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Class A North

No. 8 Middletown South 4, No. 4 Middletown North 3

Senior Greg Trezza hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Eagles bounced back from being no-hit on Tuesday by walking off with a win over the rival Lions on Wednesday.

Middletown North led, 3-1, heading to the bottom of the sixth, when Middletown South senior Matt Pontari blasted a solo home run to cut the lead in half.

In the seventh, senior Will Doyle led off with a two-strike triple and scored the tying run on an RBI single by senior Patrick Eagone. Trezza came up with one out and also got saddled with a two-strike count, but delivered the hit that chased home Eagone to win the game.

After splitting two games in two days, the two rivals will play the rubber match on Saturday in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinal round.

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Midd. North (10-4, 6-4)0003000370
Midd. South (12-5, 5-5)10000124101

Pitching

Middletown NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Tony Sansone44112571
Tyler Sharkey1.1311123
Ryan Frontera (L)0.23220122
Middletown SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Evan Wood (W, 3-1)77301696

Top Hitters

Middletown NorthGame Stats
Danny Frontera2-2, R
Colin Dowlen1-3, RBI
Andrew Lombardi1-3
Tyler Sharkey1-3
Christian Malizia1-3, RBI
Tony Sansone1-3, RBI
Middletown SouthGame Stats
Pat Eagone2-4, 2B, RBI
Greg Trezza2-4, RBI
Matt Pontari1-2, HR, RBI
Joe Stanzione1-1, R
Will Christopher1-3
Will Doyle2-2, 3B, R

 

 

Class A Central

Holmdel 10, Shore 0 (5 Innings)

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Holmdel (7-9, 5-5)03322XX1071
Shore (5-11, 0-10)00000XX026

Pitching

HolmdelIPHRERBBSOPC
Brendan Cieplensky (W)52001252
ShoreIPHRERBBSOPC
Trevor Crochet (L)46823169
Cole Stefanelli11210018

Top Hitters

HolmdelGame Stats
Sean Brescia2-3, 2 2B
James Vallillo3-3, 2 RBI
ShoreGame Stats
Lucas Rosa1-2
Joe Santi1-2

 

 

Class A South

No. 1 Jackson Memorial 3, Central 1

Sophomore Charlie Meglio answered a run by Central in the top of the first with a two-run single in the bottom of the inning and that was all the help junior left-hander Zach Crotchfelt would need to beat the Golden Eagles and pull the Jaguars a game closer to clinching the Class A South championship.

Crotchfelt walked Evan Agrapides to lead off the game and surrendered a double to mound counterpart Shane Sajewicz on the next batter. Central took the lead when a Trevor Coltenback fielder's choice scored Agrapides, but Crotchfelt went on to shut the Golden Eagles down from there on out without giving up a free pass and with just two hits allowed - one of which was a bunt single by Agrapides.

Sajewicz and sophomore Connor Shea limited Jackson Memorial's dangerous lineup to six hits with 11 stranded runners. Jackson Memorial worked 10 walks, but scored in the first with four hits and no walks and only cashed in on three walks in the fifth thanks to an error with the bases loaded. After the error, Shea wiggled out of the bases-loaded, none-out jam to keep the deficit at 3-1.

Crotchfelt finished with a bang, striking out the final six batters he faced and nine of the last 10. He entered the sixth at 97 pitches and finished at exactly the single-game limit of 110, eclipsing his previous season-high of 103 and marking the first seven-inning complete-game of his high-school career.

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Central (11-6, 8-3)1000000131
Jackson (14-2, 10-0)200010X360

Pitching

CentralIPHRERBBSOPC
Shane Sajewicz (L)44327499
Connor Shea22003138
Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Zach Crotchfelt (W)7311115110

Top Hitters

CentralGame Stats
Evan Agrapides1-2, BB, R, SB
Shane Sajewicz1-3, 2B
Cam Leiter1-3
Jackson MemorialGame Stats
Charlie Meglio1-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI
Ty Beck2-4, R
Zach Rogacki1-3, BB, R
Chris Cartnick1-2, 2B, BB

 

Brick 12, Southern 2 (5 Innings)

Seniors Ryan Duffy and Christian Kuhl combined for five hits, three home runs, 14 total bases and eight RBI to lead the Green Dragons (7-8, 4-5) to a five-inning win over the Rams (5-10, 3-8).

Duffy led the way by going 3-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI, while Kuhl was 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs and three RBI for Brick. Junior Matt Kunzman also went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the win.

Senior John Wade fired four shutout innings to earn the win, giving up three hits and a pair of walks with two strikeouts while throwing 69 pitches.

 

Brick Memorial 6, Toms River East 0

Senior Cole Manfro pitched a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and drove in three of Brick Memorial's six runs in the fifth and sixth innings as the Mustangs (7-9, 4-6) blanked the Raiders (4-8, 4-7).

Manfro walked two on the mound with 96 pitches and helped pay that work off when he plated the game's first run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. Manfro later added a two-run single to make it 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth.

Sophomore Joey Nolan went 2-for-4 with two RBI and senior Reese Hackett was 1-for-2 with two runs scored for Brick Memorial. Junior Jack Flood also went 2-for-3 with a double and junior Anthony Martino also doubled in the win.

Senior Evan Mills pitched into the fifth inning and took the loss for Toms River East.

 

Toms River South 6, Toms River North 1

Junior Aiden Folsom pitched 6 2/3 innings for his second win and also drove in a run to help the Indians (5-10, 4-7) beat the Mariners (6-8, 4-5) and give head coach Ken Frank his 899th career win.

