Baseball Tuesday Scoreboard, 5/5/15
Class A South
Toms River North 7, Southern 5
Junior catcher Owen Sulfrain went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Brett Hyers and Doug Molnar combined for seven innings on the mound as the Mariners (12-4, 11-3) held off a comeback by the Rams (7-10, 4-8) to clinch a share of the Class A South division championship.
Sulfrain and Ryan Larsen each had a two-run single in a four-run third inning that gave Toms River North a 4-0 lead. Joey Rose also went 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs scored for the Mariners.
Southern rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning to stun Toms River North, 5-4, in the Ocean County Tournament on Saturday and the Rams almost did it again on Tuesday. Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth, they scored five runs to pull within a run of the Mariners and chase Hyers. Jared Lubannski and Joe LaShine each had an RBI single in the rally.
Brick 6, Toms River East 3
Dan Berg hit a go-ahead two-run single to highlight a three-run Brick fourth as the Green Dragons (10-9, 6-7) dug out of an early two-run hole to beat the Raiders (5-8, 5-7).
Hunter Rizzuto took over on the mound with one out in the bottom of the third and allowed one unearned run the rest of the way to pick up the win. Nick Moglia also added an RBI double in the sixth for Brick, while Ron Parliament and John Prato were each 3-for-4 in the win.
Jon Meola and Chad Leonard each finished 2-for-3 with a double to lead Toms River East, with Leonard scroring a run and Meola scoring one and driving one in.
Jackson Memorial 5, Brick Memorial 1
Rich Rountree went 2-for-3 with a double and both scored and drove in a run in a five-run seventh inning that gave the Jaguars (12-5, 8-4) a late, come-from-behind win over the Mustangs (10-11, 3-9).
Joe DeMaio and Kyle Johnson also delivered RBI in the seventh for Jackson Memorial to make a winner out of senior right-hander Ryan Takacs, who went the distance on the mound. Takacs allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven to improve to 3-1.
Nick Matteo and James Donlon hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the second to give Brick Memorial an early 1-0 lead. Starter D.J. Wilson took a shutout into the seventh inning and finished allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of work.
Toms River South 11, Lacey 1 (5 Innings)
Sophomore left-hander Justin Fall threw a five-inning, three-hit complete game with seven strikeouts and the Indians (13-4, 10-3) stayed alive in the Class A South race by beating the Lions (6-12, 3-10). Toms River South needs a win at Brick, coupled with a Lacey win over Toms River North on Thursday to capture a division co-championship.
Ray Liguori was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Michael Conover finished 2-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Toms River South offense. Jake Ryan and Anthony Carfora contributed a two-run single apiece in the win.
Class B Central
Keansburg 3, Keyport 2
Matt Gibney and Arkeyel Brown drew consecutive bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and the Titans (6-8, 6-7) hung on to beat the Red Raiders (5-9, 5-8). Both Gibney and Brown finished 1-for-2 at the plate.
Ian Terry went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI and also threw two innings of relief to earn the win. Starter Jim McAteer allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings of work.
Austin Blum was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win.
Mater Dei Prep 4, St. Rose 3
Senior Ryan Fanner lined a slicing shot down the right-field line that dropped in fair to score pinch-runner Mike Dunne from second base with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Seraphs (13-5, 12-1) a walk-off win over the Purple Roses (14-4, 11-2) to clinch a share of the Class B Central title for the first time since 2002.
First basemann Matt Bender led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk against St. Rose starter Pat Fullman. Starting center fielder Travis Cloney came on in relief and induced a pop-up to second baseman Brandon Mology and a ground out to third baseman Joe Volpe, which allowed the pinch-runner Dunne to move to second.
Fanner then stepped up and jumped on Cloney's first-pitch fastball, lining it down the right-field line too chase home Dunne and set off the celebration.
Junior right-hander Nick Roditis allowed the first two St. Rose batters to reach in the top of the seventh but pitched out of the second-and-third, no-out jam to get the Seraphs to the bottom of the seventh still tied at 3.
Roditis then coaxed a slow ground ball to third base that did not allow Kussmaul to score and got one more ground out to sophomore third baseman Kyle Dowlen to end the threat.
Fanner finished the game 3-for-4 and also drove in the first run of the game during Mater Dei's three-run first inning. Senior left fielder and leadoff hitter Patric Donohoe led off the bottom of the first with a double off the left-field fence and scored on Fanner's single through the left side.
