Class A North

Neptune 7, Howell 5

The Scarlet Fliers scored six runs in the top of the sixth to back starter Justin Tucker and beat the Rebels on opening day. Tucker struck out seven and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in five innings while also going 1-for-4 with an RBI out of the leadoff spot.

Sophomore catcher Devon Furges went 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks and an RBI, while sophomore Sebastian Jno-Baptiste was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Junior Matt Bonderant added a 2-for-3 game with a run scored.

Senior Dylan Taliaferro allowed one run over two innings to close the game out.

Junior Nick Ruszczyk tripled and drove in a run for Howell, while Rebels starter Mike Walsh allowed one unearned run in five innings of work before exiting upon completing the fifth.

CBA 1, No. 6 Freehold Boro 0

Junior right-hander Nick Hohenstein pitched a complete game shutout and drove in the game's lone run with an RBI double to carry the Colts to an opening-day win over the Colonials.

Hohenstein took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with four strikeouts and two walks. His fourth-inning double plated sophomore Tommy DiTullio, who doubled ahead of Hohenstein.

Senior left-hander Dan Chiusano took the hard-luck loss while pitching a three-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk.

 

 

Manalapan 10, Colts Neck 4

 

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Colts Neck (0-1, 0-1)0101011482
Manalapan (1-0, 1-0)030016x10132

 

Pitching

Colts NeckIPHRERBBSOPC
Pellecchia  (L, 0-1)34322243
Hawkins1.25110035
Weitzman1.12220113
Boag116
Jiminez13
ManalapanIPHRERBBSOPC
Edwin Melendez (W, 1-0)68312583
Robert Gargano121115

Top Hitters

Colts NeckGame Stats
Hunter Boag2-4, 2 doubles, run
Anthony Galason2-4, RBI
John Weitzman2-2, 3 runs, 2 SB

 

ManalapanGame Stats
Giovanni Ciaccio1-4, 3 RBI, HR
Chris Pisano2-4, 2B, RBI, Run
Dan DeBlasio2-4, HR, SB, RBI
Jack Schweitzer3-4, HR, run, 2 RBI
Robert Gargano1-3, 2B
Steven Bullen1-3, 2 Runs, HR, RBI
Vin Lanza2-2, 2 runs, 2B

The Braves socked four home runs, three in a six-run sixth inning, as part of a 14-hit attack that propelled them to a win over the Cougars on opening day. Junior Dan DeBlasio belted a solo home run in the fifth to give Manalapan a 4-2 cushion and Steven Bullen, Giovanni Ciaccio and Jack Schweitzer all went deep in the sixth. Bullen and Ciaccio both hit two-run homers and Schweitzer's was a solo blast.

 

No. 5 Marlboro 2, Freehold Twp. 0

Senior right-hander Jeremy Bello pitched a two-hit shutout on only 72 pitches and the Mustangs edged the Patriots for an opening-day win.

Sophomore Vin Ferrigno delivered a two-run single in the fourth to score sophomore Justin Kapuscinski and junior Justin Levito with the only two runs of the game. Kapuscinski finished 2-for-3 with a double.

Senior Mike Pirrotta allowed two runs on four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings for Freehold Township. He threw 92 pitches in the loss.

 

Class A Central

St. John Vianney 7, Holmdel 2

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SJV (1-0, 1-0)2000005760
Holmdel (0-1, 0-1)0010100261

 

Pitching

SJ VianneyIPHRERBBSO
Ryan DeMille562225
Brendan Martin (W, 1-0)200012
HolmdelIPHRERBBSO
Alex DiBona6 1/322237
Victor Wladika (L, 0-1)2/345520

 

Top Hitters

SJ VianneyGame Stats
Spencer Margulis2-3, 2 RBI
HolmdelGame Stats
Brandon Saghafi2-3
Chris Ammirati1-2, RBI
Brandon Wong1-3, RBI

 

Matawan 2, Red Bank 1

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Red Bank (0-1, 0-1)1000000150
Matawan (1-0, 1-0)000110x241

 

Pitching

MatawanIPHRERBBSOPC
Josh Horowitz (L, 0-1)54222687
Mason O'Mara1000018

 

MatawanIPHRERBBSOPC
Kyle Gamble (W, 1-0)75111377

 

Top Hitters

Red BankGame Stats
Jack Mangold2-3, 2 doubles, run
Matt SantosSac fly RBI
John Juco1-2, BB
MatawanGame Stats
Jackson Hercek2-3, run
Tom Collazo1-3, RBI double
Mike Trapani1-3, RBI single

After surrendering a first-inning run, senior Kyle Gamble settled in and pitched a five-hitter to guide the Huskies past the Bucs. Red Bank senior Jack Mongold led off the game with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Santos.

