Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Opening Round

(11) CBA 13, (22) Matawan 0 (5 Innings)

Nick Hohenstein hit a three-run home run during a 10-run first inning for CBA that sparked the Colts (16-7) to a win over the Huskies (10-10) in the opening round. CBA will face No. 6 Freehold Boro for the third time this season in the round of 16 on Saturday.

Matt Kern and Matt Fitzsimmons each hit a two-run double in the first. Tommy DiTullio singled home a run in the second and Jack Harnisch followed with an RBI double later in the inning. Connor Baksh tacked on an RBI single in the fourth.

DiTullio and Kern both finished 2-for-3 with two RBI for CBA.

Blaise Venancio allowed two hits and no walks over four scoreless innings while striking out three and throwing 39 pitches. Spencer Bauer pitched a perfect fifth inning and struck out two to finish off the game.

Jackson Hercek accounted for both Matawan hits and finished 2-for-2.

 

(17) Jackson Liberty 5, (16) Raritan 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Jackson Lib. (15-7) 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 5 9 1
Raritan (15-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1

 

Pitching

Jackson Lib. IP H R ER BB SO PC
Matt Pickus (W, 5-3) 7 4 1 0 0 5 88
Raritan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Matt Birdsall (L, 5-1) 4 4 3 2 0 2 55
Zack Johnston 3 5 2 2 0 2 42

 

Top Hitters

Jackson Lib. Game Stats
David Melfi 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Daniel Sofield 2-3, 2B, 2 R
Raritan Game Stats
Alex Lamattina 2-3
Matt Birdsall 1-1, 2B

David Melfi keyed a three-run third inning with a two-run double and junior right-hander Matt Pickus took care of the rest by twirling a complete game in a Lions win over the Rockets. Jackson Liberty advances to Saturday's round of 16 to face top-seeded Toms River South, which Jackson Liberty defeated on Friday with a complete-game effort from Pickus.

 

 

(19) Colts Neck 16, (14) Brick 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Colts Neck (11-10) 1 5 0 5 0 0 5 16 12 2
Brick (12-8) 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 8 12 5

 

Pitching

Colts Neck IP H R ER BB SO PC
Dillon Pellecchia (W, 3-2) 5 8 2 2 1 3 85
Jon Weitzman 0 2 4 4 1 0 16
Adrian Jimenez 0 1 1 0 0 0 14
Hunter Boag 2 1 0 0 2 0 29
Brick IP H R ER BB SO PC
Mike Soldo (L, 4-3) 1.1 4 6 6 3 0 50
John Zurawski 2.1 2 5 5 3 3 59
Mike Brunner 1.1 0 0 0 2 0 28
Nick Sekera 2 6 5 1 2 1 57

 

Top Hitters

Colts Neck Game Stats
Nick Straub 2-3, 3 R, RBI
Adrian Jimenez 2-4, R, RBI
Reece Horneck 1-2, 2 BB, 3 R, RBI
Jon Weitzman 1-3, R, 2 RBI
Brendan Clarke 2-5, 2 R
Anthony Sasso 1-1, 2B, R, RBI
Shawn Scully 1-1, 2 RBI

 

Brick Game Stats
Chris Salsano 2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Nick Sekera 2-2, R
Jerry Hutchison 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
John Prato 2-4, R, RBI
Mike Soldo 2-3, 2B

Colts Neck scored five runs in three different innings, including five in the top of the seventh to stave off a comeback by the Green Dragons. The Cougars will travel to play No. 3 Wall in Saturday's round of 16.

 

 

(6) Freehold Boro 10, (27) Mater Dei Prep 0 (5 Innings)

Dane Della Valle, Dan Chiusano and Tom Holdorf combined on a five-inning one-hitter and the Colonials (15-7) cruised to a win over the Seraphs (8-10) to advance to a round-of-16 meeting with No. 11 CBA - the fourth matchup between the Class A North rivals this season.

Phil Marcantonio was 1-for-3 with three-run triple in the first inning and Chris Cassandra was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Pat White also finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and Matt Granato drove in three runs without recording a hit.

