Granato was 1-for-3. Phil Marcantonio also went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

 

(6) East Brunswick 3, (11) Marlboro 2

 

(10) Colts Neck 2, (7) South Brunswick 1

Dillon Pellecchia went the distance and the Cougars offense gave him a pair of runs early as Colts Neck topped the Vikings to advance to a sectional quarterfinal meeting with Manalapan on Thursday.

Nick Straub was 1-for-4 with a double and scored both Colts Neck runs. Anthony Galason brought him home with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first and Jon Weitzman also scored Straub with a sac fly in the third.

Pellecchia scattered seven hits while striking out four and walking two over seven innings and 86 pitches.

 

(2) Manalapan 4, (15) New Brunswick 3 (10 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New Bruns. (6-14) 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
Manalapan (16-9) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 14 0

 

Pitching

Manalapan IP H R ER BB SO PC
John Pudder 5 4 3 3 2 12 87
Anthony Jomo 0.2 1 0 0 2 0 17
Justin Korman (W) 4.1 1 0 0 0 4 41
New Brunswick IP H R ER BB SO
Kalbin Rodriguez 6.2 9 3 2 2 7
Wilson Gomez (L) 2.2 5 1 1 0 0

 

Top Hitters

New Brunswick Game Stats
Wilson Gomez 2-4, HR, Run, 3 RBI
Elvis Diaz 2B
Manalapan Game Stats
Mike Perlamuter 3-4, 2 R
Anthony Naylor 3-5, 3B
Vin Lanza 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Dan DeBlasio 2-5, 2B, RBI

Nick DiMiceli plated the winning run in the bottom of the 10th on a sacrifice fly to right field and the Braves walked off with a 10-inning win over the Zebras to move on to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday against No. 10 Colts Neck.

 

 

Central Jersey Group III

(9) Brick 1, (8) Pennsauken 0

John Prato singled home Cole Groschel with the game's lone run in the top of the third and Jayden Tisseker took care of the rest by firing a two-hit shutout as the Green Dragons (14-8) took down the Indians (11-7) on the road.

Tisseker struck out five and walked one while throwing 87 pitches in his shutout effort. Groschel scored the game's lone run after starting the third with a single.

Brick will now try to knock off the top seed in Central Jersey Group III for the second straight year when the Green Dragons travel to top-seeded Toms River South on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Brick beat Steinert in the sectional quarterfinals last season when the Spartans were the No. 1 seed.

(6) Northern Burlington 5, (11) Ocean 0

(1) Toms River South 7, (16) Long Branch 0

Sophomore Colin Mackle broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double to deep right field, which opened up the flood gates for the Indians in their first-round win over the Green Wave.

Mackle scored on a wild pitch and added another RBI double to nearly the same spot on the field in the sixth inning as Toms River South closed out Long Branch with five runs in the sixth.

Senior Matt Fitzpatrick stayed hot at the plate by lacing a two-run triple in the sixth and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-0. Tom Campo doubled and scored on Mackle's second double and Jared Kwicinski went 2-for-3 and scored on an RBI single by Dylan Danelson that made it 7-0.

Justin Fall pitched a six-hit shutout in 88 pitches to earn the win and improve to 6-1 on the season. The senior left-hander struck out six and walked two.

Matt Mincieli took the loss on the mound for Long Branch and working through the first four innings without allowing a run. James Horniacek highlighted the Long Branch offense by going 2-for-3 with a double.

 

(14) Neptune 4, (3) Wall 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Neptune (8-12) 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 8 2
Wall (18-6) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 3

 

Pitching

Neptune IP H R ER BB SO PC
Justin Tucker (W, 5-3) 6.1 5 2 2 5 5 110
Ron Cole (S, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 10
Wall IP H R ER BB SO PC
Grant Shulman (L, 1-2) 5.1 8 4 3 1 2 64
Teddy Sharkey 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 22

 

Top Hitters

Neptune Game Stats
John Gannon 2-3, 2B, RBI
Dylan Taliaferro 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Devon Furges 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Ron Cole 1-3, R, RBI
Aedan Martin 1-3, R
Wall Game Stats
Shane Richey 2-3, BB, R
Teddy Sharkey 1-3, BB, RBI
John Perrino 1-3, BB, RBI
John Volpe 1-4, R

Freshman John Gannon broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the top of the sixth and the Scarlet Fliers added one more to put away the Crimson Knights and secure the first-round upset.

