The first time Toms River East and Toms River North met earlier this season, the crosstown rivals played to a one-run nail-biter won by North. On Friday, the second meeting belonged to the Raiders right from the outset.
The Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and a 5-0 lead through three innings and ended up with an 11-1 rout over North in a Shore Conference Class A South game.
With one out in the first inning, Cassie Varvaro and Sarah Bencivenga reached on back-to-back errors for East (11-3, 9-1). Jordan Weed singled in Varvaro and a Val Hirschfeld groundout brought in Bencivenga with the eventual winner at 2-0.
Taylor Dziedzic smashed a three-run triple in the seventh to conclude the scoring and Bencivenga finished 2-for-4. Weed allowed just two singles to Ashley Hussey and Sam Reilly, walked three and struck out 14 to help push the Raiders solely into first place in A South ahead of North (10-2, 8-2).
HOWELL 2, RB CATHOLIC 1: Alyssa Ruiz fanned six and walked one while scattering six hits, and Julia Moscato doubled in a run in the top of the sixth as the 14th-seeded Rebels knocked off the third-seeded Caseys in a Monmouth County Tournament Red Division first-round clash.
Lauren Lord singled in a run in the top of the third to give Howell (7-4) a one-run lead before RBC rebounded in the fourth with a run. Taylor Mennie also hit a triple for Howell, which will meet Ocean in the quarterfinals.
KEYPORT 4, KEANSBURG 2: Cheyenne Tango struck out one, walked three and scattered five hits, and Taylor Sheridan and Danielle Piccini each went 2-for-2 with an RBI as the Red Raiders got by the Titans in a Class B Central matchup.
In the bottom of the fourth, Piccini drilled an RBI double with one out, which was followed by an RBI single by Rebecca Nicholas to give Keyport (5-5, 5-5) a four-run advantage before Keansburg scored their runs in the fifth and sixth.
RED BANK 3, MARLBORO 1: Brianna Calabrese whacked a two-run single to score Jess Scotti and Jess Stevenson, who went 2-for-3, with the tying and winning runs and the Bucs (8-3) went on to earn a nondivisional win over the Mustangs (6-7). Winning pitcher Katie Serkus fanned one and walked three while scattering five hits. Marlboro’s Sam Brinskelle struck out seven and walked three from the circle and went 2-for-3 at the plate.
BRICK MEM. 4, BRICK 3: The Mustangs scored three in the top of the seventh when Alahna Reeves drilled a three-run homer to right-center, while Jessica Bormann scattered 10 hits, struck out five and walked one to earn the victory in the circle. Casey Charterina and Sierra Culloo each swatted two hits for Memorial (4-6, 4-6). Carly Moniz, Jill Olsen, Tori Hart and Jess McDonaugh each had two hits for Brick.