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Monmouth County Tournament

Opening Round

(17) Middletown North 4, (16) Matawan 3

Senior Karl Strauch fired six strong innings and senior Mike Weinbel closed it out with a scoreless seventh inning as the Lions (5-5) held off a late challenge from the Huskies (3-7-1) to advance to Saturday's round of 16 against top-seeded Howell.

Senior Matt Adamson came up with a key two-run single in the top of the fourth inning that made the score 4-0 and proved to be the winning hit. Both senior Nick Palmadesso and junior Ryan Frontera each delivered two-out RBI singles, Palmadesso in the bottom of the second and Frontera in the third.

Matawan cut into the lead on an RBI single by sophomore Sal Cassano that also scored a second run on an error. Matawan sophomore starting pitcher Brandon Falco trimmed the Huskies' deficit to one with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.

(11) Manasquan 5, (22) Holmdel 0

Senior James Cosgrove pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and three walks and the Warriors (6-7) topped the Hornets (0-10) to advance to the MCT round of 16 Saturday at sixth-seeded Ocean.

Senior Mike Antonucci went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bases and senior Josh Terry was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI to spark the Manasquan offense. Senior Mike Presbrey also went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Warriors.

Junior Brandon Cieplensky went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk to highlight the Holmdel lineup.


Class A Central

Red Bank Catholic 7, Ocean 2

RBC (9-2, 7-2)32002007102
Ocean (6-4, 5-2) 0010100253


Steve Svenson (W, 3-0)6.252156112
Ashton Mejias0.1000015
Will Calderone (L, 3-1)5107625101
Ayden Miles20001132

Top Hitters

Red Bank CatholicStats
Dylan Passo3-3, 2B, RBI
Sean Griggs2-3, RBI
Nick Case2-2, BB, R
Jack Zabarsky2-3, RBI



Class A South

Brick Memorial 8, Toms River East 3

Brick Mem. (8-4, 6-3)1005002845
TR East (3-6, 3-6)1020000334


Cole Cook-Benson (W, 2-0)73304397
Jack Mika (L, 0-1)31436386
Brendan Lavin0.10224132
Joe Mika2.21001128
Nick Mencor12221125

Top Hitters

Brick MemorialGame Stats
Brady Leach1-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R
Ryan Turner1-4, 3B, R, RBI
Toms River EastGame Stats
Anthony Encarnacion1-2, RBI
Bobby Sabatino1-3, RBI


Southern 7, Brick 6 (8 Innings)

Sophomore Ray Mulhern tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and senior Stephen Stafford won it with walk-off RBI single later in the inning to give the Rams (6-5, 5-4) a win over the Green Dragons (1-9, 0-9).

Mulhern finished 3-for-3 with two walks and an RBI, while Stafford drove in four during a 1-for-3 game at the plate with two walks.

Senior R.J. Reinhold (2-for-4) tied the game in the top of the seventh with an RBI double and senior Nick Hoheb forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded in top the eighth for Brick.

Junior Mike Nasti pitched five innings of relief to pick up the win in relief of Stafford.


Jackson Memorial 4, Central 3

Zach Crotchfelt helped his cause with a solo home run to open the scoring and later scored what proved to be the deciding run after doubling in the top of the fifth inning as the Jaguars rode their Auburn-bound left-handed ace to a key win over the Golden Eagles and their ace, Cam Leiter.

Crotchfelt ripped a solo homer off a 3-2 fastball from Leiter with one out in the top of the second and junior Charlie Meglio added to the lead with a two-out, two-run single into centerfield during the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the third, senior right fielder Tommy Kendrick kept Central off the scoreboard when he collected a single into right by Central sophomore Cristian Soto and fired a strike to catcher Aidan O'Donnell to cut down the would-be run.

Central fought back with a run in the bottom of the fourth, when senior Shane Sajewicz doubled to the gap in right-centerfield, stole third base and scored on an RBI infield single by senior Anthony Musso.

Jackson Memorial added to its lead in the fifth when Crotchfelt ripped a double into the rightfield corner and scored on an RBI single by senior Andrew Patire. Central took its turn throwing out a runner at home plate, with Musso quickly getting the ball into the infield on Crotchfelt's double and junior shortstop Dom Masino re-directing it to the plate for the first out of the fifth.

Central drew closer with a two-run single by junior Chase Pierce, which scored both Sajewicz and Leiter after each reached base -- Sajewicz on a single, Leiter with a walk -- and advanced on a passed ball.

Kendrick came through with another huge throw in the bottom of the seventh, charging another single to right by Soto and unleashing a bullet to third base to cut down the potential tying run for the second out.

Crotchfelt walked the leadoff batter in the bottom of the seventh to surpass the single-game pitch total permitted by NJSIAA rules, leaving the chore of closing the game to junior left-hander Andy Osmond. In addition to the assist from Kendrick, Osmond struck out two in earning his first save.

