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Class A North

Middletown North 11, Long Branch 0 (5 Innings)

Senior Colin Dowlen struck out 14 of the 16 batters he faced in a five-inning, one-hit shutout and went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI to carry the Lions (1-0, 1-0) to a win over the Green Wave (0-1, 0-1) in the season-opener for both teams.

Junior Ryan Frontera went 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored, junior R.J. Kernan was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI and junior Mike Weinbel finished 1-for-3 with a double a two runs scored for Middletown North.

No. 10 Howell 5, Manalapan 3

Sophomore Braden Walsh smashed a go-ahead, two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning and the Rebels rallied for four runs in their final turn at-bat to stun the Braves on opening day.

Manalapan senior starter Tyler Kane was dominant through six innings, including retiring the first nine batters of the game with eight strikeouts. Senior Devon Smith broke up the perfect start with a leadoff double in the fourth and scored Howell's first run on a wild pitch, cutting the Manalapan lead to 2-1.

Howell quickly loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with none out against Braves senior Aidan Tumbelson, then scored the first run of the inning on a dropped pop-up, with the batter ruled out on an infield fly rule call. Walsh then followed with a shot to the right-center gap to chase home the winning runs and added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by senior Nick Gallo.

Rebels senior starter Dan Furlong closed out the complete-game win on the mound with a one-two-three seventh inning.

Junior Cristian Bernardini drove in each of the first two Manalapan runs, plating the first run with an RBI single in the first and adding an RBI double in the bottom of the third to make it 2-0.

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Howell (1-0, 1-0)0001004543
Manalapan (0-1, 0-1)1010010352

Pitching

HowellIPHRERBBSOPC
Dan Furlong (W, 1-0)75311795
ManalapanIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler Kane621111184
Aidan Tumbelson (L, 0-1)01321011
Danny Shaffer11110013

Top Hitters

ManalapanGame Stats
Cristian Bernardini2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Max Graime1-3, R
HowellGame Stats
Braden Walsh1-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI
Devon Smith1-4, 2B, R
Joe Zito2-3, R

 

 

Class A Central

No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 11, Holmdel 0 (5 Innings)

Junior right-hander John Goodes came within two outs of a no-hitter and settled for a one-hit shutout as the Bulldogs won their opener over the Hornets.

Matt Iulo broke up Goodes's no-hit bid with a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning and Goodes came back to strike out the next two batters to end the game.

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Rumson (1-0, 1-0)0142411110
Holmdel (0-1, 0-1)00000011

Pitching

Rumson-Fair HavenIPHRERBBSOPC
John Goodes (W, 1-0)51002667
HolmdelIPHRERBBSOPC
Luke Buda (L, 0-1)3.18774276
Joe Barbarino1.23432335

Top Hitters

Rumson-Fair HavenGame Stats
Liam Murphy2-2, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI
Brian Doherty2-3, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI
Matt Rigby1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI
Reece Moroney2-4, R, RBI
Johnny Bruno2-4, R, RBI
Owen Kenney1-2, R, 2 RBI
HolmdelGame Stats
Matt Iulo1-2

 

Class A South

No. 7 Central 2, Toms River South 0

Senior Cam Leiter pitched a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and two walks and the Golden Eagles (1-0, 1-0) manufactured two runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure a season-opening win over the Indians (0-1, 0-1) and open their renovated Al Leiter Ballpark with a victory.

Sophomore Brayden Lowden and Dom Masino hit consecutive one-out singles in the fifth and sophomore catcher Cristian Soto followed with a walk to load the bases. Toms River South replaced starter Jake Wilber with fellow senior Aidan Folsom and Central broke through on a passed ball to score Lowden.

Senior Shane Sajewicz followed with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 2-0.

Cam Leiter returned to the mound to strike out the next two hitters in a one-two-three sixth and after a leadoff error in the seventh, the University of Central Florida commit got a groundout and two strikeouts to close out the game on 111 pitches.

