Ocean County Tournament


(3) Southern 4, (10) Manchester 3 (8 Innings)

Manchester (11-10)00003000384
Southern (13-6)00000301483



Joe Felipe5.263321097
Jagger Karaska (L, 1-1)22101136
Pat Barrett5.18310689
Nick Simone (W, 3-3)2.20000431


Top Hitters

ManchesterGame Stats
James Johns2-4, RBI, SB
Jarvis Smith1-3, 2B, R
Pat Carney1-3, R, RBI
Gavin Pabst2-4
SouthernGame Stats
Nolan Watson2-3, 3B, BB
Zach Oddo2-3, BB, RBI
Joey Robertson1-3, R

Pinch-runner Connor Ciliberto scored from second base when a throw from shortstop pulled Manchester first baseman Derek Schmidt off the bag with two out in the bottom of the eighth and the Rams walked off with a win over the Hawks to advance to the Ocean County Tournament final for the first time since winning the tournament in 1977.

Ciliberto pinch ran for first baseman Zach Oddo with two out in the eighth after Oddo picked up his second single of the game. Ciliberto then stole second base and broke for third on sophomore Cole Markley's ground ball to shortstop. The senior never broke stride around the third base bag and when Pat Carney's throw pulled Schmidt off the base, Ciliberto had just enough time to slide in ahead fo Schmidt's throw home.

Ciliberto also scored a run in the sixth inning as a courtesy runner for catcher Nolan Watson, who hit the second of back-to-back singles to start the inning. Senior second baseman Joey Robertson led off with a single to center and scored on an errant throw to third base after a passed ball - Southern's first run of the game. Ciliberto advanced to third on the throw and scored on a sacrifice fly by Marcos Matias to cut Manchester's lead to 3-2.

Southern caught a break when Garret Lange reached with two out on a wild pitch on a swinging strike three. Senior Joe Colonna then stroked a single to left field and Oddo came through with a two-out RBI single through the right side to chase home Lange with the tying run.

Carney gave Manchester a 1-0 lead with an RBI single to left in the fifth after Larvis Smith started the rally with a double. The Hawks score the second run on an error that also extended the inning for freshman James Johns, who ripped an RBI single to right field to cap the three-run Manchester fifth.

Southern will take on Toms River North Thursday in the Ocean County Tournament final, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Toms River South. Southern took both regular-season meetings against the defending OCT champion Mariners.



(4) Toms River North 5, (1) Toms River South 2

TR North (14-6)0000401570
TR South (17-3)0020000240



Craig Larsen (W, 5-1)742225107
Justin Fall (L, 5-1)54443594
Matt Shiffer23110127


Top Hitters

TR NorthGame Stats
Jared Bellissimo1-4, 3 RBI
Alex Klalo2-3, RBI
Mike Nyisztor2-3, 2B, BB, R
Dylan Feigin1-2, HBP, 2 R
TR SouthGame Stats
Ben Montenegro1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Matt Fitzpatrick2-3, 2B

Junior Jared Bellissimo lined a tie-breaking two-run single to right-centerfield with two out in the top of the fifth, capping a four-run rally and lifting the Mariners over the rival Indians and into the OCT championship game for the second straight season. The defending champions will take on Southern Regional Thursday night at Toms River South.

Toms River North loaded the bases with none out in the fifth against previously-unbeaten Toms River South left-hander Justin Fall (5-1) on a hit-by-pitch, a walk and a well-placed bunt along the third-base line by sophomore Dylan Feigin. Fall got Larsen to foul out and center fielder Alex Klalo popped up a bases-loaded bunt, but it carried over Fall's head to score a run, although Fall managed to record the out at first base.

Toms River South then elected to intentionally walk Mike Nyisztor and pitch to Bellissimo with the bases loaded, but during the at-bat, right fielder Nick Sibilia scored on a passed ball to tie the game. With runners on second and third, Bellissimo lined a shot to the right-center alley to plate Feigin and Nyisztor before Bellissimo was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a double by Toms River South right fielder T.J. Scuderi.

Bellissimo added his third RBI on a fielder's choice ground out in the seventh.

Toms River South jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-out, two-run home run by senior third baseman Ben Montenegro that landed on top of the school roof in right-centerfield. After that hit, however, junior right-hander Craig Larsen limited Toms River South to two hits the rest of the way and retired the final seven batters to finish off his fifth win of the season.




St. Rose 5, Brick Memorial 1

Pinelands 8, Toms River East 3

No. 4 Red Bank Catholic 3, Barnegat 2

Long Branch 4, Keansburg 2

Keyport 4, Matawan 2

No. 3 Wall 4, St. John Vianney 3



CBA 15, Piscataway 3


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