Junior Josh Ramos pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the 23rd-seeded South River High School baseball team rolled to a stunning 11-0 Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament first-round mercy-rule upset of Old Bridge on Monday.
Ramos allowed just four baserunners, three via walk and one on an infield error. Shortstop Nicholas Lepore kept the no-hitter in tact with a spectacular play on a grounder up the middle in the fourth inning.
Austin French went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Richie Leogrande went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Wyatt Boyler singled twice and scored three runs.
South River will play No. 7 seed J.F. Kennedy in the second round on Tuesday with the winner advancing to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The Rams (7-14), who have won three straight, scored six times in the first inning.
Jordan Fetterman endured the loss for the Knights (9-11).
Bishop Ahr 4, Woodbridge 3: Winning pitcher Mike Bernet helped his own cause going 3-for-4 with an RBI. He allowed eight hits and two earned runs. Bernet walked none and fanned six. Hunter Llerena went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks for No. 20 seed Bishop Ahr (8-8). Phil Temple went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base for the No. 13 seed Barrons (12-11). Justin Henriquez (2-for-3) had a solo homer and two RBI for Woodbridge. Bishop Ahr will play No. 4 seed South Brunswick.
Piscataway 8, North Brunswick 7: Jordan Scott’s two-out, two-run double in the home eighth lifted the No. 15 seed Chiefs. Piscataway erased a 6-2 deficit. Adam Tricarico went 4-for-4 with a walk, double, homer, two RBI, stolen base and four runs scored. Piscataway teammate Michael Campbell went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Scott finished with four RBI and two hits. Harrison Kaye went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI for the Raiders (9-12), while teammate Michael Pfeiffer doubled twice, had two RBI and scored a run. Piscataway (7-14), which was swept in a regular-season series by Edison last week, will meet the No. 2 seed Eagles in the next round.
Colonia 8, Metuchen 7: Ryan Pennell’s sacrifice fly plated Scott Durkin, who led off the home seventh with a triple, to make the score 7-7. With two outs in the eighth, C.J. Lehman walked, stole second and took third on an errant throw. No. 17 seed Metuchen (11-8) loaded the bases for Durkin, whose two-strike fly ball to right dropped in for the winning hit. Durkin entered in relief with two runners aboard in the sixth. After walking the first batter, he recorded the next three outs, preventing Metuchen from building upon its 7-4 lead. Colonia scored twice in the sixth, cutting the deficit to 7-6. The No. 16 seed Patritos (12-10) will face No. 1 seed Middlesex.
St. Joseph 10, Carteret 2: Senior lefthander James Ziemba fanned nine over six innings. Kevin Bock paced St. Joseph with three hits. Anthony Teixiera, Nick Johnson, Mike Ramirez and Brandon Ciambruschini (three RBI) each had two hits for the No. 11 seed Falcons (11-12). The No. 22 seed Ramblers fell to 5-15. St. Joseph will play at No. 6 seed East Brunswick, which swept the regular-season series.
Perth Amboy 7, New Brunswick 3: Fernando Rosa, who collected his 100th career hit, went 3-for-4 for the No. 12 seed Panthers (7-11), who snapped a nine-game losing streak. Perth Amboy will play at No. 5 seed Sayreville in the next round. Alexis Guerra pitched four and a third innings for his second win of the season. He fanned six and allowed one hit. Juan Peralta went 2-for-3 for the No. 21 seed Zebras (5-12).
Monroe 7, South Amboy 5: Winning pitcher Jon Rodrigues went four and two thirds innings, allowing one earned run. Anthony Tagliaferro had a two-run double for No. 9 seed Monroe (9-10), which will play at No. 8 seed Dunellen.
J.F. Kennedy 14, Warren Hills 9: Tom Farley doubled twice and Jose Sierra homered for the Mustangs, who recorded 15 hits. Adonis Hernandez had three hits and two RBI for J.F. Kennedy (10-10).
Perth Amboy Tech 13, Timothy Christian 12: Relief pitcher Jacob Vargas hurled the last three innings for the win and had a key two-run single in the fifth for the Patriots (5-13). Matt Lau had three hits and four RBI for the Tigers (6-12).
Cardinal McCarrick 10, East Brunswick Tech 5: Sophomore Chris Gomes fanned six and did not walk a batter for the victory. Junior Joe Alfanador had two hits and two RBI for the Eagles (8-9), while teammates Tom Deceglie and Ray Prato singled twice.
Manville 12, Piscataway Tech 2: Losing pitcher Kemmley Lopez allowed five hits and three earned runs over six innings.