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Last Dance World Series presented by RWJBarnabas Health

South Jersey Section

*Day 1 Results*

Pool Play - Day 2

Brick Regional  (Pool 1A)

At Brick American Baseball League

Liberty Lions (Jackson Liberty) 2, Dragons Baseball (Brick) 1

Senior Shane Hickey and freshman Zaine Toneske combined on a five-hitter and the Lions edged the Dragons to earn a game against the MC Hammers (Monroe) Thursday in Brick.

Hickey was also 1-for-3 at the plate, as were Brandon Kinsman and Daniel Keenan. Keenan doubled and scored a run, while Kinsman scored once and drove in a run.

The Dragons will play Robbinsville in Brick on Thursday.

Jackson Jags (Jackson Mem.) 4, Mustangs Baseball (Brick Mem.) 0

Rhode-Island-bound catcher Tom Cartnick hit his second two-run home run in as many days and right-handers Matt Potok and Dan Greenwood combined on a shutout to launch the Jags into an elimination game Thursday vs. the Monmouth Monarchs (Manalapan) at FirstEnergy Park at 7 p.m.

Cartnick's first-inning blast made it 2-0 and senior Ryan Lasko later added a two-run single to account for the scoring.

Potok pitched four perfect innings, needing only 41 pitches to rack up six strikeouts in his 12 batters faced.

Cole Manfro allowed four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts over five innings and 101 pitches in taking the loss.

 

Tri-County Regional (Pool 1B)

At FirstEnergy Park

Monmouth Monarchs (Manalapan) 8, Allentown 3

The Monarchs came alive for six runs in the sixth inning and topped Allentown to earn a showdown with the Jackson Jags Thursday night in Lakewood.

Anthony Mauro hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly for the first scoring play of the six, followed by a two-run single by Ken Sclafani. Tom Guidice capped the scoring with a bases-clearing triple.

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Allentown (1-1)2000001351
Monarchs (2-0)000116x861

 

Pitching

AllentownIPHRERBBSO
Dan Merkel (L)544238
MonarchsIPHRERBBSO
Justin Simone332023
Nick DiMaggio (W)310014
Aidan Tumbleson121111

 

Top Hitters

MonarchsGame Stats
Ken Sclafani1-2, R, 2 RBI
Tom Guidice1-3, 3B, 3 RBI
Dylan Hode1-1, 2 BB, 3 R
Joe Mazza1-2, 2B BB, 2 runs

 

MC Hammers (Monroe) 4, R-Ville (Robbinsville) 1

 

Lincroft Regional (Pool 2A)

At Christian Brothers Academy

EB Bears (East Brunswick) 7, Prep Baseball (Mater Dei) 1

Lincroft Colts (CBA) 5, Wall Knights 3

Vanderbilt-bound right-hander Pat Reilly tossed three scoreless frames and ripped two RBI doubles to pace the Colts past the Knights and into a win-or-go-home game Thursday against Middletown North.

Reilly threw 31 of 57 pitches for strikes, striking out six while surrendering three hits and a pair of walks. He opened the scoring with a line-drive double down the left-field line in the third and added another to the based of the left-field fence in the bottom of the fifth.

Lincroft added three more runs in that fifth inning, with senior catcher Mason Wolf singling in a run and senior Braedin Hunt plating one with a sacrifice fly before a Wall error capped the scoring.

Justin Cofone blasted a two-run double-to deep right field as part of a two-out rally that netted Wall three runs in the top of the seventh inning and put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Hunt relieved Joe Marini with runners on first and second and two out and walked the bases loaded before notching a strikeout to end the game.

