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Class A North

Howell 4, Middletown North 1

Junior Braden Walsh hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning and junior Rohan Shah pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit relief to earn the win as the defending Group IV champion Rebels beat the defending Group III champion Lions in a showdown of 2022 state champions on opening day.

Sophomores Aaron Wojenski and Logan Koeppel each doubled in a run in their varsity debuts, with Wojenski giving Howell a 1-0 lead with his first-inning RBI double and Koeppel taking on a third run in the fourth with his run-scoring double.

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Midd North (0-1, 0-1)0100000142
Howell (1-0, 1-0)100300X451

Pitching

Middletown NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Zach Hampton (L, 0-1)44431369
Eddie Patrick21001335
HowellIPHRERBBSOPC
Luke Bearse33113250
Rohan Shah (W, 1-0)41001354

Top Hitters

Middletown NorthGame Stats
Gabe Ahlemeyer1-3, R
Jason Quardt1-2, 2 BB
Ryan Frontera1-3, HBP
HowellGame Stats
Braden Walsh1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Aaron Wojenski1-2, 2B, BB, R, RBI
Logan Koeppel1-3, 2B, RBI
Russell Halvorsen1-3, R, SB
Aidan Thomas1-3, R

 

No. 3 Middletown South 11, Freehold Twp. 1

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Freehold Twp (0-1, 0-1)010000X124
Midd South (1-0, 1-0)121115X11110

Pitching

Freehold Twp.IPHRERBBSOPC
Lex Nelsen (L, 0-1)4.27642372
Jack Henry0.1000003
Justin Singer0.24552024
Midd SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Ben Schild (W, 1-0)31113670
Brendan Roche (SV, 1)31003652

Top Hitters

Freehold Twp.Game Stats
Lex Nelsen1-2, BB, RBI
Middletown SouthGame Stats
Ben Schild2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Danny Corcoran2-3, R, RBI
Andrew Marquis2-4, R, RBI
Matt Sliva2-3, R
Brendan Roche1-4, R, 2 RBI
Louis D’Alessio1-3, BB, 2 R
Brevin Bezick1-4, R, RBI

 

No. 9 Marlboro 9, Manalapan 2

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Marlboro (1-0, 1-0)0220320992
Manalapan (0-1, 0-1)0001001241

Pitching

MarlboroIPHRERBBSOPC
Alex D’Ambrosio (W, 1-0)52103785
Alex Frank22102137
ManalapanIPHRERBBSOPC
Dylan Shaffer (L, 0-1)34441366
Leo Vitale23320239
A.J. Tanico11222020
Varun Gabbita11001115

Top Hitters

MarlboroGame Stats
Dan Talarico2-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI
Nick Scaff2-4, 3 R
Mike Kansky2-4, TBI
Mike Consolazio1-2, R, 2 RBI
Alex D’Ambrosio1-2, R, RBI
Paul Santos1-3, R
ManalapanGame Stats
Cristian Bernardini2-3, 2B, R
Christian Zabotka1-3, 2B
Erik Johnson1-1, R

 

No. 6 CBA 6, Colts Neck 4

Junior right-hander and Wake Forest commit Chris Levonas pitched six perfect innings with 10 strikeouts and the Colts hung on to secure an opening-day win over the Cougars.

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Colts Neck (0-1, 0-1)0000004433
CBA (1-0, 1-0)201120X670

Pitching

Colts NeckIPHRERBBSOPC
Vinny Zaffarese (L, 0-1)57631083
Tom Diffley10002122
CBAIPHRERBBSOPC
Chris Levonas (W, 1-0)600001067
Danny DiTullio0.11332017
Zaine Toneske (SV)0.22110012

Top Hitters

Colts NeckGame Stats
Casey Gardiner1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Chris Scully1-3, RBI
Kyle McCarthy1-3, R
CBAGame Stats
Harrison Campi1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, SB
Matt DiFeo2-3, 2 R
Hunter DelGuercio1-3, BB, 2 RBI
Zaine Toneske2-3
Wyatt Hunt1-4, RBI

 

 

Class A Central

Holmdel 7, Raritan 1

Seniors Luke Buda and Max Woodward combined on a no-hitter and the Hornets pulled away from a memorable opening-day win over the Rockets. Buda lasted for five innings and 103 pitches before turning the game over to Woodward, who took over with Holmdel nursing a 3-1 lead and recorded the two-inning save.

