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Monmouth County Tournament

Opening Round

(15) Raritan 1, (18) Monmouth 0

Senior John Bachmann came off the bench as an injury replacement in the second inning and delivered the tie-breaking RBI single with one out in the bottom of the sixth to make the Rockets a winner over the Falcons in the MCT opening round.

Monmouth mounted a threat in the top of the seventh inning, advancing the tying and go-ahead runs to second and third with one out, but Chris Gonzalez induced a pop-up back to the mound and a ground out to shortstop Justin Rivera to close out his two-hit shutout.

Raritan will face No. 2 Red Bank Catholic in the round of 16 next week and will also have to play a second Class A Central divisional game against the Caseys as well, with the NJSIAA Tournament getting underway next week as well.

Monmouth (7-11)0000000021
Raritan (9-8)000001X151


Aiden Denton (L)65111589
Chris Gonzalez (W)720036105

Top Hitters

MonmouthGame Stats
Christian Zito1-3
Aiden Denton1-3
RaritanGame Stats
John Bachmann1-2, RBI
Rob Scarola1-3
Justin Kilyk1-3
Bill Tigar1-2
Luke Ohea1-3


(14) CBA 5, (19) Red Bank 4

Sophomore Harrison Campi hit a two-run triple in a three-run third inning by CBA and the Colts (7-10) held off a late charge from the Bucs (8-12) to advance to the MCT round of 16 next week against Middletown North.

Joe Figliolino was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and both Colin Reilly (1-for-3, run scored) and Jack Frankovic (1-for-2, run scored) pitched in at the plate and on the mound.

Reilly picked up the win with 4 2/3 innings of work, during which the junior right-hander allowed two runs, one earned run, five hits and three walks while striking out six and throwing 79 pitches. Luke Roccesanno finished off the fifth inning and completed the sixth before turning the game over to Frankovic to close. Frankovic gave up one hit and struck out two in a scoreless seventh.

Andrew Glauber pitched five innings in taking the loss on the mound and helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with two RBI at the plate.


(13) Ranney 13, (20) St. Rose 3 (5 Innings)

A.J. Gracia went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI and Ricky Nagy was 3-for-3 with a triple and five RBI to lead the Ranney offensive attack that overwhelmed the Purple Roses (4-14) in the opening round of the MCT.

Charlie Chropuvka also smacked a two-run home run for Ranney (14-4), which will face No. 4 seed Rumson Fair Haven in next week's round of 16. Nick Coniglio earned the win, surrendering one earned run over five innings with nine strikeouts.


(11) Howell 10, (22) Freehold Boro 0 (5 Innings)

Senior Chris Ellison belted his Shore-Conference-leading ninth home run of the season and the Rebels (12-9) rolled to a first-round MCT win over the Colonials (2-13).

Junior Nick Gomes also homered for Howell and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Rebels, while senior Vin Impresa was 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored in the win.

Junior Ryan Bilello pitched a three-hit shutout over five innings to earn the win, striking out three and walking one on just 58 pitches.



Class A South

Brick Memorial 9, No. 6 Central 7

Junior Ryan Turner hit a first-inning grand slam and drove in six runs as the Mustangs (11-9, 7-6) built up enough of an early lead to hold off a furious comeback effort from the Golden Eagles (12-8, 9-5).

Brick Memorial starting pitcher Brandon Hulsart tripled and drove in two runs and held on long enough (4 2/3 innings) to pick up the win. Brady Leach was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for Brick Memorial, which made the most out of just four hits in the game.

Ryan Mulcahey came on to pitch scoreless baseball over the final 2 1/3 innings to shut the door on Central's comeback.

Trevor Coltenback went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI and Evan Agrapides was 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead Central. Bill Sottilare also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.

Ryan Burke took the loss and Shane Sajewicz gave Central five solid innings of relief, during which the junior left-hander allowed two earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out four.


Brick 10, No. 1 Jackson Memorial 4

Senior John Wade allowed one run over six innings on the mound and went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run that capped the scoring in the top of the seventh as the Green Dragons (10-8, 6-5) slammed the Jaguars (14-5, 10-2), handing the Shore's No. 1 team their third straight loss.

Wade gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven and throwing 103 pitches over his six innings of work.

Jake Bilheimer, Rob Blair and Brian Yakovchuk each went 3-for-4 and all three had a hit during Brick's six-run fourth inning that broke open what was a 1-1 game. Bilheimer ripped an RBI double - one of two doubles he hit in the game - Yokuvchuk singled to keep the line moving and Blair doubled home two runs to make the score 6-1.

