Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket

(20) Holmdel 6, (13) Manasquan 5 (8 Innings)

Brendan Crowley hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the eighth and the Hornets (2-7) added a crucial insurance run on a balk to top the Warriors (5-6) in extra innings and advance to the MCT first round next Saturday against No. 4 Monmouth Regional.

Crowley finished 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Alex DiBona and Nick Fanzini each went 3-for-5. DiBona also doubled and drove in two while Fanzini scored a run and knocked one in.

DiBona earned the win on the mound as well, pitching five strong innings of relief. The senior right-hander allowed on run on three hits and three walks while striking out six and throwing 85 pitches. Rob Shangle pitched the first three innings and allowed four earned runs - three of which were earned.

Losing pitcher Alex Wells - who threw 53 pitches over the final four innings - was 1-for-4 with two RBI and James Harmstead went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Ethan Thompson also went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI while starting pitcher Dylan Finn belted a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth for Manasquan.


(19) Long Branch 11, (14) St. John Vianney 5 (8 Innings)

T.J. Brewer delivered a three-run home run during a six-run outburst by the Green Wave in the top of the eighth inning, which propelled Long Branch (4-7) to an extra-inning win over the Lancers (4-4) in the preliminary round of the MCT. Long Branch will travel to play No. 3 Marlboro on April 28.

Jordan Pellot broke a 5-5 tie with a single through a drawn-in infield after Nick Luhn began the rally with a one-out double to right field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Brewer stepped up with runners on first and second and turned on an offering from Ryan Chin, sending it off the top of the shed beyond the left-field fence to make it 9-5.

James Horniacek added a two-run double in the eighth, which was his third run-scoring hit of the game. He hit an RBI single in the first inning and connected on a solo home run in the fourth that made the score 4-1.

St. John Vianney rallied once Long Branch starter Matt Mincieli left the game during the first batter of the sixth inning. Evan Perrette doubled home two runs in the sixth to cut the Lancers deficit to 4-3 and after Mincieli doubled home an insurance run in the top of the seventh, Mike DiPede and Logan Marter each delivered two-out RBI singles in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.

Mincieli retired the first 11 men he faced before Spencer Margulis touched him up for a solo home run on a 0-2 pitch with two out in the fourth. That was the only hit allowed by Mincieli, who used up all 67 pitches of his eligibility. Mincieli pitched a one-hit shutout on 83 pitches Tuesday at Middletown North.

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SJV (4-4)00010220582


Matt Mincieli51110767
Evan Yerman (W)37441267
Brendan Martin610541997
Ryan Chin (L)27661553

Top Hitters

Long BranchStats
T.J. Brewer3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
James Horniacek3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI
Matt Mincieli3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Nick Luhn2-3, 2B, R
Jordan Pellot2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Logan Marter2-4, R, RBI
Evan Perrette2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Spencer Margulis1-3, HR, R, RBI
Mike DiPede1-3, R, RBI



Class A North

Colts Neck 12, Neptune 3

Colts Neck (4-6, 3-4)2502021 1281
Neptune (1-9, 1-6) 0100101 351


Brendan Reese (W, 1-0)52213498
Zach Albom231102 30
Sebastian JnoBaptiste (L) 23765260
Arden Underwood 44444782
Derek Conklin 11100013

Top Hitters

Colts NeckStats
Hunter Boag3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR
Joe Kohm2-2, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B
Dan Cowles1-2, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Rob Mannino1-5, 2 R, HR
Sebastian JnoBaptiste1-2, R 2 BB, 2B


Howell 7, No. 5 Manalapan 6

Dylan Beyer opened up the top of the seventh with a triple that sparked a two-run inning and propelled the Rebels (6-4, 4-4) to a come-from-behind win over the Braves (10-3, 5-3). Nick Ruszczyk plated Beyer with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6 and after Howell loaded the bases with two out, Chris Acampora worked a walk to force in the go-ahead run.

Brian Bernard pitched a one-two-three seventh inning to wrap up the win with 1 1/3 perfect innings and three strikeouts.

Beyer finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Kevin Lindon also went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Howell. Mike Wynne went 1-for-3 with a two-run triple in Howell's three-run fourth inning and starting pitcher Ryan Bearse singled home two runs in the top of the first to stake Howell to an early lead.

Bearse threw 109 pitches over 5 2/3 innings, during which he allowed five earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Dan DeBlasio was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and tripled home the tying run in the sixth before scoring the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Naylor, who also singled home a run in the bottom of the third.

Giovanni Ciaccio went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, including one on DeBlasio's triple. Nick Serrentino hit a two-run double to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning.

Ryan Crehen took the loss while throwing 65 pitches and three innings while starter Aaron Ayers lasted 56 pitches and 3 1/3 innings.



Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 4, Point Beach 2

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Mater Dei (5-4, 4-3)000220X462


Chris Russo44221555
Phil Antoniotti (L, 0-1)22221124
Greg Bender (W, 1-1)74213392

Top Hitters

Point BeachStats
John Nista2-3, 2B, SB, RBI
Vincent Storino1-3, RBI
Jude Lovegren1-2, R, BB
Mater DeiStats
Sean Turner2-2, 2 R, BB, 2 SB
Thomas Olausen2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Mike Dunne1-3, RBI



Class B South

Pinelands 15, Lakewood 0 (5 Innings)

Sean O'Rourke doubled, tripled and picked up the win on the mound to lead the Wildcats (4-5, 4-3) to a win over the Piners (2-7, 2-6), which Pinelands blew open by scoring 11 runs in the top of the fourth inning.



