HNT baseball: Keenan outduels Ziemba in premier pitcher's showcase

HNT baseball: Keenan outduels Ziemba in premier pitcher's showcase


HNT baseball: Keenan outduels Ziemba in premier pitcher's showcase


In a matchup of two of the Greater Middlsex Conference’s elite pitchers, it was South Brunswick’s Sean Keenan outdueling St. Joseph’s James Ziemba in a 2-1 victory for the Vikings on Monday afternoon in Monmouth Junction.

Keenan tossed seven innings and scattered three hits around one run (none earned) while walking one and striking out nine.

Ziemba, a southpaw headed to Duke, threw 6 innings of five-hit ball, allowing only two runs, one walk and he struck out 10.

South Brunswick (8-2) was able to scratch out one run in the third inning on a two-out RBI single by Chris Huber. The Vikings tacked on another run in the fifth. Keenan finished 2-for-3.

St. Joseph (8-4) scored its run in the top of the seventh as Michael Ramirez (1-for-2) singles and came around to score.

Middlesex 9, Spotswood 6: The Blue Jays scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 6-6 tie. Jeff Reinecke drove in the game-winning run with a sac fly. Darrell Handley followed with an RBI hit-by-pitch and a Tyler Heisch struck and RBI single for Middlsex (13-0). Senior southpaw Kris Fellin earned the win in a complete-game effort while giving up only three earned runs. Tommy Marcinczyk finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored and Brennan Price had a three-run double in the second inning to help get the victory. Alex Christian went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Corey Brown went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored for Spotswood (6-4).

Sayreville 4, East Brunswick 1: Senior hurler Christian Campbell (4-1) went the distance, allowing one earned run on three hits, walked none and struck out 12 to lead Sayreville (7-3). Josh Guarnera and Chris Eveigan had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Bombers. Tom Krapf had an RBI single in the first inning for East Brunswick (6-7).

Old Bridge 7, J.P. Stevens 4: Freshman Zack Attianese got his first career varsity win going five innings and giving up two earned runs on three hits, one walk, and striking out six for Old Bridge (4-7). Tyler Hopman got a two inning save. Nik Remshifski and Brandon Abdul each had three hits, two runs, and two RBI for the Knights while Vin Gargano and James Gabriel added two hits a piece.

Carteret 5, South River 2: Issah Northington went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI while also striking out 11 and allowing four hits over seven innings to lead Carteret (4-7). Erik Fruscellla also had two hits and an RBI for the Ramblers. Richie Leogrande had an RBI double for South River (4-6).

Bishop Ahr 14, New Brunswick 4 (5 inn.): Mike Kelly collected four hits, including two doubles, to go with two RBI and Hunter Llerena had three hits, four RBI, and scored three runs to lead Bishop Ahr (3-5). Winning Pitcher Jimmy Mesaros went the distance for the win. Carlos Rosario hit two doubles while Waldo Diaz and Jose Cerda each had two RBI for New Brunswick (1-7).

Cardinal McCarrick 21, Piscataway Tech 5: Chris Gomes and Eric Pacansky led Cardinal McCarrick (6-5) with four hits apiece. Sophomore Nick DeKoff picked up his first Varsity victory with two shutouts innings in relief. Brandon Audet collected three hits for the Eagles while Ken Lopez dellivered two hits for Piscataway Tech (0-8).

East Brunswick Tech 11, Perth Amboy Tech 1: Freshman Christian Salvatore went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI while Anthony Forgue doubled with two RBI to lead East Brunswick Tech. John DiNoia went five innings for the win while also going 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. Jake Vargas was 2-for-2 for Perth Amboy Tech.

Dunellen 11, Highland 3: David Johnson went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and four RBI to lead Dunellen (8-1). Rian Markus added two hits and one RBI for the Destoryers. Markus also picked up the victory, tossing 4 1/3 innings while allowing one earned run on two hits. Highland Park is 5-6.

Wardlaw-Hartridge 16, Timothy Christian 0: The Rams plated 11 runs in the second innning on the way to improving to 7-3. Timothy Christian is 1-8.

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