NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

North Jersey 2, Group III

(4) Middletown South 5, (13) Warren Hills 2

Robby Zega and Jeremy Joyce keyed a five-run third inning and the Eagles (13-10) topped the Blue Streaks (8-13) and move on to a sectional quarterfinal date with No. 12 Menham.

Zega cracked a two-run double in the third that made it 3-0 and Joyce capped the Middletown South scoring with a two-run single. Ben Porpora opened the scoring for the Eagles with an RBI single that tied the game at 1-1.

Joe Sprake lasted five innings and 86 pitches to earn the win and Jack Roesch fired two scoreless innings while allowing one hit to pick up the save.

 

 

(7) Middletown North 3, (10) Colonia 2 (8 Innings)

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Colonia (14-12)00000110251
Midd. North (14-9)00000201372

 

Pitching

ColoniaIPHRERBBSOPC
Chris Michael7.27311796
Midd. NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler Ras (W, 3-2)85200490

 

Top Hitters

Colonia Game Stats
Frank Lehman2-4, RBI
Midd. NorthGame Stats
Tyler Ras2-4, RBI
Brendan Doherty3-4
Jake Dillon2-4, RBI

Catcher Jake Dillon singled home winning pitcher Tyler Ras with the winning run with two out in the bottom of the eighth and the Lions walked off with a first-round win over the Patriots. Middletown North will host No. 15 Red Bank in the sectional quarterfinals on Thursday in a rematch of a Monmouth County Tournament opening-round game won by Middletown North.

Ras tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and Mike Mercier momentarily gave Middletown North a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Colonia responded with an unearned run off Ras in the top of the seventh to ultimately send the game into extra innings.

 

(15) Red Bank 3, (2) Somerville 1

Senior Mason O'Mara fired a two-hitter and the Bucs (10-11) upended the second-seeded Pioneers (13-8) to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday at No. 7 Middletown North. O'Mara struck out six, walked three and threw the maximum 110 pitches.

Jack Povey broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning and Jonah Rosen went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh to stretch the lead to 3-1. Will Grant also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Jack Mangold was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

 

 

Central Jersey Group IV

(5) Freehold Twp. 4, (12) Old Bridge 0

Zack Pericone fired a four-hit shutout and the Patriots topped the Knights to advance to the quarterfinals Thursday, when they will travel across town to face No. 4 Freehold Boro. Pericone struck out two, did not walk a batter and allowed just four singles during his 82-pitch outing.

Cristian Corcione opened the scoring with a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth, when the Patriots scored all of their runs. Brandon Smith capped the inning with an RBI single, while Ryan Ford was 2-for-3 with a single and a run scored during the rally.

(4) Freehold Boro 8, (13) Hightstown 1

Tom Holdorf fired a three-hitter and Nick Aiello and a Matt Granato each drove in two runs to lead the Colonials past the Rams and into a quarterfinal showdown against No. 5 Freehold Township.

Holdorf struck out two and walked one on 87 pitches to improve to 4-2 on the season. Aiello finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three stolen bases, while Granato was 1-for-3. Phil Marcantonio also went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

 

(6) East Brunswick 3, (11) Marlboro 2

 

(10) Colts Neck 2, (7) South Brunswick 1

Dillon Pellecchia went the distance and the Cougars offense gave him a pair of runs early as Colts Neck topped the Vikings to advance to a sectional quarterfinal meeting with Manalapan on Thursday.

Nick Straub was 1-for-4 with a double and scored both Colts Neck runs. Anthony Galason brought him home with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first and Jon Weitzman also scored Straub with a sac fly in the third.

Pellecchia scattered seven hits while striking out four and walking two over seven innings and 86 pitches.

 

(2) Manalapan 4, (15) New Brunswick 3 (10 Innings)

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New Bruns. (6-14)0002010000362
Manalapan (16-9)02010000014140

 

Pitching

ManalapanIPHRERBBSOPC
John Pudder543321287
Anthony Jomo0.21002017
Justin Korman (W)4.11000441
New BrunswickIPHRERBBSO
Kalbin Rodriguez6.293227
Wilson Gomez (L)2.251100

 

Top Hitters

New BrunswickGame Stats
Wilson Gomez2-4, HR, Run, 3 RBI
Elvis Diaz2B
ManalapanGame Stats
Mike Perlamuter3-4, 2 R
Anthony Naylor3-5, 3B
Vin Lanza1-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Dan DeBlasio2-5, 2B, RBI

Nick DiMiceli plated the winning run in the bottom of the 10th on a sacrifice fly to right field and the Braves walked off with a 10-inning win over the Zebras to move on to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday against No. 10 Colts Neck.

 

 

Central Jersey Group III

(9) Brick 1, (8) Pennsauken 0

John Prato singled home Cole Groschel with the game's lone run in the top of the third and Jayden Tisseker took care of the rest by firing a two-hit shutout as the Green Dragons (14-8) took down the Indians (11-7) on the road.

