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Monmouth County Tournament

Round of 16

(1) Howell 8, (16) Middletown North 7 (8 Innings)

Junior Russell Halvorsen drilled a game-winning, walk-off home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh for his second homer of the game and the top-seeded Rebels dodged and upset-bid by the Lions and advance to the MCT quarterfinals Sunday vs. Wall.

Halvorsen led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run that put Howell on top, 3-1, and he singled to lead off the game before scoring on a two-run home run by senior Thomas Strauch.

Up until Halvorsen's solo home run, both teams were scoreless since the top of the fifth, when senior Colin Dowlen hit a two-run homer to pull Middletown North even at 7-7.

Middletown North and Howell traded four-run innings in the top and bottom of the fifth. Junior Ryan Frontera swatted a two-run home run to pull Middletown North even, 3-3, in the top of the inning and the Lions took the lead on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Howell responded with four in the bottom, with senior Jeremiah Wojenski doubled in a run to cut the Howell deficit to 5-4 and senior Devon Smith giving Howell the lead with a two-run single.

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Middletown NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Karl Strauch6.2107624105
Mike Weinbel (L, 1-2)0.2111008
Ryan Bilello43533471
Nick Gomes (W, 2-0)42211680

Top Hitters

Middletown NorthGame Stats
Ryan Frontera1-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Colin Dowlen1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Mike Weinbel1-3, HR, R, RBI
Jason Quardt2-4, R
HowellGame Stats
Russell Halvorsen4-4, 2 HR, 4 R, 2 RBI
Thomas Strauch1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Devon Smith1-4, 2 RBI
Nick Todisco2-4, R
Jeremiah Wojenski2-4, 2B, RBI
Dan Furlong1-4, RBI


(3) Middletown South 6, (14) Manalapan 2

Sophomore left-hander Brevin Bezick pitched a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and two walks and the Eagles (11-5) topped the Braves (6-8) to advance to the MCT quarterfinals Sunday against No. 11 Manasquan.

Senior Evan Wood powered the Middletown South offense by going 2-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI. Sophomore Louis D'Alessio (1-for-3) and junior Will Christopher (2-for-3) each drove in a run and D'Alessio and senior Joe Stanzione (1-for-4) each doubled for Middletown South.

Senior Max Gaime crushed a two-run home run to lead Manalapan.


(13) Marlboro 12, (4) Colts Neck 7

The Mustangs exploded for seven runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth, with junior Mike Kansky providing an RBI single in each as the Mustangs ran away with a win over the Cougars.

Seniors Nik Gomolka and Julien Umanzor each delivered RBI doubled in the 11-run outburst and one of junior Alex D'Ambrosio's two triples drove in the first run of the 7-run rally in the fifth.

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Colts Neck (9-3) 03020027 10 2


Jake Kalfayan 34 5 5 3 8 76
Chris Collina (W, 2-1) 4 6 2 2 2 8 77
Vinny Zaffarese 4 6 4 4 2 5 75
Tom Diffley (L, 2-2) 1 4 4 3 0 1 33
Gianluca Varile 1 4 4 4 1 034
Dave Cohen 1 0 0 0 1 0 13

Top Hitters

Danny Talarico2-5, R
Alex D’Ambrosio2-4, 2 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Julien Umanzor2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Paul Santos1-2, 2 R, RBI
Josh Mack1-4, R, RBI
Nik Gomolka2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Mike Kansky3-4, R, 2 RBI
Colts NeckStats
Tosh Mancini2-4, R
Kyle McCarthy1-1, 2B
Brad Salamone2-4, 2 RBI
Casey Gardiner2-2, 2 R
Tyler Spencer3-5, R, 3 RBI


(12) St. John Vianney 6, (5) Ranney 5 (9 Innings)

Senior Matteo Pasculli smoked a tiebreaking solo home run to centerfield to lead off the top of the ninth inning and senior Dan Afflitto shut the door on the mound in the bottom of the inning to deliver the Lancers with an inspired, extra-inning win over the Panthers in a back-and-forth classic.

Pasculli opened the scoring with a two-run double in the top of the first and added his third of four RBI by drawing the second of back-to-back, bases-loaded walks by St. John Vianney in the top of the second. Senior catcher Kyle Pollack drew the first to make it 3-1.

Ranney cut into the 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the third when senior Charlie Chropuvka blasted a solo homer to make it 4-2 and the Panthers pushed another across with three straight singles by juniors A.J. Gracia, Jack Tallent and Diego Tavarez and an RBI walk by junior Glen Gantalupo.

Gracia tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to left-centerfield.

St. John Vianney regained the lead on an RBI single by senior Danny Flynn through the left side of a drawn-in infield in the top of the seventh inning. Gracia got Ranney the run back by drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second base, stealing third and scoring on an overthrow to third.

After both teams came up empty against Tavarez and Afflitto in the eighth, Pasculli zeroed-in on the first pitch of the ninth and scalded a line drive that took off and over the fence just to the right of the tall fence in centerfield.

