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NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Semifinals

South Jersey Non-Public A

(4) Red Bank Catholic 6, (1) Bishop Eustace 1

Shane Panzini pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and blasted a towering home run in the top of the third as the Caseys (21-3-1) shocked the unbeaten Crusaders (21-1) - the No. 1 team in the state - to advance to the sectional final round for the first time since winning Non-Public B in 1997.

Panzini did not throw a pitch without a lead thanks to a Red Bank Catholic offense that jumped on Rutgers commit Danny Kerr, who had allowed only one earned run all season prior to Monday. Sophomore Frank Scrivanic doubled to deep centerfield between two walks and Panzini drove in the first of his two RBI with a fielder's choice ground out to third.

The Caseys tacked on two more in the second on back-to-back two-out RBI singles by sophomore Alex Stanyek and Scrivanic to give Panzini a 3-0 lead, which turned out to be more than enough.

Panzini stretched the further in the top of the third when he ambushed Kerr and crushed the first pitch of the inning well beyond the fence in center for a 4-0 lead.

From there, Panzini nearly coasted without incident against the state's No. 1 team. He surrendered a single and a double to Bishop Eustace No. 3 hitter David Alleva, but no one else reached base against him in those innings.

Through five innings, Panzini was pitching a two-hit shout with 10 strikeouts and no walks on 73 pitches with a fastball that touched 97 miles-per-hour and hit 96 on six different occasions, according to one of the many Major League scouts in attendance with a radar gun.

Bishop Eustace finally mounted a threat in the bottom of the sixth when No. 9 hitter Trey Martin drew a leadoff walk to start the inning. Not only was it the only walk issued by Panzini, but it was the only right-handed batter to reach base against the Caseys ace and it came after close misses on 2-2 and 3-2 counts.

Leadoff hitter Ian Petrutz followed with a ringing double that one-hopped the right field fence and a groundout to shortstop by Nick Sulpizio plated the lone Crusaders run. Panzini bounced back by striking out Alleva swinging on a 2-2 fastball and retired Sebastian Pisacreta on a long flyout to centerfielder Anthony Borriello to end the inning.

Sophomore catcher Shane Andrus added a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh for insurance and Panzini finished off his masterpiece with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

Red Bank Catholic will travel to play No. 2 seed and four-time defending champion St. Augustine Thursday in search of its first sectional championship since 1997, when current head coach Buddy Hausmann was a standout junior pitcher for the Caseys.

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RBC (21-3-1)12100026100
Bishop Eustace (21-1)0000010131

Pitching

Red Bank CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Shane Panzini (W, 8-0)7311112106
Bishop EustaceIPHRERBBSOPC
Danny Kerr (L, 3-1)47423373
Matt Augustin33222238

Top Hitters

Red Bank CatholicGame Stats
Frank Scrivanic3-4, 2 2B, R, RBI
Shane Panzini1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Shane Andrus1-3, 2 RBI
Alex Stanyek1-3, R, RBI
Sean Griggs2-4
Sean Ettore1-3
Bishop EustaceGame Stats
David Alleva2-3, 2B
Ian Petrutz1-3, 2B

 

 

South Jersey Non-Public B

(1) Gloucester Catholic 9, (5) Ranney 8 (8 Innings)

Sophomore A.J. Gracia hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the sixth and Ranney was one out away from advancing to its first ever sectional final when the Rams (22-3) showed their program pedigree by scoring the tying run in the seventh and the winning run in the eighth to beat the upstart Panthers (16-5) in extra innings.

Ranney fell into a 4-0 hole but rallied with five runs in the top of the fourth, capped by a go-ahead, two-run triple by junior Charlie Chropuvka. Junior catcher Lou Spadafora also had a two-run single in the five-run rally and sophomore Brett Wehringer was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored for Ranney.

Diego Tavarez took the loss in relief of starter Nick Coniglio, who lasted 5 2/3 innings before Tavarez took over for the final 2 1/3. Walks proved to be Ranney's undoing, with the doing issuing a combined 11 free passes.

 

Monmouth County Tournament

Round of 16

(7) Middletown South 8, (10) Marlboro 7

Joe Stanzione hit the go-ahead RBI single to cap a three-run sixth inning and Evan Wood pitched a scoreless seventh inning to complete a wild, back-and-forth win for the Eagles (18-8) over the Mustangs (14-8) in a possible Central Jersey Group IV championship preview.

