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Class A North

No. 2 Howell 13, Long Branch 0 (Game 1)

No. 2 Howell 10, Long Branch 0 (Game 2)

Senior Dan Furlong pitched a five-inning perfect game in game one and junior Russell Halvorsen was 3-for-3 with a triple and five runs scored at the plate over the two games as the Rebels swept a double-header against the Green Wave to clinch the outright Class A North championship for the first time since 1990.

Furlong struck out nine of the 15 batters he faced while making his first appearance on the mound since suffering an injury to a finger on his pitching hand in a win over Middletown North on Saturday. He was initially scheduled to start Sunday's Monmouth County Tournament game vs. Wall, according to coach Eric Johnson.

Sophomore Joe Zito went 3-for-4 with a double and five RBI in the double-header and senior Thomas Strauch was 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBI in the game two win.

Senior Ryan Bilello junior Luke Bearse combined on a two-hit shutout in five innings in the clinching game, with Bilello striking out seven, walking one and giving up one hit in four shutout innings.

 

Middletown North 7, No. 6 CBA 2

Senior Colin Dowlen allowed an infield single in the first inning and did not allow another hit in his six innings of work, sparking the Lions (7-8, 6-7) to a win over the Colts (9-6, 6-4).

Dowlen allowed an unearned run and struck out 12 while walking three to complete a bounceback start, with his last start prior to Wednesday coming in a 13-1 loss at Middletown South.

Dowlen also doubled home Middletown North's first run in the top of the first and led of the Lions' five-run fifth with a double. Senior Mike Weinbel had the big swing in that rally in the form of a two-run home run that extended Middletown North's lead to 4-1. Junior R.J. Kernan added a two-run single to cap the rally, which came after his RBI single in the top of the fourth gave Middletown North a 2-1 lead.

Junior Harrison Campi went 1-for-3 and drove in both CBA runs. Junior Roccesano pitched four-plus innings in taking the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven.

 

Manalapan 4, No. 3 Middletown South 3

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Midd South (13-7, 9-4)0200010381
Manalapan (8-8, 7-5)101200X461

Pitching

Middletown SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Derek Commander (L, 0-1)35442256
Jake Czwakiel31003552
ManalapanIPHRERBBSOPC
Leo Vitale1.14210127
Chris DiMaggio (W, 1-0)4.14110257
Aidan Tumbelson (SV, 1)1.10000113

Top Hitters

Middletown SouthGame Stats
Rob Cangelosi2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Will Christopher1-3, 2B, R
Evan Wood2-4, RBI
Louis D’Alessio1-3, R
ManalapanGame Stats
Lenny Masucci2-3, 2 2B, R
Cristian Bernardini1-2, BB, RBI
Max Graime1-3, RBI
Christian Vento1-3, R

 

Freehold Twp. 5, No. 9 Marlboro 4

Sophomore Ryan Costello pitched a complete game and drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh as the Patriots (9-8, 5-7) rallied for a walk-off win over the Mustangs (9-8, 5-8).

Freehold Township erased a 4-1 deficit over the final two innings, beginning with a two-run double by junior Robert Havens with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Havens then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game heading to the seventh.

Seniors Ryan Keegan and Sean Keegan led off the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles to set the stage for Costello, who made it three in a row with the game-winning single.

Sean Keegan finished 3-for-3 and Ryan Keegan went 2-for-4 in the win.

Marlboro took a 4-1 lead on a pinch-hit, three-run double by senior Shawn McNiff in the top of the fourth inning. Senior Tyler Villa went the distance in taking the loss.

 

 

Class A Central

No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven 4, No. 5 Red Bank Catholic 3

The Bulldogs answered a go-ahead home run by Red Bank Catholic catcher Shane Andrus in the top of the third with three runs in the bottom of the inning and junior right-hander John Goodes pitched four scoreless innings of relief to secure the win for Rumson-Fair Haven over the Caseys.

Andrus clubbed a two-run homer to left to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the third, but Rumson came right back to take the lead in its next turn at bat. Junior catcher Owen Kenney walked and stole second, followed by a single to center by junior centerfielder Reece Moroney to put runners on the corners.

