Ariel Hernandez pitched a five-inning no-hitter to lead the 21st seeded New Brunswick High School baseball team to an 11-1 mercy-rule victory over 28th seeded Timothy Christian in Friday’s Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament preliminary-round game.
The Zebras, who improved to 5-10, advance to Monday’s first round, where they will meet 12th seeded Perth Amboy, which is looking to snap a nine-game losing skid.
Hernandez fanned eight and helped his cause with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate. All New Brunswick starters reached base safely in a true team effort.
Previously undefeated stopper Jeff Parker (4-1) took the loss for the Tigers (6-11).
South River 14, Highland Park 2: Steven Barberio went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI as the 23rd seeded Rams (6-14) advanced to play 10th seeded Old Bridge. Matt Leviton singled, doubled and had four RBI. Hunter Wolff pitched four shutout innings for the win. He allowed two hits and fanned seven. Andy Powell singled twice for the 26th seeded Owls (8-9).
Carteret 12, Cardinal McCarrick 2: Anthony Spinelli went 2-for-4 with four RBI for the No. 22 seed Ramblers (6-14), who advanced to face No. 11 seed St. Joseph. Isaaiah Northington tripled twice and plated three runs. Teammate Erik Fruscella went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Winning pitcher Randy Morla allowed two hits and fanned five over three innings. The No. 27 seed Eagles fell to 7-9.
South Amboy 6, Wardlaw-Hartridge 4: Matt Lavan pitched two scoreless innings for a save. His solo homer in the fifth gave the No. 25 seed Governors (11-4) a 6-1 lead. The No. 24 seed Rams (12-7) scored three runs in the home fifth to produce the final margin. Orville Vasquez had an RBI triple in the fourth for South Amboy, which will face No. 9 seed Monroe in the next round. Winning pitcher Alex Olivares fanned seven over five innings. The Rams were outhit 10-4.
J.P. Stevens 8, A.L. Johnson 4: Senior outfielder Chris Lee, who went 2-for-4, recorded his 100th career hit on a sixth-inning single for the Hawks (11-13), who have won 10 of their last 13. Josh Anes worked two shutout innings for the victory. Justin Wojciechowski had two hits for J.P. Stevens.
North Brunswick 9, Ocean 3: Brian Pelszynski went 2-for-4 with four RBI for the Raiders (9-11). Teammate Eric Reardon collected two hits and three RBI. Winning pitcher Michael Pfeiffer allowed two earned runs over five innings.
South Plainfield 1, Metuchen 0: A.J. Celentano (2-for-3) scored on a bases-loaded double play in the second inning for the Tigers (16-5), who have won 10 of their last 11. Winning pitcher Pat Boyle (5-1) fanned five and allowed five hits. He went the distance. The Bulldogs fell to 11-7.
Sayreville 11, St. Joseph 6: Christian Campbell went 3-for-3 for the Bombers (13-6), who have won seven of their last 10. Mike Carey doubled three times for Sayreville. Teammate Chris Ryan went 3-for-4. Winning pitcher Johnny Cabrera allowed one run on four hits over six innings. The Falcons (10-12) scored five runs in the seventh.
Edison 9, Piscataway 2: Tory Manfre went 3-for-4 with seven RBI and two runs scored for the Eagles (14-5). Casey Poulsen went 3-for-4 and scored a run for the Chiefs (6-13). Anthony Hernandez also scored twice for Edison.
Dunellen 11, Perth Amboy Tech 0: Dylan Hoski’s two-run homer – the first of his career – highlighted a seven-run rally in the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader. Hoski, Mike DeMaria and Robert Young collected two hits apiece for the Destroyers (17-3). Winning pitcher Tony McGuane (6-0) allowed one hit and fanned seven. Rafy Placencia had the lone hit for the Patriots (4-12).
Dunellen 16, Perth Amboy Tech 1: The Destroyers built a 10-1 lead in the second inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader. Robert Young went 3-for-4 for Dunellen (18-3). Teammate John Baldino singled twice, scored twice and had two RBI. Michael Romanoff scored a run for the Patriots (4-13).
Millburn 11, East Brunswick 1: The Bears (14-9), who had a six-game winning streak snapped, were limited to three hits. Millburn scored seven runs in the second inning.
Voorhees 10, Bishop Ahr 7: Anthony Abano (three RBI) and Billy Larkin each went 2-for-3 for Bishop Ahr (7-8).