Baseball, Softball and yes, Football
The spring high school sports season continues to wind down with only a handful of Shore Conference teams still playing as most have packed away uniforms and equipment for another year.
Toms River North did their part in trying to set up an all-Toms River final in the Shore Conference Baseball Tournament but the top-seeded South Indians fell just short. The Mariners blanked Wall 5-0 in the opening semifinal Thursday at Count Basie Field behind a complete-game 4-hitter from Jared Bellissimo but in the nightcap Red Bank Catholic pushed across a run in the top of the 7th to edge TR South 3-2.
North and RBC meet Sunday night at FirstEnergy Park for the Shore Conference title which the Mariners last won in 2013. For highlights of last night’s games visit shoresportsnetwork.com
Southern Regional is the only Ocean County team left in the NJSIAA Baseball Tournament and the surprising Rams visit Lenape this afternoon in the South Jersey Group 4 Championship Game. Also today Manasquan travels to West Deptford in the South Jersey Group 2 final.
The Donovan Catholic softball team won their second straight Non-Public South “A” championship with a 6-5 victory over previously undefeated St. John Vianney in a matchup of state powers. A two-out, two-run double by freshman Karina Gaskins in the bottom of the 5th was the game-winner for Donovan Catholic, who used a 3-run homer from another freshman Kayla Roncin to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
The Griffins will face two-time defending champion Immaculate Heart this weekend at Kean University in a rematch of last year’s Non-Public “A” Final.
The high school football season is still three months away but if you drive by Central Regional High School tomorrow night you will see the Golden Eagles playing Lacey Township on the turf at Joseph J. Boyd Memorial Field. For the second straight year alumni from these two rivals will collide in a full contact game with the Mayor’s Trophy and bragging rights on the line.
Last June nearly 2,000 fans came out to watch the Lions 23-7 victory and while Lacey may be favored again Central is poised to pull off an upset with proceeds to benefit the athletic programs of both teams. Kickoff is 7 p.m. tomorrow and tickets are $10 (kids under 5 free) and for more information visit otfootball.com