Central's defense picked up Leiter in the top of the third inning. Toms River South senior Gavin Migliori was hit by a pitch with two out and stole second base. Junior Mike Erli came through with a single to left, but Central senior leftfielder Billy Sottilaire cut Migliori down at the plate with a strong throw from left.

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TR South (0-1, 0-1)0000000022
Central (1-0, 1-0)000020X241

Pitching

TR SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Jake Wilber (L, 0-1)4.14212256
Aidan Folsom0.2000019
Chris Hastings10003026
CentralIPHRERBBSOPC
Cam Leiter (W, 1-0)7200213110

Top Hitters

TR SouthGame Stats
Mike Erli1-3
Aidan Folsom1-3, SB
Gavin MiglioriHBP, SB
CentralGame Stats
Dom Masino1-2, R
Billy Sottilaire1-3, 3B
Mason Lisewski1-2, BB
Brayden Lowden1-1, BB
Shane Sajewicz0-3, RBI

 

 

Non-Division

Brick Memorial 14, Donovan Catholic 10

Junior Declan Sheehan belted a tiebreaking grand slam in the top of the sixth inning and the Mustangs won a slugfest over the Mustangs in a matchup of teams with high aspirations coming off opening-day losses on Friday.

Sheehan's big blast was the second of two grand slams by Brick Memorial, with senior Anthony Martino connecting for the first during the Mustangs' seven-run fourth inning.

Sheehan's grand slam capped a five-run inning for Brick Memorial, which was an answer to a five-run inning for Donovan Catholic in the bottom of the fifth. In the Griffins rally, sophomore Hunter Johnson hit a go-ahead three-run home run to make it 9-8 in favor of Donovan Catholic, which was preceded by a two-run single by junior Gavin Degnan.

Brick Memorial took an 8-3 lead with seven runs in the top of the fourth inning, capped by Martino's grand slam. Sophomore Nico Maribo gave the Mustangs the lead earlier in the fourth with a two-run single that made it 4-3.

Senior Anthony Mursko hit the first home run of the game -- a solo shot to give Donovan Catholic a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

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Brick Mem (1-1, 0-1)020705114120
Donovan (0-2, 0-1)11215101092

Pitching

Brick MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Ryan Mulcahey44668184
Lydon (W, 1-0)25443140
Sheehan1000007
DonovanIPHRERBBSOPC
Brian Padilla37875179
John Grano (L, 0-1)21334448
Nick Dowling13221226
Nate Watson11112234

Top Hitters

Brick MemorialGame Stats
Anthony Martino2-4, grand slam, 2B, 4 RBI
Declan Sheehan2-3, grand slam, 4 RBI
Donovan CatholicGame Stats
Anthony Mursko4-4, HR, RBI
Hunter Johnson1-4, HR, 3 RBI

 

Manasquan 14, Point Boro 4 (5 Innings)

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Pt Boro (1-1)00211461
Manasquan (2-0)027411481

Pitching

Point BoroIPHRERBBSOPC
Eric Anilonis (L, 0-1)2.14664055
Matt Dewitte1.14753145
Cal Kedves0.10115128
ManasquanIPHRERBBSOPC
James Cosgrove (W, 1-1)56432676

Top Hitters

Point BoroGame Stats
Trey Harpootlian2-2, R, RBI
Brian Simoes1-3, 2 RBI
Connor Cilento1-3, RBI
ManasquanGame Stats
Nicolas Galvan2-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Pat Woodford2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
Mike Presbrey1-2, HR, R, 3 RBI
Ryan Deegan1-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jack O’Shea1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI
Cullen Condon1-1, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI

 

Freehold Twp. 9, Freehold Boro 2

Senior Anthony Sirico went 2-for-3 and drove in three to lead the offensive attack and junior James Wortman work 3 1/3 no-hit innings of relief to pace the Patriots (1-1) to a win over the crosstown rival Colonials (1-1).

