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NJSIAA Tournament

Central Jersey Group IV

(2) Howell 3, (15) Manalapan 1

Senior Nick Gomes ripped a two-out, two-run double to right field in the bottom of the first and senior right-hander Dan Furlong did the rest with a 74-pitch, five-hit complete game to lead the Rebels over the Braves for the third time this season.

Furlong was ultra-efficient, carving through six innings on only 52 pitches before the Braves made him work his hardest to finish the game in the seventh. Before that, however, Howell added an insurance run against Manalapan senior ace Tyler Kane in the bottom of the seven, working three straight walks with one out and scoring when sophomore Braden Walsh plated Furlong with a sacrifice fly.

Furlong walked junior Cristian Bernardino to leadoff the seventh and got the first out on a fielder's choice ground out to third that would have been a double-play had Walsh handled the return throw clearly.

Senior Dylan Reiner followed with a single to put runners on the corners and Howell again nearly turned a double play, but shortstop Thomas Strauch took the flip from double-play-mate and fellow senior Nick Gallo and threw the ball away.

Furlong regrouped and finished the game with a strikeout to send Howell to the sectional semifinal Saturday against No. 7 Monroe.

Although it failed to turn two in the final inning, Howell completed three double-plays behind Furlong, with Furlong himself starting one of them.

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Manalapan (12-13)0000001050
Howell (20-6)200001X321

Pitching

ManalapanIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler Kane (L, 3-5)6233511110
HowellIPHRERBBSOPC
Dan Furlong (W, 8-1)75112374

Top Hitters

ManalapanGame Stats
Dylan Reiner2-3
Chris Silva1-2, 2B
HowellGame Stats
Nick Gomes1-2, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Dan Furlong1-2, BB, 2 R
Braden Walsh0-1, HBP, RBI

 

(1) Middletown South 8, (16) Princeton 1

Joe Stanzione belted his 15th home run of the season to break the Shore Conference single-season home run record and the Eagles rolled to a win over the Tigers to earn a home sectional quarterfinal matchup against No. 9 East Brunswick.

Stanzione broke the record with a two-run shot to left-centerfield in the bottom of the third, giving Middletown South a 3-0 lead. With 15 home runs, Stanzione surpasses the prior record of 14, set by Jackson Memorial's Marc Fink in 1994. The hit was also the 100th in Stanzione's varsity career.

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Princeton (11-14)0000001121
Midd South (21-9)102041X891

Pitching

PrincetonIPHRERBBSOPC
Kenny Schiavone (L)59763184
Wes Price10112120

 

(7) Monroe 2, (10) Marlboro 1

Junior Alex D'Ambrosio tripled home a run in the top of the first inning and senior right-hander Tyler Villa allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and a walk over five innings, but the Mustangs (13-13) went quiet against Monroe sophomore right-hander Harrison Lollin in a loss to the Falcons (16-10).

(9) East Brunswick 8, (8) Freehold Twp. 6

Senior Sean Keegan went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and sophomore Ryan Costello was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, but the Patriots (14-13) could not overcome a two-error fourth inning that ultimately sank them in a loss to the Bears (15-12).

Senior Ryan Keegan also went with an RBI and a run scored for Freehold Township, which cut an 8-3 deficit to 8-6 and had runners on first and second with none out in the bottom of the seventh before a bunt lineout turned into a double-play and the Bears snared a lineout to end the game.

East Brunswick will travel to top-seeded Middletown South in Saturday's sectional quarterfinals.

(3) Jackson Memorial 8, (14) West Windsor-Plainsboro South 2

Junior J.R. Osmond ignited a five-run second inning with a leadoff home run and classmate Matt Koblos doubled home a run in the second and single in another in the fourth to help pace the Jaguars (20-8) to a win over the Pirates (12-8-1).

Koblos finished 2-for-2 and Osmond was 1-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Jackson Memorial offense, while senior Sage Goeke picked up the win on the mound with five innings and 92 pitches-worth of work. Goeke allowed one earned run on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts, including three scoreless innings to wrap up his start after West Windsor South jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

Junior left-hander Andy Osmond (43) struck out five in two scoreless innings of work to close it out.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(15) J.F. Kennedy-Iselin 8, (2) Brick Memorial 4

Senior Anthony Martino went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run but Brick Memorial (13-15) could not overcome an early 7-1 deficit in a loss to the Mustangs (9-18), who will travel to No. 10 Middletown North for the sectional quarterfinals on Saturday.

