Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket

Opening Round

(11) Manalapan 10, (22) Long Branch 4

Long Branch (3-11)0040000440
Manalapan (12-2)018001X10144



Matt Mincieli (L, 2-2)25552152
Evan Yerman26443245
Justin Navarro23111031
John Pudder (W, 3-1)74413587


Top Hitters

Long BranchGame Stats
Evan Yerman1-2, run
Matt Mincieli1-3, run, RBI
ManalapanGame Stats
Steven Bullen2-2, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, HBP, BB
Giovanni Ciaccio3-3, R
Jake Pellecchia1-1, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Rob Gargano1-4, HR, 2 RBI
Connor Kelly1-1, 2B, RBI
E.J. Melendez1-1, 2B, run

Manalapan responded to a four-run Long Branch third with eight runs in the bottom of the inning and beat the Green Wave to advance to Saturday's MCT round of 16 against No. 6 Wall. Jake Pellecchia clubbed his first career home run - which was also his first varsity hit. Connor Kelly and E.J. Melendez also picked up their first career varsity hits, both doubles.


(13) Marlboro 18, (20) Shore 1 (5 Innings)

Justin Levito went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI while Gene Napolitano, Anthony Brienza and Justin Kapuscinski all drove in three runs apiece as the Mustangs handled the Blue Devils to advance to the round of 16 Saturday against St. Rose.

Noah Hutter pitched three innings and threw 43 pitches to earn the win.

Will Trochiano was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI and Mark Ventre went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.



Regular Season

Class A Central

Raritan 6, Rumson-Fair Haven 1

Zach Johnston pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks and the Rockets (11-2, 7-1) beat the Bulldogs (3-9, 3-5) to move into a first-place tie with Matawan in the Class A Central standings.

Dan VanMeerbeke homered and finished 1-for-2 with two RBI and Tyler Bruno was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Raritan offense.


Holmdel 12, Red Bank 11

Red Bank (4-8, 2-7)020241211141
Holmdel (5-7, 5-4)003305112173



Jake Horowitz58651282
Will Grant31
Mason O’Mara (L)30
Alec Licato6.1139543104
Chris Ammirati (W)0.21222113


Top Hitters

Red BankGame Stats
Will Grant3-4, double RBI
Jonah Rosen2-4, RBI
John Juco3-3, 3 runs
HolmdelGame Stats
Sal Monticciolo3-5, triple, 2 RBI
Jason Lyons3-4, double, 2 RBI
Matt Fanelli3-5, 2 RBI
Chris Ammirati2-4, RBI
BrandonWong2-4, 2 RBI
Michael Devino2-3, 2 runs

After running into an out at home plate in the bottom of the seventh, Holmdel won on a game-winning RBI single by Matt Fanelli on the next batter and the Hornets prevailed in a wild game against the Bucs.

Jason Lyons singled to right field with Mike Stoneham on second base, but Stoneham was thrown out at the plate as Lyons moved to second. Lyons then came around to score on Fanelli's single to center. Stoneham pinch ran for Sal Monticciolo, who led off the seventh with a single.



Class A South

Toms River East 6, Brick Memorial 0

Nick DeGennaro pitched a three-hitter for his second straight shutout and the Raiders (2-8, 2-6) took down the Mustangs (3-9, 1-7). The junior right-hander struck out seven and walked one while throwing 85 pitches.

DeGennaro also helped lead the offense by going 2-for-4 with three RBI and was one of five Toms River East players with two hits. Ahmir Cournier and Danny Clemente were each 2-for-4, with Cournier doubling and scoring two runs. Brad Brush (2-for-3) and Fletcher Gest (2-for-2) also added two hits to go with a run and an RBI each.

Jordan Lewis was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for Toms River East as well.

Mike Sullivan and Justin Hans each doubled for Toms River East and Blaine Netterman added the other hit in a 1-for-2 day at the plate. Trevor Savoia worked 5 1/3 innings and threw 95 pitches in the loss.

Southern 4, No. 4 Toms River North 2

Garret Lange drove in a pair of runs and Noah Brown and Zach Oddo each went 2-for-3 in support of starter Pat Barrett as the Rams (5-4, 4-4) beat the Mariners (6-4, 5-4) for the second time this season.

Brown also scored a run, Oddo drove one in and Lange finished 1-for-2. Barrett, meanwhile, worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four and throwing 105 pitches. Andrew Luongo came on to record the final two outs of the game.

Craig Larsen went the distance in taking the loss. The junior right-hander allowed four earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks to go with four strikeouts. Larsen threw 94 pitches in his outing.

Jared Bellissimo drove in both Toms River North runs and finished 1-for-4, while Mike Nyisztor was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

No. 1 Toms River South 4, Brick 2

Matt Shiffer and T.J. Scuderi both went 2-for-3 and Shiffer pitched the last 3 1/3 innings to earn the save and the Indians (9-1, 8-1) beat the Green Dragons (7-3, 4-2) under the lights at Ken Frank Stadium. Matt Hartshorn earned the win with 3 2/3 innings of work.

John Prato went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base and Chris Salsano was 2-for-3 for Brick. John Zurawski took the loss for the Green Dragons.


