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Ocean County Tournament


(1) Jackson Memorial 9, (8) Manchester 2

Nick Mellino hit a game-tying RBI double in the second and a go-ahead RBI double in a five-run Jackson Memorial fifth to spark the Jaguars to nine unanswered runs and a quarterfinal win over the Hawks.

Charlie Meglio capped the five-run fourth with his eighth home run of the season -- a three-run shot that extended the Jackson Memorial lead to 7-2.

Right-hander Collin McCarron settled in on the mound after Joe Bentivenga took him deep for a two-run homer in the top of the first, completing six innings before passing the ball off to Tommy Mazzella to close it out.

Jackson Memorial got a run back in the bottom of the first when Julian Caruso smoked a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Koblos.

For the second time this season Friday, Southern will pay a visit to Jackson Memorial, this time with a spot in the OCT final on the line. Jackson Memorial beat Southern, 4-3, in 10 innings on April 25, with the game ending on a bases-loaded walk by Aidan O'Donnell with two out.

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Jackson Mem (14-4)110502X9112


Frank Kern (L)5.1108316110
Anthony Carino0.21112122
Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Collin McCarron (W)65222186
Tommy Mazzella10001120

Top Hitters

ManchesterGame Stats
Joe Bentivenga1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
A.J. Ramirez1-4, R
Evan Palmer1-3, BB
Frank Kern1-2, BB
Jackson MemorialGame Stats
Charlie Meglio2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
Nick Mellino2-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI
Nick Izzo2-4, 2B, 2 R
Aidan O’Donnell2-4, RBI
Julian Caruso1-4, 3B, 2 R
Matt Koblos1-4, R, RBI
Tyler Huzzy1-3, BB


(3) Brick Memorial 7, (6) Lacey 6

Joe Cordi ripped a game-winning, two-run single to leftfield with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Mustangs walked off with their seventh win in a row -- this one an OCT quarterfinal win over the Lions that sets up a semifinal date with Donovan Catholic on Friday.

Lacey took the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a hit-and-run executed with Connor Bragg at the plate and Rylan Messina starting the play at first base. Bragg lined a single into right field, where it skipped past a charging Devante Noriega, allowing Messina to chug all the way home with the go-head run. Noriega quickly atoned for the error by throwing out Bragg at the plate on an attempted tag-up, which ended the winning with Lacey still up 6-5.

In the bottom of the seventh, senior Nick Garbooshian reached on a throwing error that one out that went out of play and advanced him to second. Pinch-runner Billy Caruso took over for Garbooshian and freshman Tyler Garbooshian was then hit with a pitch to put the tying run aboard.

Lacey right-hander Jack Sramaty came through with a strikeout for the second out, but Brick Memorial put the pressure on with a double-steal that moved both the tying and winning runs into scoring position.

With a 2-0 count, Cordi lined a breaking ball into left and Garbooshian scored without a play at the plate to secure Brick Memorial's seventh straight win.

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Brick Mem (12-6)2111002782


Noah Quinn5.275346108
Jack Sramaty (L)11100325
Chase Cohen23224047
Nate Van Norman2.14331241
Mike Gioia2.15112250
Jaxon Figueroa (W)0.1000003

Top Hitters

LaceyGame Stats
Anthony Eckerson2-4, 2 RBI
Ethan Anderson1-2, 2B, 2 BB, R
Rylan Messina2-4, R, RBI
Connor Bragg1-3, BB, R, RBI
Logan Resetar2-3, BB
Brayden Messina2-5, R, RBI
Noah Quinn1-3, BB, R
Carson Gudzak1-4, R
Brick MemorialGame Stats
Joe Cordi2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SB
Nick Garbooshian1-4, R, 2 RBI
Nicco Maribo1-3, 3B, BB, R, SB
Brady Leach2-4, R
Tyler Garbooshian1-3, BB, SB
Jimi Popp1-2, BB, R
Joe Nolan1-3, BB


(4) Southern 2, (5) Point Beach 1

Brady Lesiak singled home the game's first run in the bottom of the first and closed it out on the mound with a two-inning save as the Rams slipped past the Garnet Gulls and into the OCT semifinals Friday, when Southern will travel to play top-seeded Jackson Memorial.

Point Beach tied the game in the top of the fourth, when catcher Nate Clayton singled and scored on a wild pitch with two out. Southern responded in the bottom of the inning with a go-ahead sacrifice fly by Niko Diamantopoulos.

Tyler McLeod fired a perfect fifth inning with two strikeouts to bridge the gap between winning pitcher Steve Miller and Lesiak. James Larsen, meanwhile, notched a complete game for Point beach in taking the loss.