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Ranney (12-2)1020101005111


Aiden Cody694417106
Dan Afflitto (W, 1-0)32113364
Nick Coniglio1.24442358
Marcello Mastoianni0.10001113
A.J. Gracia5.131121085
Diego Tavarez (L, 2-1)1.24110234

Top Hitters

St. John VianneyGame Stats
Matteo Pasculli2-3, 2B, HR, 2 BB, R, 4 RBI
Brady Oswick2-4, BB, 2 R
Kyle Pollack2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
Dan Afflitto2-5, R
Danny Flynn1-4, HBP, RBI
Antonio Kurtz1-4, BB, R
RanneyGame Stats
A.J. Gracia2-3, HR, 2 BB, 3 R, RBI, 2 SB
Charlie Chropuvka2-5, 2B, HR, R, RBI
Jack Tallent2-5, RBI
Glen Cantalupo2-4, BB, RBI, 2 SB


(11) Manasquan 11, (6) Ocean 3

Junior Brett Patten checked in with a two-run single and an RBI double during a 10-run Manasquan rally in the top of the fifth inning that propelled the Warriors past the Spartans and into the MCT quarterfinals Sunday at Middletown South.

Manasquan entered the fifth trailing, 3-0, and Patten tied the game with his two-run single. After senior Mike Antonucci gave Manasquan the lead with a sacrifice fly, Patten scored on another sac fly by junior Jack O'Shea.

Senior Cole Kozlowski slammed a two-run triple and senior Josh Terry added an RBI double in the Manasquan fifth-inning spree.

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Ocean (7-6) 1020000370


Condon (W, 3-2)773325105
Calderone (L, 3-2)42555389
Alderiso1 1 1 1 0 1 12

Top Hitters

Brett Patten3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
Cullen Condon2-5
Cole Kozlowski2-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB
Shane Garrett3-3, R, RBI


(8) Wall 3, (9) Monmouth 0

Senior Nick Lovarco reached base three times, stole two bases and scored on a heads-up in the first to jumpstart the Crimson Knights and back junior starter Zach Szatkowski in a Crimson Knights win over the Falcons.

Lovarco led off the game with a double and scored on a throw to first following a third strike in the dirt.

After Lovarco stole a run with two out in the first, Wall added a second run in the second when senior Jerry Winchester tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Ryan O'Neill.

In the third, Lovarco singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by senior Andrew Fischer.

Szatkowski's performance Saturday was both his first career shutout and first career complete game. Wall will travel to top-seeded Howell on Sunday for the quarterfinal round.

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Wall (10-3)111000X340


Christian Zito (L, 3-2)64333782
Zach Szatkowski (W, 3-1)74003591

Top Hitters

MonmouthGame Stats
Andrew McKinley2-3
Mike Millevoi1-3
Christian Zito1-3
WallGame Stats
Nick Lovarco2-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 3 SB
Jerry Winchester1-3, 3B, R
Andrew Fischer1-2, BB, RBI, SB


(2) Freehold Twp. 8, (18) Red Bank 2

Senior Ryan Keegan went 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases and was one of four Freehold Township players with multiple hits as the Patriots (8-6) rode a potent hitting attack past the Bucs (4-11) and into the MCT quarterfinals Sunday vs. Red Bank Catholic.

Senior Sean Keegan was 2-for-3 with an RBI triple, two runs, a walk, and a stolen base, senior Giacomo Calamita was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored, and junior Lucas Dixon was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Sophomore Ryan Costello also had a hit, two RBI, and a run scored and sophomore Mike Avino was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a walk, and two stolen bases.

Jackson Hyman was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI to lead Red Bank.


(10) Red Bank Catholic 4, (7) CBA 1 (9 Innings)

Senior Andrew Gonzalez delivered a tiebreaking RBI single with two out in the top of the ninth and senior Nico Gonzalez followed with a pinch-hit, two-run single to help the Caseys pull out an extra-inning win over the rival Colts to reach the MCT quarterfinals Sunday at Freehold Twp.

Red Bank Catholic's defense picked up junior starter Alex Stanyek and winning pitcher Steve Svenson with four double-plays in the final four innings, including a game-ending double-play started by Svenson after snaring a comebacker to the mound.

Svenson took over with a runner on first and none out in the bottom of the eighth and got out of trouble thanks to a double-play and a strikeout.

CBA starter Colin Reilly also leaned on double-plays to get out of both the seventh and eighth unscathed, with Colts senior second baseman Alexey Stout making an acrobatic stop on a hard shot by Caseys senior shortstop Matt Scrivanic and starting the 4-6-3, double play for the first two outs of the eighth. Reilly then induced a pop-up to shortstop Harrison Campi to end his day.

CBA jumped on top with an RBI single by junior Hunter Del Guercio in the bottom of the first inning -- the first hit of the season allowed by Stanyek. The Caseys junior right-hander went 9 2/3 innings before allowing his first hit and his 13 strikeouts Saturday were a career-best.

RBC pulled even in the top of the fifth on a solo home run to left-center by senior Jake Jacobson. After tying the game in the fifth, Jacobson also drew a walk and scored during the winning rally in the ninth.

