Saturday, April 6

Class A North

Marlboro 4, Colts Neck 2

Senior Nick Scaff led off the top of the seventh with a double and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by senior Joe Santos as the Mustangs executed in the final inning to earn a win over the Cougars.

Junior Gavin McCarthy, who followed Scaff's double with a walk, scored on a wild pitch for an insurance run, which senior Anthony Martino did not need. Martino took over for senior starter Danny Trentacosta and pitched around a Nick Hayden single for a scoreless seventh, as well as a save.

Santos also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and junior Nick Diadema hit a game-tying RBI double in the top of the fourth inning.

Seniors Anthony Vallaro and Casey Gardiner each hit RBI singles in the two-run third inning that put Colts Neck ahead, 2-1.

Marlboro (1-1, 1-0)1001002430
Colts Neck (1-2, 0-1)0020000261


Danny Trentacosta (W, 1-0)65222898
Anthony Martino (SV, 1)11000018
Tom Diffley52225386
Nick Hayden (L, 0-1)21223148

Top Hitters

MarlboroGame Stats
Nick Diadema1-2, 2B, BB, RBI
Nick Scaff1-3, 2B, R
Paul Santos1-2, BB, HBP, 2 SB
Joe Santos0-2, 2 RBI
Gavin McCarthy0-1, 2 BB, HBP, 2 R
Colts NeckGame Stats
Casey Gardiner1-2, BB, RBI, 2 SB
Anthony Vallaro1-4, RBI
R.J. Conover2-2, R
Matt Clark1-3, R


Manalapan 6, No. 13 Howell 3

Senior Erik Johnson tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the third and delivered a two-run single during a four-run Manalapan fourth as the Braves topped the Rebels for their first win of the season.

Howell jumped out to a 2-0 lead on two-run single by junior Logan Koeppel and Manalapan chipped away with a run each in the second and third innings.

Senior John Pecoraro gave Manalapan a 3-2 lead with an RBI single in the fourth after the Braves loaded the bases with one out. Howell was one out from getting out of the inning with a one-run deficit, but Johnson came through with a two-out, two-run single to make it 5-2. Pecoraro then scored on a passed ball to cap the rally.

Senior Joe Dionision earned the win and senior Kevin Rusinak recorded the final four outs to earn the save in a scoreless outing.

Howell (0-1, 0-1)2000010361
Manalapan (1-1, 1-0)011400X660


Rohan Shah (L, 0-1)3.12435275
Jake Jensen0.23211129
Stephen Vetrano21000126
Joe Dionisio (W, 1-0)43225584
Ryan Graham1.22111137
Kevin Rusinak (SV, 1)1.11000119

Top Hitters

HowellGame Stats
Logan Koeppel2-4, 2 RBI
Vinny Agnello2-3, RBI
Waylon Cavanaugh1-4, 2B, R
Braden Walsh1-4, 2B
ManalapanGame Stats
Erik Johnson2-3, 3 RBI
Chris Silva2-2, BB, 2 R
John Pecoraro1-2, BB, HBP, 2 R, RBI
Dennis Healy1-3, R


Class A Central

Monmouth 2, Wall 1

Sophomore Beckett Langdon drove in the winning run with an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Falcons walked off with an opening-day win over the Crimson Knights after a dominant pitching effort by junior Collin Denton.

Denton struck out 17 with just one walk while pitching a two-hitter and completed the seventh inning with his 112th and final pitch. In order for Denton to earn the win, Monmouth had to score in the bottom of the seventh and junior catcher Bobby Davidson helped his battery-mate with a leadoff double to start the bottom of the inning.

Davidson gave way to courtesy runner Alejandro Ocelotl, who moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Brandon Geiger. Langdon then smacked a line-drive single to center on a 0-2 pitch from sophomore starter John Catanio to plate Ocelotl with the winning run.

Denton took a perfect game into the fifth inning and struck out the first two batters of the fifth before running into trouble. The perfect-game big ended on a two-out error on a ball in play by senior Greg Desserich, followed by a single by sophomore Davis Harr to break up the no-hit bid. Austin Harr then reached on another error and Denton followed by issuing his only walk of the game, which senior Jon Cafone worked on four pitches to force in the game's lone run.

Monmouth struck back in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by senior Joe Alfano to drive in Geiger, who led the inning off with a single.

