The J.F. Kennedy High School baseball team rallied for four seventh-inning runs to break a 1-1 deadlock en route to its eighth consecutive victory, a 5-2 win over Roxbury in Sunday’s NJSIAA North 2 Group III quarterfinals.
Joe Stone capped the rally with a two-run homer. Zach Buchholz and Eric Giordano had an RBI double and RBI single, respectively.
Adonis Hernandez pitched the first 52⁄3 innings for the Mustangs (15-10), striking out eight before yielding to Stone, who earned the victory in relief
Stone, Buchholz and Chad Barrall contributed two hits apiece to the win.
J.F. Kennedy will play at South Plainfield in Tuesday’s 4 p.m. semifinals. The Tigers swept the regular-season series between the schools but lost when they met again in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament semifinals.
St. Joseph 2, Notre Dame 0: Winning pitcher Brandon Bielak (3-2) went the distance, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out seven in the Non-Public A South quarterfinals. He did not allow a runner to reach second base. The Falcons (13-14) scored their runs on a sacrifice fly in the first and a passed ball in the second. In Tuesday’s 4 p.m. semifinals, they will play at Gloucester Catholic, whose ace, Mike Shawaryn, no-hit St. Joseph en route to a 3-0 win earlier this season.
Marlboro 2, Monroe 1: The Falcons, who stranded 11 runners, were eliminated from the Central Group IV playoffs. Losing pitcher Andrew Cohen went 42⁄3 innings. Zach Gorham closed the game for Monroe (13-12). The Falcons will face J.F. Kennedy for the GMC Tournament title 6 p.m. Thursday at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater.
Middlesex 20, South River 3: Tommy Marcinczyk doubled, tripled and plated five runs for the Blue Jays, who will host Point Pleasant Beach in Tuesday’s 4 p.m. semifinals. Brennan Price went 2-for-4 with a three-run triple for Middlesex, while teammate Jeff Reinecke had three hits and two RBI. Kyle Dotey went 2-for-2 with three RBI for the Blue Jays, who scored nine runs in the first inning.
Shore 8, Metuchen 7: The Bulldogs (16-9) erased a 5-1 deficit in the home fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Shore answered with two runs in the sixth for a 7-6 advantage. Shore added an unearned run in the top of the seventh for an 8-6 lead. Andre Corvil had two RBI including the go-ahead run in the fifth for the Bulldogs. Chris Micak had an RBI double for Metuchen.
Lawrence 5, Woodbridge 0: The Barrons (13-14) were limited to five hits in a Central Group III quarterfinal loss.