Monmouth County Tournament

Opening Round

(9) Howell 10, (24) Keyport 0 (6 Innings)

Nick Lorenzo and Frank Cianciotta both went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI and Zach Thomas pitched a six-inning two-hitter to pace the Rebels (3-6) to a win over the Red Raiders (1-6). Howell will play at No. 8 Middletown South in the round of 16 on Saturday, April 29.

Lorenzo also doubled and J.P. Traynor also finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Thomas struck out seven and walked none while throwing 64 pitches to earn the win.

Colin Ferandez had both Keyport hits and finished 2-for-2.

(16) Matawan 2, (17) Freehold Twp. 1 (12 Innings)

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Matawan (7-3)010000000001293



Ryan Ford74101485
Bryan Reed10001211
Zack Pericone (L, 1-2)3.25111334
Jake Burlew61113263
Chris Gendi (W, 1-0)64000163


Top Hitters

Freehold Twp.Game Stats
Nick Lodispoto1-4, 2B, BB, R
Brandon Smith1-4, BB, SB
MatawanGame Stats
Jackson Hercek3-6, 2B
Tom Collazo3-5, BB
Mike Trapani1-5, 2B, RBI
Wayne Bloom1-5, RBI

Senior Mike Trapani ripped a double to the base of the fence in left-centerfield with two out in the bottom of the 12th inning to chase home Antonio Martinez with the winning run and the Huskies outlasted the Patriots to advance to the MCT round of 16. Matawan will take on top-seeded CBA on April 29.

Matawan turned three double plays in the game, including two in extra innings. Jackson Hercek made a diving catch on a line drive to centerfield by Cristian Corcione and threw to first base for the force out in the 10th inning. Shortstop Tom Collazo started a six-four-three double play to end the top of the 12th with the go-ahead run at third base.


Class A North

Colts Neck 1, No. 3 CBA 0

Senior Dillon Pellecchia pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks and junior Shawn Scully doubled and scored in the sixth inning to lead the Cougars (5-4, 4-3) to a win over the Colts (7-2, 5-2).

Junior Blaise Venancio also pitched a two-hitter for CBA, allowing one walk and striking out eight. The loss was Venancio's second of the season and the other was also a 1-0 loss in a complete game effort.

Manalapan 7, Marlboro 6

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Manalapan (9-2, 5-1)10012217130



Jeremy Bello (L, 1-2)6.2137614111
E.J. Melendez65332286
Justin Korman01321015
Jon Michael Sabatino (W, 1-0)11001222


Top Hitters

MarlboroGame Stats
Will Trochiano1-2, 2B, run
Paul Jun1-3, HR, 3 RBI
Luke Ricciardi2-3, run, RBI
ManalapanGame Stats
Giovanni Ciaccio2-4, HR, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Dan DeBlasio2-4, 2B, run, RBI
Steven Bullen3-4, 2 2B, run
Dan DeAlmedia1-1, 2B, run, RBI
Chris Pisano2-2, run
Mike Perlamuter1-3, RBI

Mike Perlamuter came through with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Braves walked off with a win over the Mustangs for their eighth straight victory.

Marlboro plated three runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to rally from a 4-0 deficit, led by a three-run home run by Paul Jun.

Manalapan jumped in front 1-0 when Giovanni Ciaccio led off the game with a solo home run.


Class A South

No. 1 Toms River South 9, Brick Memorial 2

Connor Leatherman and Dylan Danelson combined to go 6-for-7 out of the bottom two spots in the batting order and the Indians (7-0, 6-0) continued to put up big offensive numbers in a win over the Mustangs (2-7, 1-5).

Leatherman was 3-for-4 and Danelson was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Ben Montenegro finished 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI, while Matt Shiffer and Justin Fall each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, including a double for Fall and two runs scored for Shiffer.

Nico Gonnella allowed two unearned runs on three hits over 4 1/3 innings and 57 pitches to pick up the win. Matt Hartshorn closed out the game with two scoreless, one-hit innings and struck out four.

Mike Sullivan was 1-for-4 with an RBI to lead Brick Memorial.

No. 4 Toms River North 9, Brick 1

Craig Larsen, Austin Feigin and Nick Sibilia all had two hits each to back winning pitcher Jared Bellissimo and the Mariners (5-2, 4-2) handled the Green Dragons (6-2, 3-1), snapping Brick's six-game winning streak.