(6) Somerville 8, (11) Red Bank 0

(8) Neptune 7, (9) Jackson Liberty 0

Junior catcher Nick Quagliato homered in each of his first two at-bats -- a solo shot in the second and a two-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth -- to back battery mate Ryan Cole in a shutout win over the Lions.

Cole struck out a career-high 16 batters in pitching a three-hit shutout, surpassing his previous career-high of 14 and giving him at least 10 strikeouts in a start for the sixth time this season.

With its win, Neptune earns a trip to play top-seeded Steinert Saturday in the sectional quarterfinals.

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Jackson Lib (12-10)0000000030
Neptune (11-11-1)010240X762

Pitching

Jackson LibertyIPHRERBBSOPC
Chris Sasso (L, 6-3)4.24662780
Garrett Drew1.12111536
NeptuneIPHRERBBSOPC
Ryan Cole (W, 5-4)7300316111

Top Hitters

Jackson LibertyGame Stats
Chris Sasso2-2, 2B, BB
NeptuneGame Stats
Nick Quagliato2-2, 2 HR, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
Tyler Persico1-3, RBI
Brennan Moloughney2-3, R
Joe Juliano1-3, R, RBI

 

(5) Colts Neck 7, (12) Ocean 0

Senior Dave Cohen doubled home a run, then scored on an RBI single by sophomore Casey Gardiner in the bottom of the first and the Cougars rode senior left-hander Anthony Gubitosi to a shutout win over the Spartans.

Colts Neck will host No. 13 Matawan in Saturday's sectional quarterfinal round.

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Ocean (12-13)0000000021
Colts Neck (15-7-1)200050x771

Pitching

OceanIPHRERBBSOPC
Matt King (L)4.16773481
Will Calderone0.20003122
Tommy Kowaliwskyj11001114
Colts NeckIPHRERBBSOPC
Anthony Gubitosi (W, 8-0)720068115

Top Hitters

OceanStats
Jack Zabarsky1-2, 2B, BB
Grady Stefankiewicz1-3
Colts NeckStats
Brad Salamone2-4, R, RBI
Ryan Tan2-4, R
Dave Cohen1-2, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Casey Gardiner1-2, RBI
Joe Cilea1-2

 

(13) Matawan 4, (4) Allentown 2

Sophomore Brandon Falco pitched a three-hitter and classmates Andrew Gendi and Mark Kovach provided both the offense and relief pitching the Huskies needed to sew up a road win over the Redbirds.

Gendi delivered a two-run single and Kovach smacked a two-run double to account for the first-inning scoring that carried the Matawan offense.

Matawan will travel to face No. 5 Colts Neck in Saturday's sectional quarterfinal round -- the third meeting between the teams after Colts Neck swept the regular-season series.

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Matawan (11-12-1)4000000451
Allentown (13-10)1001000231

Pitching

MatawanIPHRERBBSOPC
Brandon Falco (W, 4-6)63212395
Andrew Gendi0.1000002
Mark Kovach0.20000212
AllentownIPHRERBBSOPC
Slade Harrill (L)0.22443128
Devin Nitschmann3.12003250
Mike Doran31001339

Top Hitters

MatawanGame Stats
Mark Kovach1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Andrew Gendi1-3, 2 RBI
Sean Hart1-1, 2B
Sal Cassano1-3, R
AllentownGame Stats
Frank Marra1-3, R
Dean Mitchell1-3, RBI

 

(10) Middletown North 3, (7) Robbinsville 2

Right-hander Colin Dowlen pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and started the winning rally in the top of the seventh with a one-out double to help lead the Lions (16-10) to a win over the Ravens (12-12) -- their seventh straight victory.

After Dowlen doubled and freshman Aldo Casale took over at second base as the courtesy runner, fellow freshman Zach Hampton came through with the go-ahead RBI single. Hampton finished 2-for-4 and Dowlen was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Dowlen (108 pitches) hit the first batter in the bottom of the seventh but mowed through the next three batters to close out the win. The Seton-Hall-bound right-hander struck out four batters in the first inning, allowed his one hit on an infield single and allowed just one ball in play out of the infield, which was a flyout to centerfield. Both runs he allowed were unearned.

