The second annual Monmouth-vs.-Ocean Underclass All-Star game on Tuesday night will be the culmination of of the standout seasons had by its participants, but event creator Mike McGarrell would like to think the game is secondary to the players it recognizes and the message is emphasizes.

McGarrell is the director of County All-Stars, which he is in the process of converting to a 501(c)(3) non-profit to further its mission statement centering around community service.

This year's crop of underclass all-stars from Monmouth and Ocean Counties will compete on Tuesday night, 7 p.m. at Toms River South High School but the celebration of the game began last Tuesday with the Underclass Awards Dinner at Eagle Ridge Country Club in Lakewood. Each player was presented with a plaque to commemorate their selection and the group got a chance to watch an exclusive interview with Al Leiter in lieu of his presence.

Leiter was initially scheduled to attend the dinner but was in Washington to broadcast a make-up game between the Nationals and the Yankees.

"The message of the dinner is about community - serving your community," McGarrell told Town Square Media's Vin Ebenau. "It's about getting out and doing something for someone else.

"These are tomorrow's leaders. We want to tell them, 'Hold yourself to a higher standard and do more. Get out of your space and do something for someone else. Help transform someone else's life and at the same time, you'll transform your own."

The dinner also honored the Player of the Year in each county and two winners of the Ken Frank Character Award. Wall junior pitcher Trey Dombroski was the Monmouth County Player of the Year and Jackson Liberty junior catcher David Melfi was the Ocean County Player of the Year. Freehold Township junior Cristian Corcione and St. John Vianney junior outfielder Spencer Margulis, meanwhile, were the winners of the Ken Frank Award.

Frank will be the coach of the Ocean County team and will oppose a Monmouth County squad led by Christian Brothers Academy coach Marty Kenney. Frank is New Jersey high school baseball's all-time leader in coaching victories with 881 while Kenney joined Frank this year the only two coaches with 800 or more career wins in N.J.

Tickets for Tuesday's game will be sold at the game site for $10 each.


2018 Monmouth-Ocean Underclass All-Star Rosters

Monmouth County All-Stars

The Monmouth County Underclass All-Stars. (Photo by Tom Zapcic Photography)
The Monmouth County Underclass All-Stars. (Photo by Tom Zapcic Photography)

Head Coach: Marty Kenney, CBA

Max Winters, Ocean, 2019, Catcher

Justin Kapuscinski, Marlboro, 2019, Catcher

Dan Cowles, Colts Neck, 2020, First Base

Braedin Hunt, CBA, 2020, Outfield/Pitcher

Cristian Corcione, Freehold Twp., 2019, Second Base

Brandon Smith, Freehold Twp., 2019, Shortstop

Tommy DiTullio, CBA, 2019, Shortstop

Ryan Toomey, Ocean, 2019, Shortstop

Vincent Bianchi, Red Bank Catholic, 2019, Shortstop/Pitcher

Aurelio Licata, Middletown South, 2019, Shortstop

Grant Shulman, Wall, 2019, Third Base/Pitcher

Chris O'Connor, Middletown South, 2020, Third Base

Liam Meyer, Keansburg, 2019, Outfield

Ryan Kasmer, Raritan, 2020, Outfield

Spencer Margulis, St. John Vianney, 2019, Outfield

David Glancy, Red Bank Catholic, 2019, Outfield

Ramon Fontanes, Marlboro, 2020, Outfield

Trey Dombroski, Wall, 2019, Pitcher

Brendan Martin, St. John Vianney, 2019, Pitcher

Ryan Bearse, Howell, 2019, Shortstop/Pitcher

John Nimeth, Red Bank Catholic, 2020, Pitcher

Joe Escandon, CBA, 2019, Pitcher

Jack Povey, Red Bank, 2019, Pitcher

Ryan Kurczeski, Freehold Twp., 2019, Pitcher

Dante Ciaramella, Monmouth, 2020, Pitcher

Bryan Bernard, Howell, 2019, Pitcher


Ocean County All-Stars

Ocean County Underclass All-Stars (Photo by Tom Zapcic Photography)
Ocean County Underclass All-Stars (Photo by Tom Zapcic Photography)

Head Coach: Ken Frank, Toms River South

Sam Collins, Point Boro, 2019, Shortstop/Pitcher

Ahmir Cournier, Toms River East, 2019, Shortstop

Greg Hanlon, Brick Memorial, 2019, Second Base

Jonathan Giordano, Toms River North, 2019, Outfielder/Pitcher

Lukas Torres, Barnegat, 2020, Outfield/Pitcher

Phil Antoniotti, Point Beach, 2020, Shortstop/Pitcher

Colin Mackle, Toms River South, 2019, Outfield

Maximus Rivas, Toms River South, 2020, Shortstop

Jordan Erbe, Toms River South, 2019, Second Base

Matt Morro, Donovan Catholic, 2019, Shortstop

Carmine Petosa, Jackson Memorial, 2020, First Base

Nick Beetel, Jackson Memorial, 2020, Pitcher

Alex Iadisernia, Jackson Memorial, 2019, Outfield

Evan Scala, Manchester, 2021, Outfield

Jack Felipe, Manchester, 2019, Catcher

Shane Hickey, Jackson Liberty, 2020, Third Base

Connor Keenan, Jackson Liberty, 2019, Outfield

Scott Wierciszewski, Jackson Liberty, 2019, Outfield

David Melfi, Jackson Liberty, 2019, Catcher

Sam Sramaty, Lacey, 2019, Pitcher

Jorden Jurkiewicz, Lacey, 2019, Catcher

T.J. Rosace, Brick Memorial, 2019, Shortstop

Noah Dean, Pinelands, 2019, Pitcher

Joey Ventresca, Pinelands, 2019, Shortstop/Pitcher

Anthony Diaz, Pinelands, 2019, Third Base


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