Longball keys Griffins' comeback

Longball keys Griffins' comeback


Longball keys Griffins' comeback


Nick Panissidi, Rich Power and James Meyreles all homered during a five-batter span in the bottom of the fifth inning as host Monsignor Donovan rallied from a three-run deficit and continued its best start in years with a 6-5 win over Lakewood on Monday in a Shore Conference Class B South game.

Monsignor Donovan (8-1, 5-1) remained tied with Jackson Liberty (6-2, 5-1) for first place in the division. They play today at Monsignor Donovan’s Witty Road Complex.

Dan McGeehan began the winning rally with a single. Panissidi, a senior shortstop, then hit a two-run homer. Two batters later, senior first baseman Rich Power homered to right to tie the game. Two batters after Power, Meyreles, a senior outfielder, homered to straightaway center.

Lakewood (2-5, 2-5) scored five runs in the fifth. A three-run double by Mike Villalaba capped the rally.

Aiden Ryan, one of three senior left-handers Monsignor Donovan has, struck six of the seven batters he faced in 2 1/3 innings of relief to improve to 4-0.

Panissidi was 3-for-3 with three RBI. McGeehan was 2-for-3.

MATAWAN 13, RARITAN 12: Mike Denino’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh capped a five-run rally as the Huskies (8-2) recorded a dramatic win over the Rockets (4-6) in a nondivisional game.

Chris Veary’s two-run single pulled Matawan to within a run. Shawn Johnson had an RBI single earlier in the inning, his fourth hit of the game.

Nick Pasquenza had four hits and an RBI for Raritan.

JACKSON MEM. 3, BRICK MEM. 2: Spencer Young’s single scored Kyle Johnson with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the sixth as the Jaguars (8-1, 8-0), No. 1 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, maintained their three-game lead in Class A South with the win over the Mustangs (5-5, 4-4).

Johnson, who had doubled before Young singled, went 2-for-3, scored two runs and stole a base. Matt Guarino hit a two-run single in the third.

Jake Harlinski pitched the last two innings in relief to pick up the win.

MANCHESTER 2, BARNEGAT 0: Senior right-hander Ed White pitched a three-hitter, struck out six and walked one and also gave himself the only run he would need with an RBI single to right in the bottom of the fourth scored Matt Buss as the Hawks (5-4, 5-3) made it three straight wins with the victory over the Bengals (3-5, 2-5) in a Class B South game.

John Sudol’s suicide squeeze bunt in the sixth scored Dan Mills with the insurance run.

TR NORTH 2, LACEY 0: Junior right-hander Steve Slagmolen struck out a career-high 10 and pitched a two-hitter to improve to 3-0 and Jordan Silvestri tripled in Ron Marinaccio in the third inning and then scored on a sacrifice fly in the third inning by Carmen Sclafani as the No. 10 Mariners (7-3, 5-3) made it four straight wins with the victory over the Lions (0-9, 0-8) in a Class A South game.

HENRY HUDSON 13, RANNEY 0: Ben Thompson and Chas Briethoff combined on a five-inning no-hitter and Thompson and Jake Altobelli each had two RBI as the Admirals (5-4, 4-4) defeated the Panthers (1-8, 1-7) in a Class B Central game.

MATER DEI 7, KEYPORT 1: Senior left-hander Bobby Klatt struck out a season-high 12 and scattered six hits over six innings and Anthony Stanziale’s two-run single highlighted a five-run first as the Seraphs (7-3, 7-1) defeated the Red Raiders (3-5, 3-5) in a Class B Central game.

ST. ROSE 5, KEANSBURG 0: Jimmy Gowen pitched five innings of one-hit ball, Alex Patrick went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored two runs and Brad Currao was 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the first as the Purple Roses (9-0, 8-0) defeated the Titans (2-6, 2-6) in a Class B Central game.

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