Monmouth County Tournament - Bracket

Opening Round

(13) Wall 8, (20) Rumson-Fair Haven 4

Dan Wondrack went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI and the Crimson Knights (6-4) beat the Bulldogs (1-6) to advance to the MCT quarterfinals Saturday against No. 4 seed Marlboro.

Wondrack cranked a game-tying solo home run during a four-run first inning by Wall, followed by a two-run double by Zach Wilson to cap the scoring. Wilson finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and Nick Maciejewski was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Crimson Knights.

Regan Dombroski allowed one earned run over six innings to earn the win.

Max Goione went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the top of the first inning and Morgan Maguire and Matt Fahey each added two hits and a run scored for Rumson.

Round of 16

(16) Middletown South 9, (1) Colts Neck 3

Austin Markmann went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI to support his own cause on the mound and the Eagles (7-5) scored seven runs in the top of the sixth to take down the top-seeded Cougars (9-2) to advance to the Monmouth County Tournament quarterfinals against the winning of Saturday's game between No. 8 Middletown North and No. 9 St. John Vianney.

Nolan Pereless plated two runs on a suicide squeeze in the seven-run inning and finished the game 2-for-4 with three stolen bases. The two-run squeeze came after a two-run double by Dave Mangarelli. Ben Porpora also added a double in the win.

Tyler Kapuscinski went 2-for-3, while Sam DeVitis and Tim Cavrak each added an RBI single for Colts Neck.


Class A North

Manalapan 8, Howell 3

Manalapan scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning for starter Nick Serra and the Braves (8-4, 3-4) held on to beat the Rebels (5-4, 4-4) two days before the A North rivals will meet again in the Monmouth County Tournament round of 16 Saturday in Howell.

Matt Rosenberg highlighted the first-inning outburst with a two-run double and Chris Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the fourth to go with two runs scored. Junior catcher Stephen Carbonara also finished 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored for Manalapan.

Serra allowed one earned run on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings to secure the win. Connor Fey doubled twice and drove in two runs for Howell, two of the Rebels' five doubles in the game. Justin Steel, Dan Matrisciano and Rob Napolitano each added a double in the loss.

Freehold 4, No. 3 Marlboro 2

Dan Chiusano fired a seven-hit complete game and Ryan Yee hammered a two-run double in the sixth to give his pitcher some breathing room as the Colonials (7-6, 4-4) handed the Mustangs (7-2, 5-2) just their second loss of the season.

Chiusano walked four, struck out seven and took a shutout into the seventh inning before surrendering two earned runs on the way to ultimately nailing down the complete game. Mike Santaromita hit a two-run single for Marlboro to break up the shutout and finished 2-for-4.

After Yee gave Freehold a 3-0 lead in the sixth, Marco Meleo followed with an RBI double to make it 4-0. Nick LaMorte gave Freehold a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Meleo, Chris Cassandra and Tom Holdorf all went 2-for-4, with Holdorf also adding a double. Nick Belka was also 2-for-3 in the win.

No. 2 CBA 11, Freehold Twp. 5


Class A Central

No. 6 St. John Vianney 11, Holmdel 3

Chris Cerniglia and Nick DeLuise each went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and the Lancers (7-2, 5-2) coasted to a win over the Hornets (2-7, 1-6).

DeLuise also added two RBI, as did Ciaran Devenney, who finished 1-for-3 with a double and Jeff McPeek (1-for-3). Sebi Bellone was also 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Nick Gugliara went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and three stolen bases.

Dan Schirmacher pitched into the fifth to earn the win, while Will Van Name and Michael Carranante each had two hits and an RBI for Holmdel

Manasquan 6, Shore 1

Ty Hawkins and Tyler Bradley each had a two-out hit in a six-run fifth inning and the Warriors (5-4, 5-2) pulled away to beat the Blue Devils (5-4, 4-3) to help sophomore left-hander Tommy Sheehan pick up his first win of the season on the mound.

Hawkins singled home Matt Edwards and Matt Paturzo with a two-run single that gave Manasquan a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Bradley followed with a two-run double to make it 4-1 and Jack Sheehan pitched in an RBI single in the rally as well. Sheehan went 3-for-3 for the game, while Edwards was 2-for-4.

Sheehan allowed a run on six hits and three walks while striking out seven over five innings to pick up the win. John Masselli retired all six batters he faced with two strikeouts to close out the game.

Matt McCarthy went 2-for-3 for Shore and Dhillon Barbetti singled home a run in the top of the fifth to give the Blue Devils a short-lived 1-0 lead.


Class A South

Brick Memorial 10, Lacey 1

Matt Cuppari went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI to help his cause on the moud and the Mustangs (5-8, 1-6) rolled to a win over the Lions (4-7, 3-6). Cuppari pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits without a walk while striking out two.

Tim Santiago and Corey Cathey also went 3-for-4 each, with Santiago smacking two doubles, scoring three runs and stealing a base. Cathey scored two runs, drove in a run and stole a base, while James Donlon went 2-for-4 with three RBI for Brick Memorial.

George Peddie drove in the lone Lacey run and finished 1-for-3.

