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Class A North

Middletown North 3, No. 3 Middletown South 2

Senior Ryan Frontera sparked the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning and classmate Eddie Patrick pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief to win in his first varsity outing as the Lions held on to beat the rival Eagles.

After Frontera belted his first homer of the season to open the scoring, Middletown South came right back with two runs in the top of the second on four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Patrick then came on, escaped trouble and pitched four more clean innings to get Middletown North to the seventh inning with the lead.

Middletown South brothers Mason Christopher and Will Christopher also kept the Lions in check over the final four frames after the left-hander Mason Christopher got burned on a fielder's choice error that scored two runs while still netting Frontera his second RBI.

Sophomore Zach Hampton -- Middletown North's opening-day starter -- pitched a scoreless seventh for the win, with junior left-fielder Jason Quardt delivering the key defensive play when he threw out junior counterpart Louis D'Alessio attempting to stretch a single into a double. Hampton followed with a walk, but then shut down the game to give Middletown North the victory in the first of two regular-season meetings between the crosstown rivals.

The two Middletown squads will meet again Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Middletown South.

Midd South (1-2, 1-2)0200000252
Midd North (1-2, 1-2)120000X371


Middletown SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Mason Christopher (L, 0-1)4.26311680
Will Christopher1.10000124
Middletown NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Ryan Clark1.21224040
Eddie Patrick (W, 1-0)4.14002165
Zach Hampton (SV, 1)10001011

Top Hitters

Middletown SouthGame Stats
Matt Sliva1-2, BB, RBI
Brendan Sliva1-3, BB, RBI
Louis D’Alessio2-4, SB, SB
Brevin Bezick1-2, 2 BB, SB
Middletown NorthGame Stats
Ryan Frontera1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Mike Hallard1-3, R
Eddie Patrick1-3, R
Colin McMahon2-3
Dylan Briggs1-3, 2B


No. 9 Marlboro 9, Colts Neck 4

The Mustangs smoked four run-scoring doubles between the fifth and sixth innings, blowing open a tight game and beating the Cougars for their third straight win to open the season.

Senior Daniel Talarico broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning and on the next batter, junior Joe Santos made it 5-2 with an RBI double to score Talarico.

Colts Neck got two runs back in the top of the sixth on an error and a sacrifice fly by senior Gio Gagliano, but Marlboro padded its lead with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Junior Michael Consolazio and senior Mike Kansky hit back-to-back RBI doubles to push the Marlboro lead to 7-4 and the Mustangs added two more on an error and a sacrifice fly by winning pitcher Dan Trentacosta.

Trentacosta also hit a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning and took over on the mound in the following half-inning in place of senior starter Chris Collina. Marlboro jumped on top on an RBI single by senior Alex D'Ambrosio and Colts Neck tied it on a single by junior starting pitcher Tom Diffley.

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Marlboro (3-0, 3-0)100134X9103


Tom Diffley3.24224588
Gio Gagliano (L, 0-1)0.22330125
Chris Scully0.22211019
Tosh Mancini1220008
Chris Collina44213465
Dan Trentacosta (W, 1-0)21204247
Alex Frank10001218

Top Hitters

Colts NeckGame Stats
Tom Diffley1-2, RBI
Tyler Spencer1-3, 2B, BB, R
John O’Connor1-3, 2B, BB, R
MarlboroGame Stats
Mike Kansky2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Joe Santos2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Daniel Talarico1-3, 2B, BB, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Alex D’Ambrosio1-3, 2B, BB, R, RBI
Michael Consolazio1-3, 2B, HBP, R, RBI
Dan Trentacosta1-3, 2 RBI
Paul Santos1-4, 2 R, 3 SB
Andrew Li1-2, 2 BB



Class A South

Southern 5, No. 10 Central 4

Junior Brady Lesiak came through with a go-ahead, two-run single with two out in the top of the seventh, then pitched a scoreless bottom-of-the-seventh for the save as the Rams rallied from a 4-0 deficit over their final to at-bats.