Point Boro 6, Freehold Boro 4

Andrew Laspina, Sam Collins and Christian Aurin delivered consecutive run-scoring hits in Point Boro's four-run sixth and the Panthers (6-3) rallied to upend the Colonials (4-5).

Laspina singled in a run and Collins followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 4-4. Aurin capped the rally with a single to left field that brought home Laspina and Collins to give Point Boro a 6-4 lead.

Aurin finished 3-for-4 with a double, Collins was 2-for-4 and Trent Livolsi also went 2-for-3 with a double for Point Boro.

Collins came on in relief of Aurin (48 pitches) with two out in the third and pitched the final 4 1/3 to get the win. Collins allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out five on 60 pitches.

Losing pitcher Matt Granato was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Freehold Boro, while Phil Marcantonio went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Dan Della Valle pitched the first five innings for Freehold Boro and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out four and throwing 66 pitches.


Lacey 8, No. 6 Toms River East 3

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Lacey (5-6)013031x8121


Brandon Coyle (L)46663480
Jared Mizrachi12111117
Nick Zarycki (W)5.28331683
Josh Fracasso1.11000115

Top Hitters

Toms River EastStats
Brad Brush2-3, 2 R
Ahmir Courmier2-4, 2B
Jorden Jurkiewicz1-4, 2B
Miles Feaster4-4 2B, 3B, RBI 2 R
Jim Roselli2-2, 2 BB
Nick Mirandi2-3, 2B


St. Rose 3, Middletown North 2

Phil Morelli single in two runs and Pat Ferrante added an RBI double during a three-run first inning that propelled the Purple Roses (9-2) past the Lions (2-9). Riley Maypother and Mario Bove each went 2-for-3 as well for St. Rose, with Maypother doubling and scoring a run as well.

Maypother also earned the win on the mound by limiting Middletown North to one run on five hits and a walk over fourth innings while striking out six and throwing 69 pitches. Evan Peeke threw 48 over 1 2/3 innings and Will Gannon closed out the win by tossing the final 1 1/3 on 17 pitches while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Brendan Doherty was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Middletown North while Tyler Ras and Michael Roditis each went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss. Daniel Frontera took the loss on the mound and lasted four innings before Kevin Fallon and Ras each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Ras struck out the side in order in the sixth.


No. 2 Wall 4, No. 3 Jackson Liberty 3

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Jackson Liberty (8-1)0000030341


Ryan Napolitano (W, 3-0)5.12223897
Trey Dombroski (S, 1)1.22110229
Kevin Ritz (L, 2-1)59331482
Matt Pickus22110228

Top Hitters

Grant Shulman2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
John Iradi1-1, HR, R, RBI
Andy Lenneper2-4, RBI
Doug Wetzel1-3, RBI
Sean Nocera2-2
John Volpe2-4
Jackson LibertyStats
David Melfi1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Connor Keenan1-4, R
Billy Hart1-3
Alex Torres1-3


Toms River South 1, Ferris 0 (8 Innings)

Sophomore Shane Gibson singled home junior Jordan Erbe with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth and the Indians (5-5) walked off with an extra-inning triumph over the Bulldogs (7-3) to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Tom Spiwak took a no-hitter into the sixth and pitched into the seventh inning before Justin Lowden entered with the bases loaded and none out in the seventh and escaped the jam unscathed. Lowden closed the game out with a scoreless eighth to pick up the win.


At FirstEnergy Park

Shore 12, Ranney 2 (5 Innings)

Ranney (5-4) 10010XX220
Shore (4-6)11172XX12160


Kiran Shah (L, 0-1)38660147
Ryan Kraushaar28661156
Hunter Ward (W, 1-0)42226066
Gabe Zwerin1000006

Top Hitters

Charlie Chropuvka1-3, RBI


Bailey Crochet2-2, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
James LaBruno4-4, 2B, 4 RBI, R
Jared Breithoff2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R
Mike Shirvanian2-3, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
James Maletto2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
Mike Deusch2-3, 3B, 2 R



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At North Brunswick Community Park

Steinert 8, Barnegat 3

Sophomore Lukas Torres cracked a solo home run for Barnegat, but the Bengals (3-7) could not keep pace with the Spartans (7-3).

Delbarton 7, No. 9 Red Bank Catholic 0

Junior right-hander Jack Leiter and senior left-hander Billy Price combined on a two-hit shutout as the Green Wave (5-2) took down the Caseys (7-3), ending a five-game winning streak. Leiter, the son of former Major League All-Star Al Leiter, is committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt, while Price is a University of Virginia commit. David Glancy and Vincent Bianchi accounted for the two Red Bank Catholic hits.

No. 7 Jackson Memorial 9, Millville 2

Sophomore Carmine Petosa went 4-for-5 with two doubles and six RBI to lead the Jaguars (9-2) past the Thunderbolts (5-3). Senior Nick Sefick struck out 10 over five innings to earn the win before passing the ball off to Joe Princiotta to close it out.


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