Ocean County Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals

(9) Toms River East 1, (1) Jackson Memorial 0

Junior Reece Miller surrendered his first hit of the game with two out in the seventh but rebounded to complete a two-hit shutout and pitch the Raiders to an upset of the top-seeded Jaguars.

Miller walked one and hit a batter for the only two Jackson Memorial base-runners through the first two innings, then retired senior Alex Iadisernia and junior Tom Cartnick to start the sixth and move within one out of shutting out the No. 1 team at the Shore.

Junior Carmine Petosa broke up the no-hit bid with a single to left and junior Ryan Lasko did the same with two out to put the winning runs on base for Jackson Memorial. Miller, however, coaxed a game-ending fly ball to center field by junior Andrew Sefick.

The game's lone run was an unearned run against Jackson Memorial starter Joe Princiotto, who hit junior Ryan Ciccardo to lead off the fourth. Ciccardo stole two bases and scored on a two-out error - one of four errors committed by Jackson Memorial in the game.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
TR East (7-11) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Jackson Mem (17-3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4

Pitching

Toms River East IP H R ER BB SO PC
Reece Miller (W, 2-2) 7 2 0 0 1 3 92
Jackson Memorial IP H R ER BB SO PC
Joe Princiotta (L, 5-1) 7 1 1 0 0 5 78

Top Hitters

Toms River East Stats
Joe Ussery 1-3
Jackson Memorial Stats
Carmine Petosa 1-3
Ryan Lasko 1-3

 

Semifinals

(2) Jackson Liberty 7, (14) Southern 5

Junior Shane Hickey picked up two key run-scoring singles in both the fourth and sixth innings and the Lions turned the game over the sophomore Dan Keenan for the nine-out save to deny the Rams and secure a spot in the OCT final for the first time in school history.

Hickey ripped a bases-loaded single to right field in the bottom of the fourth and the ball slipped past the right fielder, allowing the two trail runners to score and Hickey to advance to third while tying the game at 5. Hickey scored on an RBI ground out by senior Scott Wierciszewski to give Jackson Liberty the lead for good.

In the sixth, senior David Melfi led off with a double to right-center and scored on another RBI single by Hickey to expand the Lions lead to 7-5.

After missing a stretch of games due to a concussion, Southern sophomore catcher Mike Gallaro was cleared to play Saturday and went 3-for-4, including a two-run single in the top of the first to open the scoring in favor of the road team.

Jackson Liberty pulled even with a run each in the second and third, with starting pitcher Kevin Ritz crushing a solo home run to left-center in the second and Melfi doubling and scoring on a ground out by Wierciszewski.

Southern jumped back in front with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Frank Pellegrino on a 3-2 count to make the score 5-2.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Southern (7-11) 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 7 1
Jackson Lib (20-1) 0 1 1 4 0 1 X 7 12 1

Pitching

Southern IP H R ER BB SO PC
Cole Markley (L, 1-4) 4 9 6 5 5 1 88
Frank Pellegrino 2 3 1 1 0 4 36
Jackson Liberty IP H R ER BB SO PC
Kevin Ritz (W, 3-1) 4 5 5 3 5 1 94
Dan Keenan (SV, 2) 3 2 0 0 1 2 43

Top Hitters

Southern Stats
Mike Gallaro 3-4, 2 RBI
Frank Pellegrino 1-3, R, 2 RBI
Cole Markley 0-2, R, RBI, 2 SB
A.J. Mandell 1-3, R
Jackson Liberty Stats
Shane Hickey 3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
David Melfi 2-3, 2 2B, 3 R
Scott Wierciszewski 1-3, 2 RBI
Kevin Ritz 2-4, HR, R, RBI
Connor Keenan 2-4, R

 

(4) Point Boro 8, (9) Toms River East 4

Sophomore Frank Dominici hit a two-run double in a three-run third inning and added an RBI double in the three-run fifth to back junior Nick Guzzi, helping the Panthers beat the Raiders to reach the OCT final for the first time in program history.

