Rebels' win knocks Patriots into second place in Class A North

Rebels' win knocks Patriots into second place in Class A North

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Rebels' win knocks Patriots into second place in Class A North

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The title race for the Shore Conference Class A North division got a bit more interesting on Tuesday. With Middletown North idle for the past two days and Middletown South already with three losses, co-leader Freehold Township had the opportunity to take a half-game lead in the win column with a victory over Howell.

Instead, the Rebels (5-4, 4-4) turned the tide, sending the Patriots (7-3, 6-2) solely into second place with a 2-1 win.

With the game tied at 1-1, AnneMarie Bartow singled and later scored on a hit by Julia Moscato with the game-winner, as pitcher Alyssa Ruiz struck out nine and allowed five hits to earn the victory. Township, which received a 12-strikeout effort from pitcher Jordyn White, scored its only run in the bottom of the sixth to temporarily tie the contest.

COLTS NECK 4, MARLBORO 3: With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Emily DeSimone singled in Molly Jackson with the game-winner, as the Cougars edged the Mustangs, who have lost four straight. Tessa LaTrenta picked up the victory in the pitcher’s circle, firing 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing a run on two hits and two walks. Natalie Benkert went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a sacrifice bunt.

PINELANDS 3, POINT BEACH 0: Naomi Stas struck out 12, allowed one hit and no walks while going 2-for-3 at the plate, and Breanna Wilson also went 2-for-3, as the Wildcats scored the shutout in the first round of the Ocean County Tournament. With the win, Pinelands (9-3) moved on to face the winner of Jackson Liberty and Southern in the quarterfinals. Stas allowed a hit to Eva Motto in the first inning and retired the last 19 batters she face for her third win.

BRICK 5, SOUTHERN 4: Carly Moniz went 2-for-3 with a double and first-inning homer, while Jill Olsen also whacked a two-run homer in the first, as the Green Dragons (2-7, 1-7) pulled off the A South victory. The victory was pitcher Nicole DiFoglio’s first of the season.

MONMOUTH 8, HOLMDEL 1: Taylor Hager went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Megan Mego, Carly Garibaldi and Colleen Phelan each ripped a pair of hits, while Mego fanned three and walked none, as the Falcons (7-4, 5-4) grabbed the A Central win. For the Hornets, Ali Bartwo went 3-for-3, while April Licato and Amanda Nuontempo, each had two hits.

TR SOUTH 10, POINT BORO 0: Danielle Gabriel fanned 13 and walked none while allowing three hits, and went 2-for-2 with two RBI at the plate, as the Indians (6-5) routed the Panthers in the first round of the Ocean County Tournament. Patricia Gantner added two hits, while Sam Vogel and Harley Gowdy each had a hit and two RBI.

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