Wall (1-1, 1-1)0000100120
Monmouth (1-0, 1-0)0000101254


John Catanio (L, 0-1)6.15220869
Collin Denton (W, 1-0)7210117112

Top Hitters

WallGame Stats
Davis Harr2-3
MonmouthGame Stats
Beckett Langdon1-3, RBI
Joe Alfano1-2, 2B, RBI
Brandon Geiger1-2, R
Bobby Davidson1-3, 2B
Will Theobald1-3, 3B


Class A South

No. 9 Brick Memorial 8, Toms River South 7

Senior Nick Garbooshian hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the top of the seventh inning and freshman Zach Pirnick struck out the final two batters of the game with the tying run on second base to help the Mustangs close out a thrilling win over the Indians.

Pirnick struck out six in three innings of relief work and allowed just one earned run, which came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Senior Tyler Kopin led off the seventh with a single and sophomore Jaden Jeremiah followed with a double off the wall in right-centerfield to set up runners on second and third with none out.

Toms River South pushed a run across on a sacrifice fly by freshman Christian Mascaro to cut the Brick Memorial lead to 8-7 before Pirnik reached back for the back-to-back strikeouts.

Toms River South built up two different three-run leads. Kopin and sophomore Ben McEwan each hit RBI singles in a three-run first inning for Toms River South and sophomore Evan Schmidt took a shutout in the fourth inning.

Brick Memorial blasted its way back with back-to-back home runs by sophomore Tyler Garbooshian and his older brother, Nick. Tyler's two-run shot got the Mustangs on the board and Nick tied the game with a solo blast.

Geremia broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth with the first of his two doubles, which drove in the go-ahead run. McEwan followed with a two-run single to make it 6-3 in the fifth.

Nick Garbooshian drove in another run in the top of the sixth with an RBI groundout before  Dan Golembewski came through with a game-tying, two-out, two-run double to make it 6-6.

Brick Memorial took its first lead on the two-run double by Nick Garbooshian with one out in the top of the seventh.

Brick Mem (2-0, 2-0)00030328113
TR South (0-2, 0-2)30003017100


Mike Gioia47661263
Zach Pirnik (W, 1-0)32110642
Evan Schmidt34332450
Shane Byrne2.23331340
Ruben Febres (L, 0-1)1.14220123

Top Hitters

Brick MemorialGame Stats
Tyler Garbooshian3-4, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
Nick Garbooshian2-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI
Nicco Maribo2-4, R
Vinnie Martino1-2, BB, R
Joe McGlynn1-4, R
Dan Golembewski1-1, 2B, RBI
Toms River SouthGame Stats
Jaden Geremia2-4, 2 2B, R, RBI
Tyler Kopin2-3, BB, 3 R, RBI
Ben McEwan2-3, 3 RBI
Ryan Randall2-3
Cooper Greitz1-3, HBP, 2 R
Ruben Febres1-3, HBP, R


No. 11 Toms River East 5, Brick 0

TR East (3-0, 2-0)0001004570
Brick (0-2, 0-2)0000000021


Jack Mika (W, 1-0)510021391
James Whalen (SV, 1)21001126
Jayden Espana (L, 0-1)3.13112365
Sean Savannah33412450
Peyton Horning0.21001011

Top Hitters

Toms River EastGame Stats
Gavin Toth2-4, R, 2 RBI
Mason Pentz2-3, BB, RBI
Ryan Koman1-3, R
Mike Vaccarino1-3, HBP, R
Joey DiMeo3 BB, HBP, R
BrickGame Stats
David Marcus1-3
Shawn McLaughlin1-3



Class B North

Matawan 14, Neptune 0 (5 Innings)

Neptune (0-3, 0-3)00000XX014
Matawan (2-0, 2-0)2606XXX14101


Alex Soto (L, 0-1)4101496184
Scott Germaine (W, 1-0)41000757
Sal Cassano10000016

Top Hitters

NeptuneGame Stats
Hunter Morgan1-3
MatawanGame Stats
Jack Sassa3-4, 2B, 3 RBI
Mark Kovach2-4, RBI
Bryan McCartin2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SB
Mike DiPietro2-3, RBI
Andrew Gendi1-3, BB, 4 SB


Manasquan 3, St. John Vianney 1

Junior Dylan Vowteras cracked a two-run double in a three-run third inning and the Warriors bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Lancers in their season-opener.