Guzzi dominated Toms River East with five shutout innings of one-hit ball and was pulled with the Panthers leading 8-0 after five in order to preserve him for Tuesday night's championship game against No. 2 Jackson Liberty.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
TR East (7-12) 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 0
Pt Boro (15-5) 0 1 3 1 3 0 X 8 11 1

Pitching

Toms River East IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brandon Coyle (L, 1-6) 2.1 5 4 4 3 0 56
Daniel Facchiano 1.2 2 1 1 1 2 34
Matt Santos 2 4 3 3 2 1 47
Point Boro IP H R ER BB SO PC
Nick Guzzi (W, 6-0) 5 1 0 0 0 8 63
Sam Collins 2 3 4 3 3 3 54

Top Hitters

Toms River East Stats
Mark Murtha 1-3, 2 RBI
Robert Pero 0-1, 2 BB, RBI
Joe Ussery 1-3, R
Tyler Toth 1-3, R
Point Boro Stats
Frank Dominici 2-2, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI
Sam Collins 2-3, R, RBI
Nick Guzzi 2-2, RBI
Paul Franceschini 1-2, R, RBI
Ryan Jasaitis 2-3, RBI
Christian Aurin 1-2, 2 R

 

 

Class A North

No. 2 Manalapan 7, Howell 1

Junior Nick DiPietrantonio hit a three-run home run to cap a five-run seventh inning for the Braves (17-4, 11-3) that put a win over the Rebels (10-8, 8-6) on ice.

Manalapan took the lead with two runs in the top of the second on an RBI double by senior Lou Marzo and an RBI single by junior Dylan Hode.

Senior Ryan Bearse belted a solo home run in the bottom of the second for Howell's lone run.

Senior Mike Kuver doubled home the first run of the Manalapan seventh and senior Ben Levine knocked in the second with an RBI single.

Senior Aaron Ayers went the distance to pick up the win for Manalapan while sophomore Chris Ellison took the loss despite allowing only two runs over six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

No. 4 CBA 5, Freehold Twp. 4

Junior Mason Wolf went 3-for-3, including a game-tying RBI single in CBA's three-run sixth inning that proved the difference in a Colts (15-4, 9-4) win over the Patriots (10-9, 7-7).

Junior Declan Hoverter singled home the first run of the inning and senior Tommy DiTullio (2-for-3, doubled, two RBI) drew a bases-loaded walk to give CBA the 5-4 lead.

Junior Braedin Hunt threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out six to earn his third win of the season.

Freehold Township posted three runs in the top of the first inning against CBA junior right-hander Pat Reilly, highlighted by a two-run single by senior Brandon Smith.

 

Non-Division

Monmouth 18, Lakewood 8 (5 Innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lakewood (1-15) 0 0 0 8 0 X X 8 9 2
Monmouth (11-10) 2 5 2 5 4 X X 18 9 2

Pitching

Lakewood IP H R ER BB SO PC
Julian Guzman 3 5 9 9 8 1 80
Lamar Clark 1.2 4 9 9 5 0 62
Monmouth IP H R ER BB SO PC
Nick Bogan 4 9 8 5 0 6 75
Alex Alonso 1 0 0 0 0 3 10

Top Hitters

Lakewood Stats
Christian Conde 2-3
Eric Rice 1-3, RBI, R
Justin Vega 1-2, 2 R
Jonathan Santiago 1-3, R
Juade Rosario 1-3, R, RBI
Monmouth Stats
Drew Faccone 2-2, HR, 6 RBI
Kevin Lynch 1-3, BB, R, RBI
Mike Bateman 1-1, BB, 2 R
Dante Ciaramella 2-3, BB, 3 RBI
Jake Cushing 2-3, 2 BB, R, 6 RBI
Eli Rife 1-2, 2 RBI

 

Donovan Catholic 8, Point Beach 2

Senior Matt Morro was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI and winning pitcher Liam Leonard went 2-for-4 with a double to go with his three hitless innings of relief in a Griffins (9-11) win over the Garnet Gulls (10-7).

