Baseball – Front-End Pitching, Early Offense Carry Jersey Shore to Carpenter Cup Victory
The Jersey Shore opened its 2023 Carpenter Cup with an offensive outburst and impressive front-end pitching from Brady Lesiak and Ben Schild on the way to a 10-7 win over Burlington County Monday at Dick Allen Field in Philadelphia.
Lesiak -- Southern Regional's junior ace and the Pitcher of the Year in the Shore Conference Class A South division -- fired three scoreless innings with three hits, no walks and three strikeouts to set the tone on the mound. Middletown South's UConn-bound right-hander followed with seven strikeouts in three innings.
Schild entered the game with a 7-0 lead and posted zeroes in each of the fourth and fifth innings before the Jersey Shore offense piled on three more runs in the top of the sixth to stretch the lead to 10-0. Schild gave up a pair of runs in the sixth to cap his outing.
Red Bank Catholic sophomore outfielder Dylan Passo and Jackson Memorial senior third baseman Charlie Meglio keyed a nine-hit attack that scored 10 runs despite not registering an extra-base hit. Passo was 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI while Meglio was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Ranney junior Ryan Costello also knocked in a pair of runs with a single and Donovan Catholic senior Gavin Degnan outfielder and Rumson-Fair Haven senior infielder Reece Moroney each chipped in an RBI single.
The second game on the Carpenter Cup schedule Monday was postponed to Thursday, which means the Jersey Shore squad will have to wait until then to find out its next opponent, which the Shore will play on Friday back at Dick Allen Field at 9 a.m. The Shore is one win away from earning a spot in the Carpenter Cup semifinals at Citizens Bank Park, which will be played on Monday, June 26.