Class A South

Brick Memorial 2, No. 9 Central 1

Trevor Sherman pitched a four-hitter on 87 pitches and the Mustangs (9-12, 4-10) picked up their second straight Class A South win by beating the Golden Eagles (12-7, 9-5). Sherman allowed a run in the seventh inning after shutting out Central over the first six and struck out four against two walks.

Brick Memorial scored two runs in the top of the fifth on two Central errors on back-to-back batters. Nick Gillen went 2-for-3 to highlight the Mustangs offense and T.J. Rosace was 1-for-4 with a double.

Mike Masino was 2-for-3 with a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the seventh, but Sherman struck out the final batter of the game to preserve the win.

A.J. Smith allowed two unearned runs over 4 2/3 innings while suffering his second loss of the season. Smith allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four and throwing 86 pitches. Colin Stacy followed with 2 1/2 scoreless innings for the Golden Eagles.



Class B Central

No. 6 St. Rose 12, Keyport 2

Riley Maypother hit two home runs during an eight-run seventh inning and the Purple Roses beat the Red Raiders to clinch a share of the Class B Central championship.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
St. Rose (17-5, 12-1) 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 12 8 1
Keyport (3-11, 3-11) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 5


Jeff DeFazio (W) 5.2 1 2 2 4 4 94
John Crowley 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 23
Keyport IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ean Hospital (L) 4.1 4 4 2 3 1 79
Sean Lachky 2.2 4 8 2 3 0 56

Top Hitters

St. Rose Stats
Riley Maypother 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Brody Maypother 1-4, HR, RBI
John Crowley 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Matawan Stats
Colin Fernandez 1-4, 2B, R, RBI




No. 7 Manalapan 6, Brick 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Brick (5-14) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Manalapan (18-5) 1 1 3 0 1 0 X 6 8 1


Ethan Gonzalez (L, 1-6) 3 6 5 3 2 3 42
Rob Page 2 2 1 1 2 1 56
Mike McGuigan 1 0 0 0 0 1  11
Manalapan IP H R ER BB SO PC
E.J. Melendez (W, 5-1) 4 1 0 0 1 3 49
Rob Gargano 1 0 1 1 1 2 19
Ryan Crehan 2 2 0 0 2 3 41

Top Hitters

Brick Stats
Joel Ramirez 1-3, 2B
John Coppola 1-3, 2B
Manalapan Stats
Anthony Naylor 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Ben Levine 1-1, RBI
Nick DiMiceli 1-2, RBI


Long Branch 2, Lakewood 1

Nick Luhn delivered a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh and the Green Wave walked off with a win over the Piners on Senior Day.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lakewood (2-15) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
Long Branch (7-15) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 10 2


Lakewood IP H R ER BB SO PC
Justin Vega 4 5 0 0 1 2 82
Angel Mendez (L) 2.2 5 2 2 2 1 47
Long Branch IP H R ER BB SO PC
Matt Mincieli 6.2 3 1 0 2 14 99
Yerman (W, 3-7) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 2

Top Hitters

Lakewood Game Stats
Conde 1-3, R
Torres 1-3
Mendez 1-3
Long Branch Game Stats
Matt Mincieli 1-3, R
Nick Luhn 2-4, 2 RBI
Evan Yerman 2-4
Pasa Fields 2-4


Neptune 3, Ocean 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Neptune (3-16) 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 1
Ocean (11-12) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1


Neptune IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brian Young (W, 1-0) 7 7 0 0 1 7 94
Nick Callano (L, 1-2) 6 7 3 1 3 8 104
Scuba Hagerman 1 1 0 0 0 0 12

Top Hitters

Neptune Stats
John Gannon 4-4
Greg Millaway 2-3, 2 2B, RBI
Ocean Stats
Nick Callano 2-4, 2B
Cole Kelly 2-3


Southern 10, Barnegat 0 (5 Innings)

Andrew Luongo pitched a one-hitter over five innings and the Rams (7-11) handled the Bengals (6-14). Luongo walked one, struck out two and navigated through his five-inning shutout on 62 pitches.

Frankie Pelligrino (2-for-2), Joe Capone (2-for-3) and Danny Rinaldi (1-for-2) each drove in two runs and Aiden Hosszu went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.


Howell 6, Middletown South 4

Nick Ruszczyk hit a game-tying two-run double and two more runs scored on an error during Howell's four-run sixth-inning - the difference in a Rebels (9-10) win over the Eagles (9-12).