Larsen was 2-for-3 with a two-run double and two runs scored, while Feigin went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Sibilia was also 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Bellissimo struck out six, walked three and allowed one run on five hits over his six innings of work, which included 103 pitches.

Jerry Hutchison went 2-for-3 and Kenny Bala checked in with an RBI single for Brick. Senior Jayden Tisseker took the loss and threw 75 pitches.


Toms River East 5, Jackson Memorial 0

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Nick DeGennaro (W, 1-2)73000783
Connor Takacs (L, 1-2)4.1932571
Mike Dimino2.24211340


Top Hitters

TR EastGame Stats
Nick DeGennaro3-4, RBI
Brad Brush2-4
Alex Waldron1-3, RBI
Amir Cournier3-3, BB
Sean Sullivan2-3, 2 runs, RBI
JacksonGame Stats
Alex Iadisernia1-3, 2B


Class B Central

No. 8 St. Rose 18, Henry Hudson 0 (5 Innings)

Riley Maypother went 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI and the Purple Roses (7-0, 6-0) coasted past the Admirals (4-3, 3-3) to their seventh straight win to open the year. Brendan Hueth was also 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI and Mike Thompson went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI in the win.

Brian DiPasquale pitched three innings to earn the win.


Point Beach 12, Mater Dei Prep 0 (5 Innings)

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Kevin Donnelly110000
Chris Russo (W, 1-1)400003
Vincent Stanziale (L, 1-2)2.289645
Rob Lynch2.143112


Top Hitters

Point BoroGame Stats
Kevin Donnelly2-2, 2 RBI
Max Alia2-2, R, 3 RBI
Josh Yates2-3, 4 R, 2 SB, BB
Vincent Storino2-4, 2 2B, RBI
Mater DeiGame Stats
Kyle Dowlen1-2


Keansburg 19, Ranney 1 (5 Innings)

David Clayton pitched a complete game and the Titans (2-6, 2-4) pounded the Panthers (0-6, 0-5), putting up 19 runs in five innings.


Class B South

Point Boro 5, Lakewood 0

Josiah Gliddon and Tom Paul combined on a four-hit shutout and the Panthers (4-6, 2-5) won their second straight divisional game by topping the Piners (2-6, 1-6). Gliddon allowed three hits and struck out two without a walk in four innings and 49 pitches and Paul followed that up with three one-hit innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Paul also went 3-for-4 with a run scored while Gliddon was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Patrick Feehan also tripled and scored two runs for Point Boro.

Angel Mendez worked six innings and threw 110 pitches for Lakewood, while Tayon Conover Hart doubled in the loss.


Lacey 7, Barnegat 1

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Lacey (7-1, 5-1)010402X781



Tyler Sudam (L)465544
Ryan Bush232012
Anthony Elefante (W, 1-0)721108


Top Hitters

BarnegatGame Stats
Lukas Torres1-3, 3B, R
Liam Corbett1-2, RBI
LaceyGame Stats
Keith Apostolos2-4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Donald Zellman2-4
Anthony Elefante1-3, HR, RBI
Anthony Tobia2-2, BB, R
Justin Thompson1-4, 2B, R


Donovan Catholic 3, Jackson Liberty 2 (10 Innings)

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Jackson Lib. (5-3, 4-3)0000200000272



Zach Mann852023102
Jonathan Poplawksi (W, 3-1)20001236
Rich Dordas732121198
Matt Pickus (L, 1-2)31110238


Top Hitters

DonovanGame Stats
Bart GobleRBI single
Eian GilroyRBI
Jackson Lib.Game Stats
David Melfi2-4, RBI, 2B
Alex Torres1-2, BB, 2B, R

Jonathan Poplawski doubled in the 10th inning and scored on a fielder's choice by Eian Gilroy before closing a Griffins win over the Lions on the mound. Poplawski pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief of Zach Mann, who allowed two unearned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three on 102 pitches.


Pinelands 7, Manchester 4

Joey Ventresca pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings and helped the Wildcats (5-3, 5-2) jump out to a 7-0 lead before they held on for a win over the Hawks (5-4, 5-2). Ventresca allowed four hits and three walks with six strikeouts on 112 pitches. He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as Pinelands built a 6-0 lead by the third inning.

Jimmy Zazenski was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored and Sean O'Rourke finished 2-for-4 for Pinelands.

Patrick Carney was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Steven Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss. Joe Felipe threw 68 pitches in taking the loss.


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