Brad Currao hit a two-run home run and Connor Gammond followed with a solo homer in the first inning and visiting St. Rose went on to an 8-1 win at Point Pleasant Beach on Thursday that enabled the Purple Roses to clinch the outright Shore Conference Class B Central championship.
It is the third straight season and 10th in the last 11 the Purple Roses have won the Class B Central championship.
Junior left-hander Jimmy Gowan pitched a complete-game five-hitter. He struck out six and walked one.
Gammond was 3-for-3 with two RBI. Travis Petillo was 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored two runs. Currao was 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored three runs Will King was 2-for-2 and scored a run.
St. Rose (13-0, 12-0) had 13 hits.
JACKSON LIB. 10, MONS. DONOVAN 0: Dan Serreino pitched four innings of three-hit ball to pick up the win and also went 3-for-4 with a two-run single in a six-run third inning and Jordan Mundel also had a two-run single in the third as the Lions (11-4, 10-2) clinched a tie for the Class B South championship with the win over the Griffins (12-4, 8-4).
It is the second divisional championship in Jackson Liberty’s six-year history. The Lions won Class B South outright in 2010.
The Lions can win the divisional title outright with one win in their two remaining divisional games. They are at Point Boro and host Lakewood.
James Sofield was 4-for-4 with an RBI and Mundell was 3-for-4.
TR SOUTH 2, TR NORTH 1: Sophomore right-hander Tyler Mellott threw a complete-game seven-hitter, Dylan DiPolviere drove in runs on a hit by pitch in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth and the Indians’ defense threw out base runners at home plate and third base as they recorded the win over the Mariners (9-5, 7-5) in a Class A South game and completed a sweep of the regular season series.
It is the second straight season Toms River South has swept the season series from Toms River North. All four wins have been by a run.
Mellott struck out six and walked one.
Junior right-hander Steve Slagmolen struck out 12 and pitched a complete-game six-hitter and Julian Feliz had an RBI single in the sixth for Toms River North.
TR EAST 4, BRICK MEM. 3: Dave Lewis’ two-run single highlighted a three-run second and C.J. Hirschy pitched the last 22/3 innings to pick up the save as the Raiders (7-6, 6-6) defeated the Mustangs (7-7, 6-6) in a Class A South game and gave head coach Bill Frank career win No. 497.
Jerry Caporale went 2-for-3, scored two runs and stole a base and Charlie Mule’ had an RBI single in the first for Toms River East.
Brian Pintinics went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored a run for Brick Memorial
POINT BORO 9, BARNEGAT 8: Kyle McGarry’s two-out double off the left field fence in the top of the seventh scored Ryan Lees with the tie-breaking run as the Panthers (8-6, 6-5) defeated the Bengals (5-9, 4-8) in a Class B South game.
Lees had led off the seventh with a double. Point Boro had seven doubles in the game. Lees and Kurt Vanbenschoten each had two doubles. Vanbenschoten had three RBI..
MANALAPAN 11, COLTS NECK 4: Billy Moed’s RBI double broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fifth and John Diana’s two-run double capped the six-run rally in the fifth as the Braves (9-8, 5-8) defeated the Cougars (8-7, 6-7) in a Class A North game and completed a sweep of the regular season series.
MATAWAN 4, RED BANK 2: Shawn Johnson pitched the first six innings to improve to 4-1, Robbie Marshall picked up his sixth save of the season and Justin Harnett went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Huskies (11-3, 8-2) remained a game behind Wall (12-2, 9-1) in Class B North heading into their game with the Crimson Knights this afternoon with the win over the Bucs (4-10, 3-7).