Jordan Reizer’s single in the top of the sixth inning drove in the go-ahead run and capped a four-run rally as No. 9 seed Howell rallied from a three-run deficit and defeated No. 8 Middletown South, 6-5, on Saturday in a Shore Conference Tournament round of 16 game.
Ryan Valentine, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI, pulled the Rebels (12-9) within a run with a two-run single. Zach Loroesh tied it with a pinch-hit RBI single.
Joe Purcaro pitched a complete-game five-hitter. He struck out five and walked four.
Howell will play at No. 1 seed Jackson Memorial on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
IN OTHER SCT GAMES:
TR SOUTH 6, MONMOUTH 3: Junior Russell Messler made an extra-bases saving catch in the top of the seventh and senior shortstop Casey Cranmer knocked down a ground ball with two out and the bases loaded and threw to first for the game-ending out as the No. 4 Indians (17-7) hung on for the win over the No. 20 Falcons (13-9).
Messler, who was playing center field, crashed into the wall while making his catch after Rich Burner led off the seventh with a single.
Sophomore Spencer Kapp broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth with a two-run double. He then scored on a pinch-hit single by sophomore Ray Liguori. Kapp had tied the game in the third with an RBI single.
Clayton Kapp had a two-run double off the left-field fence in the first.
Cranmer pitched the first six innings to pick up his fifth win. He struck out eight, walked none and did not allow an earned run.
WALL 1, BRICK MEM. 0: Junior right-hander Steve Coltrain scattered six hits to improve to 4-0 and Jack Gifford scored on Brendan Biegert’s ground ball to shortstop in the bottom of the fourth as the No. 6 Crimson Knights (19-3) made it six straight wins with a hard-fought victory over the No. 22 Mustangs (11-12).
Gifford led off the fourth with a walk. He stole second and went to third on a single by Dan Wondrack. Brick Memorial got a force out at second on Biegert’s ground ball.
Brick Memorial pitcher Anthony Assante pitched a complete-game six-hitter.
JACKSON LIB. 1, ST. ROSE 0: James Sofield led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to left, his first homer of the season, and Dan Serreino struck out nine, walked none and pitched a complete-game three-hitter as the No. 7 Lions (16-7) defeated the No. 10 Purple Roses (18-4).
St. Rose pitcher Brad Currao struck out eight, walked none and pitched a six-hitter.
JACKSON MEM. 5, FREEHOLD 0: Chris Gehrsitz pitched a complete-game four-hitter to improve to 6-1 and Mike Petrizzo had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the fifth as the top-seeded and defending champion Jaguars (20-3) snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the No. 16 Colonials (12-9).
Spencer Young was 3-for-3 with an RBI single in the sixth. Ed Guippone added an RBI single in the fourth.
RB CATHOLIC 4, MANALAPAN 1: Senior right-hander Mike Rescigno struck out 10, pitched five innings of three-hit ball to improve to 6-0 and went 2-for-3, and Al Molina had a two-run homer in the first as the No. 2 Caseys (22-2) defeated the No. 15 Braves (13-12). Molina and Tom Puza each pitched a hitless inning of relief.
CBA 9, BRICK 0: Senior right-hander Chase Stopyra struck out eight, walked none and pitched six innings of six-hit ball, Will Morgan went 2-for-4 with two-run singles in the fourth and sixth innings, and freshman catcher Brandon Martorano hit a two-run homer in the second, his first varsity homer, as the No. 3 Colts (17-4) defeated the No. 14 Green Dragons (12-10).
IN SCT SOFTBALL:
CENTRAL 2, MANASQUAN 0: Sophomore right-hander Stephanie Pepper struck out nine, walked three and scattered five hits and Kylie Smolock’s double to right-center in the first inning scored Brittany Oldehoff with the only run Pepper would need as the No. 13 seed Golden Eagles (14-5) defeated the No. 20 Warriors (13-9) in a preliminary-round game. Central will face No. 4 Middletown South in the round of 16.
Central added an insurance run in the third when Kayla Heline scored on the back end of a first-and-third double steal.
MIDD. NORTH 12, ST. ROSE 0: Quinn Thornton went 3-for-3 with two RBI, Nikki Alfano went 2-for-2 with an RBI, Julie Gross was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Amanda Kanski pitched a two-hitter as the No. 10 Lions (11-8) defeated the No. 23 seed Purple Roses in a preliminary-round game. Middletown North will play No. 7 Howell in the round of 16.