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Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Round of 16

(1) Jackson Memorial 3, (16) Ocean 0

Senior Matt Potok pitched a two-hit shutout on 78 pitches with nine strikeouts and one walk and the Jaguars scrounged up enough offense to get past the Spartans and into the SCT quarterfinals Saturday against No. 8 Rumson-Fair Haven.

Sophomores Charlie Meglio and J.R. Osmond each came through with RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth to give Potok some breathing room late. The Jaguars opened the scoring in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded walk by junior Andrew Patire.

Zach Robinson took the loss in his first career start, allowing three runs on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Senior Dillon Downs was 1-for-2 with a walk and sophomore Shane Garrett had the other Ocean hit.

(8) Rumson-Fair Haven 5, (9) Central 3 (8 Innings)

Junior Matt Rigby (2-for-4) belted a game-winning, two-run home run to left-center in the bottom of the eighth and the Bulldogs walked off with a back-and-forth win over the Golden Eagles to advance to the SCT quarterfinals next weekend against top-seeded Jackson Memorial.

Junior Shane Sajewicz hit a game-tying two-run single in the top of the seventh inning for Central to force extra innings and the Golden Eagles threatened in the top of the eighth before sophomore and winning pitcher John Goodes worked out of it.

The two teams traded runs in the first inning, with sophomore Anthony Musso giving Central a 1-0 lead in the top half and junior Brian Doherty answering for Rumson with a solo home run. Doherty later added a defensive gem to his day, robbing a potential extra-base hit by junior Billy Sottilaire with a diving catch on a ball hit into the left-center gap.

Rumson extended its lead by scoring on an error and later on a sacrifice fly by John Bruno to score Doherty.

Sophomore Jackson Hinchcliffe pitched into the seventh inning for Rumson and junior Jeremy Bruner went the distance in taking the loss.

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Rumson-FH (11-4)01100102573

Pitching

CentralIPHRERBBSOPC
Jeremy Bruner (L, 3-1)7.17542190
Rumson-Fair HavenIPHRERBBSOPC
Jackson Hinchliffe6.15321688
John Goodes (W, 3-2)1.22000220

Top Hitters

CentralGame Stats
Shane Sajewicz1-4, 2 RBI
Evan Agrapides1-4, 2B, R
Anthony Musso1-4, RBI
Rumson-Fair HavenGame Stats
Matt Rigby2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Owen Kenney2-3, BB, R
Brian Doherty1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI

 

(2) Manalapan 6, (18) Ranney 1

Senior catcher Anthony Matteis blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and the Braves rode the early offense and senior left-hander Joe Mazza to a round-of-16 win over the Panthers.

Matteis and fellow senior Anthony Matrone each finished 2-for-3, with Matrone singling home Manalapan's fourth run to make it 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth.

Senior Tom Guidice was 2-for-2 with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to score senior Chris Marzo, who tripled home the fifth run earlier in the inning. Senior Ethan Rodriguez also collected a triple for Manalapan.

Mazza allowed one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over six innings and 94 pitches of work. Junior Tyler Kane pitched a clean seventh with a strikeout to finish off the Manalapan win.

Sophomore Diego Tavarez led Ranney at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Manalapan will host No. 23 Manchester in the SCT quarterfinal round on Saturday.

(3) Red Bank Catholic 3, (14) Howell 2

Sophomore Alex Stanyek ripped a game-winning RBI single down the left-field line in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Caseys rallied for a win over the Rebels to advance to the SCT quarterfinals next weekend against No. 6 Wall.

Howell struck for two runs in the top of the first inning against senior Shane Panzini, who finished the complete game without giving up another run. Still, Red Bank Catholic trailed until the sixth inning, when Panzini led off with a single to center - the first hit of the game for RBC off Howell senior starter Vin Impresa following five complete no-hit innings.

Stanyek followed with another single and freshman Sean Griggs sacrificed both runners up a base for the first out. Junior Nico Gonzalez plated the first RBC run with an RBI ground out and sophomore catcher Shane Andrus was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with two out.

Senior shortstop and No. 9 hitter Sean Ettore then came through with an RBI single through the left side of the infield to tie the game at 2-2 heading to the seventh.

Panzini answered with a one-two-three seventh inning on nine pitches and junior Matt Scrivanic got the seventh-inning rally going with a hard single into left field that Howell third baseman Daniel Furlong nearly secured with a diving effort. Panzini delivered another hard single to left to put runners on first and second and Stanyek then laced a 1-0 offering from Howell reliever Nick Barracato into the left-field corner to easily score Scrivanic with the winning run.

