MIDDLETOWN - The Red Bank Catholic baseball team did not intend to have two losses this early in the season, but the silver lining for the Caseys has been how they have responded to those two losses.

Two days after dropping a game to Wall, Red Bank Catholic - the No. 6 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 - bombarded Middletown South Thursday, 20-6, in five innings.

The outburst included 15 hits, 12 walks and two home runs and now gives the Caseys a total of 30 runs in games that follow losses. RBC beat Manalapan, 10-0, a day after losing to Monmouth Regional.

Senior third baseman Anthony DeRosa began the barrage with a line drive to right field that cleared the fence for a two-run home run. Before his long ball, both senior first baseman Mike Veit and senior shortstop Aaron Ahn worked full-count walks, although Veit was caught stealing. Veit fought back from a 1-2 hole and Ahn battled back from 0-2 to earn the free pass.

RBC senior Connor Caizza acknowledges the Caseys dugout after a two-run triple vs. Middletown South. (Photo by Matt Manley)

While RBC pounded out 15 hits, the walks sparked the rout initially. The Caseys piled on with 10 runs in the top of the second, aided by five more base-on-balls in the inning. There were three multi-run hits in the inning, with senior left fielder Connor Caizza tripling in two runs, Ahn singling home two and right fielder David Glancy clearing the bases with a three-run double.

Middletown South scored four times in the first two innings as well, with senior center fielder Ryan Ruziecki tripling in each inning. He scored on an RBI single by Ben Porpora in both innings and his triple in the second inning chased home two runs. Ruziecki and Porpora combined to go 6-for-6, with Ruziecki also adding a double and Porpora driving in three runs.

RBC pushed the lead back to double-digits when senior catcher Brian Sheehy smashed a two-run home run to dead centerfield in the top of the third. The Caseys capped their scoring with six runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double by Ahn to finish off his four RBI game.

DeRosa finished the game 4-for-5 with three RBI and Veit was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of walks. Sean Carver also came off the bench and went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Senior right-hander Austin Nappi improved to 3-0 for the season by going the full five innings on the mound. Five of the six runs he surrendered were earned.


Box Score

No. 6 Red Bank Catholic 20, Middletown South 6 (5 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
RBC (4-2, 3-2) 2 10 2 0 6 x x 20 15 1
Midd. South (3-2, 2-2) 1 3 0 1 1 x x 6 11 1


Austin Nappi (W, 3-0) 5 11 6 5 0 2 82
Midd. South IP H R ER BB SO PC
Joe Sprake (L, 0-1) 1.1 2 6 6 6 2 61
Tom Clappsy 0.1 4 6 4 2 0 20
Jeremy Joyce 0.1 3 2 2 0 0 12
Matt Salicco 1.2 5 2 2 1 1 35
Truscio 0.2 0 3 3 3 1 27
Sabatino 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 13

Top Hitters

RBC Game Stats
Anthony DeRosa 4-5, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
Brian Sheehy 1-1, HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI
Mike Veit 3-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI
Aaron Ahn 2-4, 2B, BB, 3 R, 4 RBI
Connor Caizza 1-3, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
David Glancy 1-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
Aidan Supp 1-2, RBI
Steve Turk 3 BB, 3 R
Sean Carver 2-3, R, 3 RBI
Midd. South Game Stats
Ryan Ruziecki 3-3, 2 3B, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
Ben Porpora 3-3, 3 RBI