Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals

(3) Red Bank Catholic 3, (6) Wall 0

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Wall (10-4)0000000050
RBC (10-4)010020X352

 

Pitching

WallIPHRERBBSOPC
Ryan Napolitano (L, 3-1)65334279
RBCIPHRERBBSOPC
Austin Nappi (W, 4-1)75000279

 

Top Hitters

WallGame Stats
David Howarth1-3, 2B
Teddy Sharkey2-3
RBCGame Stats
Aaron Ahn2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Connor Caizza2-2, RBI
Brian Sheehy3 BB

Austin Nappi needed only 79 pitches to secure a shutout and Aaron Ahn supplied the power with a two-run home run in the fifth as the Caseys blanked the Crimson Knights to advance to next Saturday's MCT semifinals.

Nappi got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first by inducing an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play and later started a 1-6-3 twin-killing to end the third. He also pitched around leadoff baserunners in the second, fourth and sixth innings, including a double by David Howarth in the fourth.

Nappi induced 12 groundball outs, three fly outs to the outfield and one infield pop-up.

Connor Caizza opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single to right-center and Ahn jumped on the first pitch he saw in the fifth and crushed the Ryan Napolitano over the left-field fence to bring in leadoff hitter Mike Veit.

 

(5) Freehold Boro 8, (4) St. Rose 1

Dan Chiusano allowed a run on two hits and a walk over six innings and did so on just 66 pitches to silence the potent St. Rose lineup and deliver the Colonials (9-4) a win over the previously-unbeaten Purple Roses (11-1). Chiusano was eligible to throw 76 pitches Sunday after throwing 64 over four innings Thursday against Freehold Boro.

Nick Aiello and Pat White both went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Phil Marcantonio was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Matt Granato also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Freehold put up four runs in the first inning against St. Rose starter and losing pitcher Sam Sestito and never looked back.

Dane Della Valle pitched a scoreless seventh inning to finish off the Freehold win. The Colonials will take on top-seeded CBA in the semifinals on the Saturday. The meeting will be the third between the Class A North rivals, with CBA winning both regular-season matchups.

Brody Maypother doubled and scored the lone St. Rose run, which came on an RBI ground out by Brandon Mology.

 

(7) Ocean 10, (2) Monmouth 3

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Ocean (6-9)10040411062
Monmouth (10-4)1000020352

 

Pitching

OceanIPHRERBBSOPC
Alec Keezer (W)5.141065109
Max Winters1.21202232
MonmouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Joe Malfara (L, 1-2)53644185
Josh Rife0.12333020
Derek Radzik0.20112019
Mike Valerio11000110

 

Top Hitters

OceanGame Stats
Jack D’Auria1-3, RBI, R
Matt Redbord1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Mark Butler2-2, 2 RBI, R
MonmouthGame Stats
Liam Kile3-4, RBI, SB

Matt Redbord broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double during Ocean's four-run fourth inning and the Spartans tacked on four more in the sixth to pull away with a win over the Falcons. Prior to Saturday's MCT win over Raritan, Ocean had lost eight straight games, but now finds itself in the MCT semifinals next Saturday against No. 3 Red Bank Catholic at Count Basie Park.

Jack D'Auria and Mark Butler chipped in an RBI single each during the sixth inning, which put the game out of reach for Monmouth. Senior Alec Keezer picked up the win on the mound by throwing one pitch under the limit before handing the ball off to Max Winters.

 

(1) CBA 3, (9) Howell 0

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Howell (5-9)0000000044
CBA (10-4)200001x330

 

Pitching

HowellIPHRERBBSOPC
Mike Walsh (L, 0-2)63304397
CBAIPHRERBBSOPC
Joe Escandon (W, 1-0)74000890

 

Top Hitters

HowellGame Stats
Ean Craig1-3
Grant Hackett1-3
Nick Ruszczyk1-3
Will Rittweger1-1
CBAGame Stats
Nick Hohenstein1-3
Matt Fitzsimmons1-1
Peter Morreale0-2, BB, R
Andrea Dalatri0-2, RBI
Mike Martorano1-3

Sophomore left-hander Joe Escandon pitched a four-hit shutout in his first varsity game and the Colts made the most of three hits in beating the Rebels and advancing to the MCT semifinals Saturday against Freehold Boro.

Escandon retired nine straight batters to move within an out of the complete game before back-to-back singles by Nick Ruszczyk and Will Rittweger brought the tying run to the plate for Howell in the top of the seventh. Escandon secured the win with a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch to wrap up the shutout.

CBA scored three unearned runs off Howell starter Mike Walsh. Tommy DiTullio reached on a fielding error and moved to second on an errant throw on the same play to lead off the game and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning. Andrea Dalartri also plated a run in the first with a sacrifice fly that scored Peter Morreale, who walked.

The Colts added an insurance run in the sixth when Walsh's pickoff attempt to first with runner's on first and second got away and allowed pinch-runner Ed Dudek to score from second base. Dudek was running for Matt Fitzsimmons, who led off the sixth with a pinch-hit single.

 

Regular Season

Non-Division

At FirstEnergy Park

No. 5 St. Rose 4, Donovan Catholic 1

John Crowley pitched a complete-game four-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks and the Purple Roses (12-1) beat the Griffins (5-8) at the home of the BlueClaws to bounceback from their first loss of the season earlier in the day. Crowley threw 80 pitches.

Riley Maypother was 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, while Brendan Hueth and Brian DiPasquale each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Jonathan Poplawski went the distance for Donovan Catholic and allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 82 pitches.