Baseball Wednesday Scoreboard, 5/7/14
Class A North
Howell 5, No. 4 CBA 3
Jake Marsh and Rob Napolitano hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and Ryan Wares had RBI doubles in both the fourth and sixth as the Rebels (8-8, 6-7) handed the Colts (10-5, 8-5) their third straight loss while also reaching the .500 mark as Sunday's Shore Conference Tournament deadline approaches.
Matt Daukshaus took a shutout into the top of the seventh inning, but CBA mounted a rally against the Rebels' starter. Jimbo Wynne recorded three straight outs after coming on in relief to record the save.
John Moschella hit a two-run home run for CBA in the seventh and finished 2-for-3. Napolitano and Dan Matrisciano each went 2-for-4 and Wares was 2-for-3 for Howell.
Middletown South 9, Marlboro 2
Christian Penk went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI and Joe Timmins was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in support of Austin Markmann, who picked up the win to improve to 5-1 and lead the Eagles (8-8, 5-8) to a win over the Mustangs (6-11, 4-9).
Class A Central
Red Bank Catholic 4, Shore 1 (8 Innings)
Brendan Madigan hit a two-run triple in the top of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and the Caseys (14-4, 11-3) beat the Blue Devils (10-8, 7-6) in extra innings to close out their Class A Central slate. Madigan finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Tom Puza allowed one earned run on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts over seven innings to earn the win for Red Bank Catholic. Al Molina pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the save and also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
James Kelly matched Puza by allowing one run on eight hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. Matt Cosentino went 1-for-3 with a triple in the loss.
No. 10 St. John Vianney 14, Monmouth 4 (5 Innings)
Anthony LaVigne and Chris Loney each went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and the Lancers (12-5, 11-2) scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to put away the Falcons (10-9, 7-7) and clinch at least a share of the Class A Central championship. St. John Vianney can with the outright title by beating Raritan on Friday.
LaVigne also drove in three runs, while teammates Evan Pietronico, Joe Rotelli and Chris Morris each went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Pietronico also doubled and drove in two runs, while Rotelli and Morris each added an RBI.
Christian Hoplock and Dan Valerio each homered and drove in two runs for Monmouth.
Class A South
Brick 4, Lacey 3
Stephen Cole pitched six solid innings and Nick Zbranak went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Green Dragons (9-9-1, 6-7-1) back to the .500 mark with a win over the Lions (4-14, 2-11). Cole allowed three runs on four hits and five walks with three punchouts in his six innings.
Lacey scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut Brick's lead to a single run. Paul Lynch ignited the rally with a double and Anthony Elefante and George Peddie each hit run-scoring singles in the inning.
Toms River South 6, No. 2 Jackson Memorial 1
Tyler Folger doubled in a run in the first inning and Russell Messler homered in a four-run second as the Indians (11-6-1, 7-5-1) jumped on the Jaguars (13-5-1, 9-4-1) and finished off a key Class A South win. Chandler Thompson improved to 4-1 with four innings of work, in which he allowed five hits and a walk while striking out one.
Brandon Janofsky and Matt Crispe each doubled for Jackson Memorial.
No. 9 Toms River North 4, Brick Memorial 1
Anthony Deceglie pitched five strong innings for his first win and the Mariners (11-6, 8-5) got another balanced offensive attack in a win over the Mustangs (8-10, 8-6), the sixth straight win for Toms River North.
Kevin Blum singled and scored on an RBI single by Julian Feliz in the bottom of the third and the Mariners took the lead in the second when Jeff Ciervo single and scored on an error.
The Mariners added two insurance runs in the fifth, starting with a leadoff double by Joey Rose, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Feliz and scored on a ground out by Anthony Ferlise. Mike Tiplady capped the scoring by launching a solo home run to left.
Kyle Cala went 2-for-2 with a double to lead Brick Memorial and Jake Voss drove in the lone Mustangs run with an RBI single in the third that gave his team a 1-0 lead.
No. 3 Toms River East 12, Southern 1
The Raiders (13-4-1, 10-3-1) clinched no worse than a share of the Class A South championship by beating the Rams (5-13, 2-11). Toms River East can with the championship outright by beating Jackson Memorial on Thursday night in Toms River.
Class B North
Ocean 10, Neptune 0 (6 Innings)
Dan Verderese pitched a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts as the Spartans (12-6, 8-4) rolled to a win over the Scarlet Fliers. Frank Henry collected two hits and two RBI, Brian Kochenash drove in three runs and Sam Maxwell scored three runs to lead the Ocean offense.
No. 5 Wall 6, Long Branch 3
Matt Tancredi hit a go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth and the Crimson Knights (15-3, 12-0) rallied for six runs in the fifth and sixth innings to beat the Green Wave (3-14, 2-9) and finish the Class B North schedule unbeaten.