Lesiak also drove in the first Southern run with a sacrifice fly to cut Central's lead to 4-1 in the top of the sixth. Junior Gabe Tomei drilled a solo homer in the top of the seventh to trim the deficit to 4-2 and senior Niko Diamantopoulos singled to start the winning rally.

Junior Ray Mulhern and senior Brandon Brown drew back-to-back, one-out walks and junior Blake Glory made it three in a row to force in a run that pulled Southern within 4-3.

Junior Roger Dreher earned the win with four innings of relief following two innings from senior starter Mike Nasti.

Junior Cristian Soto and senior Elijah Kiernan each drove in two runs for Central, with Soto hammering an RBI double to put Central ahead, 3-0, and Kiernan following with an RBI single as part of a two-run fifth for the Golden Eagles.

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Central (0-2, 0-2)2000200461


Mike Nasti22221339
Roger Dreher (W, 1-0)43223988
Brady Lesiak (SV, 1)11000212
Trevor Policastro632132100
Joel German (L, 0-1)0.11332122
Chase Macri0.21001112

Top Hitters

SouthernGame Stats
Brady Lesiak1-3, 3 RBI
Gabe Tomei1-2, HR, BB, R, RBI
Niko Diamantopoulos2-3, R
CentralGame Stats
Cristian Soto1-2, 2B, HBP, R, 2 RBI
Brayden Lowden1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, SB
Elijah Kiernan1-4, 2 RBI
Dom Masino1-3, BB, R, SB


Toms River South 3, Brick Memorial 2

Senior Chris Hastings plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth and senior A.J. Pierson fired two scoreless innings for the save as the Indians beat the Mustangs for the second straight game with a game-winning sac fly.

Hastings's RBI capped a two-run sixth for Toms River South, with senior Justin Diaz scoring the first run on his own. Diaz doubled, stole third and raced home on an errant throw on his stolen base attempt. Pierson also singled as part of the two-run rally.

Brick Memorial took the lead on a run-scoring error in the bottom of the fifth after tying it in the third on an RBI single by senior Joey Nolan.

Toms River South jumped out to the early lead on an RBI single by Hastings to give sophomore starter Aiden Lynch a 1-0 advantage in the top of the second.

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Brick Mem (1-2, 0-2)0010100282


Aiden Lynch3.25114155
Cooper Cavanaugh (W, 1-0)1.11100021
A.J. Pierson (SV, 1)22002336
Chase Cohen5.12223696
Mike Gioia (L, 0-1)1.22110027

Top Hitters

Toms River SouthGame Stats
Chris Hastings1-2, 2 RBI
Justin Diaz1-3, 2B, BB, 2 R, SB
Tyler Kopin1-3, R
Brick MemorialGame Stats
Jimmy Popp2-4, 2 2B, R
Joey Nolan2-4, RBI, 2 SB
Nick Garboosian2-4
Nicco Maribo1-3, BB, R, 3 SB



Class B North

No. 1 Ranney 12, Manasquan 0 (5 Innings)

Seniors Glen Cantalupo and Enrique Beltra slugged key extra-base hits during a six-run first and senior left-hander A.J. Gracia coasted through four scoreless innings to help Ranney continue its dominant start to the season with a five-inning win over the Warriors.

After a bases-loaded walk to senior Diego Tavarez opened the scoring, Cantalupo crushed a two-run, ground-rule double to left field and Beltra capped the six-run rally with an RBI triple.

With Gracia's four scoreless innings (two hits, no walks, eight strikeouts), Ranney opened the season with its top three pitchers -- Marcello Mastroianni, Nick Coniglio and Gracia -- throwing 14 scoreless innings with two hits and one walk allowed while the Panthers have outscored opponents 41-0 in the three wins. Mastroianni pitched a no-hitter in his firs start and Coniglio threw a five-inning perfect game.