 

 

(18) Freehold Twp. 5, (15) Middletown South 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Freehold Twp. (10-10) 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 8 2
Midd. South (12-9) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 1

 

Pitching

Freehold Twp. IP H R ER BB SO PC
Mike Pirrotta 2.2 2 2 1 2 5 50
Greg Najar 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 15
Zack Pericone (W, 2-2) 3.2 2 0 0 1 2 34
Midd. South IP H R ER BB SO PC
John Martin 6 6 2 2 1 5 101
Robby Zega (L, 2-2) 0.1 1 3 3 2 0 13
Jack Roesch 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 16

 

Top Hitters

Freehold Twp. Game Stats
Andrew Beam 3-4, 4 RBI
Nick Lodispoto 2-3, 2B, BB, R
Cristian Corcione 3-3, R
Midd. South Game Stats
Ryan Ruziecki 2-4, RBI
Jeremy Joyce 1-1, 2 BB, RBI
Robby Zega 1-3, 2B

Winning pitcher Zack Pericone plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh and catcher Andrew Beam gave his pitcher some breathing room with a two-run single in the same inning as the Patriots rallied for five runs over the final two innings to beat the Eagles.

Beam also tied the game in the sixth with a two-out, two-run single. Both RBI singles by Beam came on a 1-1 count with two out.

Ryan Ruziecki led off the bottom of the seventh against Pericone with a single but was later called out for baserunner interference  when he slid too far past the base while attempting to break up a double play.

Pericone was the third pitcher of the game for Freehold Township, which had to scramble after starter Mike Pirrotta left the game with two out in the third inning due to a back injury. Pirrotta struck out the side in order in the bottom of the first and finished with five strikeouts, but threw just seven of 19 pitches for strikes while laboring through the first two outs of the third inning.

Ruziecki singled home a run in the third and Jeremy Joyce opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the second.

Freehold Township will travel to play No. 2 Monmouth Regional in the round of 16 on Saturday.

 

 

(12) Southern 4, (21) Manchester 2

Noah Brown went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Pat Barrett and Zach Oddo each singled and drove in a run to help the Rams beat the Hawks in a tournament game for the second day in a row and advance to a round-of-16 date with No. 5 Lacey on Saturday.

Barrett was 1-for-2 and Oddo finished 1-for-2 for Southern. Marcos Matias also went 2-for-3 with a double in the win.

Andrew Luongo allowed a run on six hits and one walk over five innings while striking out three and throwing 76 pitches to earn the win. Colin Flood pitched the final two to nail down the save.

Kirk Montanye was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Derek Schmidt went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Manchester. Losing pitcher Gavin Pabst allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings while walking two and striking out four.

 

 

(10) Middletown North 3, (23) Central 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Central (9-10) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Midd. North (13-8) 1 1 0 0 1 0 x 3 5 1

 

Pitching

Central IP H R ER BB SO PC
Jared Morris (L, 1-5) 6 5 3 3 3 3 84
Midd. North IP H R ER BB SO PC
Garrett French (W, 7-2) 7 3 0 0 1 4 82

 

Top Hitters

Central Game Stats
Ryan Galati 1-2, BB
Midd. North Game Stats
Tyler Ras 1-4, 3B, RBI
Brendan Doherty 1-2, RBI
Mike Mercier 1-3
Connor Welsh 1-3
Nick Donato 1-3
Jason Timmons Sac Fly, RBI

Tyler Ras pushed home a run in the second inning and later scored on a Brendan Doherty single after tripling in the fifth to back junior right-hander Garrett French and help the Lions beat the Golden Eagles. French won his seventh game with another gem, this time allowing only three hits and striking out four.

Middletown North will play Saturday against the winner of the night game between Toms River North and Point Pleasant Beach.

 

 

(24) Pinelands 1, (9) Manasquan 0

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

 

Pitching

Pinelands IP H R ER BB SO PC
Joey Ventresca (W, 4-2) 7.0 1 0 0 2 9 97
Manasquan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Connor Muly (L, 3-3) 7.0 4 1 1 2 9 92

 

Top Hitters

Pinelands Game Stats
Anthony Diaz 1-3
Peter Hammond 1-2, BB
Tommy Madge 1-3
Riley Stephenson 1-2, RBI
Manasquan Game Stats
Ethan Thompson 1-3

Riley Stephenson's fifth-inning RBI single was all sophomore starter Joey Ventresca needed as the right-hander pitched a one-hitter to lift the Wildcats to a win over the Warriors while outdueling Connor Muly. Pinelands will play No. 8 St. Rose in Saturday's SCT round of 16.

