Senior right-hander Gianni Magliaro came within one out of a no-hitter and wound up with a one-hitter and struck out a career-high 16 as host Colts Neck rebounded from a morning loss to Christian Brothers Academy and defeated Middletown North 2-1 on Thursday in a Shore Conference Class A North game.
Ryan Bird broke up the no-hitter with a single with two out in the top of the seventh. He then stole second and third. Mike Bartels then walked and stole second before Magliaro got a strikeout to end the game.
Paul Marinello had an RBI single to left and Tyler Kapuscinski a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first for the only runs Magliaro would need.
Middletown North’s run came in the fifth when Kyle Capo walked with two out, oved to third on consecutive wild pitches and scored on a passed ball. Magliaro got a strikeout to end the inning, his third of that inning.
HOWELL 5, MIDD SOUTH 2: Matt Fletcher’s two-run single in the top of the seventh gave the Rebels (4-4, 3-4) the lead and Justin Steel added a two-run double as Howell, after being no-hit for six innings by Dan Mishlen, rallied for five runs and the win over the Eagles (4-3, 3-3) in a Class A North game and their second win of the day in their final at-bat.
Ryan Wares struck out five, walked four and pitched a complete-game five-hitter to pick up his first win of the season.
HOWELL 2, MARLBORO 1: Ryan Wares’ single off the center-field fence with two out in the bottom of the seventh drove in the winning run and gave the Rebels (3-4, 2-4) the win over the Mustangs (1-4, 1-4) in a Class A North game and enabled them to snap a four-game losing streak.
Wares had two hits and two RBI.
FREEHOLD TWP. 4, MARLBORO 3: Joe Silvestrone’s two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the sixth gave the Patriots (4-3, 3-3) the win over the Mustangs (1-5, 1-5) and handed Marlboro its second loss of the day in the opposing team’s final at-bat.
Mike Alexander and Julius Saporito had solo homers in the first and fifth innings for Freehold Township.
MANCHESTER 3, CENTRAL 2: Dan Mills reached on a two-out error in the top of the seventh, stole second and scored the tie-breaking run on another error and Devin Tomei pitched a complete-game three-hitter as the Hawks (3-4, 3-2) defeated the Golden Eagles (3-4, 2-3) in a Class B South game.
Central’s Andrew DiPiazza pitched to a no-decision. He allowed two runs on three hits, struck out eight and walked four in six innings.
POINT BORO 9, MONSIGNOR DONOVAN 6: Jack Fitzsimmons and Mike Falconetti both had two-run doubles in the top of the seventh, as the Panthers (4-2, 4-1) scored six runs with two out to break a 3-all tie and held on to defeat the Griffins (2-5, 2-3) and remain in first-place in Class B South.
Point Boro scored all its runs in the final two innings and all with two out. Falconetti had a two-run double in the sixth and was 3-for-4. Terrence Berkely was 3-for-3 and scored two runs.
BARNEGAT 8, PINELANDS 0: Seamus Brazill pitched a one-hitter while throwing just 63 pitches and RBI doubles by Nik Fraim and Jared Kasco highlighted a four-run first inning as the Bengals (5-2, 3-2) defeated the Wildcats (5-4, 4-3) in a Class B South game.
LONG BRANCH 5, MATAWAN 3: Junior catcher Nick Conklin’s two-out double in the bottom of the fourth drove in Connor Mullan and freshman Austin Cannon with the go-ahead runs as the Green Wave (1-8, 1-5) defeated the Huskies (4-3, 3-3) in a Class B North game.
TR EAST 4, SOUTHERN 1: Jeff Cannova struck out seven, walked none and pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Ron Calatoni belted a two-run triple in the third inning for the only runs Cannova would need as the Raiders (6-1, 6-1) defeated the Rams (1-6, 0-6) in a Class A South game for their fourth straight win.
BRICK MEMORIAL 9, TR NORTH 3: Nick Matteo went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and scored two runs and Matt Cathey went 2-for-3 with an RBI, scored a run and stole two bases as the Mustangs (2-6, 2-3) defeated the Mariners (4-5, 3-4) in a Class A South game and handed Toms River North its fifth straight loss.
SHORE 6, MANASQUAN 2: Ryan Campi’s three-run home run in the top of the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie and senior Matt Cosentino pitched two-hit ball over the first six innings and went 2-for-3 and scored two runs as the Blue Devils (5-1, 3-1) remained in first place in Class A Central with the win over the Warriors (2-5, 2-5).