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Alex Stanyek7311513111
Steve Svenson (W, 4-0)20000218
Colin Reilly871115104
Luke Ronayne (L, 1-1)13331131

Top Hitters

Red Bank CatholicGame Stats
Jake Jacobson1-3, HR, BB, 2 R, RBI
Andrew Gonzalez2-4, R, RBI
Nico Gonzalez1-1, 2 RBI
Shane Andrus3-3, HBP
Sean Griggs2-4
CBAGame Stats
Hunter Del Guercio1-4, RBI, SB
Zaine Tonseske1-4
Jack Frankovic1-4




Holmdel 10, Mater Dei Prep 0

Senior J.V. Lobifaro pitched a five-inning two-hitter with eight strikeouts and four walks and the Hornets handled the Seraphs for their first win of the season.

Junior Tim Haggerty went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, senior Alex Price was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and senior John Spallin went 1-for-2 with two RBI to lead Holmdel at the plate.

Senior Anthony Tancredi was 1-for-2 with a walk and classmate Kole Devaney tripled to account for the only Mater Dei action.

Raritan 13, Point Beach 3

Seniors Ben Hutchins and Rob Scarola combined on a one-hitter and Scarola led a collection of five Raritan players with multiple RBI as the Rockets took care of the Garnet Gulls.

Scarola finished 3-for-6 with three RBI and pitched the final 1 1/3 in relief of Hutchins, who allowed one hit and one earned run while striking out six, but also walked nine. The two teams combined to issue 24 walks in the game.

Hutchins also helped his cause by going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Senior Justin Rivera, junior Stephen McCabe, junior Dan Fedorco and sophomore John Molnar each drove in two runs in the win. Rivera was 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI, McCabe finished 1-for-2 with a double, three walks, two runs and two RBI, while Fedorco went 1-for-2 with a triple, four walks, two runs and two RBI

Junior Bill Tigar and senior Alex Dekis each went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Raritan as well.

Sophomore Nate Clayton had the lone Point Beach hit and finished 1-for-2.



Notre Dame 7, St. Rose 6

Senior Ryan Rogers went 3-for-4 with an RBI and junior Jack Lomerson and sophomore Jack Tiernan each logged run-scoring extra-base hit, but the Purple Roses came up short against the Irish. Tiernan finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Lomerson added a two-run triple for St. Rose, which did all of its scoring in the first four innings.

Roxbury 4, Manchester 3

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Manchester (5-7-1)0000300362


Nick Morales4.25331382
Tommy Simmerano (W)2.11001225
Mike Damato (L, 1-2)744219109

Top Hitters

RoxburyGame Stats
Justin Ford1-2, 2B, HBP, R, SB
ManchesterGame Stats
Joe Bentivegna2-3, SB
Mike Damato1-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Brandon Sogness1-4, R, RBI, SB
Joe Sclama1-2, HBP, R
Justin Renzi1-3, SB


Thank You Classic

At Hamilton West High School

Brick Memorial 9, Hamilton West 5

Junior Brady Leach pitched six strong innings, the re-entered to quiet a Hamilton West threat in the seventh inning as the Mustangs picked up a road win over the Hornets.

All told, Leach pitched seven innings on 8 pitches, allowing an earned run on three hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk.

Junior Joey Nolan went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI and senior Ryan Turner was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI to lead the Brick Memorial attack at the plate.


At Gateway High School

Central 4, Hammonton 2

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Hammonton (7-5)0020000232


Anthony Musso (W, 2-0) 732232109
Lukas Guerrier (L)78430494

Top Hitters

CentralGame Stats
Dom Masino2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, SB
Cam Leiter1-4, R, RBI
Cristian Soto2-3, 2 SB
Billy Sottilare1-3, 2B, SB
Shane Sajewicz1-3, SB
Brayden Lowden1-3, RBI, SB
HammontonGame Stats
Gavin West 1-3, RBI


At Hammonton High School

Egg Harbor 12, No. 3 Middletown South 9


At Hammonton Lake Park

No. 7 Jackson Memorial 9, Williamstown 1

Junior Charlie Meglio went 3-for-3 with a home run, double and three RBI and senior left-hander Zach Crotchfelt struck out 14 in 6 2/3 innings to help the Jaguars upend the Braves.

Crotchfelt allowed an earned run on three hits and two walks before turning the ball over to senior Sage Goeke to record the final out of the game.

Meglio got Jackson Memorial off and running with a solo homer in the bottom of the first and was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second and doubled home a run in the fourth.

Crotchfelt helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and senior Chris Cartnick was also 2-for-3 with an RBI for Jackson Memorial.


At Bordentown High School

Robbinsville 11, No. 8 Colts Neck 4

Bordentown 6, Point Boro 1


At Gloucester Catholic

Ocean City 19, No. 2 Ranney 4 (5 Innings)


At Glassboro Little League Complex

Shawnee 14, Donovan Catholic 10

Juniors Gavin Degnan and Matt Mason each homered and Donovan Catholic cut a 13-3 deficit to 13-10 by the end of the sixth inning, but came up short in their comeback effort against the Renegades.



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