NJSIAA Tournament
Sectional Semifinals
Central Jersey Group IV

(5) Jackson Memorial 16, (9) East Brunswick 4 (5 Innings)

Catcher Nick Babin blasted three of Jackson Memorial's five home runs and the Jaguars hammered their way past the Bears and into Friday's Central Jersey Group IV championship game against No. 6 Monroe. Babin capped his career day with a game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning and finished with eight RBI.

Brandon Janofsky led off the game with a home run and Mike Petrizzo and Babin each belted homers in the Jackson Memorial first after East Brunswick's Cody Burnham hit a two-run home run in a three-run top of the first for East Brunswick.

Janofsky added a double for his second hit, sophomore Kyle Johnson was 4-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored, and winning pitcher Matt Guarino went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Guarino settled in after allowing the first-inning home run and went the distance to earn the win in a five-inning complete game.

(6) Monroe 4, (15) Marlboro 3 (9 Innings)

Ryan Jendras pulled back a bunt attempt and dropped the game-winning single into right field to score the winning run from second base with none out in the bottom of the ninth and the Falcons walked off with a come-from-behind win over the Mustangs in extra innings.

The winning rally began with an error and a bunt single before Jendras showed bunt initially, pulled the bat back and hit the winning single into shallow right field.

Catcher Anthony Tagliafiore hit a game-tying two-run home run over the right-field fence in the bottom of the sixth to pull Monroe even at 3.

Marlboro scored two runs on a Monroe error with the bases loaded and two out in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead and added to it when Mike Santaromita drilled a two-out RBI triple to score Matt Nelson in the top of the fourth.

Junior left-hander Andrew Nardi allowed three earned runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings innings while striking out six. Nardi walked three, the first two of which came around to score and the last of which was the final batter he faced in the sixth.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(3) Hamilton West 6, (2) Wall 4

The Crimson Knights jumped out to a 3-0 first-inning lead, but the Hornets rallied to beat Wall and advance to their first sectional final since 2001. Hamilton West will play crosstown rival Steinert in Friday's Central Jersey Group III final.

Brendan Barcas went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs with a single in the bottom of the first. Dan Wondrack also went 2-for-3, Branden Biegert was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and starting pitcher Ryan Orender went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(5) Rumson-Fair Haven 9, (1) Cinnaminson 5

Max Goione and Chris Drummond keyed a seven-run third inning and junior right-hander Morgan Maguire overcame three unearned runs in the first inning to pitch a complete game as the Bulldogs beat the defending Group II champions. Rumson will travel to No. 2 Robbinsville Friday for the Central Jersey Group II championship.

Goione hit a two-run home run in the third as part of a 2-for-3 day and Drummond hit a three-run double in the seventh as well. Maguire also helped his cause by going 3-for-4 with two RBI at the plate.

(2) Robbinsville 2, (6) Matawan 0

 

Central Jersey Group I

(6) Shore 9, (1) Middlesex 2

The Blue Devils broke the game open with seven runs over the third and fourth innings and senior Matt Cosentino pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts to lead Shore to a win over the defending Group I champions to avenge a loss to the Blue Jays in last year's sectional final. Shore will play at No. 5 New Egypt in the Central Jersey Group I final on Friday.

Junior Justin Halper went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Shore lineup, which pounded out 13 hits, including five doubles. Senior Dylan Vosk and junior Sam Parrino each had two hits, a double, a run scored and two RBI, while junior Matt McCarthy was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

 

South Jersey Group II

(1) Barnegat 6, (4) Overbrook 3

Colin O'Connor went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Jason Groome threw 2 1/3 shutout innings of relief of starter Ryan Ulrich to help lead the Bengals past the Rams and into the program's first ever sectional final. Barnegat will host No. 3 Buena on Friday in the South Jersey Group II championship.

O'Connor drove in a run with a single in the second inning and added a two-run single in a three-run third inning that put Barnegat ahead, 6-1. Ulrich recorded one out in the fifth inning before giving way to Groome, who continued his lights-out pitching by allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out five.

Ed Rogan and Matt Owens each had an RBI single in the first inning for Barnegat.

 

Sectional Quarterfinals
South Jersey, Non-Public A

(8) St. John Vianney 10, (1) Bishop Eustace 0

Senior left-hander Justin Chin quieted one of the state's most prolific lineups in a seven-hit shutout that helped spark the Lancers to a win over the Crusaders. St. John Vianney will travel to No. 4 CBA on Friday for the sectional semifinals.

Chin did not walk a batter and struck out two in a 70-pitch performance, which included 52 strikes.

Joe Rotelli and Chris Loney each hit a two-run home run to jumpstart the Vianney offense. Rotelli went 2-for-4 with a double as well, while Loney was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Catcher Anthony Santoro was 2-for-3 with a double and right fielder Evan Pietronico also doubled and drove in two for the Lancers.

(4) CBA 5, (12) Paul VI 3

Will Morgan and John Moschella each drove in two runs in a five-run third inning for CBA and the Colts held off the Eagles to advance to the sectional semifinals Friday against No. 8 St. John Vianney.

Morgan hit a two-run double to make it 3-0 and Moschella followed with a two-run home run to put CBA ahead 5-0. Shortstop Mark Mancuso plated the first run with an RBI infield single. Junior Andrew Buccellato went 3-for-3 for CBA.

Morgan also threw two scoreless innings of relief, retiring all six batters he faced. Ryan Stainrook went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double for Paul VI.

 

South Jersey, Non Public B

(4) St. Rose 12, (12) Roselle Catholic 2 (5 Innings)

Kyle Missry, Ryan Stewart, Johnny Kussmaul and Travis Cloney all had two hits and Jay Criscuolo threw four shutout innings to lead the Purple Roses to a win over Roselle Catholic. St. Rose will host eighth-seeded St. Joseph's-Hammonton in the semifinals on Friday.

Missry was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Cloney finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Stewart was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, and Kussmaul went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

J.P. Traynor was doubled and drove in three while Jimmy Gowen went 1-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI for St. Rose.