Justin Tucker picked up his fifth win by allowing five hits over 6 1/3 innings - all of which were singles and three of which were infield singles. He worked around five walks and struck out the first batter of the seventh inning on three pitches after taking the mound three pitches away from the one-game limit of 110.

Sophomore Ron Cole took over for Tucker and after walking the first man he faced, induced a ground out to Gannon and third and struck out the final batter of the game on three pitches.

Sophomore catcher Devon Furges doubled home a run to make it 2-0 in the fourth inning and plated another run in the sixth with an RBI ground out to cap the scoring. Cole drove in the first Neptune run on a ground out.

Wall freshman Teddy Sharkey pulled his team even with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Crimson Knights scored earlier in the inning on an RBI infield single by senior John Perrino.

Neptune will travel to No. 6 Northern Burlington in the sectional quarterfinals.

 

(7) Jackson Liberty 6, (10) Moorestown 4 (8 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Moorestown (7-12) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 4
Jackson Lib. (16-9) 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 10 0

 

Pitching

Moorestown IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brian McMonagle 7 7 3 1 1 6 104
Adam Shubert (L) 1 3 3 3 0 0 14
Jackson Lib. IP H R ER BB SO PC
Nick DeCarlo 3.1 4 3 3 2 2 69
Matt Pickus (W, 6-3) 4.2 4 1 1 0 4 57

 

Top Hitters

Moorestown Game Stats
Brian McMonagle 3-4, R, RBI
Brendon Parker 2-4, HR, RBI
Alec Ciniglia 1-4, RBI
Jackson Lib. Game Stats
Kyle Tavaska 1-4, HR, R, 4 RBI
Shane Hickey 2-3, BB
Daniel Sofield 3-4, 2 R, RBI
Shane Hickman 2-3, 2 R

Senior Kyle Tavaska hit a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Lions a thrilling, walkoff win over the Quakers and push Jackson Liberty into Thursday's sectional quarterfinals against No. 2 Steinert.

Tavaska also drove in a run in the seventh inning, when Jackson Liberty rallied to score twice and send the game into extra innings tied at 3-3. Tavaska hit a sacrifice fly to trim the deficit to 3-2 after Daniel Sofield and Matt Hickman both singled and advanced on a wild pitch to start the rally. Jackson Liberty tied the game when Billy Hart's fly ball to center field was misplayed, allowing Hickman to score.

Brendon Parker - the No. 9 hitter in Moorestown's lineup - gave the Quakers a 4-3 lead with a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning.

 

 

Central Jersey Group II

(1) Governor Livingston 12, (16) Holmdel 2 (5 Innings)

(9) Raritan 6, (8) A.L. Johnson 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Raritan (16-6) 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 6 11 0
Johnson (11-14) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

 

Pitching

Raritan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Matt Birdsall (W, 6-1) 7 3 0 0 1 11 92
Raritan IP H R ER BB SO
DiPrafio (L) 5 9 5 5 1 1
Sot 2 2 1 1 1 1

 

Top Hitters

Raritan Game Stats
Alex Lamattina 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Tim Hayes 1-3, HR, R, RBI
Ken Friend 3-3, 2B, R
Dan VanMeerbeke 3-4, 2B, R, RBI
Johnson Game Stats
Sot 1-2
Turek 1-3

 

 

(4) Monmouth 2, (13) Robbinsville 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Robbinsville (14-12) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Monmouth (17-6) 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 7 1

 

Pitching

Robbinsville IP H R ER BB SO PC
Tyler McGuian 6 7 2 2 1 4 77
Monmouth IP H R ER BB SO PC
Charlie Kelly (W, 4-1) 7 7 1 1 0 2 87

 

Top Hitters

Robbinsville Game Stats
Anthony Iorio 2-3, RBI
Jack Milazzo 2-3, 2B, R
Monmouth Game Stats
Paul Birzin 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Justin Scotto 2-2, R
Trevor D’Meo 2-2

Paul Birzin connected on a two-run home run in the first inning and that was enough offense for junior right-hander Charlie Kelly to pitch the Falcons past the Ravens and into a quarterfinal game against No. 4 Bernards on Thursday.

Junior Justin Scotto started the game with a single and went 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored against his former team. Scotto spent his first two high school seasons at Robbinsville.