Ranney (3-0, 3-0)60123XX12112
Manasquan (1-2, 1-2)00000XX031


A.J. Gracia (W, 1-0)42000856
James Hare11001121
Matt Koenig (L, 0-1)02552025
Luke Ramire2.142 23143
Keegan Hertel1.23211138
Dylan Vowteras12332028

Top Hitters

RanneyGame Stats
Glen Cantalupo2-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
A.J. Gracia2-2, 2 BB, 2 R, SB
Curtis Chropuvka2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
Enrique Beltra1-2, 3B, R, RBI
Jack Tallent1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
Diego Tavarez1-2, BB, R, 2 RBI
Brett Wehringer1-3, 2 R, HBP, SB
ManasquanGame Stats
Caden Eastmond1-2
Connor Voelkson1-2
Kevin Prime1-1


Neptune 3, St. John Vianney 1

Senior Nick Quagliato knocked in two runs with a single in the third and classmate Quincy Esannason added an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth as the Scarlet Fliers rode another strong pitching performance to a win over the Lancers -- Neptune's third straight victory to open the season.

Senior Jack Tinik worked around trouble throughout his five innings of work, allowing the only St. John Vianney run to score on a balk in the top of the fourth. Senior Aedan Martin closed out his second save in two games and Neptune's pitching staff completed game No. 3 of the season having allowed just three runs in 21 innings.

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Neptune (3-0, 3-0)002010X392


Mike McCormack (L, 0-1)69332489
Jack Tinik (W, 1-0)52113176
Aedan Martin (SV, 2)20002435

Top Hitters

St. John VianneyGame Stats
Andrew Zottar1-2, BB
NeptuneGame Stats
Quincy Esannason2-3, 3B, R, RBI
Nick Quagliato1-3, 2 RBI
Kevin O’Neil1-3, R
Jack Tinik1-2, BB, SB
Jack Gamba-Ellis1-2, BB
Hunter Morgan1-1, R



Class B Central

Lakewood 13, Long Branch 12

Jiovanni Genao went 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBI and the Piners (1-1, 1-1) won their first game of the season on a walk-off wild pitch to beat the Green Wave (1-2, 1-1).

Long Branch tied the game with four runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a game-tying, bases-clearing, three-run double by senior Andre Jackson.

St. Rose 21, Asbury Park 0 (5 Innings)

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Asbury Park (0-2, 0-2)00000XX037


James Doster (W, 1-0)21002330
Max Glassberg32002655

Top Hitters

St. RoseGame Stats
Anthony Crudo1-2, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Ryan Murray1-3, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
James Doster2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI
Chris Zahlmann2-4, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI
Chase Groh1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI
Joe Sestito1-1, R, 2 RBI
Jack Donohue2-2, RBI
Max Glassberg1-1, 2B, 2 R
Asbury ParkGame Stats
Nestor Castillo3-3, 2B


Point Beach 25, Keansburg 1 (5 Innings)

Pt Beach (3-0, 2-0)103156XX25212
Keansburg (0-2, 0-2)00010XX152


James Larsen (W, 1-0)55101885
Phil Sears (L, 0-1)171074045
James Valle2.29962174
Mike Burke15663035

Top Hitters

Point BeachGame Stats
John Coakley4-6, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Tommy Conroy3-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Colin Reinhard2-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Liam Dolan2-2, 2 R, 3 RBI
Jack Dolan2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI
Danny Lubach2-2, BB, 2 R, RBI
KeansburgGame Stats
Donny Antonucci2-3
Mike Burke2-2


Henry Hudson 16, Keyport 6 (6 Innings)

Winning pitcher Nick Bigotto collected two RBI singles in his team's 13-run fourth inning and the Admirals took advantage of 14 walks in pulling away from the Red Raiders to complete the regular-season sweep.