Senior Brandon Cieplensky tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and junior Brayden Savage and senior Elliot Chun gave Holmdel a 3-1 lead with RBI singles in the bottom of the third.

Sophomore Nick Rakoski doubled home a run while seniors Connor Capaci and Tim Haggerty each singled in a run in Holmdel's four-run sixth inning.

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Raritan (0-1, 0-1)1000000101
Holmdel (1-0, 1-0)102004X782

Pitching

RaritanIPHRERBBSOPC
Alan Warren (L, 0-1)33311360
James Nichols2.13330345
Phil Kramer0.22110220
HolmdelIPHRERBBSOPC
Luke Buda (W, 1-0)501059104
Max Woodward (SV, 1)20000023

Top Hitters

HolmdelGame Stats
Max Woodward2-3, 2B, R, SB
Nick Rakoski1-3, 2B, HBP, 2 R, RBI, SB
Tim Haggerty1-2, BB, HBP, R, RBI, SB
Elliot Chun1-2, HBP, R, RBI
Connor Capaci1-3, R, RBI
Brayden Savage1-3, RBI
Brandon Cieplensky1-4, RBI

 

No. 8 Wall 3, Monmouth 2

Senior shortstop Gabe Cavazzoni smashed a go-ahead, bases-clearing, three-run double with two out in the top of the seventh inning and the Crimson Knights pulled off an opening day stunner over the Falcons in the final out of their final at-bat.

After a leadoff walk by Wall senior starter Matt Johnson, junior T.J. Legere came on to record the save after giving up a sacrifice fly to sophomore Will Theobald that pulled Monmouth within 3-2.

Monmouth jumped on top on a first-inning, RBI double by senior catcher Joey Esposito and fifth-year senior starter Aiden Denton took a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Wall came through with the winning rally.

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Wall (1-0, 1-0)0000003392
Monmouth (0-1, 0-1)1000001220

 Pitching

WallIPHRERBBSOPC
Matt Johnson (W, 1-0) 62223696
T.J. Legere (SV, 1)10001124
MonmouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Aiden Denton (L, 0-1)6.2 933110105
Colin Denton0.1000002

Top Hitters

WallGame Stats
Gabe Cavazzoni2-4, 2B, 3 RBI
Zach Szatkowski1-3, 2B
Greg Desserich2-3, 2B
MonmouthGame Stats
Joey Esposito1-3, 2B, RBI
Aiden Denton1-2, R

 

No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 3, No. 2 Red Bank Catholic 2

Seniors Cade LaGrassa and Brayden Dill delivered back-to-back run scoring hits with none out in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Bulldogs scored three runs in their final at-bat to shock the Caseys for an opening-day, walk-off win.

Both LaGrassa and Dill were making their first varsity start for Rumson, which entered the seventh inning after managing only one hit vs. Red Bank Catholic senior right-hander Alex Stanyek over six innings.

Senior shortstop Reece Moroney and junior third baseman Aaron Del Tin led off the seventh with back-to-back walks and senior Spencer Hobson -- who broke up Stanyek's perfect game with a one-out single to center in the bottom of the fifth -- was hit by a pitch from RBC junior Steve Svenson to load the bases with none out.

LaGrassa then jumped on the first pitch he saw and rifled it to the gap in right-centerfield, chasing home Moroney and Del Tin, with Hobson getting the stop sign from coach Owen Stewart at third base.

Svenson then jumped ahead, 1-2, against Dill, but the Rumson-born transfer from Connecticut stayed in on a breaking ball and shot it through the middle of a drawn-in infield to plate Hobson with the winning run and set off a celebration.

Monday marked the second straight home game Rumson has won in its final at-bat, with the Bulldogs beating Wall, 4-3, in the Central Jersey Group II championship game after being down to their final strike three times in the final inning. Moroney and Del Tin were in the middle of that rally as well and on Monday, Del Tin had another epic at-bat reminiscent of the one he had in the 2022 championship game.

