Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Opening Round

(11) CBA 13, (22) Matawan 0 (5 Innings)

Nick Hohenstein hit a three-run home run during a 10-run first inning for CBA that sparked the Colts (16-7) to a win over the Huskies (10-10) in the opening round. CBA will face No. 6 Freehold Boro for the third time this season in the round of 16 on Saturday.

Matt Kern and Matt Fitzsimmons each hit a two-run double in the first. Tommy DiTullio singled home a run in the second and Jack Harnisch followed with an RBI double later in the inning. Connor Baksh tacked on an RBI single in the fourth.

DiTullio and Kern both finished 2-for-3 with two RBI for CBA.

Blaise Venancio allowed two hits and no walks over four scoreless innings while striking out three and throwing 39 pitches. Spencer Bauer pitched a perfect fifth inning and struck out two to finish off the game.

Jackson Hercek accounted for both Matawan hits and finished 2-for-2.


(17) Jackson Liberty 5, (16) Raritan 1

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Raritan (15-5)0000001141



Matt Pickus (W, 5-3)74100588
Matt Birdsall (L, 5-1)44320255
Zack Johnston35220242


Top Hitters

Jackson Lib.Game Stats
David Melfi2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Daniel Sofield2-3, 2B, 2 R
RaritanGame Stats
Alex Lamattina2-3
Matt Birdsall1-1, 2B

David Melfi keyed a three-run third inning with a two-run double and junior right-hander Matt Pickus took care of the rest by twirling a complete game in a Lions win over the Rockets. Jackson Liberty advances to Saturday's round of 16 to face top-seeded Toms River South, which Jackson Liberty defeated on Friday with a complete-game effort from Pickus.



(19) Colts Neck 16, (14) Brick 8

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Brick (12-8)02000608125



Dillon Pellecchia (W, 3-2)58221385
Jon Weitzman02441016
Adrian Jimenez01100014
Hunter Boag21002029
Mike Soldo (L, 4-3)1.14663050
John Zurawski2.12553359
Mike Brunner1.10002028
Nick Sekera26512157


Top Hitters

Colts NeckGame Stats
Nick Straub2-3, 3 R, RBI
Adrian Jimenez2-4, R, RBI
Reece Horneck1-2, 2 BB, 3 R, RBI
Jon Weitzman1-3, R, 2 RBI
Brendan Clarke2-5, 2 R
Anthony Sasso1-1, 2B, R, RBI
Shawn Scully1-1, 2 RBI


BrickGame Stats
Chris Salsano2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Nick Sekera2-2, R
Jerry Hutchison1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
John Prato2-4, R, RBI
Mike Soldo2-3, 2B

Colts Neck scored five runs in three different innings, including five in the top of the seventh to stave off a comeback by the Green Dragons. The Cougars will travel to play No. 3 Wall in Saturday's round of 16.



(6) Freehold Boro 10, (27) Mater Dei Prep 0 (5 Innings)

Dane Della Valle, Dan Chiusano and Tom Holdorf combined on a five-inning one-hitter and the Colonials (15-7) cruised to a win over the Seraphs (8-10) to advance to a round-of-16 meeting with No. 11 CBA - the fourth matchup between the Class A North rivals this season.

Phil Marcantonio was 1-for-3 with three-run triple in the first inning and Chris Cassandra was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Pat White also finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and Matt Granato drove in three runs without recording a hit.



(18) Freehold Twp. 5, (15) Middletown South 2

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Midd. South (12-9)0110000251



Mike Pirrotta2.22212550
Greg Najar0.21001015
Zack Pericone (W, 2-2)3.22001234
John Martin662215101
Robby Zega (L, 2-2)0.11332013
Jack Roesch0.21001016


Top Hitters

Freehold Twp.Game Stats
Andrew Beam3-4, 4 RBI
Nick Lodispoto2-3, 2B, BB, R
Cristian Corcione3-3, R
Midd. SouthGame Stats
Ryan Ruziecki2-4, RBI
Jeremy Joyce1-1, 2 BB, RBI
Robby Zega1-3, 2B

Winning pitcher Zack Pericone plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh and catcher Andrew Beam gave his pitcher some breathing room with a two-run single in the same inning as the Patriots rallied for five runs over the final two innings to beat the Eagles.

Beam also tied the game in the sixth with a two-out, two-run single. Both RBI singles by Beam came on a 1-1 count with two out.

Ryan Ruziecki led off the bottom of the seventh against Pericone with a single but was later called out for baserunner interference  when he slid too far past the base while attempting to break up a double play.

Pericone was the third pitcher of the game for Freehold Township, which had to scramble after starter Mike Pirrotta left the game with two out in the third inning due to a back injury. Pirrotta struck out the side in order in the bottom of the first and finished with five strikeouts, but threw just seven of 19 pitches for strikes while laboring through the first two outs of the third inning.

Ruziecki singled home a run in the third and Jeremy Joyce opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the second.

Freehold Township will travel to play No. 2 Monmouth Regional in the round of 16 on Saturday.



(12) Southern 4, (21) Manchester 2

Noah Brown went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Pat Barrett and Zach Oddo each singled and drove in a run to help the Rams beat the Hawks in a tournament game for the second day in a row and advance to a round-of-16 date with No. 5 Lacey on Saturday.

Barrett was 1-for-2 and Oddo finished 1-for-2 for Southern. Marcos Matias also went 2-for-3 with a double in the win.