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Lincroft (2-0)001040X561

 

Pitching

WallIPHRERBBSOPC
Jay Bant (L)32110136
Jerry Winchester1.23433237
Bobby Leete1.11000232

 

LincroftIPHRERBBSOPC
Pat Reilly33002657
Joe Marini (W)3.23323458
Braedin Hunt (Sv)0.1000118

 

Top Hitters

WallGame Stats
Justin Cofone1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Max Harrell2-3
Max Kaplan1-2, BB, R
Matt Vita1-2, BB
LincroftGame Stats
Pat Reilly2-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI
Mason Wolf1-3, R, RBI
Ethan Diamond1-2, R
Peter Falconite1-2, R
Braedin Hunt0-0, BB, HBP, RBI

 

Freehold Regional (Pool 2B)

At Hockhockson Park

Middletown North 9, Blue and Gold (Marlboro) 4

Ryan Rozinski keyed a three-run fourth inning with a two-run home run to left-center and Middletown North slugged its way to another Last Dance win.

Rozinski finished 2-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while Colin Dowlen was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI as well. Senior Mike Roditis also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI double ahead of Rozinski's home run in the fourth.

Shane Doyle was 2-for-3 with an RBI single that opened the scoring in the top of the third for Middletown North.

After belting three home runs and scoring 10 runs on Tuesday vs. Columbia Blue (Freehold Twp.), Middletown South racked up 11 hits, including three for extra-bases. Rozinski pitched five innings without allowing an earned run Tuesday while striking out nine and on Wednesday, he did damage with his bat.

While Wednesday's biggest offensive swing for Middletown North came from Tuesday's starting pitcher, Tuesday's biggest swing came from Wednesday's starter. After hitting a grand slam in Tuesday's win, Danny Frontera made his first start since undergoing Tommy John Surgery in November of 2018. He threw 74 pitches over four innings, allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk and struck out six.

Marlboro's squad cut a 9-1 lead to 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run blast to dead center by catcher Nick Campesi that hit the top of the fence and bounced over for a home run.

Middletown North will play the winning of the Lincroft Colts vs. Wall on Thursday at CBA with the first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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Blue and Gold (1-1)0010030491

 

Pitching

Midd NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Danny Frontera (W)45111674
Mike Roditis23331236
Karl Strauch11001117
Blue and GoldIPHRERBBSOPC
Jason Lewis (L)23221334
David Vignapiano12222122
Jake Kalfeyan24330352
Josh Mack22212036

 

Top Hitters

Midd NorthGame Stats
Ryan Rozinski2-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
Colin Dowlen3-4, 2B, 3 RBI
Shane Doyle2-3, RBI
Mike Roditis2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB
Ryan Frontera1-3, 2 R
Blue and GoldGame Stats
Nick Campesi2-3, HR, R, 3 RBI
Jon Spatola1-3, RBI
Josh Schleifman2-3, 2B, R
Dylan Mehaj1-2, R

 

Columbia Blue (Freehold Twp.) 15, Monmouth Dogfish 9

Chris Corchado belted a home run as part of an offensive parade that saw the Columbia Blue come out on top of a rivalry matchup.

Red Bank Regional (Pool 6A)

At Count Basie Field, Red Bank

Neptune 3, RBC Baseball 0 (9 Innings)

Brian Young and Ryan Cole combined on a shutout and Neptune scratched three runs across in the top of the ninth inning to knock off the top seed in the region.

Rocco Richard, John Gannon and Jack Smith worked consecutive walks to load the bases leading off the ninth and Connor Maloney sneaked a single past third base to chase home Richard with the winning run.

Senior Thomas Gamba-Ellis added an RBI single and Cole - the winning pitcher Wednesday night - tacked on an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to deep center.

Young pitched the first 5 2/3 and turned the game over to Cole with runners on first and second and two out in the sixth Cole walked a man and coaxed an inning-ending flyout by Chris Sparber to end the threat.

RBC senior Jared Terefenko pitched eight scoreless innings while throwing in excess of 120 pitches to get the Caseys to the ninth before senior and starting third baseman Rob Gonzalez took over to start the ninth.

Neptune - which did not play on Tuesday because of Red Bank Regional's team forfeiting its way out of the tournament - will next play the Blue and Grey from Howell on Thursday at Count Basie Park, with first pitch set for 7 p.m.

