Baseball Tuesday Scoreboard, 5/6/14
Class A North
Howell 9, No. 9 Middletown South 4
Ryan Wares went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI in total to lead a Rebels (7-8, 5-7) back from a 4-0 second-inning deficit to a win over the Eagles (7-8, 4-8), preserving their hope of a Shore Conference Tournament berth.
Brian Chaballa pitched four shutout innings of relief while allowing four hits and no walks to earn his first varsity win.
Rob Napolitano was 1-for-1 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for the Rebels while Justin Steel was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Troy Miller finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored in the win.
Kyle Brey went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, Joe Timmins was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base. Christian Penk also doubled and scored a run while Johnny Zega went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.
No. 7 Colts Neck 4, Middletown North 3
Jordan Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run double as part of a three-run seventh inning that helped the Cougars (13-3, 10-3) rally for their eighth one-run victory of the season in a win over the Lions (6-10, 4-9), who are eliminated from the Shore Conference Tournament with the loss.
Tyler Kapuscinski, Sam DeVitis and Kyle Murrin each went 1-for-3 with a run scored and Murrin added an RBI for Colts Neck.
Mario Ferraioli allowed one earned run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings to earn the win. Junior left-hander Chris Murphy - who suffered his first loss and blown save of the season Monday against Freehold Township - bounced back with a perfect seventh inning and two strikeouts to earn his sixth save of the season.
Ryan Goscinski went 1-for-2 with an RBI for Middletown North, while senior teammate Ryan Byrd was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and three stolen bases in defeat.
No. 2 Freehold Twp. 5, Marlboro 3
Mike Alexander broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning and the Patriots (13-4, 9-4) held on to beat the Mustangs (6-9, 4-8) for their 10th win in their last 11 games.
Kenny Carrier went the distance for Freehold Township, allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk while fanning two. Chris Talbott tripled for the Patriots while Chris Rose added a double as part of an eight-hit attack for Freehold Township.
Manalapan 10, No. 1 CBA 5
Jon Strouse hit a two-run home run to right field in the top of the first inning and John Diana and Jake Sadowitz each had an RBI single in a five-run Manalapan second as the Braves (10-10, 6-7) jumped out to an early lead and held on to knock off the Colts (10-4, 8-4).
Ryan McGrane added a pinch-hit, two-run single in the top of the seventh to stretch the lead to 10-4 and Matt Parke also went 2-for-3 in the win.
Ryan Ramiz and Griffin Arnott each doubled for CBA.
Class A Central
Red Bank Catholic 9, Holmdel 4
Brendan Madigan ripped a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth and Matt Kurdewan added a two-run home run in the top of the sixth as the Caseys (13-4, 10-3) broke out at the plate late in the game to beat the Hornets (3-14, 2-11).
Vin Vitirelli allowed two runs on five hits over six innings to earn the win, while Madigan finished 2-for-4. Mike Alescio also went 3-for-4 with a double and Tom Merlo was 2-for-3 in the in.
Holmdel senior Joe Sadler, who set the program's career hits record Saturday against Manasquan, became the program's all-time leader in RBI with a two-run single in the first inning. He now holds the school record for hits, RBI and doubles.
D.J. Goins also went 2-for-4 with a double for Holmdel.
St. John Vianney 8, Raritan 3 (10 Innings)
Evan Pietronico went 4-for-5 with four RBI and the Lancers (11-5, 10-2) remained in first place in Class A Central by scoring five runs in the top of the 10th and escaping with a win over the Rockets (3-10, 1-10).
Dan Schirmacher allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in nine innings of relief to earn the victory. Joe Rotelli also went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI for the Lancers.
Tom Pulcine went 2-for-4 for Raritan and Brandon Bentley was 1-for-3 with two RBI in the loss. Mike Kelleher allowed three runs in nine innings for Raritan in taking the no-decision.
Shore 5, Rumson-Fair Haven 0
Senior left-hander Matt Cosentino fired a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and the Blue Devils (10-7, 7-5) snapped a five-game winning streak by the Bulldogs (10-6, 7-6) while also clinching a Shore Conference Tournament berth.
Cosentino also went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored at the plate. Andrew Schulz also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Dylan Vosk was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
Max Goione went 2-for-3 to lead Rumson's offense.
Manasquan 7, Monmouth 6
Matt Edwards hammered a tie-breaking, two-run double as part of a four-run sixth inning that propelled the Warriors (7-9, 6-7) to their third straight win by beating the Falcons (10-8, 7-6). Manasquan tied the game at 4 earlier in the inning on an RBI single by Tanner Cowley.
Tommy Toole capped the inning with an RBI single, then closed out the game by striking out the side around a two-run rally by the Falcons. Tom Sheehan hit one of his two doubles during the sixth-inning rally and finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Christian Hoplock led Monmouth at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI.
Class A South
Brick Memorial 7, Toms River South 5
Brian Markoski and Tyler Hobbs each went 3-for-4 and Joe Trafficante pitched 2 2/3 strong innings out of the bullpen to close out the Mustangs' (8-9, 8-5) second win over the Indians (10-6-1, 6-5-1) this season.
Markoski scored two runs and stole a base, while Hobbs scored and drove in a run. Matt Cathey also went 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases, while Matt Cuppari was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI.
Ian Ambrose allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings to earn the win before giving way to Trafficante, who lowered his ERA to under 1.00 while picking up his second save in his 10th appearance.