With Stanyek cruising through four innings on 53 pitches, Del Tin led off the fifth with a 12-pitch at-bat that ended in a called third strike, but set the table for Hobson's hit in the next at-bat, as well as a 30-pitch inning for Stanyek that ultimately ensured he would be out after the sixth inning. Del Tin also had a 13-pitch walk in last year's sectional final to extend Rumson's championship-winning rally.

Stanyek also jumpstarted Red Bank Catholic's only run-scoring inning, lining a double to the left-field fence. Two pitches later, junior third baseman and Alabama commit Sean Griggs crushed a line drive that landed on the berm beyond the fence in right field for a 2-0 Caseys lead. The longball marks the second straight season in which Griggs has homered in RBC's opener.

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RBC (0-1, 0-1)0020000230
Rumson-FH (1-0, 1-0)0000003331

Pitching

Red Bank CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Alex Stanyek6100013100
Steve Svenson (L, 0-1)02332022
Rumson-Fair HavenIPHRERBBSOPC
John Goodes5.12222891
Matt Bruno (W, 1-0)1.21001222

Top Hitters

Red Bank CatholicGame Stats
Sean Griggs1-2, HR, BB, 2 RBI
Alex Stanyek1-3, 2B, R
Matt Brunner1-3
Shane Andrus0-1, 2 BB
Rumson-Fair HavenGame Stats
Cade LaGrassa1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Brayden Dill1-2, HBP, RBI
Spencer Hobson1-2, HBP, R

 

 

Class B North

Neptune 3, Matawan 0

Senior Joe Juliano drove in the game's first run and struck out out seven in just 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief to earn the save and deliver the Scarlet Fliers with an opening-day, shutout win over the Huskies.

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Matawan (0-1, 0-1)0000000021
Neptune (1-0, 1-0)300000X340

Pitching

MatawanIPHRERBBSOPC
Brandon Falco (L, 0-1)53312790
Mark Kovach11000113
NeptuneIPHRERBBSOPC
Brennan Moloughney (1-0)4.210099113
Joe Juliano (SV, 1)2.11002745

Top Hitters

MatawanGame Stats
Chris Galasso1-2, 2 BB
NeptuneGame Stats
Joe Juliano1-3, R, RBI
Quincy Esannason1-2, BB, R
Aedan Martin1-3, 3B

 

St. John Vianney 4, Manasquan 3

Senior Luke Centanni blasted a tie-breaking solo home run with one out in the bottom of the sixth and the Lancers rallied back from a three-run deficit to top the Warriors.

Junior Joe Russo broke up Manasquan's combined shutout with an RBI single to center to cut Vianney's deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth and Lancers starting pitcher Andrew Zottar delivered a game-tying, two-out, two-run single to score seniors Mike Pape and Kevin DiPede with the tying runs.

Sophomore Mike McCormack notched the save with a pair of strikeouts in the top of the seventh and got an assist from his battery mate, with senior John Cornacchio throwing out a would-be base-stealer at second base for the second out of the inning.

Manasquan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on back-to-back RBI hits by senior starting pitcher Cullen Condon and senior centerfielder Brett Patten, with Condon's coming on a double and Patten on a single. Senior Jack O'Shea tacked on another Manasquan run with an RBI double in the fifth to make it 3-0.

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Manasquan (0-1, 0-1)0020100361
SJV (1-0, 1-0)000031X482

Pitching

ManasquanIPHRERBBSOPC
Cullen Condon33000754
Austin Griffith23302349
Luke Ramire (L, 0-1)12110229
St. John VianneyIPHRERBBSOPC
Andrew Zottar55332798
Chris Santoro (W, 1-0)10000011
Mike McCormack (SV, 1)11000212

Top Hitters

ManasquanGame Stats
Cullen Condon2-3, 2 2B, BB, R, RBI
Connor Malysa2-4, R
Jack O’Shea1-2, 2B, BB, RBI
Brett Patten1-3, RBI, SB
St. John VianneyGame Stats
Luke Centani1-3, HR, R, RBI
Joe Russo2-4, 2B, RBI
Andrew Zottar2-2, 2 RBI
Kevin DiPede1-2, HBP, R

 

No. 1 Ranney 14, Red Bank (5 Innings)

Senior left-hander Marcello Mastroianni fired a five-inning no-hitter and the Panthers cruised to a win over the Bucs to open up their season as the defending Non-Public B champions and No. 1 team in the Shore Sports Network Preseason Top 10.

