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Monmouth County Tournament


(8) Wall 12, (1) Howell 11

Seniors Nick Lovarco and Andrew Fischer each had perfect days at the plate and Fischer got out of a tight situation on the mound to close out the game as the Crimson Knights survived a furious comeback by the top-seeded Rebels to advance to the MCT semifinals.

Wall built up an 11-4 lead through two-and-a-half innings, spearheaded by three hits, three runs and three RBI from Lovarco during that stretch alone, as well as a three-run home run by Fischer to make it 8-4 in the top of the second.

Lovarco came through with a go-ahead two-run single in the second two batters before Fischer's home run and rocked an RBI double off the right-centerfield fence to make it 9-4 in the top of the third. Sophomore Jake Howlett added an RBI single and senior Colin MacDermant capped the scoring in the third with a sacrifice fly.

Howell struck back in the bottom of the third with consecutive RBI singles by its Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters: sophomore Braden Walsh, senior Jeremiah Wojenski and senior Nick Gallo.

The Rebels erased the deficit entirely with four more runs in the fourth. Walsh ripped a two-run double, followed by an RBI double by Wojenski to make it 11-10. Junior Russell Halvorsen -- who went 4-for-4 with two home runs in Saturday's round-of-16 win over Middletown North -- tied the game with an RBI single through the middle.

Both teams found some stability on the mound once the game was tied up, with Wall sophomore T.J. Legere getting out of trouble in the fourth and pitching scoreless frames in both the fifth and the sixth -- including the game's lone one-two-three inning in the bottom of the sixth on just six pitches.

Dillon McKenna pitched a scoreless fourth for Wall, but walked gingerly off the field after the final out of the inning and did not return. Nick Barracata took over and put up zeroes in both the fifth and sixth innings. A walk and a Jake Howlett double set up Wall with runners on second and third and none out in the fifth, but Barracata bookended a popup with two strikeouts to get out of the jam.

Howell blinked first in the late innings, with MacDermant leading off the seventh with a single and heading to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Jerry Winchester. An error gave Wall runners at the corners and senior Nick Colbert made Howell pay with a deep flyout to right that scored MacDermant with the winning run.

After Legere hit the first batter of the Howell seventh, Fischer took the ball and hit another batter on a 0-2 pitch. Howell moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt by senior Nick Todisco, but Fischer struck out the next two hitters on six straight fastballs to seal the win.

Wall (11-3)353000112141
Howell (12-3)403400011113


Matt Johnson25753366
Triur Brown1.16443246
T.J. Legere (W, 1-0)2.20002151
Andrew Fischer (SV, 2)10000213
Aiden Bauer13322133
Luke Bearse17771238
Dillon McKenna23113044
Nick Barracato (L, 0-1)32103459

Top Hitters

WallGame Stats
Nick Lovarco3-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI
Andrew Fischer1-1, HR, 4 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
Jake Howlett3-4, 2B, RBI
Colin MacDermant2-4, R, 2 RBI
Gabe Cavazzoni1-3, 2 HBP, 2 R
Jackson Coan2-5, 2B, 2 R
Nick Colbert1-4, R, RBI
Jerry Winchester1-2, 2 BB
HowellGame Stats
Jeremiah Wojenski2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Braden Walsh2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Russell Halvorsen2-5, 2B, R, RBI
Nick Gallo2-4, RBI
Joe Zito1-4, 2B, R, RBI
Nick Todisco1-1, 3 BB, 3 R, RBI
Thomas Strauch1-3, BB, HBP, R, RBI


(10) Red Bank Catholic 9, (2) Freehold Twp. 2

Senior Jake Jacobson homered for the second straight day -- part of a five-run fourth inning for Red Bank Catholic that broke open a tie game and gave the Caseys (12-3) a win over the Patriots (8-7) to reach the MCT semifinal round next Saturday.

Freshman Dylan Passo broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run single with two out in the top of the fourth and Jacobson followed with a three-run blast. Passo added an RBI double and finished 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI and Jacobson went 2-for-3 with a homer, double, hit-by-pitch and three RBI.

Junior Shane Andrus also tripled and walked and sophomore Sean Griggs reached base four times, scored once and stole a base for Red Bank Catholic.

Sophomore Declan Leary worked 4 2/3 innings to earn the win and sophomore Steve Svenson closed out an RBC win for the second straight day. Svenson picked up the win over CBA in relief on Saturday and fired 2 1/3 scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts on Sunday.

Junior Ryan Kopf was 3-for-4 with two RBI, while both senior Giacomo Calamita and sophomore Mike Avino each went 2-for-4 to lead Freehold Township.


(13) Marlboro 14, (12) St. John Vianney 11

Sophomore Paul Santos hit two of Marlboro's six doubles in a nine-run third inning and the Mustangs rode that big inning to a slugfest win over the Lancers to earn a spot in the SCT semifinals next week against No. 8 Wall.

Marlboro racked up nine doubles as a team for the game, with senior Julien Umanzor, Santos and senior Josh Mack hitting consecutive doubles to start the third and give Marlboro a 5-4 lead. Junior Mike Kansky and senior Julian Buchman each doubled home a run in the third as well for Marlboro. Buchman also doubled and scored on a passed ball in the fourth to make the score 13-4.

Junior Alex D'Ambrosio gave Marlboro some extra cushion with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, then came on to record the final three outs on the mound to earn the save.

Marlboro jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, beginning with a hit-by-pitch and three straight walks to open the game and make it 1-0 early. Santos extended the lead to 2-0 with an RBI single and senior Nik Gomolka added a sacrifice fly.

After falling into a 13-4 hole, St. John Vianney chipped its deficit down to 13-11 with four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Seniors Dan Afflitto and Matteo Pasculli each doubled home a run in the fourth and seniors Brady Oswick and Kyle Pollack blasted back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Pollack drove in a run in each of St. John Vianney's three run-scoring innings. He connected on a three-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the first and drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth.

Marlboro (9-6)309100114124
SJV (9-4-1)400430011112


Nik Gomolka12421029
Andrew Li (W, 2-0)2.25433277
Alex Frank2.14330446
Alex D’Ambrosio (SV, 1)10001123
Antonio Kurtz (L, 2-1)23554163
Owen Murtha0333006
Andrew Zottar0.13432133
David Hamlin4.23220667

Top Hitters

MarlboroGame Stats
Julian Buchmann2-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
Julien Umanzor2-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI
Paul Santos3-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI
Alex D’Ambrosio1-4, HR, R, RBI
Josh Mack1-3, 2B, R, RBI
Nik Gomolka1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Mike Kansky1-4, 2B, R, RBI
Danny Talarico1-4, 2 R
St. John VianneyGame Stats
Kyle Pollack2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
Brady Oswick2-3, HR, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI
Dan Afflitto2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Dylan Galamb2-5, 2B, 3 R
Matteo Pasculli1-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Andrew Zottar2-4, 2B


(3) Middletown South 5, (11) Manasquan 3

Senior Evan Wood hit a gam-tying RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and junior Ben Schild followed with a go-ahead two-run double as the Eagles (12-6) rallied to deny the Warriors (9-8) and reach the MCT semifinals next weekend against No. 10 Red Bank Catholic.

Sophomore Louis D'Alessio went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI and senior Joe Stanzione was 2-for-4 to help spark Middletown South's offense.



Regular Season


Bayonne 2, Toms River North 0

Junior Brenden Lavallee allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts over six strong innings, but the Mariners (7-7) could not muster any scoring in a road loss to the Bees (11-6).


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