Junior Colby McMahon got Middletown North started with a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning.

Middletown North will now host Saturday's quarterfinal round by virtue of No. 15 John F. Kennedy Iselin -- the Lions' next opponent -- defeating No. 2 Brick Memorial.

 

 

Central Jersey Group II

(9) Bordentown 5, (8) Monmouth 4

Sophomore Mike Milevoi doubled and scored on an RBI single by senior Zach Lopes in the bottom of the second and cut Monmouth's deficit to one with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, but the Falcons came up short in their comeback attempt against the Scotties.

Junior Joey Esposito doubled in a run in the seventh and losing pitcher Aiden Denton followed with an RBI single before Milevoi cut the deficit to one run with his RBI hit.

Bordentown will travel to No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven for Saturday's sectional quarterfinal.

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Bordentown (12-10)1400000572
Monmouth (14-10)01000034111

Pitching

BordentownIPHRERBBSOPC
Conor Bell (W) 694124103
Elijah Tradigo 12000113
MonmouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Aiden Denton (L, 4-3)1.24533151
James Kelly30002545
Christian Zito2.13001543
MonmouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Aiden Denton (L, 4-3)1.24533151
James Kelly30002545
Christian Zito2.13001543

Top Hitters

BordentownGame Stats
Rees Pillik1-2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R
Alex Ryba2-4
Johnny Bassett1-4, 2 RBI
Luke Guire1-4, RBI
MonmouthGame Stats
Joey Esposito2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI
Chris Theobald2-3, HBP
Aiden Denton2-3, BB, RBI
Mike Milevoi2-4, 2B, R
Zach Lopes1-4, R, RBI

 

(11) Manasquan 4, (6) Spotswood 3

Sophomore Cullen Condon struck out 10 over six innings and plated junior Brett Patten with the game-winning run in the top of the sixth inning as the Warriors (13-13) rallied to top the Chargers (13-13) to advance to Saturday's sectional quarterfinal round at No. 3 Governor Livingston.

Senior James Cosgrove (2-for-3, run, RBI) tied the game in the sixth with an RBI single to right field and a throwing error allowed the runners to advance to second and third, with Patten ending up on third. Condon took advantage with the go-ahead sacrifice fly.

Condon allowed three unearned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out 10 on 109 pitches. Junior Luca Marshall came on to pitch a scoreless ninth on 16 pitches, counterbalancing two hits with two strikeouts.

Patten jumpstarted the Manasquan offense in the fourth with a solo home run that cut Spotswood's lead to 3-1. Cosgrove then followed with a double and Condon came through with the first of his two RBI, this time on an RBI single.

(2) Wall 3, (15) East Brunswick Tech 0

Junior right-hander Zach Szatkowski (101 pitches) pitched a three-hit shutout with no walks and 11 strikeouts and the Crimson Knights (21-6) topped the Tigers (10-9) to reach Saturday's sectional quarterfinal round against No. 7 Metuchen.

Seven Wall players -- Nick Lovarco, Gabe Cavazzoni, Jake Howlett, Colin MacDermant, Jerry Winchester, Nick Colbert and Jackson Coan -- finished 1-for-3, with Cavazzoni scoring a run and driving one in, Coan scoring one. Andrew Fischer also walked three times and scored a run.

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 12, (16) Carteret 0 (5 Innings)

Junior Griffin Shenman hit his first career home run and junior catcher Owen Kenney added his third longball of the season as the Bulldogs piled up the runs against the Ramblers in support of junior Jackson Hinchcliffe's three-hit shutout.

Rumson will host No. 9 Bordentown Saturday in the sectional quarterfinal round.

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Carteret (10-12)00000XX030
Rumson-FH (19-4)4062XXX12111

Pitching

CarteretIPHRERBBSOPC
Justin Santana3910104177
Nick Kee12220024
Rumson-Fair HavenIPHRERBBSOPC
Jackson Hinchliffe (5-0)53000871

Top Hitters

Rumson-Fair HavenGame Stats
Charlie Tallman2-3, 3B, R, 3 RBI
Liam Murphy2-3, 2 R
Spencer Hobson1-1, 2B, 2 HBP, 3 RBI
Griffin Shenman1-1, HR, BB, 3 RBI, HR
Owen Kenney1-4, HR, 2 RBI

 

 

Central Jersey Group I

(5) Shore 6, (12) Manville 0

Sophomore left-hander Rob Stock pitched his second consecutive no-hitter and the Blue Devils blanked the Mustangs to advance to the sectional semifinals Saturday at No. 4 South Amboy.