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Southern (10-4)100100X272


James Larsen (L)67220588
Steve Miller (W)43101558
Tyler McLeod10000213
Brady Lesiak (SV)21000428

Top Hitters

Point BeachGame Stats
Nate Clayton2-3, R
Noah Banick1-3
Colin Reinhard1-3
SouthernGame Stats
Brady Lesiak1-3, RBI
Brandon Brown1-3, 2B, R
Gabe Tomei2-3, 2B
Brian Harper1-3, 2B, R
Mike Nasti1-2, 2B


(2) Donovan Catholic 5, (7) Central 3

Gavin Degnen hammered a game-winning three-run home run with none out in the bottom of the seventh and the Griffins pulled out a walk-off win over the Golden Eagles in a game heavy on homers.

Central shortstop Dom Masino hit the second of his two go-ahead solo homers to give the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning. His counterpart, Joe Maier, led off the Donovan Catholic seventh with a walk, stole second base and moved to third on a bunt single by teammate Anthony Mursko to put runners on the corners with no one out.

On the first pitch he saw, Degnan launched a long fly ball to center that sailed well beyond the fence and set off a spirited celebration by the Griffins, who will host Brick Memorial on Friday in the tournament semifinals.

Masino hit his first homer to open the scoring in the top of the third and Maier answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning. Donovan Catholic took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Maier before Trevor Policastro tied it up, 2-2, with a solo homer in the top of the sixth.

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Donovan (16-1)0010103590


Tyler Bell (L)695526105
Donovan CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Jake Marciano5.242245101
Jason Basilicata (W)1.11110123

Top Hitters

CentralGame Stats
Dom Masino2-3, 2 HR, R, RBI
Trevor Policastro1-3, HR, R, RBI
Donovan CatholicGame Stats
Joe Maier2-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Anthony Mursko2-4, R
Gavin Degnan1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
John Busco1-3, 2B, R



Class A North

Colts Neck 5, Howell 2

Tyler Spencer led off the game with a home run and Chris Scully notched RBI singles in both the third and sixth innings as the Cougars outlasted the Rebels.

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Howell (7-9, 7-7)1001000290


Vinny Zaffarese (W)5.18201484
Tom Diffley1.21001118
Rohan Shah (L)2.13335161
Jake Jensen3.26222259
Jake Snowden10000210

Top Hitters

Colts NeckGame Stats
Tyler Spencer1-4, HR, R, RBI
Chris Scully2-4, 2 RBI
Jon O’Connor1-3, BB, RBI
Tom Diffley1-2, 2 BB, R, RBI
Casey Gardiner1-3, R
Tosh Mancini1-2, BB, R
HowellGame Stats
Russell Halvorsen3-4, 2B, R
Matt Ventrano2-3, R
Luke Devita1-3, RBI


Middletown South 10, Manalapan 0 (5 Innings)

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Manal (6-11-1, 4-9-1)00000XX033


Middletown SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Brendan Roche (W)43003374
Derek Commander10001012
Kevin Rusinak (L)2.14753261
Leo Vitale14321139
Chris Liegi1.20001020

Top Hitters

Middletown SouthGame Stats
Brevin Bezick1-2, 2B, 2 HBP, 3 R
John Chiusano2-3, R, 2 RBI
Matt Sliva1-2, 3 RBI
Brendan Sliva1-3, BB, HBP, 3 R, RBI
Will Christopher1-1, BB, R, 2 RBI
Ben Schild1-3, BB, RBI
ManalapanGame Stats
Erik Johnson1-2, 2B


Marlboro 11, CBA 0 (5 Innings)

Three Marlboro pitchers -- Lawrence Elinson, Alex Frank and Dan Trentacosta -- combined on a no-hitter with one walk and the Mustangs battered the Colts to sweep the season series and keep alive their hopes of a Class A North public division title share along with Middletown North.

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CBA (14-4-1, 9-3-1)00000XX002


Lawrence Elinson20000232
Alex Frank (W)1000008
Dan Trentacosta20001325
Brennan O’Keefe (L)15752147
Kyle Welsh13332040
Bobby Johnson23111134
Will Fahey11001115

Top Hitters

MarlboroGame Stats
Dan Talarico3-3, 2B, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
Paul Santos3-3, 2B, BB, 3 R
Alex D’Ambrosio1-3, BB, 2 R, RBI
Mike Kansky1-3, 2B, R
Mike Consolazio1-4, 2 RBI


Middletown North 10, Freehold Twp. 1

Zach Hampton opened the scoring with a solo home run an polished off six strong innings to lead the Lions to a win over the Patriots that clinches them no worse than a share of the public division championship.

Dylan Briggs broke the game open with a grand slam in a seven-run fifth for Middletown North, which has won five straight and eight out of nine.