Tisseker struck out five and walked one while throwing 87 pitches in his shutout effort. Groschel scored the game's lone run after starting the third with a single.

Brick will now try to knock off the top seed in Central Jersey Group III for the second straight year when the Green Dragons travel to top-seeded Toms River South on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Brick beat Steinert in the sectional quarterfinals last season when the Spartans were the No. 1 seed.

(6) Northern Burlington 5, (11) Ocean 0

(1) Toms River South 7, (16) Long Branch 0

Sophomore Colin Mackle broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double to deep right field, which opened up the flood gates for the Indians in their first-round win over the Green Wave.

Mackle scored on a wild pitch and added another RBI double to nearly the same spot on the field in the sixth inning as Toms River South closed out Long Branch with five runs in the sixth.

Senior Matt Fitzpatrick stayed hot at the plate by lacing a two-run triple in the sixth and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-0. Tom Campo doubled and scored on Mackle's second double and Jared Kwicinski went 2-for-3 and scored on an RBI single by Dylan Danelson that made it 7-0.

Justin Fall pitched a six-hit shutout in 88 pitches to earn the win and improve to 6-1 on the season. The senior left-hander struck out six and walked two.

Matt Mincieli took the loss on the mound for Long Branch and working through the first four innings without allowing a run. James Horniacek highlighted the Long Branch offense by going 2-for-3 with a double.

 

(14) Neptune 4, (3) Wall 2

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Neptune (8-12)0002020482
Wall (18-6)0000200253

 

Pitching

NeptuneIPHRERBBSOPC
Justin Tucker (W, 5-3)6.152255110
Ron Cole (S, 1)0.20001110
WallIPHRERBBSOPC
Grant Shulman (L, 1-2)5.18431264
Teddy Sharkey1.20000222

 

Top Hitters

NeptuneGame Stats
John Gannon2-3, 2B, RBI
Dylan Taliaferro2-4, 2B, 2 R
Devon Furges1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Ron Cole1-3, R, RBI
Aedan Martin1-3, R
WallGame Stats
Shane Richey2-3, BB, R
Teddy Sharkey1-3, BB, RBI
John Perrino1-3, BB, RBI
John Volpe1-4, R

Freshman John Gannon broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the top of the sixth and the Scarlet Fliers added one more to put away the Crimson Knights and secure the first-round upset.

Justin Tucker picked up his fifth win by allowing five hits over 6 1/3 innings - all of which were singles and three of which were infield singles. He worked around five walks and struck out the first batter of the seventh inning on three pitches after taking the mound three pitches away from the one-game limit of 110.

Sophomore Ron Cole took over for Tucker and after walking the first man he faced, induced a ground out to Gannon and third and struck out the final batter of the game on three pitches.

Sophomore catcher Devon Furges doubled home a run to make it 2-0 in the fourth inning and plated another run in the sixth with an RBI ground out to cap the scoring. Cole drove in the first Neptune run on a ground out.

Wall freshman Teddy Sharkey pulled his team even with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Crimson Knights scored earlier in the inning on an RBI infield single by senior John Perrino.

Neptune will travel to No. 6 Northern Burlington in the sectional quarterfinals.

 

(7) Jackson Liberty 6, (10) Moorestown 4 (8 Innings)

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Moorestown (7-12)30000001484
Jackson Lib. (16-9)010000236100

 

Pitching

MoorestownIPHRERBBSOPC
Brian McMonagle773116104
Adam Shubert (L)13330014
Jackson Lib.IPHRERBBSOPC
Nick DeCarlo3.14332269
Matt Pickus (W, 6-3)4.24110457

 

Top Hitters

MoorestownGame Stats
Brian McMonagle3-4, R, RBI
Brendon Parker2-4, HR, RBI
Alec Ciniglia1-4, RBI
Jackson Lib.Game Stats
Kyle Tavaska1-4, HR, R, 4 RBI
Shane Hickey2-3, BB
Daniel Sofield3-4, 2 R, RBI
Shane Hickman2-3, 2 R

Senior Kyle Tavaska hit a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Lions a thrilling, walkoff win over the Quakers and push Jackson Liberty into Thursday's sectional quarterfinals against No. 2 Steinert.

Tavaska also drove in a run in the seventh inning, when Jackson Liberty rallied to score twice and send the game into extra innings tied at 3-3. Tavaska hit a sacrifice fly to trim the deficit to 3-2 after Daniel Sofield and Matt Hickman both singled and advanced on a wild pitch to start the rally. Jackson Liberty tied the game when Billy Hart's fly ball to center field was misplayed, allowing Hickman to score.

Brendon Parker - the No. 9 hitter in Moorestown's lineup - gave the Quakers a 4-3 lead with a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning.

