Trailing Toms River North by three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jackson Memorial rallied to claim an 8-7 victory in a Shore Conference Class A South game on Wednesday evening.
The Jaguars (9-1, 9-0) have beaten the Mariners nine consecutive times, including a 7-0 victory earlier this yearnd have a three-game lead in the division.
Mike Petrizzo started the rally with a single and an RBI single by Kyle Johnson cut the lead to 7-5.
Eddie Guippone (2-for-4, two runs scored) reached on an infield single, driving in another run.
After Matt Thaiss followed with a walk to load the bases, Spencer Young (2-for-3, three RBI) walked to drive in the tying run.
Matt Guarino, who picked up his first win of the season in relief, delivered a line-drive game-winning single to left.
Toms River North’s Sal Smith was 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored, while teammate Carmen Scalfani was 3-for-3 performance with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.
TR EAST 4, BRICK 3: The Raiders (6-4, 5-4) rallied from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI double by Christian Danyo, a clutch single by Charlie Mule, and a walkoff, two-out double by Tyler DeFilippo.
It was Raiders coach Bill Frank’s 496th career victory.
Anthony DeBlasio picked up his first victory of the season by scattering seven hits and striking out five in a complete game.
CENTRAL 3, JACKSON LIB. 2: Junior right-hander Andrew DiPiazza (4-0) struck out eight and scattered two hits over seven innings, as the Golden Eagles (5-4, 5-3) upended the Lions (7-3, 6-2) in Class B South.
DiPiazza has four complete games and 48 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched.
ST. ROSE 4, MATER DEI 3: The Purple Roses (10-0, 9-0 Class B Central) extended their division lead over the Seraphs (7-4, 7-2) to two games with a complete-game, four-strikeout performance by senior Brad Currao (2-0).
John Kussmaul and Joe Delacruz each had two hits for St. Rose.
Will King, Alex Patrick and Curao each had an RBI.
Mater Dei’s Bobby Klatt went 2-for-3 with an RBI double.