 

(10) Matawan 8, (7) East Brunswick Tech 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Matawan (12-11) 3 0 0 1 0 4 0 8 7 1
EB Tech (14-6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3

 

Pitching

Matawan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Kyle Gamble 7 3 0 0 1 6 104
EB Tech IP H R ER BB SO PC
R.J. Jobin 4.2 6 4 3 1 5 100
Vincent Pellicane 2.1 1 4 3 1 1 30

 

Top Hitters

Matawan Game Stats
Tom Collazo 3-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jackson Hercek 2-4, R, RBI, SB
Derek Jordan 2-2
Steve Salot 1-3, RBI
EB Tech Game Stats
Garrett Allo 1-3
Vincent Pellicane 1-2

 

 

Central Jersey Group I

(8) Point Beach 7, (9) South River 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
South River (8-16) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Pt. Beach (12-10) 3 3 1 0 0 0 X 7 12 1

 

Pitching

South River IP H R ER BB SO PC
Nick Errico (L) 2.1 8 7 7 4 4 77
Billy Marlow 2.2 3 0 0 0 0 12
R.J. Fischer 1 1 0 0 0 2 14
Pt. Beach IP H R ER BB SO PC
Chris Russo (W, 5-4) 7 1 1 1 3 8 79

 

Top Hitters

South River Game Stats
Brandon Szerszen 1-3
Pt. Beach Game Stats
Josh Yates 3-4, 2 2B, R, RBI
Kevin Donnelly 2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Jude Lovegren 2-4, 3 RBI
Kenny MacPherson 1-2, 2 BB, RBI
Phil Antoniotti 1-4, 2B, R

 

 

(12) Keansburg 2, (5) Highland Park 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Keansburg (8-13) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Highland Park (12-7) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 3

 

Pitching

Keansburg IP H R ER BB SO PC
Liam Meyer (W) 5 4 1 1 4 3 91
Paul Eckleberry 2 0 0 0 0 2 24
Highland Park IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ryan O’Shea (L) 7 4 2 1 3 5 95

 

Top Hitters

Keansburg Game Stats
Justin Alessi 1-3, BB, R
Gabe Torres 1-2, BB, R
Liam Meyer RBI
Cristian Borrageiros RBI

 

 

(3) Riverside 7, (14) Henry Hudson 0

 

(11) Keyport 8, (6) South Amboy 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Keyport (9-11) 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 8 14 0
South Amboy (8-10) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 2

 

Pitching

South Amboy IP H R ER BB SO PC
Kyle Gasiewski 7 14 8 3 2 5 112
Keyport IP H R ER BB SO PC
Christian Smith (W, 4-5) 6 1 0 0 3 9 86
Shane Chandler 1 2 2 2 1 1 27

 

Top Hitters

South Amboy Game Stats
Kyle Gasiewski 2-3, R, 2 SB
John McCleery 1-3, RBI
Keyport Game Stats
Shane Chandler 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 3 SB
Kyle Johnson 3-4, 2 RBI, SB
Zack Whitehead 2-4, R, 2 RBI

 

 

(10) Shore 4, (7) Perth Amboy Tech 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Shore (6-12) 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4 11 0
Amboy Tech (10-9) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

 

Pitching

Shore IP H R ER BB SO PC
Mike Shirvanian (W, 3-3) 7 2 0 0 0 13 84
EB Tech IP H R ER BB SO PC
Caraballo (L) 4.2 6 3 3 0 2 66
Arocho 2.1 5 1 1 2 3 51

 

Top Hitters

Shore Game Stats
Dean Smolokoff 1-3, R
Mike Jelliff 4-4, 2B, R
Ryan Jones 1-3, 2 RBI
Tom Dunleavy 1-4
Jarred Breithoff 1-4, R
James LaBruno 1-4, R
Jimmy Malletto 2-3, 2 RBI

 

EB Tech Game Stats
Batista 1-3, 2B
Neich 1-3

 

 

South Jersey Group IV

(8) Lenape 8, (9) Toms River North 2

(14) Jackson Memorial 5, (3) Shawnee 1

Mike Koslowski smacked RBI singles in both the second and sixth innings and Matt D'Amore did the rest on the mound to lead the Jaguars to a first-round upset of the Renegades. D'Amore went the distance to earn the win.

Jackson Memorial scored three runs in the second inning and two in the sixth. The Jaguars will play the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between No. 6 Vineland and No. 11 Southern.

(11) Southern at (6) Vineland - PPD, Wednesday, 4 p.m.