Jackson Memorial 3, No. 1 Toms River North 0

Brandon Janofsky pitched a two-hit shutout in his first action of the season on the mound and the Jaguars (6-4, 5-3) knocked off the No. 1 Mariners (7-2, 7-1), the first Shore Conference team to beat Toms River North this season.

Janofsky did not pitch in any of Jackson Memorial's first nine games due to shoulder tightness and threw 95 pitches in Thursday's win. He retired the first 13 Toms River North batters and finished with nine strikeouts and one walk.

The last time Janofsky was on the mound in a high school game, he threw a one-hit shutout in the Group IV final, also on Ryan Field at Toms River North High School.

Janofsky also plated a run with an sacrifice fly in the first inning to give Jackson Memorial a 1-0 lead. Kyle Johnson went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored on Janofsky's sac fly, while Rich Rountree was 3-for-3 with a two-run single in the fourth. The two RBI were the 15th and 16th of the season for the Jaguars senior left fielder.

No. 7 Toms River South 10, Toms River East 8

Ryan Shiffer belted his first career home run to get Toms River South started in the second inning and Ray Liguori pitched five innings to earn the win in his first career start as the Indians (6-3, 6-2) outlasted the Raiders (3-4, 3-4) for a season sweep of their crosstown rivals.

Liguori also added an RBI double in the win and also snared a Matt Corsi line drive for the final out of the game with the bases loaded. The Indians took control of the game with a five-run fourth inning starting with a Connor Feeney RBI single that gave the Indians a 2-1 lead and followed by an RBI singles by Mike Conover and Ben Montenegro.

Liguori doubled home a run in the sixth and scored on an RBI double by Jake Ryan. Austin Gonella also went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Chad Leonard doubled and drove in three runs and Rob Laboy also drove in a run with a double for Toms River East.


Class B North

No. 4 Red Bank Catholic 5, No. 8 Ocean 0

Junior left-hander Justin Liggett twirled a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts and the Caseys (8-1, 6-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season Tuesday against Colts Neck by beating the Spartans (8-2, 2-2) on Thursday.

Mike Ianelli, Chris Bender and Anthony DeRosa each went 2-for-3 to lead the RBC offense, with Ianelli knocking in two runs, Bender adding a double and an RBI, and DeRosa knocking in a run with an RBI triple to go with two runs scored.


Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 13, Keansburg 3 (5 Innings)

Ruben Rodriguez, Joe Ruth and Kyle Dowlen all homered and finished 2-for-3 to help lead the Seraphs (7-3, 7-1) to a five-inning win over the Titans (3-4, 3-4). Dowlen also doubled, scored three runs and drove in three runs on a three-run homer to break the game open in the second inning.

Matt Paciulli allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings to earn the win. Keansburg took an early lead on an RBI single by Ian Terry in the first inning, Terry's 15th RBI this season.

Point Beach 13, Keyport 9

Three Point Beach players drove in three runs and the Garnet Gulls (8-1, 8-1) outslugged the Red Raiders (4-5, 4-5). Mike Frauenheim was 3-for-4 with three RBI, Andrew Allegretta finished 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, and John VanSchoick was 1-for-3 with three RBI. Joe Delgrippo also went 2-for-2 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

Kyle Johnson went 2-for-4 with three RBI for Keyport, while Ken Harrigan was 2-for-2 with a doubled and two RBI.

St. Rose 10, Asbury Park 0

Brendan Hueth went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the St. Rose hitting attack as the Purple Roses (7-3, 5-1) topped the Blue Bishops (0-6, 0-6).

Henry Hudson 6, Ranney 5


Class B South

Jackson Liberty 8, Manchester 3

Howard Taylor went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI at the plate and earned the win on the mound as the Lions (5-4, 4-2) topped the Hawks (5-4, 4-4). Dylan Milleman also tripled and drove in two runs, while Ryan Van Wickle was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.

Steve Rodriguez went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Manchester.

No. 10 Donovan Catholic 3, Central 0

Zach Mann pitched a four-hit shutout with a walk and three strikeouts to lead the Griffins (7-2, 4-1) past the Golden Eagles (4-5, 3-4) and extend Donovan Catholic's streak to four games without allowing an unearned run.

Mike Marron went 3-for-3 with an RBI single in a three-run Donovan Catholic first inning and Matt Drake opened the scoring with a two-run single before scoring on Marron's RBI hit.

Tom Ruscitti was 2-for-3 with a double for Central.

Lakewood 8, Pinelands 8 (Suspended in the 11th inning)

No. 9 Barnegat 6, Point Boro 2

Barnegat scored three runs each in the first and third innings in support of starter Jared Kacso as the Bengals (6-3, 6-1) beat the Panthers (5-7, 3-6) for their sixth straight divisional game since losing the opener against Pinelands.

Kacso drove in a run with a single in the first and doubled in the third. Ed Rogan added an RBI single in the first and Nik Fraim plated two with a two-run single in the third. Max Ritner capped the scoring with an RBI double to chase home Fraim. Kacso scattered eight hits over six innings on the mound.

Frank Graziano drove in both Point Boro runs, one on a first-inning RBI double and the other on an RBI single in the fifth.