 

 

Central Jersey Group II

(1) Governor Livingston 12, (16) Holmdel 2 (5 Innings)

(9) Raritan 6, (8) A.L. Johnson 0

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Johnson (11-14)0000000030

 

Pitching

RaritanIPHRERBBSOPC
Matt Birdsall (W, 6-1)730011192
RaritanIPHRERBBSO
DiPrafio (L)595511
Sot221111

 

Top Hitters

RaritanGame Stats
Alex Lamattina1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Tim Hayes1-3, HR, R, RBI
Ken Friend3-3, 2B, R
Dan VanMeerbeke3-4, 2B, R, RBI
JohnsonGame Stats
Sot1-2
Turek1-3

 

 

(4) Monmouth 2, (13) Robbinsville 1

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Robbinsville (14-12)0010000170
Monmouth (17-6)200000x271

 

Pitching

RobbinsvilleIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler McGuian67221477
MonmouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Charlie Kelly (W, 4-1)77110287

 

Top Hitters

RobbinsvilleGame Stats
Anthony Iorio2-3, RBI
Jack Milazzo2-3, 2B, R
MonmouthGame Stats
Paul Birzin1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Justin Scotto2-2, R
Trevor D’Meo2-2

Paul Birzin connected on a two-run home run in the first inning and that was enough offense for junior right-hander Charlie Kelly to pitch the Falcons past the Ravens and into a quarterfinal game against No. 4 Bernards on Thursday.

Junior Justin Scotto started the game with a single and went 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored against his former team. Scotto spent his first two high school seasons at Robbinsville.

 

(10) Matawan 8, (7) East Brunswick Tech 0

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Matawan (12-11)3001040871
EB Tech (14-6)0000000033

 

Pitching

MatawanIPHRERBBSOPC
Kyle Gamble730016104
EB TechIPHRERBBSOPC
R.J. Jobin4.264315100
Vincent Pellicane2.11431130

 

Top Hitters

MatawanGame Stats
Tom Collazo3-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jackson Hercek2-4, R, RBI, SB
Derek Jordan2-2
Steve Salot1-3, RBI
EB TechGame Stats
Garrett Allo1-3
Vincent Pellicane1-2

 

 

Central Jersey Group I

(8) Point Beach 7, (9) South River 1

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South River (8-16)0000000010
Pt. Beach (12-10)331000X7121

 

Pitching

South RiverIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Errico (L)2.18774477
Billy Marlow2.23000012
R.J. Fischer11000214
Pt. BeachIPHRERBBSOPC
Chris Russo (W, 5-4)71113879

 

Top Hitters

South RiverGame Stats
Brandon Szerszen1-3
Pt. BeachGame Stats
Josh Yates3-4, 2 2B, R, RBI
Kevin Donnelly2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Jude Lovegren2-4, 3 RBI
Kenny MacPherson1-2, 2 BB, RBI
Phil Antoniotti1-4, 2B, R

 

 

(12) Keansburg 2, (5) Highland Park 1

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Keansburg (8-13)0110000240
Highland Park (12-7)0010000143

 

Pitching

KeansburgIPHRERBBSOPC
Liam Meyer (W)54114391
Paul Eckleberry20000224
Highland ParkIPHRERBBSOPC
Ryan O’Shea (L)74213595

 

Top Hitters

KeansburgGame Stats
Justin Alessi1-3, BB, R
Gabe Torres1-2, BB, R
Liam MeyerRBI
Cristian BorrageirosRBI

 

 

(3) Riverside 7, (14) Henry Hudson 0

 

(11) Keyport 8, (6) South Amboy 2

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Keyport (9-11)10000168140
South Amboy (8-10)0000002232

 

Pitching

South AmboyIPHRERBBSOPC
Kyle Gasiewski7148325112
KeyportIPHRERBBSOPC
Christian Smith (W, 4-5)61003986
Shane Chandler12221127

 

Top Hitters

South AmboyGame Stats
Kyle Gasiewski2-3, R, 2 SB
John McCleery1-3, RBI
KeyportGame Stats
Shane Chandler1-3, 2 R, RBI, 3 SB
Kyle Johnson3-4, 2 RBI, SB
Zack Whitehead2-4, R, 2 RBI

 

 

(10) Shore 4, (7) Perth Amboy Tech 0

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Shore (6-12)01002104110
Amboy Tech (10-9)0000000021

 

Pitching

ShoreIPHRERBBSOPC
Mike Shirvanian (W, 3-3)720001384
EB TechIPHRERBBSOPC
Caraballo (L)4.26330266
Arocho2.15112351

 

Top Hitters

ShoreGame Stats
Dean Smolokoff1-3, R
Mike Jelliff4-4, 2B, R
Ryan Jones1-3, 2 RBI
Tom Dunleavy1-4
Jarred Breithoff1-4, R
James LaBruno1-4, R
Jimmy Malletto2-3, 2 RBI

 

EB TechGame Stats
Batista1-3, 2B
Neich1-3

 

 

South Jersey Group IV

(8) Lenape 8, (9) Toms River North 2

(14) Jackson Memorial 5, (3) Shawnee 1

Mike Koslowski smacked RBI singles in both the second and sixth innings and Matt D'Amore did the rest on the mound to lead the Jaguars to a first-round upset of the Renegades. D'Amore went the distance to earn the win.

