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Class A Central

No. 8 Wall 7, Monmouth 1

After allowing a run on two hits on the first two batters of the game, senior right-hander Zach Szatkowski did not allowed a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch the rest of the way as the Crimson Knights pulled away for their second win over the Falcons in as many days.

Szatkowski retired 21 of the final 23 batters he faced, with the only three to reach doing so on Wall errors.

Junior catcher Jake Howlett starred at the plate, driving in each of Wall's first four runs. He singled home the tying run in the bottom of the first and gave Wall a 2-1 lead in the third with another RBI single Howlett capped his big day at the dish with a two-run home run to make it 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

Senior Matt Johnson capped the scoring with a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

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Monmouth (0-2, 0-2)1000000120
Wall (2-0, 2-0)101023X7113

Pitching

MonmouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Christian Zito (L, 0-1)59441595
Mike Milevoi12332230
WallIPHRERBBSOPC
Zach Szatkowski (W, 1-0)72110789

Top Hitters

MonmouthGame Stats
Christian Zito1-3, 2B, RBI
Will Theobald1-3, R
WallGame Stats
Jake Howlett3-4, HR, R, 4 RBI
Gabe Cavazzoni3-4, 2B, 3 R
Matt Johnson1-4, 2B, 3 RBI
T.J. Legere1-2, BB, 2 R
Sean Killea1-2, BB, R, SB

 

 

Class A South

Toms River East 3, Brick 2

Freshman Lucas Melton singled home senior Jake Verdon with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth and the Raiders walked off with an opening-day win over the Green Dragons.

Verdon and classmate Ryan Ushock led off the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back walks and winning pitcher Gavin Toth sacrificed both ahead one base to pass along the game-winning RBI opportunity to Melton. The freshman came through with his first career hit and RBI to give Toms River East the victory.

Toms River East battled back from a 2-0 deficit to push the game to extra innings. Junior Ryan Koman doubled home a run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Brick lead to 2-1 and Toth tied it up with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Sophomore Peyton Horning drove in both runs for Brick, the first on an RBI groundout in the second inning and the second on an RBI single to make it 2-0 in the fourth.

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Brick (0-1, 0-1)01010000240
TR East (1-0, 1-0)00001101471

Pitching

BrickIPHRERBBSOPC
Kyle Knowsley6.16224487
Dylan Rostek (L, 0-1)11112124
Toms River EastIPHRERBBSOPC
Brandon Safoschnik53221773
Brendan Lavin20001133
Gavin Toth (W, 1-0)11000013

Top Hitters

BrickGame Stats
Peyton Horning1-3, 2 RBI
Chris Quick2-4, 2B, R
Toms River EastGame Stats
Jake Verdon1-1, 3 BB, 2 R, SB
Lucas Melton1-1, RBI
Ryan Koman1-2, BB, RBI
Gavin Toth1-2, RBI

 

Southern 11, No. 10 Central 3

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Central (0-1, 0-1)1011000360
Southern (1-0, 1-0)110108X11101

Pitching

CentralIPHRERBBSOPC
Tyler Bell5.16333798
Anthony Bilello (L, 0-1)0.11442014
Vincent Berardi0.13440118
SouthernIPHRERBBSOPC
Steven Miller45333270
Brady Lesiak (W, 1-0)31000246

Top Hitters

CentralGame Stats
Dom Masino3-4, 2B, R, RBI
Brayden Lowden2-4, 2 2B, R, RBI
SouthernGame Stats
Brandon Brown2-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI
Gabe Tomei1-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI
Brian Harper1-3, 2B, BB, R, 2 RBI
Brady Lesiak1-3, 2B, HBP, R, 2 RBI
Owen Durnien1-4, 2B, R
Nico Diamantopoulos1-2, 2B, BB
Blake Glory1-2, BB, HBP, R, RBI
Ray Mulhern1-2, BB, HBP, R

 

No. 7 Jackson Memorial 6, Toms River North 4

Senior third baseman Charlie Meglio cracked a go-ahead, bases-clearing double in the top of the sixth inning and the Jaguars survived a back-and-forth battle with the Mariners on opening day for both teams.