 

 

South Jersey Group III

(9) Central 12, (8) Seneca 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Central (11-10) 3 6 0 0 1 0 2 12 14 3
Seneca (15-9) 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 9 6

 

Pitching

Central IP H R ER BB SO
A.J. Smith 0.1 0 3 2 4 0
Jared Morris (W, 2-5) 6.2 9 5 4 3 2
Seneca IP H R ER BB SO
Josh Knapp (L) 1.1 8 9 6 3 0
Luke Hoey 4.2 4 1 1 3 2
J.J. Scarpello 1.0 2 2 1 0 1

 

Top Hitters

Central Game Stats
Shane Black 3-4, 2B, 3 R
Mike Bickford 1-3, 3 R, 2 HBP
Tom Ruscitti 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Tyler Aires 3-4, RBI, 3 R
Colin Stacy 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Ryan Galati 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R
Seneca Game Stats
Nick Decker 1-2, HR, 4 RBI
Kevin Gsell 2-3, R

 

 

(3) Lacey 3, (14) Triton 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Triton (7-12) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Lacey (20-4) 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 3 9 0

 

Pitching

Triton IP H R ER BB SO PC
Colin Carr 5.2 9 3 3 1 5 106
Mike Shannon 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Lacey IP H R ER BB SO PC
Anthony Elefante (W, 4-1) 7 1 0 0 2 12 87

 

Top Hitters

Triton Game Stats
Morales 1-3, 2B
Lacey Game Stats
Anthony Elefante 2-3, 2 RBI
Keith Apostolos 1-3, 2B
Jarrett Dial 2-3
Brandon Haggerty 1-3, 2B

 

(6) Mainland 1, (11) Pinelands 0

 

 

South Jersey Group II

(8) Cedar Creek 2, (9) Manchester 1

(4) Manasquan 6, (13) Sterling 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Sterling (9-14) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Manasquan (11-10) 0 0 6 0 0 0 X 6 6 0

 

Pitching

Sterling IP H R ER BB SO PC
Vega (L) 2.2 4 6 4 4 2 74
Crumpton 3.1 1 0 0 3 1 0
Manasquan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Tommy Sheehan (W, 4-2) 6.0 1 0 0 5 13 113
James Harmstead 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 12

 

Top Hitters

Sterling Game Stats
Kite 1-4, 3B
Manasquan Game Stats
Will Hopkinson 2-2, 2B, RBI, BB
Tommy Sheehan 1-1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
James Harmstead 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI

 

 

(11) Barnegat 13, (6) Oakcrest 9

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Barnegat (10-14) 0 0 9 0 0 2 2 13 13 2
Oakcrest (15-12) 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 9 13 2

 

Pitching

Barnegat IP H R ER BB SO PC
Tyler Suydam 1.2 5 6 6 0 1 47
Liam Corbett 2.1 6 3 3 0 0 34
Justin Diefenbach (W) 3 1 0 0 0 6 45
Oakcrest IP H R ER BB SO
Jon Dodson (L) 2 5 8 8 3 0
Louis DiFabio 5 8 5 5 1 1

 

Top Hitters

Barnegat Game Stats
Justin Diefenbach 3-5, 2 RBI, R
Aaron McLaughlin 2-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI
Brian Finucan 2-4, 2 RBI, 2B
Nick Caputo 2-4, 2 R
Christian Padilla 4-4, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
Oakcrest Game Stats
Donnie Stone 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Alec Rodriguez 2-4, R, 2 RBI
Jack Markley 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

Aaron McLaughlin highlighted a nine-run third inning with a two-run double and hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the top of the sixth to lead the Bengals to a come-from-behind win over the Falcons. Barnegat will travel to play No. 3 West Deptford in the sectional semifinals on Thursday.

 

 

Monday Scores

South Jersey Group II

(5) Bordentown 3, (12) Point Boro 2 (8 Innings) 2

Cody Schroeder chopped a game-winning two-run single over the third-base bag in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Scotties (16-8) walked off with an extra-inning win over the Panthers (10-13) to advance to the sectional quarterfinals on Thursday.

Point Boro took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth on an RBI single to left by Justin Rafi. It was the second lead Point Boro seized in the game - the first coming on a solo home run by Kyle Lauria in the top of the sixth inning that broke a scoreless tie.

Bordentown answered on a solo blast by Schroeder, who also pitched a complete game on the mound in addition to his three RBI.

Tom Paul went the distance on the mound for Point Boro and allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out nine and walking two. He threw 103 pitches in 7 1/3 innings.

 

 

Sign Up For The SSN Newsletter

Please fill out this form to sign up for the Shore Sports Network newsletter.