SJV (1-1, 1-1)1000000141
Manasquan (1-0, 1-0)003000X351


Mike McCormack (L, 0-1)54324388
Max DeFonce1100007
Austin Griffith (W, 1-0)631011081
R.T. Runge (SV, 1)11000114

Top Hitters

St. John VianneyGame Stats
Mike McCormack2-3, 3B, RBI
Kevin DiPede1-2, BB, R
Mike Intartaglia1-3
ManasquanGame Stats
Dylan Vowteras2-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI
Luke Ramire1-2, HBP, R
Matt Koenig1-3
James Michko1-3


No. 7 Ranney 8, Red Bank 5

Freshmen Justin Kauffman and Brody Mauro made dazzling debuts for Ranney, helping the Panthers on the mound and at the plate in a come-from-behind win over the Bucs.

Kauffman earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief and drove in a team-high three runs, while Mauro tripled, drove in a run and set down the final five Red Bank hitters of the game to secure the save in the 6-foot-3 left-hander's high-school debut.

Red Bank (0-1, 0-1)2002100551
Ranney (1-0, 1-0)003041X8131


Nick Gandolfo4.17332481
Ryan Robinson (L, 0-1)1.26541342
Noah Hynes0.12223127
Zach Messina1.21002436
Nate Fuller1.20226455
Justin Kauffman (W, 1-0)1.22102538
Brody Mauro (SV, 1)1.20000219

 Top Hitters

Red BankGame Stats
Tommy Ruth1-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R
Jacob Pouso1-4, RBI
Tim Kelly1-2, 2 BB, R, 2 SB
RanneyGame Stats
Brody Mauro2-3, 3B, R, RBI
Justin Kauffman2-3, R, 3 RBI
Andrew Parisi3-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
Ryan Costello2-4, 2 R
Nate Fuller2-4, 2 R, RBI
Grayson Testino1-3, RBI


No. 6 Matawan 7, No. 14 Ocean 2

Junior Bryan McCartin continued his hot start with a three-run triple that broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, as the Huskies handled the Spartans to win their third straight to open the season.

Sal Cassano, Jack Sasso and Mark Kovach each drove in a run during a three-run Matawan second inning, which also proved costly to Ocean. Cassano and Kovach each hit an RBI double in the inning and on each hit, Ocean lost a starting outfielder to injury. Junior Michael Chowning injured his hand diving for Cassono's double down the leftfield line and later in the inning, centerfielder Will Walsh and rightfielder Bodhi Lettieri collided while trying to catch Kovach's ball in the gap. Lettieri suffered a cut near his mouth had to leave the game.

Senior right-hander and NJIT commit Brandon Falco struck out five of the eight batters he faced in his first start of the season for Matawan. Junior Jayce Thoroughman cruised through two innings to earn his first win before Kovach finished off the game.

Ocean (1-1, 1-1)0000101241
Matawan (3-0, 3-0)030310X780


Derek Vazquez (L, 0-1)25331045
Jack Kelly10000111
Alejandro Sanchez12331021
Anthony Torchia21111028
Brandon Falco20002544
Jayce Thoroughman (W, 1-0)21000429
Mark Kovach33223557

Top Hitters

OceanGame Stats
Connor Tongring1-3, BB, R, RBI
Matt Richter1-4, RBI
Will Walsh1-3, R
MatawanGame Stats
Bryan McCartin2-4, 3B, 3 RBI
Mark Kovach2-3, 2B, HBP, R, 2 RBI
Jack Sassa1-3, BB, R, RBI
Sal Cassano1-3, 2B, R, RBI
Colin McGeehan1-2, BB, R
Andrew Gendi1-3, R



Class B Central

Henry Hudson 9, Keyport 5

Keyport (0-1, 0-1)0010202533
Hudson (1-0, 1-0)100350X983


Erik Schmidt (L, 0-1)42417689
Jacob Pinto15551032
Paxton Douglass11000011
Chris Parmigiani (W, 1-0)623059103
Aiden Winters11212133

Top Hitters

KeyportGame Stats
Tristan Knoblauch1-4, RBI
Erik Schmidt1-4, RBI
Henry HudsonGame Stats
Hayden Kurdes2-3, 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Jack Burton3-4, R
Chris Parmigiani1-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI
David Ortore1-3, BB, RBI, 2 SB
Teddy Fariello1-4, R



Class B South

Game 1: No. 2 Donovan Catholic 6, No. 12 Point Boro 1

Junior Ryder Simpson turned the game around with a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning and the Griffins rode left-handed ace Jake Marciano to a season-opening win over the Panthers in the first leg of the double-header between the Class B South rivals.