Toms River North stormed ahead, 4-3, with four runs in the bottom of the fifth -- all with two out in the inning. Senior Ty Kazanowsky got the Mariners on the board with an RBI single and senior Evan Kwortnik followed with a go-ahead three-run home run to put Toms River North on top, 4-3.

Junior Nick Izzo ignited the sixth-inning rally by Jackson Memorial with a leadoff single and with one out, senior Matt Koblos singled, followed by a walk to sophomore Tyler Huzzy to load the bases. Meglio then roped a go-ahead, three-run double to left to cap the scoring.

Fifth-year senior Dean Daddio took over for left-handed senior starter Anthony Mehmet in the bottom of the sixth and fired a pair of shutout innings to nail down the save.

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Jackson Mem (1-0, 1-0)1000230661
TR North (0-1, 0-1)000040X480

Pitching

Jackson MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Anthony Mehmet (W, 1-0)56402471
Dean Daddio (SV, 1)22001336
Toms River NorthIPHRERBBSOPC
Brenden Lavallee43334578
Kieran Mulholland23334360
Ryan Rivera10001215

Top Hitters

Jackson MemorialGame Stats
Charlie Meglio1-2, 2B, BB, 3 RBI
Matt Koblos2-3, 2B, BB, 3 R
Jackson Osmond1-2, 3B, R
Tyler Huzzy1-2, 2 BB, R, RBI
Mike Arent4 BB, RBI, SB
Toms River NorthGame Stats
Evan Kwortnik1-4, HR, 3 RBI
Ty Kazanowsky2-4, R, RBI
Brenden Lavallee3-4, R
Kieran Mulholland1-3, BB

 

Toms River South 6, Brick Memorial 5 (8 Innings)

Senior Chris Clark plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eight inning and the Indians survived a seventh-inning comeback by the Mustangs to prevail with the victory on opening night.

Toms River South starting pitcher Chris Hastings led off the inning with a walk and sophomore Anthony Johnson reached on a bunt single before junior Rob Abatemarco sacrificed the two runners to second and third. Clark then ended the game with a sac fly to center.

Brick Memorial made the eighth inning necessary with a four-run rally to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Junior Nicco Maribo hammered a two-run double to cut the deficit in half, 5-3, and Mustangs starting pitcher Brady Leach pulled his team within one with an RBI single.

With one out, senior Joey Nolan ripped a game-tying RBI double, but Toms River South senior and winning pitcher Ryan Schmidt came on to wiggle out of trouble and send the game to the eighth tied, 5-5.

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Brick Mem (1-1, 0-1)100000405100
TR South (1-0, 1-0)11200101684

Pitching

Brick MemorialIPHRERBBSOPC
Brady Leach56442991
Mike Gioia11113031
Cole Cook-Benson (L, 0-1)1.21112226
Toms River SouthIPHRERBBSOPC
Chris Hastings43114691
Rob Abatemarco2.15420452
Ryan Schmidt (W, 1-0)1.22001134

Top Hitters

Brick MemorialGame Stats
Nicco Maribo2-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Joey Nolan1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Joe Cordi2-4, 2B, R
Brady Leach2-4, BB, R, RBI
Mike Dayton2-5
Toms River SouthGame Stats
Chris Clark1-3, BB, R, 2 RBI
Ryan Schmidt1-3, 3B, R, RBI
Mikey Erli1-3, 2B, 2 BB, R
Chris Hastings1-2, 2B, BB, R
A.J. Pierson1-4, 2B, R
Justin Diaz1-3, BB, RBI
Tyler Kopin1-4, RBI
Anthony Johnson1-1, BB, R

 

 

Class B Central

Long Branch 16, Lakewood 1 (5 Innings)

Senior Will Reyes tossed a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk and the Green Wave topped the Piners to snap a 21-game losing streak that dated back to the final game of the 2021 season.