Mike Trapani tied the game with an RBI single in the fourth and Matawan grabbed the lead for good on an RBI double by senior Tom Collazo.

 

Shore 15, Rumson-Fair Haven 1 (6 Innings)

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Shore (1-0, 1-0)0010014x15121
Rumson (0-1, 0-1)100000X143

 

Pitching

ShoreIPHRERBBSO
Mike Deusch  (W, 1-0)531135
Jimmy Malletto110000
RumsonIPHRERBBSO
Kyle Burnett431141
Forsyth (L, 0-1)1.1
Adams0
Kirman0.2

 

Top Hitters

ShoreGame Stats
Mike Jelliff2-5 2 Grand Slam, 2 R, 8 RBI
James LaBruno3-4 1 R Double, BB
Dean Smolokoff2-2 3 R, Double, 2 BB
Michael Deusch1-3 1 R, 3 RBI Triple
Austin Cannon1-2 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, HBP
Mike Shirvanian1-5 2 R, 2 RBI

 

RumsonGame Stats
Connor Dupree2-2, R
Tom Scinto1-2

Senior Michael Jelliff hit two grand slams during a 14-run sixth inning and the Blue Devils blew open what was a close game to hammer the Bulldogs. Sophomore Michael Deusch earned the win on the mound for Shore.

 

Class B North

No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 12, Long Branch 3

 

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Long Branch (0-1, 0-1)0010020371
RB Catholic (1-0, 1-0)150303X1275

 

Pitching

Long BranchIPHRERBBSOPC
James Horniacek (L, 0-1)1.12668156
Evan Yerman2.23332446
Juwan Wilkins2300245
RBCIPHRERBBSOPC
Austin Nappi (W, 1-0)66300182
Jack Bertoldo11000113

 

Top Hitters

Long BranchGame Stats
Juwan Wilkins2-2, run
TJ Brewer1-4, RBI

 

RBCGame Stats
Aaron Ahn2-2, 3 runs, RBI
Anthony DeRosa1-3, 3B 3 RBI, 2 runs
Brian Sheehy1-2, 2B, 2 RBI
Connor Caizza1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Mike Veit2-3, 2 runs

 

 

No. 7 Middletown North 4, No. 4 Middletown South 3

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Midd South (0-1, 0-1)0000030361
Midd North (1-0, 1-0)1001002442

 

Pitching

Midd. SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Joe Sprake53214276
John Martin (L, 0-1)21203333
Midd. NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler Ras6.26321594
Garrett French (W, 1-0)0.1000003

 

Top Hitters

Midd SouthGame Stats
Ryan Ruziecki2-4, 2B, R
Joe Sprake2-3, RBI
Robby Zega1-3
Dylan Walling1-3
Midd NorthGame Stats
Mike Mercier1-3, RBI
Marc Cerbo1-3, R, RBI
Brendon Doherty1-3, RBI

Junior Brendon Doherty dropped in a single to shallow left field to chase home the winning run  with two out in the bottom of the seventh and the Lions won a back-and-forth affair with the rival Eagles.

Middletown North entered the final frame trailing 3-2 and tied the game when sophomore Jason Timmons drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error on a ball hit by senior Marc Cerbo, who went to second on the error. Cerbo then advanced to third on a passed ball and Middletown South right-hander John Martin responded by striking out Nick Donato, who fouled off a bunt attempt with two strikes.

Martin then walked the next two batters to load the bases for Doherty, with lofted a 2-1 fastball from Martin between the left-fielder and shortstop Aurellio Licata, who got a glove on the ball as he was racing into shallow left field.