Folsom struck out five, allowed four hits and walked one before passing the ball to senior Joe Schifilitti to record the final out.

Senior Eli McEwan went 3-for-3 with three RBI and senior Ty Gibson also drove in a run for Toms River South, which will go for Frank's 900th win on Saturday afternoon against Point Pleasant Beach at Ken Frank Stadium.

 

 

Class B Central

Keansburg 12, Henry Hudson 2 (6 Innings)

Senior Waylon Manoes pitched a six-inning two-hitter and his offense gave him plenty of support in a Titans (3-8, 2-7) win over the Admirals (2-11, 2-7). Manoes surrendered a pair of unearned runs, walked two and struck out six in finishing his day at 75 pitches.

Senior Rian Rivera went 2-for-3 with three RBI out of the leadoff spot while junior Matt Keelen was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI to power the lineup. Senior Connor Graf also doubled and drove in a run for Keansburg.

Aidan Winters was 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI to lead Henry Hudson.

Keyport 4, Mater Dei Prep 0

Junior Anthony Longo pitched a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and two RBI at the plate to carry the Red Raiders (6-4, 5-2) to a win over the Seraphs (1-10, 1-6). Longo needed just 74 pitches to go the distance.

Gavin Sansone pitched struck out 12 over six innings in taking the loss for Mater Dei.

 

Class B South

Lacey 4, No. 10 Manchester 3 (8 Innings)

Pinch-runner Jordy LaValle scored the winning run on an error in the top of the eighth and the Lions outlasted the Hawks in extra innings to win a key Class B South series opener.

Josh Fracasso led the inning off with a single and gave way to LaValle, who stole second, stole third and took home when the throw went into left field. Senior Brandon DeAngelo followed with a double, which would have plated the run anyway.

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Lacey (9-6, 6-3)00111001461
Manchester (8-6, 5-4)01200000341

Pitching

LaceyIPHRERBBSOPC
Jacob Bowles54334599
Michael Todaro (W)30000341
ManchesterIPHRERBBSOPC
Mike Damato643356103
Rich Coufal (L, 1-1)22111337

Top Hitters

LaceyGame Stats
Brandon DeAngelo2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
ManchesterGame Stats
Mike Damato1-3, 2B, BB, R, RBI
Keith Fallon1-2, 2B, RBI

 

Jackson Liberty 5, Point Boro 0

Chris Sasso struck out 11 over five three-hit innings to lead a combined shutout that sparked the Lions (7-6, 6-3) to a win over the Panthers (3-10, 2-9).

Sasso also didn't walk a batter and threw 68 pitches before turning the game over to Zaine Toneske, who danced around three baserunners to pitch a scoreless inning thanks to two strikeouts. Ethan Bloomfield also loaded the bases in the seventh before pitching out of trouble to end the game.

Carl Barth was 1-for-2 with two RBI, including an RBI single during Jackson Liberty's three-run first inning. Sean Yurgel was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Dan Keenan was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI and Garrett Drew went 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Lions.

Freshmen Bryson Kirby and Ryan Acquisto both doubled for Point Boro and their classmate, Jayson Bennett, finished 2-for-3 in the loss.

 

Donovan Catholic 14, Pinelands 9

Senior Sam Gates picked up two of his four hits during a seven-run first inning for Donovan Catholic and the Griffins (10-5, 7-2) rode the hot start to a win over the Wildcats (0-11, 0-9).

Gates finished 4-for-4 with three runs and five RBI, including two-run singles in both the third and the fifth innings.

Sophomore Rocco Scarpitti belted a two-run homer in the seven-run first for Donovan Catholic's lone extra-base hit of the 11-hit attack. Sophomore Gavin Degnan also went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Stephen DeMilio (2-for-5), Alex Ulrich (2-for-3) and Ethan Edwards (2-for-4) each had two hits, Edwards and Casey Baglivo each drove in two and both Baglivo and Ulrich hit a double to lead the Pinelands offense.

 

Non-Division

Point Beach 11, Barnegat 5

Junior Colin Matuschat hit a game-tying single in the top of the fourth and capped a six-run Point Beach fifth with a two-run home run as the Garnet Gulls pulled away for a win over the Bengals.

Senior Matt Van Brunt followed Matuschat with a go-ahead RBI single to put Point Beach ahead, 5-4. In the six-run fifth, Andrew Banick hit a two-run double to make it 7-4 and senior Alec Glen followed with a two-run single to make it 9-4 before Matuschat's big swing capped the rally.

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Pt Beach (8-5)120260011142
Barnegat (9-7)2200001573

Pitching

Point BeachIPHRERBBSOPC
Owen West32444358
Phil Trebour (W)21000222
Matt Van Brunt23112138
BarnegatIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler DelPercio (L)4.19753274
P.J. Craig2.25440247

Top Hitters

Point BeachGame Stats
Hunter Alia2-4, 3 R, RBI
Phil Trebour3-5, 2 R
Colin Matuschat2-3, HR, 3 RBI
BarnegatGame Stats
Nick Danbrowney2-3, 3B, 2 R, RBI
Jared Schworn2-4, R

 

 

Non-Conference

Monroe 8, Howell 6

Senior Chris Ellison crushed two home runs and drove in four, but the Falcons (13-4) pulled out the win over the visiting Rebels (8-9).

 

Cancellations and Postponements

Barnegat at Lakewood - Cancelled