Talbott's grand slam in seventh caps Pats' rally

Talbott's grand slam in seventh caps Pats' rally


Talbott's grand slam in seventh caps Pats' rally


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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