Talbott's grand slam in seventh caps Pats' rally

Talbott's grand slam in seventh caps Pats' rally

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Talbott's grand slam in seventh caps Pats' rally

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Freehold Township was one out away from defeat in its season opener on Monday at two-time defending NJSIAA Group IV champion Manalapan.

The Patriots, the defending Monmouth County Tournament champion, had a runner on first and two out in the top of the seventh inning.

However, three batters later, Freehold Township had the lead and then went on to record a dramatic 4-3 win in a Shore Conference Class A North game.

Junior third baseman Chris Talbott’s grand slam to right on a 1-1 pitch capped the stunning turn of events.

Steve Derby and Julius Saporito had preceded Talbott’s grand slam with an infield single between third and shortstop and a walk respectively.

Rob Roth had started the rally by drawing a one-out walk. Sam Beres then grounded into a forceout at second.

Senior left-hander Kevin Checkett then nailed it down in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the save. Checkett hit a batter with one out, but then struck out the game’s final two hitters.

Junior right-hander Joe Decelie had pitched a scoreless sixth inning in relief to pick up his first varsity win.

Manalapan, ranked No. 5 in the Asbury Park Press Preseason Top 10, had built its lead as starter Matt Simonetti pitched three-hit ball over the first six innings and James Halasy went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

MIDD. SOUTH 4, MIDD. NORTH 1: Frank Servidio’s RBI single in the top of the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie as the No. 9 Eagles (1-0, 1-0) defeated the Lions (0-1, 0-1) in a Class A North game.

Nick McGann followed Servidio’s hit with a suicide squeeze bunt that wound up as a single, too. Rob Grilli’s sacrifice bunt made it 4-1.

Middletown South had tied the game in the top of the seventh.

Senior Perry Kulaga pitched a complete-game five-hitter to pick up the win. He struck out five and walked one.

Middletown North’s Chris Stark pitched 71/3 innings of three-hit ball.

RARITAN 5, HOLMDEL 4: Jon Dressler’s single with one out in the bottom of the seventh scored Paul Coldanato with the winning run as the Rockets (1-0, 1-0) defeated the Hornets (0-1, 0-1) in a Class A Central game and give head coach Jeff Struble his first career coaching win.

Coldanato had reached on an error and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt.

Dom Guida and Nick Pasquenza both went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and two RBI for Raritan.

Joe Sadler had a solo home run in the first for Holmdel.

MATAWAN 7, LONG BRANCH 0: Senior Justin Harnett pitched five innings of one-hit ball and senior Anthony Principe had two RBI as the Huskies (1-0, 1-0) defeated the Green Wave (0-1, 0-1) in a Class B North game and gave coach Bobby Carnovsky his first career coaching win.

Pat Depaolo went 3-for-3 and had an RBI. Dan Incle went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored two runs.

MARLBORO 10, HOWELL 1: Anthony Asta went 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBI, Jeff Goldrosen 3-for-4 with two RBI and Adam Ashenfarb pitched five innings of four-hit ball and struck out seven as the Mustangs (1-0, 1-0) defeated the Rebels (0-1, 0-1) in a Class A North game.

OCEAN 9, NEPTUNE 4: Kevin Buell struck out nine and allowed five hits over six innings and Jerome Cevetello went 2-for-4 as the Spartans (1-0, 1-0) defeated the Scarlet Fliers (0-1, 0-1) in a Class B North game.

MONS. DONOVAN 3, GOOCHLAND (VA.) 1: Senior left-hander Aiden Ryan struck out seven, pitched a complete-game four-hitter and allowed just an unearned run, senior first baseman Rich Power broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth and sophomore third baseman Russ Petranto had an RBI single in the first and had two hits as the Griffins (1-0) recorded the win in Orlando, Fla.

Goochland is the alma mater of Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander.

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