Dan Wondrack went 2-for-4 with a double and Ryan Orender finished 2-for-3 with single and a run scored in Wall's four-run sixth inning.
Nick Conklin went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Long Branch while Connor Mullan was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the loss.
Class B Central
St. Rose 11, Keyport 0 (5 Innings)
Junior Pat Fullman turned in another stellar outing, tossing a five-inning one-hitter with no walks and eight strikeouts to lead the Purple Roses (11-3, 11-0) to a win over the Red Raiders (6-8, 6-8). Fullman threw a five-inning no-hitter against Asbury Park in his last outing and threw a one-hitter over five innings against Henry Hudson in his previous start.
Conor Gammond, Travis Cloney and Will King each went 3-for-4 and J.P. Traynor was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI to lead the St. Rose offense. Gammond also tripled and scored three runs, Cloney doubled, scored a pair and drove in another, and King scored a run and drove one in.
Keansburg 9, Asbury Park 4
Joe Brenehy hit a two-run single and Nic Vloyanetes followed with a two-run double to highlight the Titans' five-run seventh inning that broke a 4-4 tie and gave Keansburg (9-7, 9-4) a win over the Blue Bishops (2-12, 2-12).
Ian Terry went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for Keansburg and Josh Heck allowed two earned runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts in a complete game.
Sal Swain went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI to lead Asbury Park. Jahmel Dixon also went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI while Joel Hernandez went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored for the Blue Bishops.
Point Beach 11, Henry Hudson 0 (5 Innings)
Antonio Garcia hit a two-run homer and scored two runs to headline the Garnet Gulls (8-8, 7-6) offense and Jeff Deufel pitched a two-hit shutout in a win over the Admirals (4-9, 4-9). Deufel walked two and struck out four in the win.
Matt Van Nostrand and Matt Frauenheim each went 2-for-3, with Frauenheim scoring two runs and driving in two and Van Nostrand scoring one and driving in one.
John Daly also doubled and drove in three while Geno Antagnoli was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Mater Dei Prep 14, Ranney 1 (5 Innings)
Matt Eckert went 3-for-3 with two home runs - including a grand slam - and seven RBI to lead the Seraphs (12-6, 12-2) to a win over the Panthers (2-11, 1-11), giving coach Pat Riddell his 100th career win.
Sam Miles allowed a run on four hits with two strikeouts over four innings to improve to 4-1.
Class B South
No. 7 Central 4, Manchester 2
After being no-hit for the first five innings, the Golden Eagles (11-5, 7-4) scored four runs in the top of the sixth - two of which scored from third on balks and another on a straight steal of home - to rally for a win over the Hawks (8-9, 8-6) to keep pace with Jackson Liberty in the loss column in the Class B South race. The Lions clinched at least a share of the division title by winning at Lakewood on Wednesday.
Junior Anthony Arneth outdueled Manchester senior Devin Tomei on the mound, with Arneth allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three in a complete game. Tomei did not allow a hit for the first five innings and allowed four runs on just two hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Pinch-runner Matt Aires induced a balk by faking a steal of home, forcing in the first Central run of the game. Javon Hardy tied the game at two with an RBI single to center to plate Andrew DiPiazza, and then stole second base to put runners on second and third. Central took a 3-2 lead on a straight steal of home plate by catcher Kenny Beyrouty, and Hardy forced another balk from Tomei by taking off for home plate during Tomei's windup.
Jon Meaney drove in a run with a double for Manchester.
Pinelands 9, No. 8 Barnegat 8
Mitch Merrill went 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season and the Wildcats (7-10, 6-7) edged the Bengals (11-6, 7-6) for their second win in as many days after ending a seven-game losing streak Monday against Lakewood.
Cory Burke went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and Bailey Taylor went 2-for-4 in the win.
Nik Fraim went 3-for-4 with a run scored, Ed Rogan went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Matt Owens drove in three runs for Barnegat.
Jackson Liberty 12, Lakewood 7
James Sofield and Joe Santanello each had three hits and the Lions (13-6, 10-4) outlasted the Piners (7-13, 3-10) to clinch at least a share of the Class B South championship. Jackson Liberty can win the title outright with one loss by Central in its final three games, which are against Point Boro, Pinelands and Lakewood.
Joel Rivera went 2-for-4 with two doubles, while Sofield added a double and two runs and Santanello drove in two.
David Patterson went 2-for-3 and Jaison Jerez finished 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI for Lakewood.
Point Boro 6, Monsignor Donovan 3
Tim Rossi pitched a complete-game five-hitter, allowing two earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts as the Panthers (6-9, 6-6) topped the Griffins (7-14, 5-9).
Sam Monoco went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base for Point Boro, while Russ Petranto and Matt Drake each went 2-for-3 with a double for Monsignor Donovan.