Barnegat does not have a winning record, but it sure has had a say in the Shore Conference Class B South race.
The Bengals’ 4-3 win at Monsignor Donovan on Wednesday dropped the Griffins (13-3, 8-3) a game behind first-place Jackson Liberty (10-4, 9-2) heading into the game between the two teams today at Monsignor Donovan.
Earlier in the season, Barnegat (5-8, 4-7) defeated Jackson Liberty, 4-3, in eight innings.
Rob DeSanti’s two-out single in the top of the sixth inning scored Justin Chasmar with the tie-breaking run.
Chasmar had gotten the Bengals off to a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer in the first.
Kevin Ortiz had a solo homer in the second for Monsignor Donovan.
COLTS NECK 3, FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP 2: Jon Baturgil’s two-out single to left in the bottom of the eighth scored Scott McNally and freshman Mike Antico and gave the Cougars (8-6, 6-6) the win over the Patriots (5-10, 3-9) in a Class A North game.
All runs were scored in the eighth.
Run-scoring singles by Nick Cardace and Joe Silvestrone gave Freehold Township the lead.
Lucien DellaFera pulled Colts Neck within, 2-1, when he scored on a throwing error on McNally’s infield single. DellaFera had led off with a double.
MANALAPAN 8, MIDD. NORTH 7: Will Meany’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh broke a 5-5 tie, another run scored on a throwing error and John Diana added an RBI single as the Braves (8-8, 4-8) scored three in the seventh and then held on for the win over the Lions (5-9, 4-8) in a Class A North game.
Middletown North scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but left the tying run on base.
Diana was 4-for-5 with the RBI. Billy Moed was 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run.
Ryan Byrd was 3-for-4 and scored three runs for Middletown North.
MIDD. SOUTH 3, MARLBORO 1: Senior right-hander Perry Kulaga struck out a season-high 11 and pitched a five-hitter and Joe Timmons scored the tie-breaking run in a two-run bottom of the fifth as he beat a high throw to home on Andrew Wisialko’s ground ball to second as the Eagles (7-6, 7-5) defeated the Mustangs (9-6, 6-6) in a Class A North game.
John O’Donnell’s single past a drawn-in infield in the sixth scored pinch-runner Mike Diorio with the insurance run.
WALL 5, LONG BRANCH 3: Luke Malone’s two-run single with two out in the top of the fifth broke a 3-3 tie and capped a four-run rally as the Crimson Knights (12-2, 9-1) rallied for the win over the Green Wave (4-9, 2-7) and remained in first place in Class B North.
Junior right-hander Tyler Swiggert pitched a complete-game seven hitter. He struck out six, including the final batter of the game with runners on first and third, and walked two.
RB CATHOLIC 6, SHORE 2: John Selden pitched a complete-game five-hitter to improve to 5-0, Joe Iacobellis went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI and Al Molina was 2-for-3 with an RBI, scored a run and stole a base as the Caseys (13-1, 12-0) clinched the outright Class A Central championship with the win over the Blue Devils (3-12, 2-10).
It is the fifth straight season Red Bank Catholic has won a divisional title.
SJ VIANNEY 5, MONMOUTH 3: Chris Morris’ two-run bloop single highlighted a four-run fifth inning that gave the Lancers (10-3, 8-3) a 5-0 lead and they then hung on for the win over the Falcons (7-6, 6-6) in a Class A Central game.
Justin Chin pitched around allowing six hits and issuing three walks to pitch a scoreless five innings to pick up the win.
HOLMDEL 13, MANASQUAN 10: Joe Sadler, Matt Schneiderman and Frank Gagliano all drove in three runs and Frank Condito scored three runs as the Hornets (6-10, 6-6) outlasted the Warriors (3-10, 3-8) in a Class A Central game.
Ty Hawkins went 4-for-4 and scored two runs for Manasquan.