 

 

(8) St. Rose 9, (25) Red Bank 7

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Red Bank (9-10) 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 7 9 0
St. Rose (19-2) 7 0 1 1 0 0 X 9 12 3

 

Pitching

Red Bank IP H R ER BB SO PC
Jack Povey (L, 2-3) 0.2 6 7 2 1 1 41
Josh Horowitz 5.1 6 2 2 4 5 100
St. Rose IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brandon Mology (W, 4-0) 4 5 6 4 2 7 102
John Crowley (S, 1) 3 4 1 1 2 3 58

 

Top Hitters

Red Bank Game Stats
Matt Santos 2-3, R, 2 RBI
Jonah Rosen 2-4, 2B, R
Aidan Kelly 2-5, RBI
Will Grant 1-3, R, RBI
Jack Povey 1-3, R, RBI
Kevin Laughlin 1-4, RBI
St. Rose Game Stats
Riley Maypother 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
John Crowley 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Will Gannon 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Brody Maypother 2-3, 2B, R, RBI
Mario Bove 1-3, R, RBI
Joe Volpe 1-4, 2B

Riley and Brody Maypother hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first and passed ball opened the door to a seven-run first inning as the Purple Roses jumped on the Bucs and held off a comeback to advance to the round of 16.

 

 

(13) Manalapan 7, (20) Marlboro 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Marlboro (10-11) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 6 2
Manalapan (15-8) 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 7 8 2

 

Pitching

Marlboro IP H R ER BB SO PC
Jeremy Bello (L, 3-4) 4.2 5 5 4 4 2 92
Will Kramer 0.2 2 2 2 1 0 19
Zach DeRosa 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 4
Manalapan IP H R ER BB SO PC
JonMichael Sabatino 4 4 3 3 0 4 72
Anthony Jomo (W, 2-0) 3 2 0 0 0 5 49

 

Top Hitters

Marlboro Game Stats
DeVante Smith 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, Run
Jared Wright 2-4
Manalapan Game Stats
Giovanni Ciaccio 1-3, HR, run, 2 RBI
Rob Gargano 2-4, run, 2B, 2 RBI
Vin Lanza 2-4, run, 2 RBI
Anthony Naylor 2-3, 2 runs

Giovanni Ciaccio hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth and the Braves scored all seven of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings to upend the Mustangs. Manalapan will play No. 4 Red Bank Catholic in the round of 16 on Saturday.

 

 

(7) Toms River North 15, (26) Point Beach 0 (5 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Pt. Beach (11-9) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TR North (15-6) 1 4 7 3 X 15 14 0

 

Pitching

Pt. Beach IP H R ER BB SO PC
Chris Russo (L, 4-4) 2.2 10 12 12 4 1 69
Jude Lovegren 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 15
Phil Antoniotti 1 2 1 1 0 1 22
TR North IP H R ER BB SO PC
Jon Giordano (W, 2-0) 5 0 0 0 1 10 62

 

Top Hitters

TR North Game Stats
Mike Nyisztor 3-4, 2 2B, R, 4 RBI
Craig Larsen 3-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Austin Feigin 2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI
Dylan Feigin 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jared Bellissimo 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI

Sophomore Jon Giordano pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just one walk as the Mariners overpowered the Garnet Gulls to advance to Saturday's round of 16 against No. 10 Middletown North.

Giordano retired the first 11 batters he faced before issuing a five-pitch walk to Point Beach designated hitter Kevin Donnelly with two out in the fourth. The sophomore right-hander struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced and wound up striking out 10 of 16 for the game.

 

 

Non-Division

Holmdel 17, Keansburg 2 (5 Innings)

 

Barnegat 6, Howell 5

 

Ocean 3, Brick Memorial 0

 

Neptune 14, Henry Hudson 4

 

No. 1 Toms River South 4, Lacey 3

T.J. Scuderi hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning and Tom Spiwak struck out six in 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win as the Indians (18-3) edged the Lions (18-4) in a possible Shore Conference Tournament semifinal preview.

Keith Apostolos and Miles Feaster each picked up two hits - including a double - and scored a run to lead Lacey. Tom Coraggio lasted five innings in taking the loss.

 

 

At FirstEnergy Park

Lakewood 3, Long Branch 2

 

 

Non-Conference

Hightstown at Shore, 4 p.m.

 

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