Jackson Mem (7-5, 7-2)0102100480
Central (7-4, 6-4)0001020363


Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Zach Crotchfelt (W, 3-1)6532613112
Andy Osmond (SV, 1)11000217
Cam Leiter (L, 1-2)433138100

Top Hitters

Jackson MemorialGame Stats
Zach Crotchfelt2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI
Charlie Meglio2-4, 2 RBI
Andrew Patire1-2, RBI
Mattt Koblos1-4, R
Tommy Kendrick0-1, 2 BB, HBP
CentralGame Stats
Shane Sajewicz2-4, 2B, 2 R
Cristian Soto2-4
Chase Pierce1-3, 2 RBI
Anthony Musso1-4, RBI
Cam Leiter0-1, 2 BB, R


Toms River South 4, Toms River North 3

Junior Justin Diaz went 3-for-3 with a run scored and seniors Aidan Folsom and Jake Wilber combined to keep the Mariners (6-5, 5-4) just quiet enough in a win by the Indians (5-5, 4-5).

Folsom pitched the first 3 2/3 innings before passing the game over to Wilber, who pitched spotless ball in the fourth and fifth before hitting some trouble in the sixth. Two errors opened the door for Toms River North, which stepped through the opening with a sacrifice fly by junior Nate Obeng and an RBI double by junior Brenden Lavallee.

Senior Gavin Migliori opened the scoring for Toms River South with an RBI single in the first inning and junior Chris Clark later added an RBI single in the bottom of the third.


Class B Central

Keansburg 13, Keyport 8

Junior Donny Antonucci went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Kyle Scott was 1-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead the Titans (3-4, 3-4) to a win over the Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6).

Junior Matt Keelen (2-for-4), senior Andrew Valle (1-for-3) two walks and freshman James Valle (1-for-4) each drove in two runs for Keansburg.

Senior D.J. Thomson went 3-for-4 with two RBI and classmate George Mitchell was 2-for-3 with three RBI for Keyport.

Ranney 12, Point Beach 1 (5 Innings)

Ranney junior Marcello Mastroianni was in control on the mound for five innings and junior Ricky Nagy was the lone Ranney hitter with multiple hits (2-for-3) and an extra-base hit (a double) as the Panthers (11-1, 7-0) coasted to a win over the Garnet Gulls (8-4, 5-2).

Mastroianni picked up his fourth win of the season, going five innings with one earned run on four walks and six strikeouts on 94 pitches.

Mater Dei Prep 12, Asbury Park 7

Sophomore Gavin Sansone and senior Kole Devaney each collected three hits, with Devaney driving in two and Sansone scoring three, and the Seraphs (5-4, 4-3) outlasted the Blue Bishops (0-6, 0-6), with senior Anthony Tancredi earning the win on the mound.

Senior Exiever Chathuant went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases to lead Asbury Park.


Class B South

Lacey 3, Manchester 2

Senior Mike Todaro took a no-hitter in the sixth inning and the Lions scored the tying and winnings runs on wild pitches in the bottom of the sixth to pick up a win over the Hawks.

Manchester senior Mike Damato kept pace with Todaro on the mound and in the top of the sixth, the Hawks senior crushed a go-ahead, two-run home run.

Manchester (4-5-1,4-4-1)0000020222
Lacey (5-6,5-4)0010020350


Mike Damato (L, 1-1)653255104
Mike Todaro (W, 1-1)6.2222412110
Zack Barrett0.1000003

Top Hitters

ManchesterGame Stats
Mike Damato1-2, HR, BB, R, 2 RBI
Logan Duffy1-2, 2B, BB, R, SB
LaceyGame Stats
Carson Gudzak1-3, RBI
Matt McClung1-2, 3B, BB, R


Donovan Catholic 13, Pinelands 2 (6 Innings)

Pinelands (6-4, 5-4)001010X263
Donovan (6-5, 6-3)360112X13120


Chris Mitchell (L, 1-3)1.18882049
Hunter Theuret1.21224128
Kaden Inman21113046
T.J. Ross0222002
Donovan CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Sean O’Keefe (W, 4-0)55222689
Hunter Lefkus11000113

Top Hitters

Rian O’Rourke3-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Nate Sofield1-2
Donovan CatholicStats
Rocco Scarpitti1-2, HR, 2 BB
Gavin Degnan3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Lou Dibiase1-1, HR
Lucas Zydzik1-1, 2B


Jackson Liberty 9, Point Boro 4

Junior left-hander Ethan Bloomfield racked up 18 strikeouts in a four-hitter to pitch the Lions (6-4, 5-3) past the Panthers (4-8-1, 3-5-1). Bloomfield allowed four unearned runs on four hits and two walks on 107 pitches while recording all but three outs in the game via the strikeout.

Freshman Michael Kisseberth and senior Jack Kanis each drove in three runs for Jackson Liberty, with Kisseberth going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored and Kanis finishing 1-for-4. Senior Garrett Drew also went 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in the win.

Senior Charlie Vitale went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI for Point Boro. Sophomore Bryson Kirby worked four innings on 80 pitches in taking the loss.


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