Red Bank Catholic junior Brendan Madigan used his speed on the bases to help manufacture runs for the No. 1 seed Caseys on Wednesday in a 2-0 victory over No. 16 seed Middletown North in a Monmouth County Tournament Round of 16 game.
Madigan went 1-for-3 but reached base all three times thanks in part to two errors. He scored both runs for the Caseys (17-1) and stole three bases.
In the bottom of the first inning, Madigan had a one-out single and then stole second. With two outs and junior Al Molina at the plate, Madigan went to third when Molina reached via an error. With the next batter senior Ron Robinson at the plate, Molina took off for second and when the throw went to second Madigan took off for home and reached safely without a throw and that gave the Caseys a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Madigan reached via an error and stole second again. The catcher made an errant throw and Madigan went to third on the error. The next batter, senior Mike Rescigno hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Red Bank Catholic.
Red Bank Catholic starter John Selden (6-0) went six innings, allowed two hits, struck out five and walked no batters for the victory. Molina came in for the seventh inning and struck out two batters to earn the save.
The Caseys will host Middletown South in a MCT quarterfinal game on Saturday.
TR SOUTH 9, JACKSON MEM. 1: Danielle Gabriel slugged a two-run home run to left-center in the first inning to stake the Indians (13-7, 8-6) to the initial lead, then bashed a grand slam homer to left-center as part of a seven-run fourth, as South cruised to the Class A South victory over the Jaguars (10-6, 9-5). Gabriel finished 3-for-3 with a walk.
In the pitcher’s circle, Gabriel allowed three hits, including two to Sara Marques, and walked one while striking out 15. Also leading the offensive attack for the Indians were Patricia Gantner and Taylor Leuck, who each went 2-for-4.
PINELANDS 3, BARNEGAT 0: Lyndsay McClellan scored winning pitcher Emma Neuweiler on a groundout in the second inning, and Breanna Wilson, Stephanie Healy and Naomi Stas strung together three consecutive singles for another run in the top of the seventh before Corinne Huber later brought in Healy on a sacrifice fly to left, as the Wildcats (16-5, 12-1) captured the Class B South victory over the Bengals (8-13, 5-8).
Neuweiler (9-3), who went 2-for-4 at the plate, allowed three hits to Emily Gambuti, Amber Leary and Holly Walker, struck out seven and walked none.