NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

North Jersey Section II, Group III

(4) Colonia 5, (13) Middletown North 0


Central Jersey Group IV

(2) Manalapan 6, (15) Long Branch 1

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Manalapan (20-5)203001X660


Matt Minceli (L)5.266334114
Evan Yerman0.1000003
E.J. Melendez (W, 4-1)53001570
Ryan Crehan22110230

Top Hitters

Long BranchStats
Matt Minceli2-3, 2B, R
James Horniacek2-3, RBI
Billy Watters3-3, 2B, RBI, Run
Nick DiPietrantonio1-3, RBI
Jake Pellecchia1-2, R, 2 RBI


(11) Freehold Twp. 1, (6) Monroe 0

Senior Ryan Ford fired a two-hit shutout and Chris Goodman drove in the game-winning run with an RBI double in the top of the fifth as the Patriots edged the Falcons to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday at No. 3 East Brunswick.

Ford struck out a career-high 12, walked one and hit two batters in his outing and also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks.

Kevin Goodman was 1-for-3 and scored on Chris Goodman's double.


(7) Middletown South 13, (10) Marlboro 7

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Midd South (11-12)027031X13131


Joe Lomingino (L)24654256
Joe Iacobello0.13331014
J. Gruber1.22223135
Josh Schiefman12110118
Justin Levito12111123
Middletown SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Danny Minze36553363
Nick Sabatino (W)1.24221034
Jack Sheridan0.10002024
Jack Roesch21001234

Top Hitters

Ramon Fontanes3-4, 2 R, RBI
Vin Ferrigno2-4, RBI
Matt Spinelli2-4, RBI
Peter Morreale1-2, 2 R, RBI
Gurkaran Singh1-4, 2 RBI
Middletown SouthStats
Chris O’Connor2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Trevor Brey3-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Joe Sprake2-3, R, 2 RBI
Chris Lotito1-2, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
Dylan Walling1-2, 2B, 2 R
Robby Zega1-3, 2 R
Danny Minze1-4, 2 RBI
Aurelio Licata1-2, 2 R
Jack Sheridan1-2, R, SB



Central Jersey Group III

(1) Wall 1, (16) Lawrence 0

Doug Wetzel singled home Tanner Powers for the game's lone run in the bottom of the second and Ryan Napolitano fired six shutout innings to secure the win as the Crimson Knights slid past the Cardinals to earn a quarterfinal home game against No. 8 Steinert on Thursday.

Powers and David Howarth hit consecutive singles to set up Wetzel, who knocked his run-scoring hit into center field.

Napolitano allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out eight and Trey Dombroski closed out the win by striking out the side in order in the seventh.


(5) Nottingham 3, (12) Freehold Boro 2


(4) Hopewell Valley 1, (13) Ocean 0


(3) Allentown 10, (14) Brick 4


(6) Northern Burlington 2, (11) Colts Neck 1


(2) Jackson Liberty 5, (15) Burlington Twp. 3

David Melfi hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth and the Lions escaped a first-round scare from the Falcons. Melfi finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and his home run was his sixth of the season and fourth in Jackson Liberty's last five games.

Bill Hart also went 2-for-3, Shane Hickey was 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and Scott Wierciszewski finished 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Jackson Liberty.

Nick DeCarlo pitched two scoreless, hitless innings of relief on 34 pitches to pick up the win after Kevin Ritz allowed three unearned runs on four hits over five innings. Ritz struck out three and threw 64 pitches.

Jackson Liberty will host No. 10 Pennsauken on Thursday in the sectional quarterfinals.



Central Jersey Group II

(7) Raritan 1, (10) Rumson-Fair Haven 0 (9 Innings)

Shawn Ohea delivered a game-winning RBI double to right field to score Dan VanMeerbeke and the Rockets walked off with a dramatic win over division rival Rumson to make a winning out of ace Zack Johnston.

Raritan will travel to play No. 2 Bordentown in the sectional quarterfinals on Thursday.

