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Class A Central

Monmouth 2, No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 0 (9 Innings)

Senior Aiden Denton pitched seven shutout innings and delivered the go-ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth inning as the Falcons overcame eight hitless innings to rally for a nine-inning win over the Caseys.

Red Bank Catholic junior Alex Stanyek and sophomore Declan Leary combined to no-hit Monmouth through eight innings, but Denton matched zeroes with the two RBC right-handers. In the bottom of the seventh, Denton issued a one-out walk to freshman Dylan Passo, who moved into scoring position on a groundout by sophomore Matt Brunner.

At 109 pitches, Denton was eligible to pitch just one more batter and he struck out the leadoff hitter, Stanyek, on three straight fastballs to send the game to the eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, senior Andrew McKinley started the winning rally by reaching on an error and one batter later, senior Christian Zito ripped a ground ball over the third-base bag for a double -- the first hit of the game for the Falcons -- and a second-and-third threat with none out.

Denton worked the count full and smacked a one-hopper that RBC second baseman Andrew Gonzalez deflected as he was sliding to make an attempt to field the ball. The ball bounded into centerfield and both McKinley and Zito sped home with the tiebreaking runs.

Senior Zach Lopes nailed down the win with a one-two-three ninth inning.

Red Bank Catholic's best late-game threat came in the bottom of the eighth. Lopes issued a leadoff walk to junior Frank Scrivanic, but bounced back to retire the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters -- Monmouth commit Matt Scrivanic and sophomore Alabama commit Sean Griggs. With a runner on second, Monmouth intentionally walked junior catcher Shane Andrus and senior Jack Meyers worked another walk to load the bases with two out. Lopes then got Gonzalez to fly out to Zito in center to strand the bases loaded.

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RBC (1-2, 1-2)000000000052


Aiden Denton750025112
Zach Lopes (W, 1-0)20003239
Alex Stanyek50001668
Declan Leary (L, 1-1)42210868

Top Hitters

MonmouthGame Stats
Christian Zito1-4, 2B, R
Aiden Denton1-4, 2 RBI
Red Bank CatholicGame Stats
Alex Stanyek1-5, SB
Frank Scrivanic1-2, BB, HBP
Matt Scrivanic1-3, BB
Jack Meyers0-1, 2 BB
Matt Brunner1-4, SB


No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 7, St. Rose 2

Senior right-hander and Wake Forest commit Charlie Jones debuted with five one-hit innings and the Bulldogs offense gave him plenty of breathing room in a win over the Purple Roses -- their third straight victory to open the season.

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RFH (3-0, 3-0)210202X780


Jack Lomerson (L, 0-1)44542486
Jack Donahue24220239
Charlie Jones (W, 1-0)51112869
Jackson Gallagher10000211
Cal Champeau10112321

Top Hitters

St. RoseGame Stats
Dave Bookbinder1-2, BB, R, SB
Matt Gowen0-1, 2 BB, R, SB
Rumson-Fair HavenGame Stats
Charlie Tallman2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB
Owen Kenney2-3, 2B, 2 R, SB
Brian Doherty2-4, SB
Matt Rigby1-1, 2 BB, HBP, 2 RBI



Class B North

Neptune 3, Freehold Boro 0

Senior Tyler Persico jumpstarted the Scarlet Fliers with a two-run single in the bottom of the first and that was all classmate Ryan Cole would need to shut down the Colonials with a 12-strikeout, two-hit gem.

Persico also added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to give Cole some breathing room.

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Neptune (1-2, 1-2)200001X340


Aiden Denham (L, 1-1)64332498
Ryan Cole (W, 1-1)7200412110

Top Hitters

Freehold BoroGame Stats
Connor Owen1-3
Mike Kleschinsky1-3
NeptuneGame Stats
Tyler Persico1-2, 3 RBI
Kevin O’Neill1-2, 2 R
Nick Quagliato1-2, R
Brennan Moloughney1-2



Class A North

No. 5 CBA at Manalapan – PPD, TBA

Howell at Middletown North – PPD, Friday, 3:45 p.m.

Freehold Twp. at Long Branch – PPD, Saturday, Noon

Middletown South at Marlboro – PPD, Monday, 4 p.m.


Class A Central

Ocean at Holmdel – PPD, April 13, 3:45 p.m.

Raritan at Shore – PPD, April 16, 10 a.m.


Class B North

Manasquan at Wall – PPD, TBA

Matawan at Red Bank – PPD, Monday, 4 p.m.

Colts Neck at St. John Vianney – PPD, Saturday, 11 a.m.


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