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The season-long goals for the Point Pleasant Beach baseball team -- a Group I school competing in a Shore Conference with some powerful teams, including one in its own Class B Central division -- essentially boil down to three boxes to check.

Win the public division championship, beat at least one "bigger" school, and win an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I championship.

Last week, the Garnet Gulls checked one of those boxes and took a big step toward another while standing out enough to reel in the second Jersey Mike's Team of the Week Award of 2022.

Photo by Steve Meyer
Photo by Steve Meyer

With Ranney -- the No. 3 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 and a top-10 team in New Jersey, according to NJ Advance Media -- in the B Central division, winning an outright title is a tall order for Point Beach, especially with Ranney already owning a win over the Garnet Gulls in the first meeting. However, Point Beach is still in prime position to win the Class B Central public division championship thanks to a 4-0 week against the division in which the Garnet Gulls allowed just one hit over the four games.

After a lopsided win over Mater Dei Prep, Point Beach took on Asbury Park and tossed a combined no-hitter against the Blue Bishops, with Kyle Kolans and Liam Dolan joining forces to accomplish the feat on the mound.

That was just the beginning of a run of no-hit magic for Point Beach. The Garnet Gulls then played a double-header against Keyport on April 15 and pitched back-to-back no-hitters, one of which was a full, seven-inning no-hitter by five pitchers: Andrew Banick, Nate Van Norman, Jonathan Nasce, Dolan and Phil Trebour.

Jackson Killian completed a five-inning no-hitter on his own in game two of the double-header, giving the Point Beach pitching staff 18 1/3 straight innings without a hit allowed.

West Windsor-Plainsboro South quickly ended that streak with a triple to start Saturday's game against Point Beach, but the Garnet Gulls hung tough with the Group IV Pirates and pulled out a 5-4 win behind a solid collective pitching performance from Owen West, Banick and Trebour.

Trebour also went 3-for-4 with a run scored at the plate and Hunter Roselli delivered the big hit: a two-run triple in a three-run second inning for Point Beach, followed by an RBI single by Braden Ryan to bring him home and stake the Gulls to a 3-0 lead.

West Windsor-Plainsboro South enters play Friday 3-2-1 overall and was coming off a 10-10 tie vs. Allentown (8-2-1) two days prior to taking on Point Beach.


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