Stock threw a five-inning no-hitter in a 13-0 win over Mater Dei Prep on May 18 and made it two no-hitters in each of his last two starts by mowing down Manville on Wednesday.

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Manville (6-15)0000000001
Shore (11-11)002004X682

Pitching

ManvilleIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Bentz (L, 2-6)68652582
ShoreIPHRERBBSOPC
Rob Stock (W, 4-1)700047105

Top Hitters

ManvilleGame Stats
Geoffrey Mathis0-1, 2 BB
ShoreGame Stats
Lucas Rosa2-4, 2 RBI
Joe Santi1-4, 2B, RBI
E.J. Stefanelli2-4, 2B
Cole Stefanelli1-2, RBI
Rich Barton1-2, 2B, RBI

 

(3) New Egypt 11, (14) Keyport 1 (5 Innings)

 

(2) Point Beach 10, (15) Henry Hudson 0 (5 Innings)

Junior James Larsen pitched three no-hit innings with seven strikeouts, seniors Phil Trebour and Braden Ryan each went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and sophomore Nate Clayton and junior Colin Reinhard each went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Garnet Gulls (17-9) to a shutout win over the Admirals (7-9).

Seniors Colin Matuschat and Hunter Roselli each finished 1-for-3 with a double, with Matuschat scoring a run and driving in another and Roselli driving in two.

Larsen retired the first eight batters he faced, seven of which he set down on strikes. The junior right hander then hit a batter before closing out the third inning to end his 37-pitch outing. Juniors Jackson Killian (19 pitches, three strikeouts) and Kyle Kolans (26 pitches) each pitched a scoreless inning to finish off the game.

Sophomores Hayden Kurdes and Brandon Hendrickson accounted for the two Henry Hudson hits.

 

South Jersey Group IV

(4) Central 10, (13) Clearview 1

Sophomore Brayden Lowden drove in two with a single in Central's six-run first and senior Cam Leiter hit a monster solo home run in the second to back junior left-hander Tyler Bell in a runaway win for the Golden Eagles (19-9) over the defending champion Pioneers (12-12).

Lowden and Leiter each finished 2-for-3, Lowden driving in two and scoring one and Leiter scoring twice and driving one in.

Sophomore catcher Cristian Soto opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first and added an RBI double in the bottom of the third to stretch the lead to 9-1. Junior Elijah Kiernan also added an RBI single in the first and finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

Junior shortstop Dom Masino was also 2-for-4 with a run scored and senior Anthony Musso went 1-for-3 with a double.

Bell cruised through 5 2/3 innings on 99 pitches, giving up one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Central will host No. 5 Egg Harbor in Saturday's quarterfinal round, but will first square off vs. Jackson Memorial Thursday night at Toms River North for the Ocean County Tournament championship.

(2) Shawnee 5, (15) Toms River East 1

Senior Akkash Santiago doubled and scored a run and classmate Aidan Gallipoli pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, but the Raiders (10-13) could not overcome a five-run fifth by the Renegades (21-6).

(8) Southern 5, (9) Eastern 4

Junior shortstop Brian Harper went 2-for-3 with a two-run single during a five-run fifth inning that erased a 4-0 deficit and delivered the Rams (14-10) a first-round win over the Vikings (12-13).

Senior Stephen Stafford went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI and junior Mike Nasti went 1-for-3 with a double to start the fifth-inning rally.

Sophomore Brady Lesiak pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief to earn the win, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven and throwing 95 pitches. Junior Steven Miller pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save, working around a pair of walks and a single to escape trouble and close it out.

Southern moves on to play at top-seeded Kingsway on Friday at 5 p.m.

(5) Egg Harbor 11, (12) Toms River North 1 (6 Innings)

 

South Jersey Group III

(11) Lacey 1, (6) Moorestown 0

Junior Noah Quinn took a no-hitter into the seventh and finished off a one-hit shutout on 98 pitches with six strikeouts and two walks, leading the Lions (12-11) to a win over the Quakers (12-7).

