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Class A North

Howell 10, Long Branch 0 (6 Innings)

Daniel Furlong pitched four no-hit innings with seven strikeouts and Antonio Gatti went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI as the Rebels (13-9, 6-6) rolled to a win over the Green Wave (2-20, 0-13).

Furlong allowed just one batter to reach, which came on an error leading off the bottom of the fourth inning. Vin Impresa pitched the final two innings, allowing a single to Xavier Camacho leading off the fifth to break up the no-hit bid. Impresa struck out five and allowed two hits and two walks in his two scoreless frames.

Jeremy Wojenski and Furlong each went 2-for-3 with an RBI, with Wojenski doubling on both of his hits and also scoring two runs. Chris Ellison also went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI for Howell.

CBA 5, No. 9 Middletown North 3

Harrison Campi and Joe Figliolino each hit an extra-base hit and drove in a run and Luke Roccesano and Mike Kelly combined on a five-hitter as the Colts (9-10, 6-7) topped the Lions (10-8, 6-7).

Campi was 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and Figliolino was 1-for-3 with an RBI double that capped the scoring in the top of the sixth. Jack Frankovic also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Alexey Stout was 1-for-2 with an RBI for CBA.

Roccesano allowed an earned run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts over three innings and Kelly came on for the final four to earn the win. Kelly struck out six, walked two and allowed two runs on two hits.

Ryan Frontera was 4-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI and Tyler Sharkey went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Middletown North. Danny Frontera threw the first two innings for the Lions and gave up a pair of hits and struck out two without allowing a run.

No. 8 Middletown South 5, No. 3 Manalapan 2 (5 Innings)

Junior Evan Wood hit a tie-breaking, two-run double with two out in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Eagles (15-6, 6-6) beat the Braves (14-6, 8-4) to deny Manalapan a Class A North division championship. The win clinches the outright A North championship for Freehold Township - the program's first since 2006.

Manalapan cut the Middletown South lead to 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run single by senior Chris Marzo, but the game was called with one out in the bottom of the sixth. By rule, because the inning was not completed but the teams completed five innings, the score reverts back to what it was at the point of the last completed inning.

Senior Patrick Eagone was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for Middletown South and seniors Matt Pontari and Joe Stanzione each went 1-for-3 with an RBI, with Pontari also checking in with a double.

Brevin Bezick picked up his first career win with five official innings of work, during which he allowed two runs on three hits and six walks while striking out three.

Seniors Anthony Matteis and Tom Guidice each drove in a run and senior Joe Mazza was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored for Manalapan.

Junior Aiden Tumbelson recorded the first two outs of the fifth and left with the bases loaded before Wood greeted reliever Sebastian Czajkowski with the tie-breaking double.

 

Class A Central

No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 5, No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 5 (Suspended, End of the 6th)

Sophomore Alex Stanyek hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the sixth inning for the Caseys but the Bulldogs tied it up in the bottom of the inning, at which point the game was called due to rain and worsening field conditions.

Edit: NJSIAA Rules call for games that determine league or conference champions to be played to completion. In the event of weather stopping such a game, umpires should rule the game suspended and it should be continued at the point at which it was suspended.

Red Bank Catholic jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run by senior Shane Panzini, who collided with teammate Anthony Borriello in left-centerfield on the final out of the sixth inning. According to coach Buddy Hausmann, Panzini responded well to the athletic trainer on site and is expected to pitch in Saturday's Shore Conference Tournament final, weather permitting.

Rumson took a 4-2 lead with four runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a go-ahead two-run single by junior Matt Rigby and another RBI single by junior Johnny Bruno.

Holmdel at Raritan - PPD, TBA

 

Class A South

Brick Memorial 11, No. 1 Jackson Memorial 5

Junior Ryan Turner went 4-for-4 with five RBI, including a two-run triple in the first inning that got the Mustangs (12-9, 8-6) started on a win over the Class-A-South-champion Jaguars (15-6, 11-3).

Brick Memorial never trailed in the game, but Jackson Memorial did draw even at 2-2 in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by junior Chris Cartnick (2-for-4) and a bases-loaded walk by junior Andrew Patire.