Belmar Regional (Pool 6B)

At St. Rose Complex, Wall

Blue and Grey (Howell) 7, RBI Baseball (SJV) 3

The Blue and Grey erupted for six runs in the fourth thanks to four errors by RBI Baseball and held on to advance to Thursday's elimination game vs. Neptune.

Junior Chris Ellison hit the first of his two RBI singles in the inning to tie the game at 1-1 and senior Brandon Troop delivered a go-ahead RBI single. Matt Schwark capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run double deep into the right-field corner, making the score 6-1.

Howell's team extended its lead to 7-1 in the fifth when senior Tommy Talbot singled, stole second and came home on Ellison's second RBI single of the game.

Junio Vin Impresa lasted 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win, striking out five and allowing one earned run on only two hits and four walks. A.J. Furlong worked the next 1 2/3 and Jake Lenardo fired a perfect seventh with a strikeout to close it out.

Junior Matteo Pasculli continued his red-hot start to the Last Dance for RBI Baseball, finishing 3-for-3 with an RBI single in the first inning, a triple in the fourth and double and run scored in the sixth. Pasculli also belted a home run in Tuesday's win over St. Rose.

RBI Baseball finishes third in the pool by virtue of the runs-allowed tie-breaker, which favors Monmouth Regional. Despite that, RBI will play RBC at Count Basie Thursday and Monmouth takes on Long Branch at 5 p.m. at St. Rose's Athletic Complex.


 

Monmouth Falcons 14, St. Rose 1

 

Barnegat Regional (Pool 8A)

At Barnegat High School

Point Boro Panthers 4, B Baseball (Barnegat) 2

The Panthers scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on an errant throw on a double-steal and added one more on a wild pitch to help them escape with a win over B Baseball in a showdown of Class B South rivals.

Senior Sam Young singled home a run in the bottom of the first and scored the second of the two sixth-inning runs after singling again, with Kyle Fisher walking and scoring the winning run before him.

Junior third baseman Frankie Dominici doubled in a run in the first to stake Point Boro to the 2-0 lead.

Young also closed out the final 1 2/3 innings on the mound to earn the win. Cole Young pitched the first three innings and struck out three, followed by one-plus inning from Matt DeWitte and 1 1/3 from freshman Connor Cilento, who also singled and scored in the first.

Barnegat tied the game at 2-2 on a two-run double by senior catcher Luke Bush in the third. Nick Danbrowney pitched the first five innings, struck out 11 and left with the score tied at 2-2. Lukas Torres took the loss in relief despite not allowing an earned run.

Point Boro will take on Griffins Baseball of Donovan Catholic in Thursday's elimination game at Barnegat High School. B Baseball, meanwhile, will play Central at 10 a.m.

Southern 5, Point Beach Baseball 4

 

Bayville Regional (Pool 8B)

At Leiter Field, Bayville

Donovan Catholic 2, Central 0

Shaun O'Keefe and Bob Nosti each pitched three shutout innings with one hit allowed and Matt Colucci pitched into and out of trouble in the seventh to complete the combined four-hit shutout in a Griffins Baseball win over host Central.

The Griffins scored twice in the fourth, breaking the tie on an errant pick-off throw and tacking on an insurance run on an RBI single by Gavin Degnan.

Sophomore Cam Leiter took the loss for Central despite striking out seven and allowing only two hits in 3 2/3 innings. Central's Trevor Coltenbeck doubled for the game's only extra-base hit.

Donovan Catholic will play Point Boro Thursday at Barnegat High School with a spot in next week's round of 16 on the line.

Tuckerton-Little Egg Harbor 4, TR East Raiders 0

 

Wall Township Regional (Pool 15A)

At North Wall Little League

MS Baseball (Midd. South) 11, Cougar Baseball (Colts Neck) 1

Junior Mike Cowell hit a grand slam to key another high-scoring effort for MS Baseball, which advanced to an elimination game Thursday against Matawan in North Wall.