Point Boro scratched an unearned run across against Marciano in the bottom of the first inning, with senior Ryan Acquisto reaching second on a dropped fly ball and moving to third on a bunt single by senior starting pitching Bryson Kirby. Senior Jayson Bennett then delivered a sacrifice fly on the seventh pitch of his at-bat to plate Acquisto.

Kirby mowed down the first nine batters he faced with six strikeouts, but Donovan Catholic got to him in the top of the fourth. Freshman Henry Rezai broke up the perfect start with a seven-pitch walk, which was the first three-ball count of the game for Kirby. After a strikeout by Kirby, Rezai moved up to second on a groundout to the catcher by senior Joe Maier and the over to third on senior Dave Yorke's infield single.

Simpson then stepped in, waited out a 2-1 count and launched a fastball to dead-centerfield that cleared the wall for his first career home run.

Marciano backed up his team's offensive breakout by striking out the side in order in the bottom of the fourth. He issued just one free pass in the game, which came on a 3-2 slider to Kirby in his final at-bat before turning it over to Liam Scallon to finish off the win.

Donovan Catholic added two runs in the fifth on three walks and a hit-by-pitch and tacked on one more in the sixth when junior Mike Santise tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Lucas Affa.

Donovan (1-0, 1-0)0003210642
Point Boro (0-1, 0-1)1000000120


Donovan CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Jake Marciano (W, 1-0)5.211011292
Liam Scallon1.11000014
Bryson Kirby (L, 0-1)42333879
Cal Kedves0.10223131
Eric Greeley2.22111342

Top Hitters

Donovan CatholicGame Stats
Ryder Simpson1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
Dave Yorke1-2, 2 BB, R, RBI
Mike Santise1-3, 3B, R
Point BoroGame Stats
Matt Lokerson1-3, 2B
Bryson Kirby1-2, BB


Game 2: No. 12 Point Boro 17, No. 2 Donovan Catholic 6 (6 Innings)

Freshman Jake Clayton introduced himself to the No. 2 team in the Shore Sports Network rankings with a 4-for-4 game at the plate that included two doubles and five RBI as the Panthers routed the Griffins to bounce back from a game one loss in a big way.

Clayton had a hand in Point Boro's first three runs of the game. He singled, stole second and scored on a two-out single by senior Jayson Bennett put Point Boro up, 1-0. In the top of the second, he slammed a two-out, two-run double to put the Panthers back in front, 3-1, after Donovan Catholic tied the game on an error in the bottom of the first.

Donovan Catholic pulled even again in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run by senior Dave Yorke, but Point Boro had an answer in the fourth. Senior Bryson Kirby singled home the go-ahead run and Bennett followed with a two-run double for a 6-3 Panthers lead. Senior John Ward tacked on the fourth run of the inning with an RBI single.

Clayton made it 8-3 with an RBI double as part of a two-run fifth inning that gave Point Boro a 5-3 lead. The freshman shortstop then delivered a two-run single in the Panthers' eight-run sixth that turned a high-scoring game into a 17-4 rout before Donovan Catholic pushed two across in the sixth.

Junior left-hander Nick Kowalewski fanned 11 in 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win for Point Boro.

Point Boro (1-1, 1-1)120428X17142
Donovan (1-1, 1-1)102012X672


Nick Kowalewski (W, 1-0)4.244311185
Wyatt Dewysockie1.13221333
Donovan CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Lovacco (L, 0-1)3.18751674
Hunter Lefkus1.22211323
Rocco Padula00555028
T.J. Manning13332022

Top Hitters

Point BoroGame Stats
Jake Clayton4-4, 2 2B, BB, 3 R, 5 RBI
John Ward3-3, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI
Jayson Bennett2-4, 2B, 4 RBI
Matt Lokerson2-4, HBP, R, RBI
Bryson Kirby1-4, BB, 2 R, RBI
Jack Macaluso1-3, HBP, 2 R, RBI
Donovan CatholicGame Stats
Joe Maier2-3, 2 RBI
Dave Yorke1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Henry Rezai2-4, R
Ryder Simpson1-4, R, RBI


Jackson Liberty 16, Manchester 2 (5 Innings)

Manchester (0-2, 0-2)01001XX253
Jackson Lib (2-0, 2-0)4444XXX1652


Brenden Spaziano (L, 0-1)1.21887367
Riley Wescott1.12402241
Sean Reardon12443131
Matt Galayda (W, 1-0)42113361
Matt O’Brien12110014