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Zack Johnston (W, 6-1)970007199
Alex Burnett7200261104
Dylon Avino (L)1.131100129

Top Hitters

Jake Tennant2-4
Shawn Ohea1-3, BB, RBI
Thomas Forlenza2-4
Mike Stant2-3


(4) Metuchen 3, (13) Matawan 1


(11) Monmouth 6, (6) Spotswood 0

Dante Ciaramella took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and settled for a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts to lead the Falcons over the Chargers and into the sectional quarterfinals against No. 3 Voorhees on Thursday. Anthony Guarino opened the scoring with a three-run double in the top of the second inning.



Central Jersey Group I

(9) South Hunterdon 10, (8) Keansburg 0


(5) Point Beach 9, (12) Palmyra 1

Sophomore Phil Antoniotti spun a four-hitter with eight strikeouts on 98 pitches and the Garnet Gulls handled the Panthers to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday at No. 4 New Egypt.

Vincent Storino was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Jean Verrier also drove in two runs in a 1-for-2 game at the plate. John Nista was 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and an RBI and Jude Lovgren went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Point Beach.


(3) Riverside 6, (14) Henry Hudson 0


(7) Shore 12, (10) Perth Amboy Tech 2 (5 Innings)

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Shore Regional (8-11)41142XX12140


Victor Caraballo27550245
Anthony Niech25541144
Anelvis Emergildo02222013
James LaBruno (W)52223776

Top Hitters

Perth Amboy TechStats
Victor Caraballo1-2, R
Aaron Batista1-2, 2 RBI
Bailey Crochet2-3, 2 R, 2B, 3B
Christian Bauman2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
James LaBruno2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI
Tommy Dunleavy2-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Jared Breithoff2-3, R, 2 RBI
Mike Deusch1-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Shane McLaughlin1-3, R, 2B, RBI



South Jersey Group IV

(3) Jackson Memorial 10, (14) Brick Memorial 0 (5 Innings)

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Jackson Mem (20-5) 0550XXX1071


Trevor Sherman (L, 3-4)371063270
Nick Stephan10000116
Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Sefick (W, 6-0)52001764

Top Hitters

Brick MemorialStats
Blaine Netterman1-2
Mark DeFelice1-1
Jackson MemorialStats
Christian Pellone1-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Alex Iadisernia2-3, Grand Slam
Mike Dimino1-2, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Jake Wendell1-2, 2B, 2 RBI
Ryan Lasko1-1, 2 R


(6) Toms River North 9, (11) Millville 1

Jared Bellissimo struck out 11 over six innings and the Mariners gave him plenty of offensive support on the way to a win over the Thunderbolts.

Bellissimo surrendered one earned run on only three hits and one walk while firing 78 pitches. He took a perfect game into the fifth inning, when he issued a one-out walk and allowed a single one batter later to end both the perfect game and no-hit bids.

Bellissimo also drove in three runs in a 1-for-3 day at the plate and Sam Angelo was 3-for-4 with four RBI.

With the win, Toms River North advances to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday, when the Mariners will travel to play No. 3 Jackson Memorial for the fourth time this season. The Jaguars beat Toms River North in both regular-season meetings between the Class A South rivals, but the Mariners got them back in the Ocean County Tournament semifinals.


(15) Howell 8, (2) Clearview 2

Senior Nick Ruszczyk went 3-for-3 with six RBI, including a home run in his third straight game as the Rebels won their fifth straight by knocking off the second-seeded Pioneers.

Ruszczyk opened the scoring with an two-run double in the top of the first, added a sacrifice fly in the third and capped the scoring with a three-run blast in the top of the seventh - his sixth homer of the season.

Brandon Matt also had an RBI single in the first inning for Howell and Dylan Beyer made it 4-2 with an RBI single in the third. Beyer finished 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored and Tommy Talbot was also 3-for-3 with three runs scored for the Rebels.

