Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket


(12) St. Rose 2, (9) Raritan 1 (8 Innings)

St. Rose scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning to beat the Rockets and earn a trip to the MCT final against defending champion Red Bank Catholic Monday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood at 7 p.m. St. Rose is in the final for the first time since winning the 2008 county title.

Brody Maypother doubled home Riley Maypother in the top of the first and the Purple Roses held the lead until the fifth, when Raritan tied it up on a wild pitch. Riley Maypother struck out six in the first two innings, eight in the first three and took a shutout into the fifth before running into trouble.

St. Rose (15-3) 1 0 0 0 0 001250
Raritan (13-4)0 0 0 01 000 14 0


Dan Vanmeerbeke (L)85224596
Riley Maypother4.22115890
Will Gannon (W)3.120013

Top Hitters

D.J. Dekis1-2, R, 2B
Shawn Ohea1-1, 2 BB
St. RoseStats
Riley Maypother1-2, R, 2 BB
Brody Maypother1-3, 2B, RBI


(6) Red Bank Catholic 6, (2) CBA 3

Ryan O'Hara hit two solo home runs on 3-2 counts in the third and sixth innings and the Caseys snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Colts to advance to the MCT final for the third straight year after winning it a year ago.

Red Bank Catholic took the lead for good on a solo home run by catcher Chris Sparber to lead off the top of the fifth and Alex Gonzales added a two-run single with two out in the sixth after O'Hara led off the rally with his second home run.

RBC (13-5)0010140691
CBA (16-2)0001002361


Austin Nappi (W, 4-2)763304100
Blaise Venancio (L, 4-1)56442185
Nick Hohenstein23222340

Top Hitters

Red Bank CatholicStats
Ryan O’Hara2-3, 2 HR, R, 2 RBI
Chris Sparber1-3, HR, R, RBI
Alex Gonzales1-3, 2 RBI
Dan Ianelli2-3, R, SB
Robert Gonzales1-3, R
Nick Merlo1-3, R
Jack Harnisch1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Braedin Hunt2-3, 2B, R, RBI
John Dudek2-3, R
Tom Rodgers1-1, 2 HBP



Ocean County Tournament - Bracket

Opening Round

(6) Central 4, (11) Southern 3 (9 Innings)

Vance Pelino was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to force home the winning run and the Golden Eagles rallied to beat the Rams in extra innings. Central will play Class A South foe Jackson Memorial on the road in Sunday's quarterfinal round.

Colin Stacy allowed a hit to the second batter he face in the fifth inning - when he took over for starter Ryan Galati - and went on to retire the next 13 batters he faced. After he walked two straight hitters with two out in the ninth, A.J. Smith came on to record the final out of the inning on one pitch, which was enough to pick up his seventh win of the season.

Tyler Aires belted a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to erase what was a 3-0 Southern lead after the top of the fourth inning. Central got on the board when Galati singled, moved to third on a throwing error and came on on a wild pitch in the third. Tom Ruscitti made it 3-2 with an RBI double in the fifth.

Marcos Matias singled home two runs in the third and losing pitcher Austin Pharo knocked in another with an RBI single in the fourth.

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Central (11-4)0001110014100


Andrew Luongo6.16323398
Austin Pharo (L)2.14112043
Ryan Galati46332278
Colin Stacy4.21002161
A.J. Smith (W, 7-1)0.1000001

Top Hitters

Marcos Matias2-4, 2 RBI
Austin Pharo2-4, R, RBI, SB
Mike Liantonio1-4, 2B
Cole Markley1-3, R
Tyler Aires2-3, HR, R, RBI
Ryan Galati3-5, R
Tom Ruscitti1-4, 2B, RBI
Vance Pelino1-4, RBI
Colin Stacy2-4



(1) Jackson Liberty 10, (16) Donovan Catholic 0 (5 Innings)

Junior Nick DeCarlo pitched a five-inning one-hitter and the Lions (14-2) rolled past the Griffins (2-13) and into the OCT quarterfinals Sunday against Lacey at 10 a.m. Lacey is one of only two teams to beat Jackson Liberty this season and the Lions did so this past Tuesday, 11-7.

