Senior second baseman John Puleo belted a solo homer in the fourth and a grand slam in the fifth and went 3-for-4 as visiting Toms River South defeated Monsignor Donovan, 12-2, on Thursday in a nondivisional game.
Russell Messler slammed his sixth homer of the season — a two-run shot with two out in the fourth. That was followed by Puleo’s first homer.
Eric Fricks pitched the first four innings to improve to 7-2. He also had an RBI double.
James Meyreles had a solo homer in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the second for Monsignor Donovan.
Toms River South is 15-7. Monsignor Donovan is 15-10.
TR EAST 4, MIDD. SOUTH 2: Anthony DeBlasio pitched a complete-game six-hitter and Tyler DeFillippo had an RBI double and Charlie Mule’ an RBI single in a three-run fifth when the Raiders (12-8) wiped out a 2-0 deficit in their win over the Eagles (12-9).
DeBlasio struck out two and walked two.
Mule’ was 3-for-4 and DeFilippo was 2-for-3.
WALL 5, MIDD. NORTH 1: Vin Amato pitched a complete-game three-hitter and struck out eight and walked one and Nick Martinez went 3-for-4, scored three runs and drove in one as the Crimson Knights (17-3) defeated the Lions (7-13) in a nondivisional game.
The two teams will meet again Monday in an NJSIAA Central Group III first-round game.
POINT BORO 3, POINT BEACH 0: Senior right-hander Ryan Lees struck out six, walked two and pitched a three-hitter as the Panthers (11-10) celebrated Senior Day with the win over the Garnet Gulls (10-8).
Ryan Thrunnk had an RBI single, Dan Kavanaugh a sac fly and Deven Del Priore scored on a balk. Point Boro’s entire lineup consisted of seniors.
CENTRAL 7, BRICK 4: Christian Beardon hit a two-run homer in the third followed by a solo homer by pinch-hitter Andrew DiPiazza and sophomore Jake Dominguez struck out the final four batters he faced to pick up the save as the Golden Eagles (11-8) defeated the Green Dragons (12-9) in a nondivisional night game at Leiter Field, Berkeley.
Josh DellaPietro was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Nick Bondulich was 3-for-4 with a stolen base and scored a run for Central.
OCEAN 2, BRICK MEM. 1: Jerome Cevetello hit a two-run double in the bottom of the third and Nick Price pitched a complete-game four-hitter as the Spartans (12-13) defeated the Mustangs (11-11) in a nondivisional game.
RED BANK 9, MATER DEI 0: Senior left-hander Joe Jacques pitched a complete-game two-hitter and Jacob Nappi went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two doubles as the Bucs (10-12) defeated the Seraphs (10-9) in a nondivisional game.
Jacques (5-3) struck out six and walked six.