Class B North

No. 9 Red Bank Catholic 5, Ocean 4

RBC (8-4, 6-4)0000302590
Ocean (4-9, 2-8)0001030471



Jack Bertoldo5.15332578
Shaun Golden (W, 1-0)0.22110120
Tommy Lang1000019
Brian Davis57331490
Ryan Jenks10001018
Alec Keezer (L)12221026


Top Hitters

RBCGame Stats
Anthony DeRosa2-4, 2 doubles
JonMichael Rotondo2-2, double, 3 RBI
Connor Caizza2-2, triple, double
OceanGame Stats
Will Callano2-3, double, RBI
Alec Keezer2-3, double, 3 RBI


No. 6 Manasquan 7, No. 8 Middletown North 5 (12 Innings)

Senior Tommy Sheehan launched a game-winning two-run home run down the right-field line in the bottom of the 12th inning and the Warriors (9-4, 8-2) beat the Lions (8-5, 6-4) in an extra-inning classic.

Junior Tommy Antonucci tied the game at five in the 12th with an inside-the-park home run before Sheehan's blast won it while Middletown North's bench made the case that the ball should have been ruled foul, according to a post on Twitter by Coast Star reporter Adam Young.

Manasquan hit four home runs Friday and all four either tied the game or put the Warriors in front. Adam Schreck belted his fifth home run of the year in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 3-3 and junior Ethan Thompson hit a game-tying solo shot with one out in the bottom of the 11th to pull Manasquan even at 4.

Sheehan finished 2-for-6, as did winning pitcher James Harmstead.

Connor Muly pitched eight innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out nine on 106 pitches. Harmsetad finished off the game with four innings and earned the win. Harmstead allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five on 64 pitches.

Tyler Ras finished six innings and took the no-decision despite allowing only two hits. One of those was the game-tying home run by Schreck. Ras struck out nine, walked three and threw 96 pitches.

Ras also had a huge day at the plate by going 5-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI on a two-run home run. His home run cleared the left-field fence and gave the Lions a 2-0 lead in the third.

Jason Timmons also hit an inside-the-park home run, blasting a long fly ball to center field and circling the bases to extend Middletown North lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth.

Mike Mercier was 2-for-6 with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 12th to give the Lions a 5-4 lead. Middletown North took a 3-2 lead in the 11th with a safety squeeze.

Cody Sharkey took the loss with 5 2/3 innings of work for Middletown North.



Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 8, Keyport 3

Mater Dei (5-5, 5-3)1010141850
Keyport (3-8, 3-5)2100000373



Vinny Stanziale (W, 2-2)  57332886
Kevin Olausen20000226
Shane Chandler (L, 0-2)5.156436105
Justin Young1.20214133


Top Hitters

Mater DeiGame Stats
Joe Profaci0-1, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 SB
Kyle Dowlen1-2, 2B, 3 RBI
Rob Lynch2-3, RBI, BB
KeyportGame Stats
Shane Chandler2-4, R, RBI, 2 2B
Kyle Johnson1-3, 2 RBI, SB


No. 5 St. Rose 16, Ranney 3 (5 Innings)

Seven different St. Rose players doubled and the Purple Roses (9-0, 7-0) coasted past the Panthers (0-8, 0-7) to remain unbeaten. Brody Maypother, Riley Maypother, Joe Volpe Sam Sestito, Brian DiPasquale, Adam Cohrs and Frank Bellezza all hit one double in the win.

Cohrs was 2-for-2, Dan Rose was 3-for-3 and Evan Peeke and Phil Morelli each drove in three runs.

Nick Schmitt allowed three unearned runs on six hits over five innings to earn the win. He struck out seven and threw 70 pitches.

Kiran Shah was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Ryan Batista doubled and drove in a run for Ranney.


Henry Hudson 11, Asbury Park 9



Class B South

Jackson Liberty 11, Lakewood 0 (5 Innings)

Jackson Lib. (6-5, 5-4)06041xx1180
Lakewood (2-9, 1-9)00000xx015



Matt Piro  (W, 1-0)51002560
Tayon Conover-Hart (L)5811671102


Top Hitters

Jackson Lib.Game Stats
Chris Matragrano2-4, 2 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI
David Melfi2-2, RBI, 2 runs


Point Boro 5, Manchester 2

Josiah Gliddon pitched into the seventh inning and Pat Feehan went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Panthers (6-7, 4-6) to a win over the Hawks (6-5, 6-3). Gliddon allowed two earned runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six on 87 pitches. He recorded the first out of the seventh inning before Andrew Laspina came on and recorded the final two.

John Duggan was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Justin Rafi and Kyle Lauria each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, with Rafi's hit a double. Sam Collins also went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Point Boro.

Jack Felipe went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Kirk Montanye and starting pitcher Gavin Pabst each went 1-for-3. Montanye drove in a run and Pabst doubled and scored a run.

Pabst lasted five innings and 64 pitches, allowing five runs on 12 hits while striking out four without a walk. Patrick Carney pitched two scoreless innings in relief.


Lacey 4, Pinelands 1

Lacey (11-1, 8-1)0020200450
Pinelands (6-5, 6-3)0010000143



Zellman (W, 4-0)741142105
Joey Ventresca (L, 3-1)65414386
Joey McDonald10001124


Top Hitters

LaceyGame Stats
Jordan Thompson1-1, 2B, 2 BB
Don Zellman1-3, 2 RBI
PinelandsGame Stats
Anthony Diaz2-3


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