Michael Rabinowitz drew a walk with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to score courtesy runner Kyle Ondar with the winning run as No. 11 seed Marlboro defeated No. 22 seed Keyport, 5-4, on Saturday in a Monmouth County Tournament first-round game.
Winning pitcher Evan Hilla began the eighth inning rally with a leadoff single. Ondar then came in as Hilla’s courtesy runner and he moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt.
After a strikeout, Jeff Goldrosen was hit by a pitch and Mike Santaromita was intentionally walked to load the bases before Rabinowitz drew his walk on five pitches.
Hilla pitched 21/3 innings of one-hit relief. He also went 2-for-3 and Chad Kaplow was 2-for-3, scored a run and had an RBI.
IN OTHER MCT FIRST ROUND GAMES:
MIDD. NORTH 5, RARITAN 2: Senior right-hander Chris Stark scattered eight hits in a complete-game performance and also went 3-for-3, scored a run and had an RBI as the No. 16 seed Lions (5-7) defeated the No. 17 seed Rockets (5-8).
Tom Nitti was 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run and Doug Rango was 2-for-3 with an RBI as Middletown North had 14 hits.
FREEHOLD 9, MANASQUAN 2: Senior left-hander Mike Bolton pitched a complete-game three-hitter and added a two-run double in the sixth and Luke Tiefenthaler had a two-run single in a four-run third as the No. 14 seed Colonials (7-5) made it four straight wins with the victory over the No. 19 seed Warriors (3-9).
MANALAPAN 7, RED BANK 3: Alex Wolf pitched a complete-game six-hitter and Matt Simonetti went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the No. 13 seed Braves (7-7) defeated the No. 20 seed Bucs (4-8).
Red Bank played with junior varsity and freshman players after all the players on its varsity team were ejected because of a bench-clearing brawl in its nondivisional home game with Rumson-Fair Haven in the morning.
NJSIAA rules state that all players who are ejected from a game must be suspended for their team’s next two games. The Rumson-Red Bank game was terminated after the brawl, which happened in the sixth inning.
Chris Tipaldo went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored two runs, John Diana was 2-for-3, scored two runs and had an RBI for Manalapan.
LONG BRANCH 6, MATER DEI 5: Ashwin Mudiraj two-run double capped a six-run fourth inning as the No. 23 seed Green Wave (4-8) defeated the No. 10 seed Seraphs (7-6).
OCEAN 9, HOLMDEL 3: Andrew Mehr had a two-run double in the second, Jordan Bell a two-run single in the fourth and Dan Maguire pitched 6 2/3 innings of six-hit ball as the No. 12 seed Spartans (7-7) defeated the No. 21 seed Hornets (4-10).
COLTS NECK 11, SHORE 2: Alex Walenczyk went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and Jordan Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two RBI as the No. 9 seed Cougars (7-5) defeated the No. 24 seed Blue Devils (2-11).