Andrew Luongo allowed a run on six hits and one walk over five innings while striking out three and throwing 76 pitches to earn the win. Colin Flood pitched the final two to nail down the save.

Kirk Montanye was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Derek Schmidt went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Manchester. Losing pitcher Gavin Pabst allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings while walking two and striking out four.



(10) Middletown North 3, (23) Central 0

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Midd. North (13-8)110010x351



Jared Morris (L, 1-5)65333384
Garrett French (W, 7-2)73001482


Top Hitters

CentralGame Stats
Ryan Galati1-2, BB
Midd. NorthGame Stats
Tyler Ras1-4, 3B, RBI
Brendan Doherty1-2, RBI
Mike Mercier1-3
Connor Welsh1-3
Nick Donato1-3
Jason TimmonsSac Fly, RBI

Tyler Ras pushed home a run in the second inning and later scored on a Brendan Doherty single after tripling in the fifth to back junior right-hander Garrett French and help the Lions beat the Golden Eagles. French won his seventh game with another gem, this time allowing only three hits and striking out four.

Middletown North will play Saturday against the winner of the night game between Toms River North and Point Pleasant Beach.



(24) Pinelands 1, (9) Manasquan 0

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Manasquan (10-10)0000000012



Joey Ventresca (W, 4-2)7.01002997
Connor Muly (L, 3-3)7.04112992


Top Hitters

PinelandsGame Stats
Anthony Diaz1-3
Peter Hammond1-2, BB
Tommy Madge1-3
Riley Stephenson1-2, RBI
ManasquanGame Stats
Ethan Thompson1-3

Riley Stephenson's fifth-inning RBI single was all sophomore starter Joey Ventresca needed as the right-hander pitched a one-hitter to lift the Wildcats to a win over the Warriors while outdueling Connor Muly. Pinelands will play No. 8 St. Rose in Saturday's SCT round of 16.



(8) St. Rose 9, (25) Red Bank 7

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St. Rose (19-2)701100X9123



Jack Povey (L, 2-3)0.26721141
Josh Horowitz5.162245100
Brandon Mology (W, 4-0)456427102
John Crowley (S, 1)34112358


Top Hitters

Red BankGame Stats
Matt Santos2-3, R, 2 RBI
Jonah Rosen2-4, 2B, R
Aidan Kelly2-5, RBI
Will Grant1-3, R, RBI
Jack Povey1-3, R, RBI
Kevin Laughlin1-4, RBI
St. RoseGame Stats
Riley Maypother3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
John Crowley2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Will Gannon3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Brody Maypother2-3, 2B, R, RBI
Mario Bove1-3, R, RBI
Joe Volpe1-4, 2B

Riley and Brody Maypother hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first and passed ball opened the door to a seven-run first inning as the Purple Roses jumped on the Bucs and held off a comeback to advance to the round of 16.



(13) Manalapan 7, (20) Marlboro 3

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Manalapan (15-8)0000520782



Jeremy Bello (L, 3-4)4.25544292
Will Kramer0.22221019
Zach DeRosa0.2100004
JonMichael Sabatino44330472
Anthony Jomo (W, 2-0)32000549


Top Hitters

MarlboroGame Stats
DeVante Smith1-3, HR, 3 RBI, Run
Jared Wright2-4
ManalapanGame Stats
Giovanni Ciaccio1-3, HR, run, 2 RBI
Rob Gargano2-4, run, 2B, 2 RBI
Vin Lanza2-4, run, 2 RBI
Anthony Naylor2-3, 2 runs

Giovanni Ciaccio hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth and the Braves scored all seven of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings to upend the Mustangs. Manalapan will play No. 4 Red Bank Catholic in the round of 16 on Saturday.



(7) Toms River North 15, (26) Point Beach 0 (5 Innings)

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TR North (15-6)1473X15140



Chris Russo (L, 4-4)2.21012124169
Jude Lovegren0.12221015
Phil Antoniotti12110122
Jon Giordano (W, 2-0)500011062


Top Hitters

TR NorthGame Stats
Mike Nyisztor3-4, 2 2B, R, 4 RBI
Craig Larsen3-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Austin Feigin2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI
Dylan Feigin2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jared Bellissimo1-2, 2B, 2 RBI

Sophomore Jon Giordano pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just one walk as the Mariners overpowered the Garnet Gulls to advance to Saturday's round of 16 against No. 10 Middletown North.

Giordano retired the first 11 batters he faced before issuing a five-pitch walk to Point Beach designated hitter Kevin Donnelly with two out in the fourth. The sophomore right-hander struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced and wound up striking out 10 of 16 for the game.




Holmdel 17, Keansburg 2 (5 Innings)


Barnegat 6, Howell 5


Ocean 3, Brick Memorial 0


Neptune 14, Henry Hudson 4


No. 1 Toms River South 4, Lacey 3

T.J. Scuderi hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning and Tom Spiwak struck out six in 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win as the Indians (18-3) edged the Lions (18-4) in a possible Shore Conference Tournament semifinal preview.

Keith Apostolos and Miles Feaster each picked up two hits - including a double - and scored a run to lead Lacey. Tom Coraggio lasted five innings in taking the loss.



At FirstEnergy Park

Lakewood 3, Long Branch 2




Hightstown at Shore, 4 p.m.


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