NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Quarterfinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(1) Hunterdon Central 7, (9) Freehold Twp. 4

Peter Ciuffreda blasted a tie-breaking three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth that proved the difference as the three-time defending sectional champion Red Devils (16-8) fought off the Patriots (12-11).

Sophomore Chris Corchado went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and senior Cristian Corcione was 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base to lead Freehold Township.

(4) Manalapan 7, (5) South Brunswick 2

Winning pitcher Ben Levine hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the bottom of the fourth and junior Nick DiPietrantonio followed with a two-run double as the Braves pulled away from the Vikings to earn a trip to play top-seeded and three-time sectional champion Hunterdon Central in Tuesday's sectional semifinal round. Hunterdon Central defeated Manalapan in last year's Central Group IV championship game.

Senior Billy Watters added an RBI double in the fifth and Levine drove in his second run with a ground out to cap the scoring.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
So. Brunswick (18-6) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 2
Manalapan (21-7) 0 1 0 4 2 0 X 7 6 0

Pitching

South Brunswick IP H R ER BB SO PC
Mike Reyes 4 3 5 3 2 4 65
Chaz Gagliano 1 2 2 0 0 0 19
Nick Nosal 1 1 0 0 0 1 9
Manalapan IP H R ER BB SO PC
Ben Levine (W, 5-1) 7 6 1 1 1 9 101

Top Hitters

South Brunswick Stats
Nick Delacruz 2-3, R
Manalapan Stats
Ben Levine 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Nick DiPietrantonio 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Billy Watters 1-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Tommy Guidice 2-3, R
Jake Pellecchia 1-3, R

 

(15) Marlboro 10, (10) Hightstown 3

Junior Ramon Fontanes cracked a two-run double and senior Vin Ferrigno smoked a three-run triple to highlight a six-run second that propelled the Mustangs past the Rams and into the sectional semifinals Tuesday against the winner of Friday's suspended game between No. 3 Middletown South and No. 6 Old Bridge.

Freshman Julian Buchman doubled home a run in the third and single in one more in the fourth to round out the Marlboro scoring.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Marlboro (10-12) 1 6 2 1 0 0 0 10 11 2
Hightstown (10-12) 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 6 0

Pitching

Marlboro IP H R ER BB SO PC
Joe Iacobello (W, 3-4) 5 4 3 3 1 3 86
Anthony DiMaiuta 2 2 0 0 0 2 29
Hightstown IP H R ER BB SO PC
Jared Stillwagon 1.2 5 5 5 0 1 27
Griffin Burd 1.1 3 4 4 3 0 35
Shiv Bhatt 2 3 1 1 1 2 36
Joey Delgado 2 0 0 0 1 1 23

Top Hitters

Marlboro Stats
Vin Ferrigno 2-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI
Ramon Fontanes 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Julian Buchman 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jeremy Briskin 2-3, 2 R, RBI
Mark Capell 2-4, 2B, R
Justin Kapuscinski 1-3, RBI
Hightstown Stats
Liam Monahan 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Jonathan Drews 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Joey Delgado 1-2, R

 

(6) Old Bridge 2, (3) Middletown South 0 (Suspended in the 3rd inning)

Middletown South will once again face an early deficit when the CJ IV quarterfinal against Old Bridge resumes Friday at 1 p.m. with the Knights threatening in the top of the third with two runners on and none out.

Senior Chris Lotito threw 42 pitches and was lifted in the third, but is eligible to return to the mound because he threw fewer than 50 pitches and remained in the game in center field.

Middletown South fell behind Manasquan, 8-0, Wednesday in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinal before rallying to take a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Middletown South ultimately lost, 10-9, to the Warriors and will try to keep their season alive by coming back to the Greater Middlesex Conference champions on Friday.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(4) Wall 3, (5) Colts Neck 1

Senior Tanner Powers and John Iradi drew bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie and senior Trey Dombroski came out of the bullpen to earn the win with three scoreless innings to push the Crimson Knights past the Cougars and into the sectional semifinals Tuesday at top-seeded Hamilton West.

Dombroski set the single-season strikeout record with his 97th strikeout of the year and ended his outing with 99 strikeouts on the season. The second of his three strikeouts was the 200th of his career and he also walked a batter for the first time since April 16 vs. Ocean, ending a streak of 39 straight innings without issuing a free pass.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Colts Neck (12-9) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Wall (23-3) 1 0 0 0 2 0 X 3 7 1

Pitching

Colts Neck IP H R ER BB SO PC
Nick Torres (L, 0-2) 4 7 2 2 3 3 89
Adrian Jimenez 0.1 0 1 1 2 0 21
Brooks Condon 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 23
Wall IP H R ER BB SO PC
Teddy Sharkey 4 4 1 1 2 6 70
Trey Dombroski (W, 8-1) 3 1 0 0 1 3 37

Top Hitters

Colts Neck Stats
Dan Cowles 1-2, RBI
Reece Horneck 1-3, R, SB
Wall Stats
Teddy Sharkey 1-3, 2B, RBI
Jay Bant 2-4
John Iradi 1-1, 2 BB, RBI
John Volpe 1-4, R

 

(11) Northern Burlington 4, (3) Ocean 3

Senior Max Winters went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run to plate all of Ocean's runs, but the Greyhounds (12-7) scored three times in the sixth thanks to two errors to stun the Spartans (20-8).