Junior Ryan Kopf went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, junior Lucas Dixon was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, senior Sean Keegan was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases, and sophomore Mike Avino added a double and a run scored.

Sophomore Ryan Costello pitched the final three innings to close out the win and also pitched in an RBI single.

Senior Giovanni Sive doubled and scored a run for Freehold Boro and senior Mike Kleschinsky went 1-for-3 with a run in the loss.

 

Marlboro 3, Barnegat 1

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Barnegat (1-1)1000000152
Marlboro (2-0)000111X350

Pitching

BarnegatIPHRERBBSOPC
Jared Schworn41115371
P.J. Craig (L, 0-1)24221535
MarlboroIPHRERBBSOPC
Alex D’Ambrosio33111355
Alex Frank42002256

Top Hitters

BarnegatGame Stats
Justin Bye1-3, R
Ryan Kulpa2-2
MarlboroGame Stats
Shawn McNiff1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Josh Mack2-4, 2B, R
Danny Talarico1-2, 2B, R, RBI
Paul Santos1-2, R

 

Non-Conference

No. 5 CBA 5, Ferris 1

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Ferris (1-1)0010000151
CBA (1-1)100301X5104

Pitching

FerrisIPHRERBBSOPC
Marcus Monroe (L, 0-1)4.27444998
Irwin Quezada1.13110126
CBAIPHRERBBSOPC
Colin Reilly (W, 1-0)6410211100
Chris Levonas11000319

Top Hitters

FerrisGame Stats
Jacob Ruiz2-4
Jaylen Vargas2-4
Deangelo Ponce1-3, R
CBAGame Stats
Zaine Toneske3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Harrison Campi2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Joe Figliolino2-4, 2B, RBI

 

South River 15, Henry Hudson 5 (5 Innings)

Sophomore Brandon Hendrickson followed his 17-strikeout performance on the mound on Friday with a two-run home run in a 2-for-3 day at the plate, but the Admirals (1-1) could not keep up with the Rams (1-0).

No. 9 Ranney 7, Delbarton 5

Junior A.J. Gracia delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the fourth and pitched the sixth and the seventh to nail down a two-inning save as the Panthers (2-0) picked up a big non-conference win over the Green Wave (0-1).

Senior Charlie Chropuvka added a two-run home run while junior left-hander Marco Mastroianni worked 2 1/3 innings of relief for the win, allowing just one unearned run in the process.

Pinelands 7, Atlantic Tech 3

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ACIT (0-1)0000030357
Pinelands (2-0)000052X742

Pitching

ACITIPHRERBBSOPC
Logan Ruga (L, 0-1)4.22513696
Brady Walk1.12221020
PinelandsIPHRERBBSOPC
Stephen DeMilio (W, 1-0)5.142201286
Logan Russo (S, 1)1.22101238

Top Hitters

ACITGame Stats
Carmine Sausto2-3, HBP, R
PinelandsGame Stats
Stephen DeMilio2-4, R
Dan Maher1-3, 2 RBI
Kaden Inman1-3, RBI, 2 R, BB

 

 

At Mainland High School

Bishop Eustace 4, No. 4 Jackson Memorial 2

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Jackson Mem (1-1)0000020241
Bishope Eustace (1-1)000400X440

Pitching

Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Zach Crotchfelt (L, 0-1)3.22402764
Sage Goeke2.12001243
Bishop EustaceIPHRERBBSOPC
Jack Kirchner (W, 1-0)41000654
Landon Mack33221456

Top Hitters

Jackson MemorialGame Stats
J.R. Osmond1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Tommy Kendrick1-3, R
Bishop EustaceGame Stats
Andrew Auerbach1-3, 2B, R, RBI
A.J. Lauletta1-2, R, RBI
Anthony Masculli1-3, RBI
Trey Martin1-2, R

 

 

Postponements/Cancelations

Class B South

Jackson Liberty at Lakewood -- PPD, TBA

Non-Division

Shore at Long Branch – Rescheduled to May 12, 3:45 p.m.

 

 

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