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Ranney (1-0, 1-0)02561XX1470
Red Bank (0-1, 0-1)00000XX004

Pitching

RanneyIPHRERBBSOPC
Marcello Mastroianni (W)500021078
Red BankIPHRERBBSOPC
Nate Ruth (L, 0-1)2.11654373
Tommy Kelly0.21112022
P.J. Whitehead1.03653144
Sean Keatts1.02110017

Top Hitters

RanneyStats
Jack Tallent1-2, 2B, RBI
Diego Tavarez2-2
Glen Cantalupo1-2, 3 RBI
Lou Spadafora1-2
Curtis Chropuvka2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

 

 

Non-Division

Point Beach 4, Barnegat 2

Senior James Larsen and junior Colin Reinhard delivered RBI singles in the late innings and the Garnet Gulls bounced back from an early two-run deficit to top the Bengals on the road on opening day.

Larsen broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the top of the sixth that scored junior catcher Nate Clayton after Clayton led off with his second double of the game. Reinhard later padded the lead with a run-scoring knock the following inning.

Clayton cut Barnegat's lead in half with an RBI double in the top of the fourth and scored on an error to tie the game. Freshmen Nick Bruno and Patrick Mackie gave Barnegat a 2-0 lead with RBI singles in the bottom of the second off Point Beach ace Kyle Kolans, who settled in to retire 15 of the last 16 batters he faced, with a walk to Mackie the only blemish over the last five innings.

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Pt Beach (1-0)0002011440
Barnegat (0-1)0200000443

Pitching

Point BeachIPHRERBBSOPC
Kyle Kolans (W, 1-0)74221982
BarnegatIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler Carll3.21215167
Bryce Davenport (L, 0-1)3.13221457

Top Hitters

Point BeachGame Stats
Nate Clayton2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
James Larsen1-2, BB, RBI
Colin Reinhard1-4, RBI
BarnegatGame Stats
Nick Bruno1-3, R, RBI
Jaihan Dominguez1-3, 2B, R
Patrick Mackie1-1, BB, RBI, SB

 

Brick Memorial 12, St. Rose 2 (6 Innings)

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St. Rose (0-1, 0-1)100001X243
Brick Mem (1-0, 1-0)015312X12133

Pitching

St. RoseIPHRERBBSOPC
Jack Tiernan (L, 0-1)38662472
Anthony Crudo23413043
Jack Donohue0.22213030
Brick MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Nick Garbooshian (W, 1-0)53112579
Chase Cohen12111225

Top Hitters

St. RoseGame Stats
Dave Bookbinder2-3, 2B, R, RBI
Brennan Sherman1-3, RBI
Jack Lomerson1-2, BB, R
Jack Tiernan1-4, 2B
Brick MemorialGame Stats
Brady Leach2-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 R
Joey Nolan3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Nick Garbooshian2-5, 2 RBI
Joe Cordi1-1, 2 RBI
Jimmy Pop1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI
Devante Noriega1-1, BB, 2 R
Dominic D’Erasmo1-1, 2B, RBI

 

Shore 19, Long Branch 0 (5 Innings)

Senior Christian Simonsen blasted two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven RBI as the Blue Devils (1-0) routed the Green Wave (0-1) to open their season in grand fashion.

Junior Parker Fegan went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and an RBI, senior John Dunleavy was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI, and senior Donovan Hughes finished 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Junior C.J. Sears (two RBI), senior Charlie Deusch (RBI) and junior T.J. Minner (double, two RBI) each went 2-for-2 for Shore.

 

Non-Conference

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Ocean 8, Murray 1

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Ocean (1-0)1032020881
Murray0000100171

Pitching

OceanIPHRERBBSOPC
Dylan Lazar (W, 1-0)43004777
Jack Kelly34112362

Top Hitters

OceanStats
Shane Garrett3-3, 2B, 4 R
Connor Tongring1-2, 2B, 4 RBI
Ben Robinson1-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

 

 

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