Senior first baseman Matt Rigby lifted a sacrifice fly to center to cut the Rumson deficit to one and after Moroney stole second, senior Brian Doherty slammed an RBI triple to deep centerfield to tie the game with one out. On the next pitch, senior Liam Murphy scored Doherty with another sacrifice fly, which capped the scoring.

Goodes was dominant for his first three innings of work, retiring the first nine batters he faced and then made it 10 in a row with a strikeout to start the seventh. RBC, however, put the pressure on with a bunt single by senior Jack Meyers and a hit-by-pitch by No. 9 hitter Nico Gonzalez.

Junior Alex Stanyek then laced a hard grounder off Goodes's foot to load the bases with one out, but the Rutgers University commit responded with a strikeout and groundout to end the game.

RBC also got a dominant bullpen performance out of sophomore Steven Svenson, who allowed one hit in two innings and struck out the last five batters he faced.

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RBC (13-4, 9-4)0120000360
Rumson-FH (12-0, 10-0)103000X471

Pitching

Red Bank CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Dylan Passo (L, 0-1)46441578
Steve Svenson21000533
Rumson-Fair HavenIPHRERBBSOPC
Jackson Hinchcliffe34332158
John Goodes (W, 5-0)42000758

Top Hitters

Red Bank CatholicGame Stats
Shane Andrus1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Sean Griggs1-3, R
Nico Gonzalez1-2, HBP, RBI
Jack Meyers2-3
Rumson-Fair HavenGame Stats
Brian Doherty2-3, 2B, 3B, R, RBI
Reece Moroney3-3, 2 R, 3 SB
Matt Rigby1-2, 2 RBI
Johnny Bruno1-3

 

Holmdel 12, Raritan 8

Junior Brandon Cieplensky doubled, walked four times and drove in four runs to lead a breakout offensive game for the Hornets (3-12, 2-11) that carried them past the Rockets (4-11, 3-10) for their third straight win.

Junior Tim Haggerty went 1-for-3 with three walks, two runs and two RBI and Nick Rakoski was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI as well in the win.

Junior Luke Buda went the distance on the mound for Holmdel, tossing 108 pitches to earn his first win of the season.

Senior Justin Rivera went 3-for-4 with three RBI while junior Dan Fedorco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to lead Raritan.

 

St. Rose 4, Ocean 0

Senior left-hander Ryan Rogers pitched a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and one walk and a four-run fifth inning by the Purple Roses (4-13, 3-10) made it count in a win over the Spartans (7-8, 6-5).

Rogers also starred at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for St. Rose, while senior Chris Tallarico was 1-for-2 with a two-run single and junior Dave Bookbinder finished 2-for-3 with run scored in the win.

Senior Matt King suffered the loss on the mound, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out 11.

 

Monmouth 2, Shore 1

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Monmouth (10-5, 10-3)0110000241
Shore (7-8, 6-6)0001000180

Pitching

MonmouthIPHRERBBSOPC
James Kelly (W, 2-0)4.26112889
Zach Lopes1.10000217
Christian Zito (SV, 2)12000114
ShoreIPHRERBBSOPC
Rob Stock (L, 2-1)74222585

Top Hitters

MonmouthGame Stats
Aiden Denton0-2, RBI
Mike Milevoi1-2, RBI
Andrew McKinley1-3, 2B
ShoreGame Stats
Joe Santi3-4, SB
Rylan Fegan1-3, 2B
Christian Simonsen1-3, RBI

 

 

Class B North

Matawan 3, Neptune 2

Senior Jake Brigandi led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run, sophomore Chris Galasso keyed the go-ahead rally in the fourth and sophomore Mark Kovach pitched three spotless innings to close the first varsity win for classmate Andrew Gendi -- part of a win for the Huskies over the Scarlet Fliers that snaps a nine-game Matawan losing streak.

Galasso tied the game with an RBI double in the fourth and scored the winning run on a squeeze bunt by sophomore Brandon Falco to score his classmate from third.

Senior Tyler Persico gave Neptune a 2-1 lead with a two-run double in the top of the sixth.