Senior Danny Minze went 2-for-2 with four runs scored and classmate Mike Barbara was 2-for-3 with a double. Senior Chris O'Connor also went 1-for-1 with a double, three walks and two RBI and junior Joe Stanzione was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Freshman Ben Schild struck out six over the first four innings, allowing one run on two hits to pick up the win. Sophomore Evan Wood closed out the game with two scoreless innings that also including two hits allowed and two strikeouts.

The Cougars will play the RFH Bulldogs at 1 p.m. in North Wall on Thursday in the final game of the Last Dance for both teams.

Jersey Shore Monsters (Shore) 3, Holmdel 0

Junior Tyler Tilton tossed a complete-game shutout to carry the Monsters past Holmdel for a third-place finish in the pool. The Monsters will play the Hazlet Renegades at 1:30 p.m. at Wanamassa Fireman's Field on Thursday.

 

Ocean Township Regional (Pool 15B)

At Wanamassa Fireman’s Field

Hazlet Renegades (Raritan) 4, OT Baseball (Ocean) 2

Matawan 2, RFH Bulldogs 0

Senior R.J. Clifton pitched a one-hit shutout on 103 pitches and Matawan topped the Bulldogs to reach Thursday's elimination game vs. MS Baseball at 10 a.m. in North Wall. Clifton struck out five and walked three in the complete-game effort.

Tuesday's pitching star - junior Mike Caldon - came up with the big swing on Wednesday when he doubled home two runs in the top of the first inning to supply Clifton with the only run support he would need to finish the job.

Christian Rivera was 1-for-3 with a run scored and catcher Griffin Falco chipped in a double for Matawan.

Brian Doherty, Matt Rigby, Charlie Tallman and Dylan Sakele combined on the pitching effort for Rumson.

 

Day 3 Pool-Play Schedule - Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Thursday, July 16

Pool 1 Crossover

At Brick American Baseball League

Liberty Lions (Jackson Lib.) vs. MC Hammers (Monroe), 4 p.m.

Dragons Baseball (Brick) vs. R-Ville (Robbinsville), 7 p.m.

At FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood

Mustangs Baseball (Brick Memorial) vs. Allentown, 3 p.m.

Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) vs. Monmouth Monarchs (Manalapan), 7 p.m. (Winner to Round of 16)

Pool 2 Crossover

At Christian Brothers Academy

Wall Knights vs. Blue and Gold (Marlboro), 3 p.m.

Lincroft Colts (CBA) vs. Middletown North, 5:30 p.m. (Winner to Round of 16)

At Hockhockson Park, Tinton Falls

EB Bears (East Brunswick) vs. Columbia Blue (Freehold Twp.), 10 a.m.

Prep Baseball (Mater Dei) vs. Monmouth Dogfish (Freehold Boro), 1 p.m.

Pool 6 Crossover

At Count Basie Field, Red Bank

RBC Baseball vs. RBI Baseball (St. John Vianney), 4:30 p.m.

Neptune vs. Blue and Grey (Howell), 7 p.m. (Winner to Round of 16)

At St. Rose Complex, Wall

Long Branch Green Wave vs. St. Rose, 2 p.m.

Long Branch Green Wave vs. Monmouth Regional, 5 p.m.

Pool 8 Crossover

At Barnegat High School

B Baseball (Barnegat) vs. Central, 10 a.m.

Panthers Baseball (Point Boro) vs. Griffins Baseball (Donovan Catholic), 1 p.m. (Winner to Round of 16)

At Leiter Field, Bayville

Southern vs. Tuckerton-Little Egg Harbor (Pinelands), 5 p.m.

Point Beach Gulls vs. TR East Baseball, 8 p.m.

Pool 15 Crossover

At North Wall Little League

MS Baseball (Middletown South) vs. Matawan, 10 a.m. (Winner advances to Round of 16)

Cougars Baseball (Colts Neck) vs. RFH Bulldogs, 1 p.m.

At Wanamassa Fireman’s Park

Jersey Shore Monsters (Shore) vs. Hazlet Renegades (Raritan), 1:30 p.m.

Holmdel vs. OT Spartans (Ocean), 5 p.m.