Ryan Bearse was 1-for-2 with two RBI and Kyle Brex went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for Howell. Mike Wynne pitched five innings to earn the win and Brandon Matt fired two scoreless innings to secure the save. Matt also went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Losing pitcher Danny Minze went 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and an RBI for Middletown South, while Jack Sheridan and Chris Lotito each went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the loss.

The game between the Rebels and the Eagles was a last minute pick-up for both teams in an effort for both to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament by getting to a .500 winning percentage by Sunday's cutoff date. Middletown South's junior prom forced the Eagles to play without a handful of regular starters - catcher Trevor Brey, shortstop Aurelio Licata, second baseman Rob Zega and outfielders Jack Kinsella and Dylan Walling.


Howell 11, Rumson-Fair Haven 7 (8 Innings)

Eddie Morales hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the sixth and a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth as the Rebels (10-10) rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Bulldogs (10-7) in extra innings and qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament.

Morales finished 3-for-5 with a double, two triples and five RBI, including a two-run triple during a six-run fifth inning for Howell that turned a 5-0 deficit into a 6-5 Rebels lead.

Robby Smith sent the game to extra innings with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning for Rumson to set the stage for Morales's third big hit of the game. Morales smoked a bases-loaded double to plate two runs and scored on Tommy Talbot's two-run single to cap the scoring.

Nick Ruszczyk gave Howell a 6-5 lead when he capped the six-run fifth with a two-run triple - his second clutch hit of Howell's double-header. Ruszczyk went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the second end of the double-header.

Talbot finished 3-for-5 with three RBI in the win and Kyle Brex was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Michael Gomes pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the win, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three.

Smith was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Dan Harby went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Kevin Stant also doubled and drove in two for Rumson.


No. 4 Jackson Liberty 2, Toms River South 0

Connor Keenan went 3-for-4 with a game-winning two-run single with two out in the top of the seventh inning and the Lions (18-2) edged the Indians (9-10).

Kevin Ritz allowed three hits over six shutout innings to earn the win and Rich Dordas pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

Nico Gonnella threw six scoreless innings for Toms River South, but had only 78 pitches of eligibility remaining and reached his limit.

After dropping below .500, Toms River South will have a chance to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament on Saturday, when the Indians host Trenton Catholic.


Toms River East 11, Manchester 10

Jared Mizrachi drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the winning run and the Raiders (10-8) walked off with a win over the Hawks (9-8) that clinched a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament.

Mizrachi was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Winning pitcher Brad Brush also went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Nick DeGennaro was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored.

Brush threw 17 pitches in the seventh inning, meaning he is available to pitch in Saturday's Ocean County Tournament semifinal game at Jackson Liberty. Matt Santos threw 39 pitches over 2 2/3 innings of relief, which eliminates him from pitching tomorrow, but leaves him a full 110 pitches in a potential OCT final on Tuesday.

James Johns singled home the tying runs in the top of the seventh with a two-run single, part of 3-for-4 night at the plate for Johns, who also started the game on the mound.

Jack Felipe was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, Evan Scala went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI and Jagger Karaska was 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead Manchester's 14-hit attack.

Nick Chiappisi and John Simonini also went 2-for-4 each and Ryan Costello doubled and drove in two for Manchester.




Ranney 11, Academy for Urban Leadership 3


Henry Hudson 7, Somerset Tech 6

Grady Hendrickson doubled and drove in three runs and Josh Winters was 2-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Admirals (4-14) to a win over Somerset Tech.

Liam Hagan and Trevor Hendrickson each went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Hagan also added an RBI. Mike Mohr also tripled and scored two runs and Matt Payne was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Tom Doherty pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings of relief to earn the win, surrendering just one unearned run.


No. 5 Jackson Memorial 7, Bayonne 3

Tom Pellone, Alex Iadisernia and Troy Bathmann all doubled and the Jaguars (19-4) beat the Bees in Bayonne.

Pellone was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Bathmann was 1-for-3 with two RBI and Iadisernia went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Mike Dimino also went 1-for-3 with two RBI and Christian Pellone was 3-for-3.

Shawn Kelich threw 5 1/3 innings on 90 pitches to earn the win and Joe Princiotta closed in out on 22 pitches. Kelich allowed one earned run on three hits while walking five and striking out four.


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