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RBC (13-2)0000021361

Pitching

HowellIPHRERBBSOPC
Vin Impresa5.232232106
Nick Barracato (L)0.23110013
Red Bank CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Shane Panzini (W, 4-0)74222896

Top Hitters

HowellGame Stats
Daniel Furlong2-3, R
Antonio Gatti1-2, 2B, BB, R
Vin Impresa1-3
Red Bank CatholicGame Stats
Alex Stanyek2-4, R, RBI
Shane Panzini2-3, HBP
Sean Ettore1-3, RBI
Nico Gonzalez0-1, BB, HBP, RBI
Matt Scrivanic1-4, R

 

(4) Middletown North 2, (13) Toms River North 1

Junior Andrew Lombardi blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first and the big swing held up for the Lions, who held on to beat the Mariners and reach the SCT quarterfinals next weekend against rival and No. 5 seed Middletown South.

Senior Tyler Sharkey pitched five shutout innings, taking a no-hitter in the fourth and inducing a 6-4-3 double-play after seniors Lucas Malave and Jack Tava broke through with back-to-back singles.

Senior Danny Frontera came on to close the game, stranding the go-ahead runs on second and third in the top of the seventh after Toms River North scored its first run earlier in the inning. The senior right-hander struck out four in his first relief outing of the season.

Frontera also finished 1-for-3 with a double at the plate, while senior Colin Dowlen was 2-for-2 with a walk and came home on Lombardi's home run in the first.

Senior Brandon Valles took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

(5) Middletown South 2, (12) Colts Neck 1

Senior Matt Pontari pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and three walks and the Eagles survived a pitcher's duel against the Cougars to reach the SCT quarterfinals Saturday at No. 4 Middletown North.

The lone run scored off Pontari was unearned and the senior right-hander threw 93 pitchers to complete the feat.

Colts Neck junior Anthony Gubitosi was also sharp, allowing to unearned runs on just three hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings before reaching his pitch limit for the game.

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Midd South (11-4)0100000132

Pitching

Colts NeckIPHRERBBSOPC
Anthony Gubitosi (L)5.23203699
Collin Kratzer0.1000001
Middletown SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Matt Pontari (W)70103793

Top Hitters

Colts NeckGame Stats
Christian Rice0-3, RBI
Middletown SouthGame Stats
Pat Eagone0-1, R
Greg Trezza1-3
Matt Pontari0-3, R, RBI
Mike Cowell1-2
Tom DeMarco1-2

 

(6) Wall 14, (22) Neptune 1 (5 Innings)

Senior Jay Bant, senior Christian Cosenza and junior Nick Lovarco combined for six RBI in Wall's 10-run second inning as the Crimson Knights blitzed the Scarlet Fliers early in the game and advanced to next weekend's SCT quarterfinal round at No. 3 Red Bank Catholic.

Bant (2-for-2, two runs) cracked a two-run single to make it 4-0 in the second and later picked up a third RBI when he hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth. Lovarco (2-for-4, one run) singled home a pair of runs to make the score 7-0 and Consenza (3-for-3, three runs) smacked a two-run double to extend the lead to 10-0.

Junior Jerry Winchester (3-for-3, two runs) also singled home a run during the 10-run rally that gave Wall a 12-0 lead by the end of the second inning. Senior catcher Max Harrell (1-for-3, two RBI) also added an RBI single in the fourth.

Zach Szatkowski cruised to a two-hitter in his first career start on the mound for Wall. Senior Brian Young was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored for Neptune.

(23) Manchester 2, (7) Freehold Twp. 0

Junior Sean McAllister broke a scoreless deadlock with an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to give the pitching duo of sophomore Joe Sclama and senior Rich Coufal the only help they would need to pitch the Hawks past the Patriots and into the SCT quarterfinals next weekend at No. 2 Manalapan.

Sclama completed the sixth inning and came out for the seventh trying to complete the game. Senior Zach Gorman singled, followed by a walk to junior Ryan Keegan, which ended the start for the sophomore left-hander. Sclama scattered seven hits and three walks while striking out five and throwing 106 pitches.

Coufal inherited the jam and worked out of it by inducing a pop-out for the first out, followed by a pair of fly-outs to end the game.

Manchester had added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a balk that scored junior Brandon Sogness.

McAllister finished 2-for-3 and junior Mike Damato was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored for Manchester.

Gorman went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Freehold Township's offense. Senior Alex Foglia took the hard-luck loss on the mound, allowing one earned run on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts over six innings and 97 pitches before turning things over the senior Patrick Burns for the seventh.

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Freehold Twp. (10-4)0000000070

Pitching

ManchesterIPHRERBBSOPC
Joe Sclama (W, 1-1)670035106
Rich Coufal (SV, 2)1000009
Freehold Twp.IPHRERBBSOPC
Alex Foglia (L)63114297
Patrick Burns11102222

Top Hitters

ManchesterGame Stats
Sean McAllister2-3, RBI
Mike Damato1-3, 2B, BB, R
Brandon Sogness1-3, 3B, R
Freehold Twp.Game Stats
Zach Gorman3-3, BB