Alec Glen and David Terra-Nova each doubled and drove in a run for Point Beach while sophomore teammate Matt VanBrunt doubled and scored in the loss.

No. 5 Red Bank Catholic 10, Red Bank 1

Senior Alex Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with three RBI and senior Ray Martini was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI to help the Caseys (17-3) handle the crosstown-rival Bucs (6-14).

Sophomore Shane Panzini picked up the win by allowing a run over five three-hit innings with seven strikeouts. Senior Ryan O'Hara followed with two perfect innings in which he struck out all six batters he faced.

Senior Jack Povey was 2-for-2 with the lone Red Bank Regional RBI in the game.

Holmdel 7, Matawan 3

Senior Alec Licato threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out five to spark the Hornets (9-11) to a win over the Huskies (8-11).

Senior Justin Lautenberg was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Jason Lyons went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, and senior Mike Iulo was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the win.

Chris Gendi struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings while taking the loss. Junior Jay Kalieta was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Matawan.

Brick Memorial 4, St. Rose 1

Brick Memorial 11, Matawan 1 (6 Innings)

Senior Graham Harrigan drove in two runs in each end of Brick Memorial's double-header and Joe Terkildsen and Tristan Savoia each pitched complete games to pick up wins over the Purple Roses (2-15) and the Huskies (8-12) - qualifying the Mustangs (11-11) for the Shore Conference Tournament.

Harrigan was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the win at St. Rose, then went 1-for-1 with two RBI in the home win over the Huskies.

Junior Lucas McLaughlin was a combined 3-for-6 in the two games with an RBI in each.

Freehold Twp. 1, Toms River North 0

Sophomore Zach Gorman pitched a complete-game shutout and the Patriots (11-9) picked up a key road win over the Mariners (13-9).

 

Non-Conference

Brick 10, Elizabeth 0 (5 Innings)

Sophomore John Wade pitched a five-inning no-hitter with one walk and five strikeouts as the Green Dragons blanked the Minutemen.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Elizabeth (6-14) 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 0 2
Brick (9-11) 0 5 0 5 X X X 10 10 0

Pitching

Elizabeth IP H R ER BB SO PC
Gomez 2.2 5 5 4 1 1 49
Eriberto 1.1 5 5 4 0 2 35
Brick IP H R ER BB SO PC
John Wade 5 0 0 0 1 5 70

Top Hitters

Elizabeth Stats
Tirso 0-0, BB, HBP
Brick Stats
Cole Groschel 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jimmy Leblo 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI
Rob Blair 2-2, RBI
Kyle Chirichello 1-2, RBI
Dan Scheri 1-3, RBI

 

No. 10 Toms River South 4, Livingston 0

Senior Gabe Driscoll pitched an eight-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks to help the Indians (11-8) top the Lancers (9-8).

Sam Conover (1-for-2) drove in two runs, Mike Montenegro was 2-for-3 with a double, Max Rivas (1-for-2) doubled and drove one in and Coline Mackle (1-for-4) doubled and scored a run to lead the Toms River South lineup.

Bayonne 9, No. 2 Manalapan 8

Senior Ryan McNamara led off the bottom of the seventh inning with the game-winning solo home run and the Bees (20-2) survived a Manalapan comeback by walking off with a win.

Manalapan (17-5) scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to erase an 8-3 deficit, highlighted by a two-run triple by junior Nick DiPietrantonio and a two-run home run by sophomore Joe Mazza on consecutive at-bats that cut the Bayonne lead to 8-7.

The Braves tied the game when senior Hunter Serrano dropped down a bunt base-hit with runners on first and second and senior Jake Pellecchia scored all the way from second on the play to even the score, 8-8.

Manalapan's rally fizzled when sophomore Ethan Rodriguez lined into a double play with runner's on the corners for the first two outs of the inning.

Serrano also hit an RBI triple and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Pellecchia struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings on the mound.

 

 

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