Middletown South took the lead by scoring three runs off junior right-hander and Alabama commit Tyler Ras in the sixth inning. Junior starting pitcher Joe Sprake hit a soft line drive over a drawn-in infield to score senior Ryan Ruziecki and break up the shut out and Licata tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field to plate pinch-runner Scott Benigno. Ruziecki reach on an infield single to lead off and senior Ben Porpora drew a six-pitch walk before giving way to the pinch runner.

Courtesy runner Jeff Lewandowski stole second base with two out and sophomore Robby Zega hit a pop up into shallow left that was dropped, allowing Lewandowski to score the go-ahead run.

Mike Mercier and Cerbo checked in with RBI singles to stake Middletown North to a 2-0 lead.

 

Ocean 8, No. 9 Manasquan 1

Senior left-hander Jake DeMarco struck out 12 in a three-hit complete game and the Spartans defeated Notre Dame commit Tommy Sheehan and the Warriors on opening day.

Ocean scored all eight of its runs in the fifth inning, which included two-run singles by junior Matt Redbord and junior Jake Papa and two-run singles by DeMarco and junior David Yatcilla.

Sheehan allowed departed with runners on the corners and none out in the fifth and struck out 10 in four-plus innings of work.

Monmouth 3, Wall 1

Senior Josh Jackson doubled twice and drove in two to back sophomore pitcher Dante Ciaramella and the Falcons picked up a win over the Crimson Knights. Ciaramella allowed six hits and a walk over seven innings and struck out five during his 91-pitch effort.

Freshman Teddy Sharkey struck out six in his high school debut, but took the loss with three earned runs in three innings. Ryan Napolitano pitched four shutout innings with four strikeouts to keep Wall in the game.

 

Class B South

Donovan Catholic 3, Point Boro 0

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Pt. Boro (0-1, 0-1)0000000030
Donovan Cath. (1-0, 1-0)0300000310

 

Pitching

Pt. BoroIPHRERBBSO
Josiah Gliddon  (L, 0-1)613324
Donovan Cath.IPHRERBBSO
Zach Mann  (W, 1-0)420013
Jon Paplowski  (S, 1)320003

 

Top Hitters

Pt. BoroGame Stats
Pat Feehan2-3
Trent Livolsi1-3, 2B
Justin Rafi1-2
Donovan Cath.Game Stats
Ian Gilroy1-2, 2 RBI
Sawyer Conrad1 RBI
Bart GobleBB, Run
Zach MannHBP
Nick DemaioBB
Alex JansenRun
Ross Artale1 Run

Ian Gilroy's two-run single in the second inning was Donovan Catholic's lone hit of the game against Point Boro starter Josiah Gliddon and Zach Mann and John Paplowski did the rest on the mound as the Griffins beat the Panthers on opening day.

 

Non-Division

Lacey 2, No. 8 Brick 1

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Brick (0-1)0001000161
Lacey (1-0)100100X220
 

Pitching

Away TeamIPHRERBBSO
Mike Soldo (L, 0-1)3.102225
John Zurawski1.220011
Jayden Tissiker130032
LaceyIPHRERBBSO
Tom Coraggio (W, 1-0)661103
Anthony Elefante (S, 1)110003

 

Top Hitters

BrickGame Stats
John Prato1-4
Chris Salsano2-4, 2B, run
Matt Stadelberger1-3, 2B
LaceyGame Stats
Jorden Jurkiewicz0-1, RBI, 2 BB
Paul Carluccio1-2, 2B, BB
Jarrett Dial1-2, RBI, BB

 

Raritan 7, Mater Dei Prep 0

 

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Raritan (1-0)14010107100
Mater Dei (0-1)0000000012

 

Pitching

RaritanIPHRERBBSO
Zack Johnston (W, 1-0)400018
Jake Tennant310012
Mater DeiIPHRERBBSO
Vinny Stanziale (L, 0-1)486622
Greg Bender321031

 

Top Hitters

RaritanGame Stats
Matt Birdsall3-4, 4 RBI
Tyler Bruno2-4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Alex Lamattina2-3, 2 Runs, 2 2B, HBP
Mater DeiGame Stats
Greg Bender1-2