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Neptune (7-6-1, 5-6-1)0020000261
Matawan (4-10-1, 3-9-1)100200X351

Pitching

NeptuneIPHRERBBSOPC
Brennan Moloughney (2-3)65332792
MatawanIPHRERBBSOPC
Andrew Gendi (W, 1-3)46222268
Mark Kovach (SV, 3)30000431

Top Hitters

NeptuneStats
Quincy Esannason2-4, R, SB
Tyler Persico1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
MatawanStats
Jake Brigandi1-2, BB, HR, R, RBI
Mark Kovach2-3
Chris Galasso1-3, 2B, RBI

 

Colts Neck 2, Freehold Boro 0

Junior Vinny Zaffarese and sophomore Tom Diffley combined on a four-hit shutout and the Cougars blanked the Colonials to move within one more win of clinching the outright Class B North championship, which Colts Neck can do with on Friday at Freehold Boro.

Zaffarese allowed four hits and no walks while striking out eight over six scoreless frames. Diffley came on for the seventh and struck out the side in order to nail down the save.

Senior Christian Rice and sophomore Casey Gardiner each went 2-for-3 to lead the Cougars lineup, with Rice cracking a double for one of his two hits.

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Freehold Boro (3-11, 2-9) 0000 0 0 0041
Colts Neck (10-4-1, 10-2-1) 0002 0 0 x2 7 0

Pitching

Freehold BoroIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Terefenko (L, 0-4) 5.1 72 1 1 4 90
Shane Conover 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Colts NeckIPHRERBBSOPC
Vinny Zaffarese (W, 1-0) 6 4 0 0 0 8 77
Tom Diffley (SV, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 3 15

Top Hitters

Freehold BoroStats
Connor Owen1-3, 2B
Mike Kleschinsky1-3, 2B
James Watkins1-3
Aidan Denham1-2
Colts NeckStats
Ryan Tan1-3
Dave Cohen1-3, R
Christian Rice2-3, 2B
Casey Gardiner2-3, R, RBI
Chris Scully1-2

 

No. 4 Wall 5, Red Bank 4 (9 Innings)

Sophomore Jake Howlett drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the Crimson Knights (12-3, 9-3) pulled out an extra-inning win over the Bucs (4-12, 3-9) to keep their faint hopes of a Class B North division championship alive.

Howlett finished 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the offense, while senior Jerry Winchester was 2 for-4 with a run and an RBI and classmate Nick Lovarco went 2-for-5 with two runs.

Howlett also tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth that officially erased what was a 4-0 Red Bank lead after two innings.

Senior Andrew Fischer reached base three times in five trips with a single and two walks and also picked up the win on the mound with three perfect innings and six strikeouts. Fischer took over with two on in the top of the seventh and proceeded to retire the next nine batters to set Wall up for the win.

Junior Triur Brown also pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits allowed, five strikeouts and no walks to give Wall a chance to rally.

Seniors Matt Johnson (1-for-4) and Nick Colbert (1-for-3) each drove in a run and senior Gabe Cavazzoni doubled, walked and stole a base for Wall. Winchester and Johnson each came up with RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth and a sacrifice fly by Colbert later in the inning cut Red Bank's lead to 4-3.

Junior Nate Ruth led Red Bank at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a three-run first inning. Senior Cole Armond and Hoyt Smith followed with back-to-back RBI singles to cap the three-run first and sophomore Tommy Ruth added to the lead in the second with an RBI single.

Tommy Ruth took the loss on the mound while spinning 4 1/3 innings of relief for the Bucs.

 

No. 10 St. John Vianney 7, Manasquan 2

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SJV (10-4-1, 8-3-1)0061000771
Manasquan (10-9, 7-6)0000011243

Pitching

St. John VianneyIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Ferraioli (W, 2-1)6.142257108
Dan Afflitto0.20000210
ManasquanIPHRERBBSOPC
Jack Dawson (L, 2-1)36601456
Nicolas Galvan31104774
Turner Stevenson10001019

Top Hitters

St. John VianneyGame Stats
Matteo Pasculli3-4, 2B, R, RBI
Kyle Pollack1-3, BB, R
Andrew Zottar1-2, BB, R, RBI
Nick Ferraioli1-4, RBI
Brady Oswick1-4, R, RBI
ManasquanGame Stats
Jack O’Shea1-3, R
Mike Antonucci1-2, BB

 

 

Postponements

Class B Central

No. 7 Ranney at Mater Dei Prep - PPD, TBA

Point Beach at Keansburg - PPD, Thursday, 4 p.m.