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Lakewood (0-1,0-1)00001XX104
Long Branch (1-1, 1-0)5317XXX1682

Pitching

LakewoodIPHRERBBSOPC
Rosario (L, 0-1)11553241
Geanao371564690
Long BranchIPHRERBBSOPC
Will Reyes (W, 1-0)501011278

Top Hitters

LakewoodGame Stats
Cornejao0-1, 1 R
Long BranchGame Stats
Andre Jackson1-2, 3 R, 3 SB
Clinton Campbell2-3, 3B, 4 RBI
Romeo Martinez2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI
Kellen Campbell2-3, HR, 3 RBI

 

Point Beach 16, Keansburg 0 (5 Innings)

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Keansburg (0-1, 0-1)00000XX014
Pt. Beach (2-0, 1-0)5308XXX16110

Pitching

KeansburgIPHRERBBSOPC
Donald Antonucci (L, 0-1)3.1814137189
Mike Burke0.23200230
Point BeachIPHRERBBSOPC
Jackson Killian (W, 1-0)41004676
Ryan Doyle10000211

Top Hitters

KeansburgGame Stats
Donald Antonucci1-3
Point BeachGame Stats
John Coakley3-4, 2 R, 4 RBI
James Larsen1-1, R, 2 RBI
Tommy Conroy1-2, 2 RBI
Bryan Matuschat1-3, 2B, R
Kyle McPherson1-1, R, 2 RBI
Colin Reinhard1-2, BB, 2 R
Kyle Kolans1-1, R, RBI

 

Henry Hudson 3, Keyport 2

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H. Hudson (1-0, 1-0)1010010330
Keyport (0-1, 0-1)1010000253

Pitching

Henry HudsonIPHRERBBSOPC
Aiden Winters (W, 1-0)6.2522315110
Nick Bigotto (SV, 1)0.1000014
KeyportIPHRERBBSOPC
Erik Schmidt (L, 0-1)6231311103
Carter Williams11001114

Top Hitters

Henry HudsonGame Stats
Hayden Kurdes1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, SB
Aiden Winters1-4, RBI, 3 SB
KeyportGame Stats
Mason Hospital2-3, BB, R, RBI, 2 SB
Tristan Knoblauch1-3, 2B, BB, R, SB
Carter Williams2-3, 2B, SB

 

St. Rose 11, Asbury Park 0 (5 Innings)

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Asbury Park (0-1, 0-1)00000XX011
St. Rose (2-0, 1-0)10100XXX11101

Pitching

Asbury ParkIPHRERBBSOPC
Carl (L, 0-1)410111163100
St. RoseIPHRERBBSOPC
Brendan Brophy (W, 1-0)510001058

Top Hitters

Asbury ParkGame Stats
Shakim Petterson1-2
St. RoseGame Stats
Brendan Brophy3-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB
Jack Lomerson2-2, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Jack Tiernan2-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI

 

 

Class B South

Manchester 3, Jackson Liberty 3 (Darkness)

Junior Jack Kanis hit a game-tying RBI double with one out in the bottom of the 11th and after the third out of the inning the game was called due to darkness.

Junior Evan Palmer highlighted a two-run sixth inning for Manchester with an RBI double, which broke a scoreless deadlock.

Sophomore Mike Kisseberth then doubled and scored on an RBI single by freshman Carney O'Donnell to get Jackson Liberty on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Kissebeth then came through with a two-out, game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Kisseberth cruised for the first 2 2/3 innings of his relief appearance before mounted a go-ahead rally. A leadoff error started the threat and a single by senior Luke Walters chased junior Patrick McKay to third with none out. Kisseberth got a strikeout for the first out and Manchester coach Dave Beauchemin called for the squeeze, with senior A.J. Ramirez dropping down the successful bunt to score McKay.