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Free Twp (9-10, 4-9) 0000100143


Middletown NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Zach Hampton63111480
Alipio Figueroa11000016

Top Hitters

Middletown NorthGame Stats
Dylan Briggs3-4, HR, R, 4 RBI
Zach Hampton1-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Colby McMahon3-4, R
Jason Quardt2-4, R
Ian McGoldrick1-3, 2B, BB
Mike Hallard1-3, 2B
Gabe Ahlemeyer2-4
Freehold Twp.Game Stats
Mike Avino2-3
Aidan Galvanek2-3



Class A Central

Wall 12, Holmdel 7

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Holmdel (8-9, 4-8)0050200763


Triur Brown2.15552355
Drew Teutenberg (W)4.21203161
Luke Buda (L)47964296
Elliot Chun34332254

Top Hitters

WallGame Stats
Jake Howlett3-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI, SB
Matt Johnson2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Gabe Cavazzoni1-3, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI
Jon Cofone1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI, SB
Colin MacDermant1-5, R, 2 RBI, SB
T.J. Legere1-3, BB, R, RBI, SB
HolmdelGame Stats
Matt Iulo2-4, 2B, R, RBI
James Vallillo1-3, BB, 2 RBI
Brendan Cieplensky2-4, R, RBI
Max Woodward1-4, R, RBI


Red Bank Catholic 12, Monmouth 1 (6 Innings)

Alex Stanyek recorded the 100th hit of his high-school career in a four-RBI performance and the Caseys handled the Falcons to clinch the outright Class A Central championship.

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Monmouth (8-9, 5-7)000010X134


Ryan Prior (W)52105383
Anthony Nannini11000214
Collin Denton (L, 3-3)4 2444581
Evan Booth1.13511130
Caelin Szymanski0.23300121

Top Hitters

Red Bank CatholicGame Stats
Alex Stanyek2-3, 2B, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI
Shane Andrus2-3, 2B, 2 R
Matt Brunner2-4, 3 RBI
MonmouthGame Stats
Christian Zito1-2, BB


Raritan 14, Shore 0 (5 Innings)

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Shore (8-9, 4-8)00000XX011


Phil Kramer (W)41000441
Dan Moreno10000010
Rob Stock (L)2.21010104276
Blake Himich1.13444044
C.J. Sears11002227

Top Hitters

RaritanGame Stats
Billy Tigar2-2, 2B, 2 RBI
Dan Fedorco2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Stephen McCabe2-2, 2 RBI
Jobby Dekis2-4, HR, 2 RBI
Travis Evernham1-3, 2 RBI
Dan Calicari1-5, 2B, 2 RBI
ShoreGame Stats
Blake Himich1-1



Class B North

Manasquan 16, Freehold Boro 2 (5 Innings)

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Freehold (0-17, 0-12)00110XX235


Jack O’Shea10001116
Keegan Hertel (W)22112437
Shane Hagerman21111035
Danny Opramolla (L)35640165
Josh Berger12755046
Cole Hurley11000012

Top Hitters

ManasquanGame Stats
Cullen Condon2-2, BB, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB
Brett Patten2-3, 3B, BB, 3 R, SB
Keegan Hertel1-2, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Caden Eastmond1-1, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Kevin Prime1-3, 2 R
Freehold BoroGame Stats
Nick Russo1-2, RBI


Ocean 5, Neptune 3

Sophomores Ben Robinson and Connor Tongring came through with run-scoring hits in the first two innings and the Spartans topped the Scarlet Fliers to clinch the B North public division championship.

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Neptune (7-8, 7-7)012000X381


Matt King (W)683317114
Ben Robinson (SV)10001318
Joe Juliano11223137
Jack Tinik643147107

Top Hitters

OceanGame Stats
Connor Tongring1-4, 2 RBI
Ben Robinson1-3, 2B, BB, R, RBI
Matt King1-1, 2 BB, R
NeptuneGame Stats
Jack Tinik2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Jack Gamba-Ellis3-3, 2B, RBI
Brennan Moloughney1-2, 2B, 2 BB, R


Ranney 6, St. John Vianney 1

Glen Cantalupo pitched six shutout innings while Jack Tallent and Ryan Costello each laced a double at the plate to lead the Panthers (19-1, 14-0) over the Lancers (6-11, 6-8), completing a perfect run through the Class B North divisional schedule. Ranney has not lost a divisional game since the 2019 season, a run of 39 consecutive divisional victories.


Red Bank 3, Matawan 2 (9 Innings)

Hoyt Smith singled home pinch-runner Greyson Sandoz with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Bucs walked off with an extra-inning win over the Huskies.

Nate Ruth led off the ninth with a single and reached second on a wild pitch before giving way to Sandoz. Ruth also struck out 13 over 6 1/3 before turning it over to winning pitcher Ryan Robinson.

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Red Bank (6-10, 6-8)020000001360


Mark Kovach742108102
Jayce Thoroughman (L)1.12110220
Nate Ruth6.1822013108
Ryan Robinson (W)2.22002242

Top Hitters

Jack Sassa2-4, RBI
Sean Hart3-4
Eric Friedman2-4, 2B
Andrew Gendi1-4, 2B
Brandon Falco1-3
Joey Bodin1-4
Red BankStats
Tommy Ruth1-4
Nate Ruth2-3
Hoyt Smith1-3, RBI
Hank Dal Pra1-3, RBI
Jackson Hyman1-3, 2B



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