Jackson Memorial scored three runs in the second inning and two in the sixth. The Jaguars will play the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between No. 6 Vineland and No. 11 Southern.

(11) Southern at (6) Vineland - PPD, Wednesday, 4 p.m.

 

 

South Jersey Group III

(9) Central 12, (8) Seneca 8

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Central (11-10)360010212143
Seneca (15-9)3401000896

 

Pitching

Central IPHRERBBSO
A.J. Smith0.103240
Jared Morris (W, 2-5)6.295432
SenecaIPHRERBBSO
Josh Knapp (L)1.189630
Luke Hoey4.241132
J.J. Scarpello1.022101

 

Top Hitters

CentralGame Stats
Shane Black3-4, 2B, 3 R
Mike Bickford1-3, 3 R, 2 HBP
Tom Ruscitti1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Tyler Aires3-4, RBI, 3 R
Colin Stacy2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Ryan Galati2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R
SenecaGame Stats
Nick Decker1-2, HR, 4 RBI
Kevin Gsell2-3, R

 

 

(3) Lacey 3, (14) Triton 0

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Triton (7-12)0000000010
Lacey (20-4)010200X390

 

Pitching

TritonIPHRERBBSOPC
Colin Carr5.293315106
Mike Shannon0.1000002
LaceyIPHRERBBSOPC
Anthony Elefante (W, 4-1)710021287

 

Top Hitters

TritonGame Stats
Morales1-3, 2B
LaceyGame Stats
Anthony Elefante2-3, 2 RBI
Keith Apostolos1-3, 2B
Jarrett Dial2-3
Brandon Haggerty1-3, 2B

 

(6) Mainland 1, (11) Pinelands 0

 

 

South Jersey Group II

(8) Cedar Creek 2, (9) Manchester 1

(4) Manasquan 6, (13) Sterling 0

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Sterling (9-14)0000000013
Manasquan (11-10)006000X660

 

Pitching

SterlingIPHRERBBSOPC
Vega (L)2.24644274
Crumpton3.1100310
ManasquanIPHRERBBSOPC
Tommy Sheehan (W, 4-2)6.0100513113
James Harmstead1.00000112

 

Top Hitters

SterlingGame Stats
Kite1-4, 3B
ManasquanGame Stats
Will Hopkinson2-2, 2B, RBI, BB
Tommy Sheehan1-1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
James Harmstead1-4, 2B, 2 RBI

 

 

(11) Barnegat 13, (6) Oakcrest 9

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Barnegat (10-14)009002213132
Oakcrest (15-12)33210009132

 

Pitching

BarnegatIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler Suydam1.25660147
Liam Corbett2.16330034
Justin Diefenbach (W)31000645
OakcrestIPHRERBBSO
Jon Dodson (L)258830
Louis DiFabio585511

 

Top Hitters

BarnegatGame Stats
Justin Diefenbach3-5, 2 RBI, R
Aaron McLaughlin2-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI
Brian Finucan2-4, 2 RBI, 2B
Nick Caputo2-4, 2 R
Christian Padilla4-4, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
OakcrestGame Stats
Donnie Stone2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Alec Rodriguez2-4, R, 2 RBI
Jack Markley2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

Aaron McLaughlin highlighted a nine-run third inning with a two-run double and hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the top of the sixth to lead the Bengals to a come-from-behind win over the Falcons. Barnegat will travel to play No. 3 West Deptford in the sectional semifinals on Thursday.

 

 

Monday Scores

South Jersey Group II

(5) Bordentown 3, (12) Point Boro 2 (8 Innings) 2

Cody Schroeder chopped a game-winning two-run single over the third-base bag in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Scotties (16-8) walked off with an extra-inning win over the Panthers (10-13) to advance to the sectional quarterfinals on Thursday.

Point Boro took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth on an RBI single to left by Justin Rafi. It was the second lead Point Boro seized in the game - the first coming on a solo home run by Kyle Lauria in the top of the sixth inning that broke a scoreless tie.

Bordentown answered on a solo blast by Schroeder, who also pitched a complete game on the mound in addition to his three RBI.

Tom Paul went the distance on the mound for Point Boro and allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out nine and walking two. He threw 103 pitches in 7 1/3 innings.