The return of senior pitcher Mike Bolton could have Freehold thinking it is capable of making a similar late-season run to the one it went on in 2012.
Bolton, making his second pitching start of the season after he missed most of the first three weeks of the season with a partial hamstring tear, according to Colonials’ head coach Jon Block, hurled a complete-game four-hitter as Freehold defeated Wall, 5-3, on Tuesday in a Shore Conference Class B North game. Wall (8-2, 6-1) is ranked No. 3 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10.
Bolton struck out six and walked three as he picked up his first win of the season.
He and Jake Yanez are one of the Shore’s best 1-2 pitching tandem. The two combined to win five games last year in the NJSIAA Group III Tournament as the Colonials advanced to the Group III championship game and won their first sectional title since 1966.
Jason Lundy went 3-for-3 with two RBI, including a run-scoring double in the fifth when Freehold (5-5, 3-5) scored three runs to extend its lead to 5-1.
The loss dropped Wall into a first-place tie in the division with Matawan (8-2, 6-1).
JACKSON LIB. 5, DONOVAN 4: Senior right-hander Tyler Pallante struck out nine, walked one and pitched a complete-game six-hitter and went 2-for-2 and scored two runs and Dan Serrieno’s two-run single highlighted a three-run first inning as the Lions (7-2, 6-1) moved into sole possession of first place in Class B South with the win over the Griffins (8-2, 5-2).
Just one of Monsignor Donovan’s runs was earned.
Brendan Benecke had an RBI double in the first and scored from third on a pick-off attempt to first in the third and Dan Naif had an RBI single in the third as Jackson Liberty built a 5-0 lead.
CBA 10, MIDD. NORTH 3: Freshman right-hander Luca Dalatri struck out seven, walked three and allowed five hits over the first six innings to improve to 2-1 and John McCarren and Chris Cordova each had RBI singles in a five-run first inning as the No. 5 Colts (7-3, 7-2) defeated the Lions (3-6, 3-6) in a Class A North game for career win No. 699 for head coach Marty Kenney.
CBA will try to give Kenney career win No. 700 Thursday when it plays at No. 4 Middletown South.
Kenney is the state’s fourth all-time winningiest coach behind Ken Frank of Toms River South (780), the late Tony Ferrainolo of Memorial (West New York) (754) and the late Harry Shatel of Morristown (752).
COLTS NECK 7, MARLBORO 6: Ryan Younghans’ two-out, pinch-hit infield single in the bottom of the eighth scored Lucien Della Fera with the winning run and capped a rally from a 5-1 deficit after 31/2 innings as the No. 8 Cougars (6-4, 5-4) defeated the Mustangs (6-5, 4-5) in a Class A North game.
SJ VIANNEY 9, SHORE 8: Anthony LaVigne’s two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh capped a three-run rally as the Lancers (8-2, 7-2) made it seven straight and avenged an earlier loss to the Blue Devils (1-9, 1-8) in a Class A Central game.
MANALAPAN 7, MIDD. SOUTH 2: Matt Simonetti pitched a complete-game three-hitter and struck out eight and walked two and John Diana had a suicide squeeze bunt in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth as the Braves (5-6, 3-6) defeated the No. 4 Eagles (5-4, 5-4) and completed a regular season sweep of Middletown South.
MONMOUTH 5, HOLMDEL 1: Senior right-hander Tom Broyles struck out a career-high 12 and scattered eight hits and over the first six innings to improve to 4-0 and Rich Burner went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Matt Burks was 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the fifth as the Falcons (7-3, 6-3) defeated the Hornets (3-8, 3-6) in a Class A Central game.