Monsignor Donovan has ventured into territory it is not used to being in.
The Griffins scratched out two runs in the top of the eighth inning on Sunday and knocked off No. 3 seed Brick, 2-0, in an Ocean County Tournament quarterfinal.
Monsignor Donovan (14-4), which is having its best season in recent memory, will meet No. 2 seed Toms River North in a semifinal likely to be played Saturday. It is the first time in recent memory, maybe ever, the Griffins have been in the semifinals. Monsignor Donovan is the No. 6 seed.
Winning pitcher Rich Power began the winning rally when he reached on an error on a ball in the hole between third and short. Steve Lazicki singled with one out. With two out, the runners moved up to second and third, respectively on a passed ball. Pinch-hitter Adam Holowienka then hit a chopper up the middle and beat the throw to first. Lazicki scored from second.
Power, a senior left-hander, pitched a complete-game four-hitter. He struck out seven, walked three and hit two batters as he improved to 4-1.
Trevor Mastria (5-2) was the hard-luck loser. He struck out eight, walked four and allowed seven hits.
TR SOUTH 1, JACKSON LIB. 0: Dylan DiPolvere’s single with one out in the top of the fourth scored Clayton Kapp and the fifth-seeded Indians (12-5) threw two runners out at home plate in their OCT quarterfinal win over the fourth-seeded Lions (12-5).
Shortstop Christian Campbell and catcher Ryan Shiffer combined for both of the putouts at the plate, including one with one out in the seventh. The other came with one out in the second.
Pitchers Vincent Scrudato and Casey Cranmer pitched out of several jams.
Scrudato, the starter, pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first. Cranmer, the winning pitcher, pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the second.
Cranmer stuck out four, walked three and allowed five hits in six innings of relief.
Jackson Liberty pitcher Tyler Pallante was the hard-luck loser. He struck out nine, walked one and allowed five hits.
Toms River South, which has won the OCT a record 12 times, will play at No. 1 seed and defending champion Jackson Memorial probably on Saturday in the semifinals.
JACKSON MEM. 7, TR EAST 5: Spencer Young went 2-for-3 with four RBI and both he and Matt Guarino hit solo homers as the Jaguars (15-1) defeated the No. 8 seed Raiders (8-7) in an OCT quarterfinal to give head coach Frank Malta career win No. 250.
Malta, in his 14th season as a head coach and ninth at Jackson Memorial, is 250-110 overall and 168-61 at Jackson Memorial.
Young had a two-run single in a four-run second inning and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. His homer came in the first. Guarino’s homer came in the fifth. Joe Demaio and Kyle Johnson also had RBI singles in the second.
Anthony Rocco pitched five innings to improve to 5-0. Chris Gehrsitz pitched the final two innings to pick up the save.
Christian Danyo had a two-run double in the fifth, Charlie Mule’ went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run and Jerry Caporale went 2-for-3 and scored a run for Toms River East.
Assistant coach J.M. Gold served as the Jaguars’ acting coach for the game. Malta was at home with a stomach virus, Gold said.
TR NORTH 3, BRICK MEMORIAL 0: Senior right-hander and University of Delaware recruit Ron Marinaccio pitched a complete-game three-hitter and went 2-for-3 as the No. 2 seed Mariners (11-5) defeated the No. 7 seed Mustangs (8-9) in an OCT quarterfinal.
Marinaccio struck out eight and walked two as he pitched his second straight shutout. It was also Toms River North’s second shutout in an OCT game in as many days.
Mike Miraglia’s two-run single in the second gave Marinaccio the only runs he would need. Julian Feliz scored the Mariners’ third run in the fourth on the back end of a first-and-third double steal.