Spencer Kapp went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Toms River South.
Class B North
Red Bank 13, Long Branch 0 (5 Innings)
First baseman Sha'Mere Williams went 3-for-3 with four RBI and was on the back end of a 5-4-3 triple play turned by the Bucs (5-12, 3-7) in the bottom of the second to highlight a win over the Green Wave (3-13, 2-9).
Third baseman Leo DiGuilio started the play by scooping up a ground ball, tagging the bag at third, firing to second baseman Kyle Mulholland, who made the turn and fired to Williams to finish off the triple play.
Jesse Mack went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI for Red Bank, while Jacob Nappi was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Sean O'Connell was also 1-for-2 with three RBI in the win.
Mack also picked up the win on the mound with four shutout innings, which included three Long Branch hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
Matawan 8, Ocean 5
Mike Creamer went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and two RBI at the plate and fired two innings of relief to pick up his first win of the season as the Huskies (11-7, 7-4) topped the Spartans (11-6, 7-4) to sweep the regular-season series in Class B North.
Joe Piscopo, Adam Elliot and Billy Rodriguez each had an RBI single in Matawan's three-run sixth, which broke a 5-5 tie and put the Huskies up 8-5 going into the seventh.
Anthony Bartolomei highlighted Ocean's three-run first with a two-run single, but Matawan battled back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth before Ocean tied it again in the top of the sixth.
No. 6 Wall 9, Neptune 1
Bobby Patterson struck out nine while allowing a run on five hits over six innings and the Crimson Knights (14-3, 11-0) pulled away to beat the Scarlet Fliers (2-10, 2-9).
Wall managed only three hits against Neptune starter Hunter Daly, but worked five walks against the Scarlet Fliers starter and seven total. Ryan Orender went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Brendan Barcas and Matt Tancredi each went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI, with Tancredi adding a double.
Daly also went 2-for-3 with a double for Neptune and James Hand finished 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Class B Central
St. Rose 12, Henry Hudson 2 (5 Innings)
Kyle Missry belted a three-run home run in support of winning pitcher Richard Joa as the Purple Roses (10-3, 10-0) cruised to a win over the Admirals (4-8, 4-8) to remain unbeaten in Class B Central.
Asbury Park 14, Ranney 3
Jahmel Dixon drove in five runs and Will Wells went 3-for-4 with a solo home run while also pitching two no-hit innings of relief as the Blue Bishops (2-11, 2-11) beat the Panthers (2-10, 1-10) for their first win since opening day against Henry Hudson.
Dixon finished 2-for-5 with two doubles, Wells also scored three runs, and Joel Hernandez and Jarrod Fletcher each went 2-for-4. Hernandez doubled, scored a run and drove one home, while Fletcher doubled twice, scored three runs and drove in two.
Angel Rosario allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks with five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings to lead a strong overall effort on the mound by four Asbury Park pitchers. Asbury Park used seven pitchers - one in each inning - in a 3-1 loss to Keyport on Monday, with the last six combining on six shutout innings.
Wells struck out three in his two hitless innings.
Class B South
Manchester 1, Point Boro 0
Sean Wernoch tossed a six-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and one walk and Jon Meaney drove in the game's lone run to go with two hits as the Hawks (8-8, 8-5) eliminated the Panthers (5-9, 5-6) from Shore Conference Tournament contention while moving within a win of clinching their own spot in the tournament.
Meaney and Devin Tomei each finished 2-for-3 for Manchester.
Frank Graziano allowed one unearned run on five hits and a walk while fanning two in taking the hard-luck loss. Dan Gonella and Terrence Berkley each had two hits in the loss.
Central 10, No. 5 Barnegat 4
Andrew DiPiazza hit his fourth and fifth home runs of the season to move into the Shore Conference lead and also drove in five runs to lead the Golden Eagles (10-5, 6-4) to a key Class B South win over the Bengals (11-5, 7-5).
DiPiazza hit a two-run shot in the third inning to put Central ahead, 3-0, and hit a three-run blast in a six-run third that stretched Central's lead to 10-3.
Seniors Rich Galati and Christian Bearden each went 3-for-5 for Central, with Galati driving in a run and Bearden doubling twice, scoring two and driving in three.
Jared Kacso went 3-for-3 with a two-run double in the third for Barnegat.
No. 9 Jackson Liberty 7, Monsignor Donovan 5
Joel Rivera hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and the Lions (12-6, 9-4) rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat the Griffins (7-13, 5-8) and move to within one win of a Class B South championship share.
A Jackson Liberty win over Lakewood on Thursday would clinch at least a share of the title, while the Lions could win the title outright with a win and one Central loss. Central still has four division games left on its schedule, which includes games against Lakewood, Pinelands, Manchester and Point Boro.
Rivera finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored to go with the three RBI, and his three-run blast came with one out in the seventh and Monsignor Donovan leading 5-3. Kyle Tavaska cut Jackson Liberty's deficit to 5-3 with a two-run single in the top of the sixth.
Howard Taylor pitched three shutout innings of relief to earn the win, allowing one hit and striking out three. Steve Lazicki hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Griffins added three unearned runs in the fourth inning to go up 5-1.
Russ Petranto drove in a run with a double in the fourth and Lazicki knocked in his third run of the game with a single to make the score 5-1.
Old Bridge 5, Lacey 1