The Mustangs, however, answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run single by Turner. Sophomore Brady Leach also walked with the bases loaded and junior Jack Flood (2-for-4) capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single.

Jackson Memorial senior shortstop Ty Beck (3-for-5) got those two runs back with a two-run double in the top of the sixth, followed by an RBI single by junior Zach Crotchfelt (1-for-4) to cut the Brick Memorial lead to 6-5.

Brick Memorial put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, with Turner, senior Brandon Hulsart (1-for-3) and senior Joe Gioia (1-for-4) combining on three run-scoring hits. Hulsart's single drove in two runs and Gioia doubled home a run.

Leach went five innings to earn the win, with juniors Joe Lyndon and Ryan Mulcahey each covering an inning to close out the game.

After splitting the regular-season series, the two Class A South rivals will face off in the opening round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV Playoffs in Jackson on Wednesday.

 

Class B North

Neptune 4, Matawan 2

Senior Brian Young pitched three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win and close out a Scarlet Fliers (9-11, 6-7) victory over the Huskies (8-11, 4-9). Young allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out five over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Neptune did all of its scoring in the fifth and sixth innings, with Young going 1-for-2 with an RBI and Quincy Esannason and Talen Young each going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Nick Quagliato also went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Austin Celiberti was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the win.

Dom Salot was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead Matawan.

Colts Neck 7, Freehold Boro 0

Tyler Spencer and Collin Kratzer combined on a three-hit shutout and the Cougars (16-6, 11-2) blanked the Colonials (2-15, 2-11) to move to within one win of the Class B North co-championship.

A win over Freehold Boro on Monday would mean Colts Neck shares the B North title with Wall, which has already locked up at least a share.

Spencer allowed three hits over five scoreless innings and Kratzer closed it out with two hitless frames and five strikeouts. Spencer also struck out five in improving to 5-0.

Joe Cilea went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Anthony Gubitosi doubled and drove in two to lead the Colts Neck offense.

St. John Vianney 9, Manasquan 1 (5 Innings)

Kyle Pollack went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI and the Lancers (10-5, 9-4) handled the Warriors (6-14, 5-8) in a game that was called in the top of the sixth inning.

Dan Afflito was officially 2-for-2 with two RBI and added another RBI single in the top of the sixth before the game was called and the score reverted back to the last completed inning.

Nick Ferraioli was 1-for-2 with two RBI and Jacob Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a two-run double for St. John Vianney.

Aiden Cody picked up the win, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts over four innings and 70 pitches.

Brett Patten went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Manasquan.

 

 

Non-Division

Point Beach 4, Pinelands 3 (5 Innings)

Colin Matuschat hit a tie-breaking RBI double in a three-run fifth for Point Beach and the Garnet Gulls (11-7) emerged with a win over the Wildcats (1-15) in a game that was called due to rain and poor field conditions in the top of the sixth inning.

Matuschat finished 2-for-2 with two RBI, Hunter Alia was 2-for-4, Matt Van Brunt 2-for-3, and Phil Trebour 1-for-3 with an RBI for Point Beach. Andrew Banick and Dave Terra-Nova each went 1-for-3 with a double in the win as well.

James Larsen pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Trebour to earn the win.

Alex Ulrich was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Casey Baglivo and Ethan Edwards were each 1-for-2 with an RBI and Rian O'Rourke was 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored to lead Pinelands.

 

Non-Conference

No. 7 Freehold Twp. 2, Robbinsville 1

Junior Ryan Keegan ripped a game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded and a full count in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Patriots (14-7) walked off with a win over the Ravens. Senior Matt Villapiano gave Freehold Township its other run with an RBI double.

 

 

Postponements and Cancellations

J.P. Stevens at Marlboro - Canceled

J.P. Stevens led 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but the game was called on account of rain and poor field conditions before the inning could be completed and the game made official.

Manchester at No. 6 Central - PPD, TBA

Jackson Liberty at Toms River South - PPD, TBA

Hamilton West at Toms River North - Canceled