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Manch. (0-0-1, 0-0-1)0200001370
Jacks. Lib. (0-0-1, 0-0-1)01100013123

Pitching

ManchesterIPHRERBBSOPC
Joe Inkrote5.151131078
Frank Kern3.24113665
Anthony Carino203112442
Jackson LibertyIPHRERBBSOPC
Ethan Bloomfield5.122241197
Vincent Grande23000122
Mike Kisseberth3.22100649

Top Hitters

ManchesterGame Stats
Evan Palmer2-4, 2 2B, BB, RBI
Joe Sclama2-5, R
Mike Maccanico1-4, 2B, BB
Jackson LibertyGame Stats
Mike Kisseberth3-4, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI
Jack Kanis1-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI
Carney O’Donnell2-5, BB, RBI
Connor Yurgel1-4, 2B, BB
Cole Menafra1-4, BB, R

 

Lacey 12, Pinelands 0 (6 Innings)

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Lacey (1-0, 1-0)1001010x12120
Pinelands (0-1, 0-1)000000x016

Pitching

LaceyIPHRERBBSOPC
Noah Quinn (W, 1-0)610001058
PinelandsIPHRERBBSOPC
Jacob Fowler (L, 0-1)33101667
Dan Maher2.18910370
Landon Seidenfaden0.21222017

Top Hitters

LaceyGame Stats
Carson Gudzak3-4, R, RBI
Noah Quinn3-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Anthony Eckerson1-4, 2B, R, RBI
PinelandsGame Stats
Nathan Sofield1-3, 2B

 

No. 5 Donovan Catholic 3, Point Boro 2 (9 Innings)

Junior shortstop Joe Maier drew the fourth of four straight walks in the bottom of the ninth, forcing home the winning run and giving the Griffins an opening-day win over the Panthers.

Point Boro starting pitcher Bryson Kirby gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run to centerfield in the top of the fourth, but Donovan Catholic answered with two of its own in the bottom of the inning to even the score. Junior Dave Yorke singled in senior Gavin Degnan and scored on the back-end of a double-steal with runners on first and third.

Point Boro prevented further damage by Donovan Catholic in the fourth thanks to left-fielder Shane Ryan, who fielded a single by Griffins junior catcher Hunter Johnson and threw out sophomore Tyler Levine attempting to score from second base.

Panthers junior catcher Wyatt Dewysockie hung in to field Ryan's throw and apply the tag -- one of several crucial plays in the game by the Point Boro backstop. Dewysockie threw out 4-of-5 Donovan Catholic players attempting to steal and made a back-handed pick of a pitch in the dirt with Degnan on third base in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Senior John Grana earned the win with a scoreless ninth that included a pair of strikeouts -- one of which came after he issued a two-out walk for the only baserunner of the inning. Junior left-hander Jake Marciano struck out six in three scoreless innings in relief of left-handed starter Shaun O'Keefe, who had a run of five straight strikeouts to highlight his eight-strikeout performance.

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Pt. Boro (0-1, 0-1) 0002000261
Donovan (1-0, 1-0)0002000381

Pitching

Point BoroIPHRERBBSOPC
Bryson Kirby46223688
Cal Kedves (L, 0-1)41117482
Donovan CatholicIPHRERBBSOPC
Shaun O’Keefe54220869
Jake Marciano32001644
John Grano (W, 1-0)10001215

Top Hitters

Point BoroGame Stats
Bryson Kirby3-4, HR, 2 RBI
Ryan Acquisto2-4, R
Donovan CatholicGame Stats
Gavin Degnan2-3, BB, R, SB
Dave Yorke1-4, R, RBI
Tyler Levine1-3, BB
Rocco Scarpitti1-3, BB, 2B

 

 

Non-Conference

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Ocean 13, Herndon (Va.) 10

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Herndon30011321093
Ocean (2-0)080302X13175

Pitching

OceanIPHRERBBSOPC
Tommy Kowaliwskyj (1-0)43547390
Shane Garrett24431039
Ben Robinson12100325

Top Hitters

OceanStats
Matt Richter2-4, R
Connor Tongring3-4, 2B, 4 RBI
Ben Robinson2-5
George Krenkel2-3, 2B, 3 R
Matt King2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI
Dylan Lazar2-5, 2 RBI

 

 

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