DeCarlo gave up an infield single to Brandon DuPont in the fourth inning and struck out six without issuing a walk.

Shane Hickey went 3-for-3 with two RBI, Rich Dordas was 2-for-4 with two RBI and David Melfi went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for Jackson Liberty. Billy Hart also went 1-for-1 with two RBI, Alex Torres was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI and Charlie Rudderow was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in the win.


(2) Toms River North 14, (15) Barnegat 0 (5 Innings)

Craig Larsen led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI to lead the Mariners (11-5) to a one-sided win over the Bengals (6-11) and into the OCT quarterfinals on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Mike Centeno pitched four scoreless innings for the win and Jonathan Poplawski worked the fifth to seal it.


(4) Point Boro 2, (13) Brick Memorial 1

Senior Ryan Sansone punched a game-winning RBI single into right-center field in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Panthers (11-4) scored twice after being down to their last out to beat the Mustangs (7-11).

Point Boro scored the tying run on a wild pitch with two out before Sansone singled to score Dylan Kleinfeldt with the winning run.

Nick Guzzi pitched all seven innings to pick up the win, allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out six and throwing 89 pitches. Guzzi also went 2-for-3 at the plate, with one of his two singles coming in the seventh to set Point Boro up with runners on the corners with none out.

The two hits by Guzzi accounted for half of the total allowed by Brick Memorial starter Trevor Sherman, who had allowed only two heading into the seventh. After Guzzi singled and Kleinfeldt - his courtesy runner - stole second in the seventh, Sherman got a shallow fly out and a strikeout to move within one out of escaping with a win, but the wild pitch set up Sansone for the winning hit.

Sherman struck out six, walked two and threw 92 pitches. Blaine Netterman and Mike Murphy each went 1-for-2 for Brick Memorial, with Netterman scoring on Murphy's RBI single in the first inning.

Point Boro will host Toms River East Sunday at 11 a.m. with a trip to the OCT semifinals on the line.


(5) Toms River East 9, (12) Point Beach 3

Matt Santos pitched a complete game and was 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Raiders (8-6) past the Garnet Gulls (12-4) and into the OCT quarterfinals Sunday at No. 4 Point Boro. Santos allowed one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out six on 80 pitches.

Brad Brush was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Shaun Sullivan was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Ryan Goodall went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Jared Mizrachi added a solo home run, while Aidan Meola was 1-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI. Ahmir Cournier also doubled and scored two runs for Toms River East.

Kenny MacPherson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for Point Beach. Chris Russo took the loss on the mound while throwing 55 pitches over three innings.


(8) Lacey 11, (9) Toms River South 7

Winning pitcher Jacob Bowles hit a game-tying single and Jorden Jurkiewicz smacked an RBI triple to ignite a five-run sixth-inning that carried the Lions (9-9) over the Indians (8-8) for the second time this season.

Jurkiewicz's sixth-inning triple was his second of the game and Miles Feaster also finished 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBI for Lacey. Keith Apostolos was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Josh Fracasso was 2-for-2 with an RBI in the win as well.

T.J. Scuderi was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Colin Mackle went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead Toms River South. Nico Gonnella took the loss in relief after Justin Lowden threw three scoreless innings following a two-inning start by Tom Spiwack.


(3) Jackson Memorial 6, (14) Brick 1

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Jackson Mem (14-4) 042000X690


Rob Page (L)27651144
Joe Espana42003157
Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Beetel (W, 4-0)77112496

Top Hitters

Chris Salsano2-4, solo HR
Jackson MemorialStats
Carmine Petosa2-2, 2B, 2-run HR, 2 R
Jake Wendell1-2, 2-run 2B
Alex Iadisernia1-3, RBI


(10) Pinelands 15, (7) Manchester 10

Anthony Diaz and Billy Crawford each went 4-for-5, with Diaz hitting a triple, driving in four and scoring three to lead the Wildcats (8-7) to a high-scoring win over the Hawks (8-6). Pinelands will play at Toms River North in Sunday's quarterfinal round at 2 p.m.

