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Ocean County Tournament


At Central Regional

(2) Donovan Catholic 6, (4) Southern 4

Junior left-hander Jake Marciano struck out a career-high 16 with no walks to complete a four-hitter in the championship game and the Griffins climbed past the Rams to capture the program's first ever Ocean County Tournament championship.

Donovan Catholic scored the game's final three runs to seal the victory, all of which were on miscues by Southern.

In the bottom of the fourth Gavin Degnan drew a walk with first base open and one out, but Southern catcher Gabe Tomei threw out Joe Maier attempting to steal third base, with Degnan stealing second on the play. Degnan then tested Maier and when the throw from the junior catcher skipped into left field, Degnan trotted home with the tying run.

In the fifth, first baseman Rocco Scarpitti walked with one out and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Dave Yorke. A passed ball moved Scarpitti to third and a wild pitch brought him home with the go-ahead run.

Degnan sparked another scoring rally in the bottom of the third when he singled and stole second with two out. Leftfielder Ryan Butchko then hit a popup on the infield grass that got caught in the wind and blew out of the reach of the Southern infield, allowing Degnan to score easily.

Donovan Catholic tied the game in the bottom of the first on a two-out RBI single by sophomore Tyler Levine and went up 3-1 with two runs in the bottom of the second. Sophomore John Busco drilled an RBI double to the left-centerfield gap and scored on an RBI single by Degnan.

Senior Dom Miranda drove in all four Southern runs -- all in the first three innings -- and his opposite-field, three-run home run with two out in the top of the third inning gave the Rams a 4-3 lead.

After the homer by Miranda, Marciano mowed down 10 of the next 11 batters he faced with eight strikeouts and the lone batter that reached (on a hit-by-pitch) Marciano picked off at first base.

The junior left-hander needed 64 pitches to get through the first three innings, but had innings of nine, 11 and 12 pitches over the next three to get him to the top of the seventh with 97. Marciano struck out the side in order in the sixth inning on only 12 pitches.

In the seventh, Marciano struck out the first batter of the inning, then allowed an infield single to first baseman Niko Diamantopoulos to give Southern a chance to bat with the tying run at the plate. Marciano bounced back by striking out each of the next two batters looking on four pitches to set off the celebration.

Southern had two different one-run leads in the game thanks to Miranda and the top four in the batting order. Marciano also helped start the Southern rallies by hitting three batters, two of whom came around to score.

In the top of the first, Marciano hit centerfielder Brandon Brown and with two out, Miranda dunked a single into shallow centerfielder, just in front of a diving Degnan. Brown was moving on contact and sped all the way home from first base to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.

Trailing 3-1 in the third, Southern junior leftfielder Ray Mulhern singled through the middle and third baseman Brady Lesiak was hit on the elbow with two out. Miranda then crushed an 0-1 pitch over the rightfield fence to put the Rams back in front.

Miranda finished the Ocean County Tournament 7-for-13 with two home runs and eight RBI, including 6-for-8 with two homers and six RBI in the final two rounds.

Degnan was Donovan Catholic's hot hitter in the tournament, as he has been the entire season. The senior centerfielder finished the championship game 3-for-3, making him 8-for-11 with two doubles, a home run, three walks, eight runs scored, four RBI and six stolen bases. In three of the four games, Degnan did not make an out and in the other one, he hit a three-run walk-off homer in his final at-bat.

Southern (13-6)1030000442
Donovan (20-2)120111X670


Roger Dreher35333786
Tyler McLeod (L, 1-1)2.22322446
Owen Durnien0.1000015
Donovan CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Jake Marciano (W, 3-1)7444016111

Top Hitters

SouthernGame Stats
Dom Miranda2-3, HR, R, 4 RBI
Ray Mulhern1-3, R

Top Hitters

SouthernGame Stats
Dom Miranda2-3, HR, R, 4 RBI
Ray Mulhern1-3, R
Donovan CatholicGame Stats
Gavin Degnan3-3, BB, 2 R, RBI, 3 SB
Tyler Levine2-4, RBI, SB
John Busco1-3, 2B, R, RBI
Ryan Butchko1-4, RBI



Class A North

No. 4 CBA 4, Freehold Twp. 2 (10 Innings)


Class A South

Brick Memorial 14, Central 3 (5 Innings)


Class B North

Ocean 7, Freehold Boro 3


Class B Central

Long Branch 6, Keansburg 0



Neptune 3, Monmouth 1

Rumson-Fair Haven 9, St. John Vianney 3

SJV (6-14)0011100332
RFH (17-4)322002x992


Andrew Zottar (L)36773383
David Hamlin33221141
Maverick Maguire (W, 1-0)3.22225373
Cal Champeau1.11100319
Owen O’Toole10000211
Matt Bruno1000018

Top Hitters

St. John VianneyGame Stats
Nick Mirto1-2, R
Kevin DiPede1-3, R
Rumson-Fair HavenGame Stats
Brayden Ward1-1, HR, R, 2 RBI
Parker Shenman2-4, 2 RBI
Reece Moroney1-2, 2B, BB, R
Jack Riva1-3, 2B, BB, R, RBI
Gavin Kiley1-2, HBP, 2 R, SB
Spencer Hobson1-3, RBI


Raritan 7, St. Rose 4

Toms River South 8, No. 9 Manasquan 6

Toms River East 7, Jackson Liberty 6

Middletown South 15, Toms River North 2 (5 Innings)



East Brunswick 8, Howell 7

Matawan 7, David Brearley 5

No. 1 Ranney 11, Rutgers Prep 1

Monroe 6, Wall 4

No. 8 Middletown North 7, JFK-Iselin 6

Shore 10, South Hunterdon 0 (5 Innings)

South Hunterdon (7-9)00000XX011
Shore (11-10)05041XX10111


N. Lawton (L)27552044
A. Venettone2.14543143
Rob Stock (W)510011178

Top Hitters

South HunterdonGame Stats
D. Gallagher1-2
ShoreGame Stats
Christian Simonsen2-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
T.J. Minner2-3, 3B, R
EJ Stefanelli1-1, 2B, R, RBI
Joe Santi2-4, R, 2 RBI
Parker Fegan1-2, R, RBI
Lucas Rosa1-2, R, RBI, SB
John Dunleavy2-3, R


Piscataway Magnet 7, Henry Hudson 6


Old Bridge 3, Manalapan 2




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