Sophomore right-hander Mike Campbell went the distance and helped his own cause with two base hits while leading the 15th-seeded Piscataway High School baseball team to a stunning 5-2 upset Monday of second-seeded Edison in a Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament second-round game.
The Chiefs (8-14), who were swept by the Red Division champion Eagles in a regular-season series last week, advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals. They will face seventh-seeded J.F. Kennedy at North Brunswick’s Community Park.
Jordan Scott and Charles Mitchell had two RBI apiece for Piscataway. Anthony Hernandez had two hits for Edison, which fell to 14-6.
Sayreville 7, Perth Amboy 6: Chris Ryan scored on an error in the home seventh to snap a 6-6 deadlock. Winning pitcher Christian Campbell allowed six hits and fanned nine for the fifth-seeded Bombers (14-6), who will play fourth-seeded South Brunswick in the quarterfinals. Mike Carey had a two-run single in the fourth for Sayreville. Fernando Rosa tripled and had an RBI for 12th-seeded Perth Amboy.
St. Joseph 9, East Brunswick 0: Winning pitcher Matt Woody struck out 12 and scattered three hits as the 11th-seeded Falcons (11-12) advanced to face third-seeded South Plainfield. St. Joseph scored eight runs in the top of the seventh off the sixth-seeded Bears (14-10). Woody, Brandon Bielak and Mike Ramirez (2-for-3) each tripled during the rally. Ramirez registered St. Joseph’s first hit of the game with a fifth-inning double. Nick Johnson (two hits, two runs) scored in that inning on a bases-loaded walk. Anthony Teixiera walked three times and scored once.
Middlesex 10, Colonia 1: Winning pitcher Tommy Marcinczyk went the distance, fanning seven, walking two and allowing five hits. Dan Berardi, Tyler Heisch, Walter Byleckie and Jeff Reinecke each had two hits. The top-seeded Blue Jays (19-3) scored three runs in the first and six in the sixth. Joe Coutinho led off the game with a misplayed triple and scored on a wild pitch for the 16th-seeded Patriots (12-11). Middlesex will face ninth-seeded Monroe in the quarterfinals.
J.F. Kennedy 10, South River 0: Adonis Hernandez pitched a five-inning one-hitter, striking out 11. Batterymate Tom Farley went 2-for-2 with three RBI. Eric Giordano, Chad Barrall and Matt DeParis had two RBI apiece for the seventh-seeded Mustangs (11-10), who will face 15th-seeded Piscataway in the quarterfinals. The 23rd-seeded Rams (7-15) had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Monroe 4, Dunellen 1: Winning pitcher Danny Marsh went the distance, fanning nine and scattering four hits, including two infield singles. Anthony Parente, after fouling off three two-strike offerings, delivered a clutch two-run single with two away in the sixth to give Monroe a 3-1 lead. Jon Rodriguez scored an insurance run in the same inning on a throwing error. Eighth-seeded Dunellen (18-4) scored its lone run in the second when Matt Heidinger crossed on the back end of a double steal. Andrew Cohen’s solo homer in the third off losing pitcher Casey Wenzel made the score 1-1. The ninth-ranked Falcons (10-10) will face top-seeded Middlesex in the quarterfinals.
South Plainfield 7, J.P. Stevens 0: Winning pitcher A.J. Celentano allowed four hits and fanned seven. Quinn Cochrane went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while teammate Pat Boyle plated two runs for the third-seeded Tigers (17-5). South Plainfield will face 11th-seeded St. Joseph in the quarterfinals. Rob Eggert had an RBI. Nick Muglia scored twice. The Hawks (12-14) lost for only the fourth time in their last 15 outings.
South Brunswick 8, Bishop Ahr 3: Senior right-hander Sean Keenan was the winning pitcher against 20th-seeded Bishop Ahr. He allowed three hits, three walks and fanned 15 over six innings. The fourth-seeded Vikings (14-7) will face fifth-seeded Sayreville in the quarterfinals. Nick Veglia doubled twice and Chris Huber a two-run double for South Brunswick.
East Brunswick Tech 2, Sussex Tech 0: John DiNoia pitched a complete-game three-hitter for his fourth win of the season. He was also 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sean Andrews had an RBI and Luis Ramos doubled for the Tigers.
Highland Park 6, Piscataway Tech 2: Winning pitcher Tyler Vella struck out six and allowed two runs on two hits over six innings. Will Callahan had three hits, an RBI and scored a run for the Owls. James Webb had a three-run homer in the fourth.
Somerset Tech 11, Perth Amboy Tech 3: The Patriots (5-14) were held to five hits by starter Mike LaFace and reliever A.J. Wilt. Jacob Vargas was 1 for 2 with two runs scored for Perth Amboy Tech.
Governor Livingston 11, Linden 2: Hurling for five scoreless innings, with three hits and 10 strikeouts, pitcher Ethan Frohnan of Governor Livingston (12-8) improved his record to 5-1. Teammate Pat Mahoney went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Justin Ennis went 2-for-2, delivering two runs and one RBI for the Highlanders.
Hackettstown 11, Cardinal McCarrick 6: Ray Prato, Tom Deceglie and Jeremy Arroyo each had two hits for the Eagles (8-10).