Ryan Bearse allowed two runs on four hits and five walks over five innings to pick up the win. Bryan Bernard closed out the game with two scoreless innings, during which he struck out three.



South Jersey Group III

(5) Cherry Hill West 1, (12) Toms River South 0


(1) Central 5, (16) Pinelands 0

Tom Ruscitti connected on his ninth home run of the season to extend his Shore-Conference-leading total and set a new single-season school record as the Golden Eagles beat the Wildcats. Ruscitti broke a 32-year-old record held by Tim Morris, who slugged eight home runs in 1986.

After beginning the season unable to pitch due to injury, senior left-hander Tyler Aires has allowed just one run in 15 2/3 innings over four appearances since returning to the mound, including 11 straight scoreless innings.

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Noah Dean (L, 2-2)4.1655411
Sean O’Rourke1.200002
Tyler Aires (W, 2-0)6100410
Colin Stacy110000

Top Hitters

PinelandsGame Stats
Anthony Diaz1-3
Billy Crawford1-3
Joey Ventresca0-1, 2 BB
CentralGame Stats
Tom Ruscitti2-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Colin Stacy1-2, BB, RBI, 2 R
Ryan Galati1-2, BB, 2B
Vance Pelino1-3, RBI


(11) Mainland 6, (6) Toms River East 1



South Jersey Group II

(9) Manasquan 5, (8) Cinnaminson 1

Junior Mike Anthony pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and the Warriors began their Group II title defense with a road win over the Pirates. Anthony allowed one earned run, walked four, finished the game on 102 pitches and also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Will Hopkinson was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the second and James Harmstead went 1-for-3 with a two run single in the fourth for Manasquan. Tommy Antonucci was 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in the winning cause.

Manasquan will travel to play top-seeded West Deptford in the sectional quarterfinals Thursday - a rematch of last year's South Jersey Group II championship game won by Manasquan, 1-0.


(5) Point Boro 7, (12) Oakcrest 4

Winning pitcher Nick Guzzi helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with three RBI at the plate and the Panthers came through with a huge four-run third inning that sparked a win over the Falcons.

Oakcrest scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead, but Point Boro responded with for of its own, starting with an RBI single by Guzzi. Paul Franceschini followed with an RBI single and Andrew LaSpina later added an RBI single to put the Panthers back in front, 5-4.

Franceschini finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to go with his RBI, while Sam Collins was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Guzzi shook off a rough third inning to pitch six solid innings on 105 pitches. The sophomore right-hander allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six.

Collins came on for the seventh and pitched around a pair of hits to pick up the save.

Point Boro will host Class B South rival and No. 13 Barnegat in the sectional quarterfinals on Thursday.


(13) Barnegat 4, (4) Sterling 2

Tyler Suydam hit a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the sixth inning to put himself in position for his first win and Lukas Torres struck out four over the final two innings to nail down the save and send the Bengals to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday at B South rival and No. 5 Point Boro.

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Sterling (13-8)1010000272


 Tyler Suydam (W, 1-3) 5 6 2 1 2 6 91
 Lukas Torres (S) 2 1 0 0 0 4 34
 Kyle Smith (L) 6 5 3 2 2 8 81
 Quintin Manko 1 3 1 1 00 18

Top Hitters

 Tyler Suydam 2-3, 2 RBI
 Brian Finucan 2-3, R
 Ethan Fox 1-2, R, RBI
 Paul Ganiel 2-4
 Julian Clark 2-3


(11) Middle Twp. 6, (6) Manchester 4

Brandon Kiddie was 1-for-3 with two RBI and Derek Schmidt doubled and drove in a run, but the Hawks fell to the Panthers. Jack Felipe also went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the loss.



Regular Season

Class B Central

St. Rose 9, Ranney 1

Riley Maypother belted a three-run home run and the Purple Roses beat the Panthers to officially clinch the outright Class B Central championship.



Bergen Catholic 9, Red Bank Catholic 3

Don Bosco 3, CBA 0



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