Junior Scuba Hagerman left the game with a 3-1 lead, two runners aboard and one out in the top of the sixth when Northern Burlington began to take advantage of Ocean's defensive mishaps. Senior Kevin Schoenberger allowed one unearned run in relief and took the loss.

Lorenzo Repack went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in the top of the first and an RBI single in the sixth.

Winters crushed his three-run home run to center field in the bottom of the fifth to stake Ocean to a 3-1 lead.

(2) Jackson Liberty 3, (10) Allentown 1 (Suspended in the 2nd inning)

Jackson Liberty will have two men on and two out in the bottom of the second inning when its sectional quarterfinal vs. two-time defending sectional champion Allentown resumes on Friday at 2 p.m.

Senior David Melfi belted his ninth home run of the season in the bottom of the first to give the Lions a 3-1 lead. He is now tied for the Shore Conference home-run lead with nine and increased his conference-leading RBI total to 47. Senior Charlie Rudderow added an RBI single in the second.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(5) Point Boro 17, (4) A.L. Johnson 3 (5 Innings)

Point Boro at A.L. Johnson was suspended with two out in the bottom of the fifth inning and made an official game Friday by the NJSIAA, with the Panthers advancing to the CJ II semifinals on Tuesday.

Senior Sam Collins and junior Sam Young each homered for Point Boro and Collins went 3-for-3 with a double, four runs and four RBI. Young was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and hit a two-run home run in the second to open up an 8-0 Point Boro lead.

Junior Nick Guzzi pitched the first two innings and drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single. Senior Paul Franceschini also doubled home a run in the five-run second inning.

(6) Robbinsville 0, (3) Manasquan 0 (Suspended in the third inning)

Senior Spencer Bauer struck out seven of the first nine men he faced, including six straight, before the game was suspended in the middle of the third inning due to lightning and rain. It will be resumed Friday at 4 p.m., with Bauer eligible to continue at 33 pitches.

 

Central Jersey Group I

(3) Point Beach 4, (6) South Amboy 2

Freshman Phil Trebour struck out the side in the top of the seventh, including the last two batters with the bases loaded to seal a Garnet Gulls win over the Governors to advance to the sectional semifinals on Tuesday against No. 2 New Egypt.

Sophomore Alec Glen gave Point Beach a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the bottom of the third. Sophomores Hunter Alia and Matt Van Brunt each added an RBI single to extend the lead to 4-1 by the end of the fifth.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
South Amboy (13-8) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 12 1
Pt. Beach (12-10) 0 0 2 1 1 0 X 4 6 0

Pitching

South Amboy IP H R ER BB SO PC
Kyle Gasiewski 5.2 6 4 2 3 4 115
Zach Honimar 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Point Beach IP H R ER BB SO PC
Andrew Banick (W, 3-1) 6 9 2 2 1 5 94
Phil Trebour (SV, 5) 1 3 0 0 0 3 23

Top Hitters

South Amboy Stats
Raymond Perez 2-4, 2 RBI
Point Beach Stats
Hunter Alia 2-4, R, RBI
Alec Glen 1-3, 2 RBI
Matt Van Brunt 1-3, RBI
Phil Trebour 1-2, 2B, R
David Terra-Nova 1-3, R

 

 

South Jersey Group IV

(13) Howell 0, (5) Cherry Hill East 0 (Suspended in the first inning)

Cherry Hill East put runners on second and third with one out against Howell starter Chris Ellison in the bottom of the first when lightning and rain halted play and ultimately suspended it until Friday.

 

South Jersey Group III

(12) Toms River East 3, (4) Ocean City 2 (10 Innings)

Senior Matt Santos hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the seventh and scored the winning run on an error in the top of the 10th to extend their state-tournament run with a win over the Vikings.

Junior Ryan Goodall broke up a no-hit big by senior Brandon Lashley with a one-out double in the top of the seventh and Santos followed with a two-run shot over the left-field fence to catapult Toms River East into the lead, 2-1.

Santos retired the first two batters of the bottom of the seventh to move within one out of a no-hitter of his own, but issued back-to-back walks and gave up a game-tying RBI single to senior Shane Ferry.

Santos drew a walk to lead off the top of the 10th, which was the final batter Lashley faced. Pinch-runner Mark Murtha stole second base but senior A.J. Campbell struck out back-to-back batters to move within an out of escaping trouble. Campbell might have done just that, but a ground ball by senior Logan Sommerer was mishandled and Murtha scored the go-ahead run on the play.

Senior Brandon Coyle retired the side in order in the 10th to close it out for Toms River East, which will travel to play the winner of Friday's game between No. 9 Pinelands and No. 1 Triton.

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
TR East (10-13) 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 2 1
Ocean City (19-5) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 2

Pitching

Toms River East IP H R ER BB SO PC
Matt Santos 7 1 2 1 6 9 113
Danie Facchiano (W, 2-2) 2 1 0 0 1 2 30
Brandon Coyle (SV, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 16
Ocean City IP H R ER BB SO PC
Brandon Lashley 9 2 3 2 2 12 115
A.J. Campbell 1 0 0 0 0 2 20

Top Hitters

Toms River East Stats
Matt Santos 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Ryan Goodall 1-4, 2B, R
Ocean City Stats
Shane Ferry 1-2, RBI

 

(9) Pinelands at (1) Triton - PPD, Friday

 

 

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