Senior center fielder Vincenzo Mezzacappa reached on an error and scored along with Fanner on a two-out, two-run double off the left-field fence by catcher Nick Massaro.
The three-run first gave Mater Dei a 3-2 lead after St. Rose jumped on top 2-0 on a two-run home run in the top of the first by first baseman Kyle Missry.
Fanner delivered another hit with a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the second inning, but St. Rose sophomore left fielder Brendan Hueth threw out Dunne trying to score from second base.
St. Rose would then tie the game in the top of the third on an RBI single by junior Mike Gowen that scored Cloney from second after Cloney led off the inning with a single and stole second base.
Vinny Stanziale allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings to earn the no-decision for Mater Dei. Stanziale and Roditis benefitted from a Mater Dei defense that did not commit an error.
Mater Dei will have a chance at the outright division title, which the Seraphs cann clinch by beating Ranney at home on Thursday.
Ranney 9, Asbury Park 7
James Geraghty went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Corey Natofsky tossed a complete game to help the Panthers (4-10, 4-8) beat the Blue Bishops (1-11, 1-11).
Point Beach 12, Henry Hudson 2 (5 Innings)
Freshman John Nista went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI and five other Point Beach players went 2-for-3 as the Garnet Gulls (11-4, 10-3) rolled to a win over the Admirals (1-10, 1-10).
John Daly was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored, while Antonio Garcia and Ryan Franzoni both finished 2-for-3 with two RBI. John VannSchoick was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI and winning pitcher Geno Antgnoli went 2-for-3 as well with a run scored.
Antognoli pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two.
Ryan Doegler doubled, scored a run and was one of five Henry Hudson players to finished 1-for-2. Brendan Carlstrom and Kyle Rauen both finished 1-for-2 and each drove in a run in the loss
Class B South
Central 6, Manchester 3
Frank Rose remained red-hot at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored to help lead the Golden Eagles (7-10, 6-6) to a win over the Hawks (7-9, 6-7). Over Central's last four games, Rose is 9-for-13.
Senior Anthony Arneth struck out nine and walked three while scattering nine hits in a complete-game victory. Matt Aires picked up two hits and scored a run for Central, while Jake Dominguez singled home Joe Bassett in the sixth to make the score 6-3.
Jon Meaney hit a two-run home run for Manchester and Ryan Vanderham was 3-for-4 in the loss.
Barnegat 6, Lakewood 4
Nik Fraim ripped a two-run double to ignite a six-run fourth inning that helped the Bengals (12-6, 9-4) rally from three-run deficit and beat the Piners (1-14, 1-12).
With Tuesday's win and Jackson Liberty's loss, Barnegat and Jackson Liberty are now tied atop the Class B South standings and will play each other Thursday in the final division game for both. The winner will be the outright Class B South champion.
Aaron McLaughlin and Anthony Lani each added an RBI single in the six-run fourth. Sophomore Justin Diefenbach took over on the mound in the third inning and threw five three-hit innings while allowing one earned run.
Jason Holguin drove in two runs with a single Lakewood's three-run third and Eric Segui added an RBI single in the loss.
Point Boro 6, Donovan Catholic 5 (9 Innings)
Jack Fitzsimmons plated Frank Graziano with the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth and Thomas Paul pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the bottom of the inning to secure a win for the Panthers (9-9, 6-7) over the Griffins (11-10, 6-6).
Donovan Catholic pushed the game to extra innings with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Russ Petranto and Mike Marron had singles to help load the bases and Donovan Catholic tied the game with a hit-by-pitch by Matt Drake, an RBI fielder's choice by Steve Lazicki and a game-tying walk by Ryan O'Sullivan.
Sam Monaco was 2-for-4 with a grand slam in the fifth, while John Youmans was 3-for-4 in the win. Petranto finished 4-for-5 with two runs scored in the loss.
Pinelands 5, Jackson Liberty 1
Jared Miller threw a four-hit complete game with one walk and five strikeouts and the Wildcats (10-8, 8-5) topped the Lions (10-7, 9-4) to prevent Jackson Liberty from cliching a share of the Class B South division title.
Mitch Merrill went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base and Jared Strang hit an RBI double to key a three-run third inning for Pinelands. Ryan Ross added an RBI single in the inning, Sage Sysol started the Pinelands scoring RBI single in the first inning, and Brad O'Brien singled home a run in the sixth.
Dylan Millemann doubled and Billy Hart tied the game at 1 in the top of the second with a sacrifice fly.