Middletown South advances to the MCT quarterfinals to play the winner of No. 15 Raritan at No. 2 Red Bank Catholic, which will be played no earlier than Friday due to scheduling conflicts for both teams.

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Marlboro (14-8)02020307114
Midd. South (18-8)140003x8122

Pitching

MarlboroIPHRERBBSOPC
Alex Jankowski11110012
Antonio Vitale59552278
Josh Mack (L)13301015
Middletown SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Brevin Bezick4.15423389
Mike Keenan1.14220228
Jack Shea (W, 2-3)0.1111008
Evan Wood (SV, 4) 10 000115

Top Hitters

MarlboroGame Stats
Julian Buchman2-3, 2 R
Frank Talarico1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Nik Gomolka1-3, 2B, RBI
Alex D’Ambrosio1-2, 2 R
Joe Lomangino2-4
Mark Capell1-4, R
Daniel Talarico1-2, 2 RBI
Middletown SouthGame Stats
Patrick Eagone3-4, 2 R, RBI, 3 SB
Joe Stanzione3-4, RBI
Ben Schild2-4
Thomas DeMarco1-2, R
Joe Bartos1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Will Doyle1-3, R, RBI
Greg Trezza1-4, R, RBI

 

(11) Howell 8, (6) Wall 1

Daniel Furlong pitched six strong innings and junior classmate Ryan Bilello closed out the win in the seventh as the Rebels (15-10) used a strong pitching performance to beat the Crimson Knights (19-7) in a showdown of two of the Shore's highest-scoring lineups.

Howell lived up to its billing with a 10-hit attack that included a 3-for-3 day with three runs from Antonio Gatti and a double, two hits and two RBI each from Furlong (2-for-4, two runs) and senior Chris Ellison (2-for-2).

Nick Gomes also went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI and Vin Iimpresa was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Howell.

Senior Max Kaplan cracked a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth for Wall's only run, which cut the Howell lead to 6-1.

Howell advances to host No. 14 CBA in the MCT quarterfinals after beating the Colts twice during the regular season.

 

Opening Round

(12) St. John Vianney 10, (21) Shore 0 (5 Innings)

Senior Evan Pollack pitched a five-inning no-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks to lead the Lancers (12-6) past the Blue Devils (6-18) and into an MCT round-of-16 game Tuesday at No. 5 Freehold Township.

Dylan Galamb was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Kyle Pollack was 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and two RBI and J.P. Glick went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the St. John Vianney offense.

 

Ocean County Tournament

First Round

(9) Toms River South 6, (8) Lacey 3

Joe Schifilliti pitched 6 1/3 innings and Aidan Folsom came on to induce a game-ending double-play with Lacey's top power threat in the batter's box as the tying run, with the Indians (10-11) holding on to beat the Lions (11-10) to reach the OCT quarterfinals against top-seeded Jackson Memorial.

Matt Kaliske came up as the potential tying run and Folsom induced the game-ending twin-killing on his only batter faced of the game, with Schifilliti making the pick on a throw in the dirt to secure it.

Austin Beard and Folsom each hit an RBI double in the top of the first for Toms River South, which added four more in the third. Gavin Migliori chipped in an RBI infield single in that third inning and Chris Yuro added an RBI single.

(12) Point Beach 5, (5) Barnegat 1

 

David Terra-Nova single home a run each in the third and fifth innings and Jackson Killian allowed one unearned run over six innings to pitch the Garnet Gulls (14-7) past the Bengals (13-9) and into an OCT quarterfinal matchup against the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 13 Toms River East and No. 4 Brick Memorial.

Killian scattered seven hits, walked one and struck out three before turning the game over to Owen West for the bottom of the seventh. West struck out two in a scoreless frame to close out the win.

Terra-Nova finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Andrew Banick was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Matt Van Brunt was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Kyle Moore singled home a run in the bottom of the first to give Barnegat an early 1-0 lead.

 

Regular Season

Class A Central

Raritan 7, Holmdel 5

 

Non-Division

Central 6, Pinelands 3

Brick Memorial 3, Point Boro 2

 

Postponement

Ocean County Tournament

First Round

(11) Toms River North at (6) Jackson Liberty - PPD (Weather), Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.