Top Hitters

ManchesterGame Stats
Evan Palmer2-3
Patrick McKay1-3, 2B, RBI
Anthony Carino1-2, 2B, BB, R
Jackson LibertyGame Stats
Matt Galayda2-3, 2 2B, 5 RBI
Jack Kanis1-1, 2B, 2 BB, HBP, 3 R, 4 RBI
Carney O’Donnell1-3, BB, 2 R, RBI




Barnegat 10, Freehold Boro 5

Freehold (0-2)1001021551
Barnegat (1-1)050104X1050


Aidan Rivera (L, 0-1)45663483
Anthony Virzi10223018
Erol Bayrasil0.10212121
Cole Hurley0.2000016
Nick Malinowski (W, 1-0)43221464
Quentin Torres22220324
Jaihan Dominguez10003031

Top Hitters

Freehold BoroGame Stats
Josh Medina1-1, 2B, BB, 2 HBP, R, RBI
Nick Montello1-4, 2B, 2 R
Noah Ochojski1-3, BB, R
BarnegatGame Stats
Julian Marfino2-2, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB
Tommy Szukalski1-2, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI
Pat Mackie1-3, HBP, R, 2 RBI
Nick Malinowski0-1, 3 BB, R, RBI
Jaihan Dominguez1-3, HBP, R, 2 SB


Toms River North 12, Pinelands 2 (6 Innings)

TR North (1-0)050025012101
Pinelands (0-2)000200X275


Ryan Rivera (W, 1-0)57222477
Steven Nuber1000009
Landon Seidenfaden (L, 0-1)4.17742266
Joey Wainen1.23533033

Top Hitters

Toms River NorthGame Stats
Logan Mulholland3-4, R, RBI
Vincent Vergona2-3, BB, R, RBI
Owen Stefan1-3, BB, R, 2 RBI
Jason Verderrosa1-2, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI
Nick Daniele2-4, R
Dominic Urso1-4, R, RBI
PinelandsGame Stats
Dan Maher2-2, BB, R
Nate Sofield2-3, 2B
Logan Hammer1-3, R, RBI
Jacob Haywood1-3, RBI


No. 5 Middletown North 20, Long Branch 1 (5 Innings)

Long Branch (0-1)01000XX116
Midd North (1-0)3566XXX20120


Carlos Torres (L, 0-1)13332125
Kellen Campbell261176285
Bryan Morataya13611237
Middletown NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Ryan Clark (W, 1-0)511171079

Top Hitters

Long BranchGame Stats
Justin Cuevas1-1
Middletown NorthGame Stats
Dylan Briggs3-4, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
Zach Hampton2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Alipio Figueroa3-4, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI
Mike Hallard1-4, 2B, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI
Jason Quardt2-4, 3 R
Ryan Clark1-1, 3 BB, R, 2 RBI




No. 15 Jackson Memorial 16, Millville 8

Millville (0-1)2010500881
Jackson Mem (1-0)218320X16133


Gavin Maguire (L, 0-1)24997170
Nick Alcorn0.21221123
Cole Mulharan3.18553380
Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Colin McCarron (W, 1-0)34323466
Joe Zundritsch1.11444138
Nick Striano1.12111231
Jovani Hallihan1.11000016

Top Hitters

MillvilleGame Stats
Connor Lacy2-4, 2B, RBI
Jacob Butcher1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
Mario Cotrell1-2, 2B, 2 BB, R, 2 RBI
Caleb Hoffman1-2, BB, RBI
Sergio Droz1-4, BB, R, 2 RBI
Jackson MemorialGame Stats
Julian Caruso3-4, 2B, HBP, 2 R, 3 RBI
Brady Wendell1-2, 3 BB, 3 R, 4 RBI
Joe Naffaa2-4, 2B, HBP, 4 R, RBI
Nick Izzo2-4, BB, R, RBI
Colin McCarron1-2, 2 BB, 2 R
Jackson Osmond1-4, HBP, 2 RBI
Tyler Huzzy1-2, 3 BB, R
Danny Jorgensen1-4, BB, 2 R, RBI
Jacob Soto1-4, BB, R, RBI




Class A North

Freehold Twp. at No. 3 CBA -- PPD, TBA


Lacey at Brick – PPD, TBA

Shore at St. Rose -- PPD, TBA

Jackson Liberty at Toms River South – PPD, TBA


Southern at Ocean City – Canceled

Cherokee at Brick Memorial – Canceled

Manalapan at Lenape – Canceled 

Millville at Jackson Memorial, Noon

Donovan Catholic at DePaul – PPD, TBA



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