After Bigotto's first RBI single of the inning put Henry Hudson up, 3-2, the Admirals added a run on an error, then drew six consecutive bases-loaded walks. The streak ended with Bigotto's second RBI single of the inning.

Keyport (0-2, 0-2)101040X676
Hudson (0-2, 0-2)2001301X1682


Carter Williams (L, 0-1)36761267
Andrew Staeger00444018
Ben Morgan01443023
Danny Metrick21116345
Nick Bigotto (W, 1-0)4.144247104
Teddy Fariello1.23221238

Top Hitters

KeyportGame Stats
Ryan Byrne2-4, R, 2 RBI, SB
Danny Metrick1-1, R, 2 RBI
Roman Blanks1-3, RBI
Erik Schmidt1-4, R
Henry HudsonGame Stats
Eddie Payne2-3, 2B, 2 BB, R, 2 RBI
Hayden Kurdes2-3, 2 BB, 3 R, RBI, SB
Nick Bigotto2-4, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
Teddy Fariello1-3, 2 BB, R, 3 RBI, SB
Chris Parmigiani1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI
Aiden Winters0-3, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB
Sean O’Conner0-2, 2 BB, R, 2 RBI
Jesse Jacobs0-2, BB, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB



Class B South

Manchester 6, Jackson Liberty 3

Sophomore Colton Sitarik and junior Joe Bentivegna each delivered a two-run double in a four-run fifth and the Hawks finished off a win over the Lions two days after the two teams played an 11-inning game that ended in a tie due to darkness.

Winning pitcher Joe Sclama gave Manchester a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third with an RBI double of his own. Jackson Liberty answered back in the top of the fourth with a two-run single by sophomore Mike Kisseberth.

Jax Lib (0-1-1, 0-1-1)00120003101
Manch (1-0-1, 1-0-1)002040X644


Josh Rebelo31202346
Gavin DeGregorio (L, 0-1)1.11442131
Vincent Grande1.22000212
Joe Sclama (W, 1-0)46321472
Anthony Carino (SV, 1)34000152

Top Hitters

Jackson LibertyGame Stats
Mike Kisseberth3-3, HBP, 2 RBI
Colin Menafra2-4, R
Nick Nannini1-3, BB, R
Cristian Garced1-4, R, SB
Gavin DeGregorio1-3, 2B, HBP
ManchesterGame Stats
Joe Sclama1-2, 2B, BB, R, RBI
Joe Bentivegna1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Colton Sitarik1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
A.J. Ramirez0-2, 2 BB, 2 R


Lacey 7, Pinelands 2

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Lacey (2-0, 2-0)012310X7121


Kaden Inman (L, 0-1)3.29661877
Landon Seidenfaden1.12110220
Hunter Theuret11001013
Jack Sramaty (W, 1-0)7421312103

Top Hitters

PinelandsGame Stats
Kaden Inman1-2, 2B, RBI
Logan Russo1-3, R
LaceyGame Stats
Carson Gudzak2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Anthony Eckerson2-4, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Richie Nowak2-3, 2 2B, RBI, Sb
Noah Quinn2-2, 2B, BB, R, RBI, 2 SB
Shane Trangone1-2, R, SB
Rylan Messina1-3, R




Raritan 14, Barnegat 0 (5 Innings)

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Barnegat (0-2)00000XX024


Sean Burnett (W, 1-0)52000544
Dylan DeGrazio (L, 0-1)1.13622031
Jordan Cook0.11542016
Dylan Appice1.15221032
Julian Marfino10000011
Quinton Torres10001 114

Top Hitters

RartianGame Stats
Stephen McCabe2-3, 2B, BB, 3 R, 4 RBI
Joe Rotondo2-3, R, 3 RBI
Sean Burnett1-3, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB
Robert Mulligan1-3, 2B, BB, 2 R
John Molnar1-2, BB, R, RBI
Alex Pante1-1, BB, HBP, 2 R
Dan Fedorco1-4, RBI, SB



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