Anthony Yaccarine shines at plate as Red Bank Catholic rolls

Anthony Yaccarine shines at plate as Red Bank Catholic rolls

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Anthony Yaccarine shines at plate as Red Bank Catholic rolls

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Anthony Yaccarine knew exactly what he was looking for when he came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth inning on Thursday.

“I was looking for an off-speed pitch,” said Yaccarine, a senior right fielder for Red Bank Catholic.

Yaccarine guessed right as he drilled a two-run double on a 2-2 pitch to break a tie. Red Bank Catholic then went on to record an 11-5 win over St. John Vianney in a Monmouth County Tournament semifinal game on the FieldTurf at Count Basie Field.

“He (St. John Vianney reliever Chris Morris) gave me an off-speed pitch first pitch. Then, he threw me a couple of fastballs, and then he came back to the off-speed pitch, and I just sat on it,” Yaccarine said.

Red Bank Catholic (21-2) will meet the winner of today’s semifinal between No. 2 seed Christian Brothers Academy and No. 3 seed Wall next week in the championship game at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood. The championship game will be Monday night if CBA wins today. It will be Tuesday night if Wall wins today.

The double was part of a 4-for-4, five RBI day for Yaccarine, the No. 7 hitter in Red Bank Catholic’s deep lineup.

“I was just trying to hit them in the gaps and trying to get the runners in from second and third. I got up with runners on base every time,” Yaccarine said.

Yaccarine had a single to left in his first at-bat in the second inning. That hit did not lead to anything because a Caseys’ base runner was thrown out trying to steal third to end the inning. He lofted a run-scoring, game-tying triple in the fourth.

In his final at-bat, Yaccarine, who was made aware by his teammates he needed a home run to hit for the cycle, delivered a two-run single to right in the sixth.

Mike Alescio followed Yaccarine’s fifth inning double with a two-run double of his own that extended the Caseys’ lead to 8-4.

Six of the nine hitters in Red Bank Catholic’s lineup had hits and eight of the nine reached base. The Caseys also drew seven walks and had a batter hit by a pitch as they worked the count all day against each of the Lancers’ five pitchers.

“The lineup has been pretty much the same from Day 1,” said Red Bank Catholic coach Buddy Hausmann said. “I knew what they (each of his players) were capable of. When they were going to be capable, you never know. But, they (each of his players) are in there (the lineup) for a reason.

“Alescio (the No. 8 hitter) has come through a couple of times now. Daniele (Nick Daniele, the No. 9 hitter) was coming through for a while. Iacobellis (leadoff hitter and center fielder Joe Iacobellis) was hot, forever, carrying us in the beginning.”

IN A MCT QUARTERFINAL

CBA 11, HOWELL 1: Joe Dudek hit a three-run homer in the first inning, his sixth homer of the season and freshman right-hander Luca Dalatri pitched a two-hitter to improve to 5-1 as the Colts (16-3) defeated the Rebels (11-9) for their 13th straight win.

Dalatri struck out nine and walked one.

Anthony Critelli went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Ryan Ramiz was 3-for-4 and scored two runs.

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