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 intact 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 Patriots (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.
Perth Amboy 19, Mother Seton 11: Sam Nunez went 3-for-3 with a grand slam and four runs scored and Giselle Santana went 2-for-2 with six runs scored to lead 28th-seeded Perth Amboy (2-14), which scored 11 runs in the top of the sixth in the GMC Tournament play-in round. Alexandra James went 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead 21st-seeded Mother Seton.
Dunellen 11, Timothy Christian 0 (5 inn.): Audrey Mongeau pitched a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts and Kerry Johnson went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI to led 23rd-seeded Dunellen (5-16) past 26th-seeded Timothy Christian (10-8).
Perth Amboy Tech 31, South River 8: Shelby Haggerty went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI while Michelle Infante (three runs, five RBI) and Kathy Rosario (three runs, four RBI) each went 3-for-5 to lead 25th-seeded Perth Amboy Tech (11-7). Kate Dezarlo went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI for 24th-seeded South River (10-9).
Highland Park 22, South Amboy 12: The 27th-seeded Owls (7-11) scored five runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to break the game open. Alexis Wojtowicz and Sabrina Myers each had two hits for 22nd-seeded South Amboy (11-7).
J.F. Kennedy 7, North Brunswick 2: Crystal Carlucci went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, collecting her 100th career hit with a third inning double down the left field line while striking out 13, walking none, and allowing an earned run on three hits to lead J.F. Kennedy (13-8). Ashley Conroy and Samantha Pastore each collected two hits for the Mustangs. Marylynn Muldowney hit an RBI triple in the sixth inning for North Brunswick (7-13) and scored on Rebecca Colandrea’s RBI single.
Spotswood 5, Metuchen 2: Alexa Raba hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning as Spotswood (17-1) clinched the GMC Blue Division title. Micaela McSpadden scattered eight hits and allowed two earned runs, escaping a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning with a 1-2-3 double play. Liane Cifrodelli went 2-for-4 and Nicole Camera went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, as they both scored first inning runs for Metuchen (15-5), which could have clinched a share of the Blue division with a win.
Bishop Ahr 7, Colonia 0: Gaby Elvina went 4-for-4 with a triple, RBI, and two runs scored and Megan Ryan tossed a two-hit shutout as Bishop Ahr (13-4) clinched at least a share of the GMC White Division. Ryan went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI while Ragen Reddick also went 2-for-4 for the Trojans, with a double, triple, and two runs scored. Kate Brannigan and Kayla Zimmerman had the lone Colonia (10-10) hits.
East Brunswick 9, Edison 4: The Bears clinched the GMC Red Division outright, their third straight division title, as they improve to 17-3. Nicole Miller drove in a run for Edison (3-17).
J.P. Stevens 4, South Plainfield 3: A three-run sixth inning lifted J.P. Stevens (17-3), as Kayla Smith (2-for-4) hit a one-out RBI single and a two base error allowed the tying run to score and Smith to take third. Amanda Lombardi followed with a sac fly to deep center to plate Smith for the go-ahead run. Ruth Zimmerman went 3-for-3 for the Hawks while Rebecca Coleman allowed three earned runs on four hits for the win. Shannon McMahon led off the game with a home run and Haley Hlavka drove in two runs for South Plainfield (15-6).
East Brunswick Tech 11, Calvary Christian 1 (6 inn.): Kristen Wanko colelcted two hits and Chelsea Cesare allowed just one hit for the win for East Brunswick Tech (5-15).
Manville 24, Piscataway Tech 9 (4 inn.): Emily Velez went 4-for-4 with two doubles and Rachael Janes went 4-for-4 with two triples to lead Manville.
Rutgers Prep 15, Princeton Day 3: Tom Smith (six goals, four assists), Evan Lombardo (four goals, one assist) and Elliott Dennis (three goals) led Rutgers Prep (15-3).
J.P. Stevens 14, Marlboro 7: Barkha Shah fired in five goals and teammate Neha Bhende tallied three goals and three assists to lift J.P. Stevens (4-11). Taylor Monticollo and Molly Yelencsics accounted for two goals and one assists apiece for the Hawks.