Crawford also drove in a run and Peter Hammond was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Nick Rapallo also went a perfect 2-for-2 with four runs and two RBI and Joey Ventresca was 2-for-4 with two RBI for Pinelands, which stormed out to an 11-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings and a 14-2 lead through three-and-a-half.

Noah Dean threw 98 pitches in four innings to earn the win, allowing four earned runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Diaz pitched the next 1 2/3 innings and Sean O'Rourke shut the door with 1 1/3 scoreless.

John Simonini was 3-for-5 with two RBI and James Johns went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for Manchester. Evan Scala also went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the loss.


Regular Season

Class A North

Freehold Twp. 10, Colts Neck 4

Freehold Twp (8-8, 7-6) 006210110111
Colts Neck (8-11, 5-8) 300 0 0014 4 1


Ryan Ford11321028
Ryan Kurczeski (W)63114377
Brendan Reese (L, 1-3)2.26653164
Walter Jordan12221131
Brooks Condon1.11100014
Zach Albom22112237

Top Hitters

Freehold Twp.Stats
Cristian Corcione2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B
Brandon Smith2B, RBI, R
Andrew Reidy2-3, 3 RBI
Ryan Kurczeski2-3, RBI
Chris Corchado2-3, 2B, R, RBI
Colts NeckStats
Anthony Galason2-2, 2 BB
Rob Mannino1-2, R
Nick Straub1-1, R



Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 12, Ranney 2 (5 Innings)

Ranney (7-8, 6-5)00101224
Mater Dei (10-5, 9-3)3501312141


Ethan Gavin (L)28850254
Kiran Shah22100023
Deven Bhatnagar.14330016
Mike Dunne32110239
Brandon Sansone (W, 3-2)20101327

Top Hitters

Ethan Gavin1-2, RBI
Deven Bhatnagar1-2
Jacob Field0-0, R, HBP
Cole Redman0-1, R, BB
Mater DeiStats
Thomas Olausen2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI
Brandon Sansone2-3, 4 RBI
Greg Bender2-3, RBI
Sean Turner3-4, 3 R, SB




Rumson-Fair Haven 16, Keansburg 0 (5 Innings)

Alex Burnett pitched a five-inning one-hitter with two walks and nine strikeouts and the Bulldogs (9-5) routed the Titans (8-7). Robby Smith was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Gordon Forsyth also went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.



South River 16, Henry Hudson 0 (5 Innings)

Ocean 7, Hudson Catholic 4

St. John Vianney 8, St. Joseph by the Sea (N.Y.) 2

Logan Marter was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI to lead the Lancers (9-5) to a win over St. Joseph by the Sea of Staten Island.

Robert Skinner went 1-for-3 with two RBI, Chris Caragliano was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Michael DiPede finished 2-for-4 with a run scored an an RBI. Luciano Fabrizzi added an RBI double in the win.

Matt McCormack allowed two unearned runs on three hits over five innings to earn the win. He struck out four, walked one and threw 73 pitches.


No. 2 Wall 9, East Brunswick 0

Trey Dombroski fired his fourth shutout of the season and the Crimson Knights (15-3) coasted past the Bears. Dombroski allowed a season-high three hits while striking out four, walking one and throwing 88 pitches.

Teddy Sharkey was 2-for-2 with three RBI, John Volpe, Grant Shulman and Doug Wetzel were each 2-for-3, and Dylan Richey was 1-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI. Volpe also scored two and drove one in, Shulman knocked in a run and Wetzel scored two.


No. 8 Manalapan 9, Hamilton West 0

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Manalapan (15-5)142200X9100


De Leon (L)2.28772063
Ryan Crehan (W, 2-2)43003268
Anthony Jomo21002641
Joe Mazza10001317

Top Hitters

Hamilton WestStats
Zamora1-1, 2B, 2 BB
Devin Newman2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
Giovanni Ciaccio2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Nick DeMiceli1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Dan DeBlasio1-2, R, 2 RBI
Anthony Surhoff1-2, R, 2 RBI



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