Bilheimer scored three runs and drove one in, Yacovchuk scored twice and drove in one, and Blair scored one to go with the two RBI. Matt Kunzman also went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Charlie Meglio was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Zach Rogacki went 2-for-4 with two runs and Tom Kendrick was 2-for-3 with a run to lead Jackson Memorial.

Despite losing its third straight, with Central's loss to Brick Memorial, Jackson Memorial clinched the outright Class A South division championship on Tuesday.


Toms River East 4, Toms River North 2

Ryan Ushock highlighted a four-run first inning for Toms River East with a two-run double and the Raiders (6-9, 5-8) rode starting pitcher Mike Florie the rest of the way to beat the Mariners (6-10, 4-7).

Akkash Santiago opened the scoring with an RBI single, followed by Ushock's two-run double. Elijah Santiago (2-for-2) tacked on an RBI double to plate the fourth run, which all came with two out and we all unearned on the record of Toms River North starter Jack Tava.

Florie went the distance, allowing two unearned runs of his own on five hits and two walks while striking out four and throwing 106 pitches.

Brandon Valles was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, Dom Saldida was 1-for-2 with a double and Zach Goodale went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Toms River North. Joe Boyle also hit a pinch-hit double for the Mariners.


Toms River South 8, Southern 2

Joe Schifilitti drove in three runs and Jake Wilber pitched the final five innings to earn his first career win as the Indians (8-10, 6-7) topped the Rams (5-12, 3-10) for their sixth win in the last eight games following a 2-8 start to the season.

Schifilitti hit a two-run single in Toms River South's three-run first inning and added an RBI single in the five-run bottom of the fifth. Mike Erli also added a pinch-hit two-run single during the five-run rally that put the game away.



Class B Central

Point Beach 12, Keyport 1 (6 Innings)

Andrew Banick pitched five one-hit innings with six strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed as the Garnet Gulls (9-7, 7-2) rolled through the Red Raiders (7-5, 6-3).

Hunter Alia went 4-for-5 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot to spark the Point Beach offense, while Matt Van Brunt went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Phil Trebour and Alec Glen (two RBI) each went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and both David Terra-Nova and Braden Ryan finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Colin Matuschat also had a perfect day at the plate for Point Beach, going 1-for-1 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI.

Sean Lachky was 1-for-2 with a double to lead Keyport while Anthony Longo look the loss on the mound for the Red Raiders.



Class B South

Jackson Liberty 7, Lacey 3

Senior Carl Barth pitched five strong innings to earn the win and went 2-for-4 with two RBI at the plate to spark Jackson Liberty (9-7, 8-3) to a win over Lacey (10-7, 7-4) and push the Lions into a three-way tie for first place in Class B South with one game left to go.

Barth allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks before passing the ball off to Garrett Drew to finish the final two innings. Drew also went 1-for-4 with an RBI at the plate.

Dan Keenan was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jake Hickman went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for Jackson Liberty. Freshman Brett Benecke also went 2-for-4 with a double in the win.

Jacob Bowles took the loss despite not allowing an earned run, although Jackson Liberty saddled the Lacey ace with seven hits and two walks and only struck out once during Bowles's four innings of work.

Bowles was 1-for-4 with a run scored, Zack Mohr went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Noah Quinn was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.


Manchester 6, Donovan Catholic 2

Manchester (9-8, 6-5)0005001660
Donovan (13-6, 8-3)0100010271


Mike Damato (W)5.162262105
Frank Kern1.210022 26
Donovan CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Shaun O’Keefe (L, 4-1)44504373
Jason Basillicata33110651

Top Hitters

Logan Duffy2-4, RBI
Sean McAllister2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
Donovan CatholicStats
Gavin Degnan2-4
Ryan Butchko2-3, BB, R




Pinelands 11, Shore 5

Shore (6-13)20001025101
Pinelands (1-13)142040X11163


Danny Smith (L)4.11510101377
Rich Barton1.21101019
Chris Mitchell (W)67314498
Casey Baglivo13220122

Top Hitters

Shore Game Stats
Lucas Rosa2-4, 2B
Trevor Crochet3-4, 2R
Joe Santi2-3, 3 RBI, BB
Rylan Fegan1-3, R, RBI
PinelandsGame Stats
Rian O’Rourke1-2, 2B, 2 BB, 3 R
Stephen Demilio3-4, R, 2 RBI
Casey Baglivo1-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Michael Schaffer3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Anthony Weedo3-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jon Levy2-4, 2 R
Jake Fowler2-4


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