Junior Carson Gudzak delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the seventh inning and classmate Zack Barrett went 2-for-3 with the lone run scored of the game.

Lacey advances to Saturday's sectional quarterfinal and will take a trip to play No. 3 Delsea.

(3) Delsea 7, (14) Pinelands 1

(10) Hammonton 13, (7) Toms River South 5

Senior Jake Wilber went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and the Indians (13-12) tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Blue Devils (10-16) scored eight unanswered runs in the final three innings to run away with a win over Toms River South.

Junior Chris Clark also went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Toms River South.

 

South Jersey Group II

(6) Barnegat 7, (11) Overbrook 0

Senior P.J. Craig threw six shutout, one-hit innings with 10 strikeouts and one walk on only 60 pitches and the Bengals (12-13) blew open the game with a five-run sixth inning to beat the Rams (10-12).

Craig also went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the bottom of the first and a sacrifice fly in the five-run sixth. Senior Jared Schworn singled in Barnegat's second run in the third and sophomore Patrick Quinn highlighted the five-run rally with an RBI double.

Quinn finished 2-for-3 with a double, a run and RBI while senior Ryan Kulpa was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs for Barnegat.

The Bengals will travel to play No. 3 Haddon Heights in Saturday's sectional quarterfinal round.

(9) Point Boro 2, (8) Middle Twp. 1 (10 Innings)

Sophomore Ryan Acquisto opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first, drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th and pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win, giving the Panthers (9-16-1) an extra-inning road win over the Tigers (11-5) in their first NJSIAA Tournament game since losing the 2019 Group II final to Pascack Hills.

Junior Connor Cilento (3-for-5) led off the 10th with a double and moved to third on a bunt single senior Tommy Laspina before Acquisto's sacrifice fly brought him home.

Acquisto allowed the tying run to reach first with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but induced a game-ending, around-the-horn double-play, with sophomore John Ward fielding it at third base to start it, Laspina turning it at second base and first baseman Trey Harpootlian gloving it to seal the win.

Middle senior Ben Harris tied the game with an RBI triple with none out in the bottom of the fifth and Point Boro starter Bryson Kirby responded by a lineout and back-to-back strikeouts to escape the jam.

Kirby pitched 5 2/3 innings on 111 pitches, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out 10. Acquisto got through 4 1/3 scoreless frames on 48 pitches, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning five.

Point Boro advances to play at No. 1 Cedar Creek in Saturday's sectional quarterfinal round.

(10) Manchester 11, (7) Oakcrest 1 (5 Innings)

Senior Sean McAllister picked up where he left off in last year's state tournament, cracking a double and driving in four runs to lead the Hawks to a convincing round-one win over the Falcons.

McAllister had the biggest swing of last year's postseason for Manchester, clubbing a go-ahead three-run home run with two out and two strikes in the top of the seventh inning of the South Group II sectional final at Delran.

Another of Manchester's sectional-championship heroes starred on Tuesday as well, with senior Mike Damato pitching four one-hit, shutout innings with seven strikeouts and one walk on only 56 pitches, making him eligible to pitch in Saturday's rematch with No. 2 Delran in the sectional quarterfinal.

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Manchester (9-14-1)000110001192
Oakcrest (10-15)0000100114

Pitching

ManchesterIPHRERBBSOPC
Mike Damato (W, 2-3)41001756
Frank Kern10101126
OakcrestIPHRERBBSOPC
Will Grayson (L)3.14945566
Ben Gehring04220015
Tony Petrongolo1.21000014

Top Hitters

ManchesterGame Stats
Brandon Sogness1-4, R, 2 RBI
Joe Inkrote2-2, BB, 2 R, RBI
Mike Maccanico1-2, HBP, R, RBI
Sean McAllister2-3, 2B, R, 4 RBI
Joe Bentivegna1-3, R, RBI
AJ Ramirez1-3, R, 2B
Nick Johnson1-3, R
OakcrestGame Stats
Joel Thompson1-3
Adrian Firpo0-3, RBI

 

 

South Jersey Non-Public A

(10) Union Catholic 10, (7) Donovan Catholic 3