Pinelands and Howell win to share division titles

Pinelands and Howell win to share division titles


Pinelands and Howell win to share division titles


Both Howell and Pinelands and needed victories on Monday in order to share division titles, and they both came through against tough foes.

The Rebels (14-6, 9-3) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to grab the lead for good, as Sabrina Rittweger drove in Paige Eckert, who had doubled, with a single and Emily DeGenova followed with an RBI double to score Rittweger with the eventual game-winner in a 5-4 Class A North victory over Marlboro.

The Mustangs (11-9, 6-6) cut the lead to one in the sixth when Phoebe Li scored Lindsey Fhima on a fielder’s choice, but they couldn’t push another run across, as Howell tied Middletown North for the division crown.

Annemarie Bartow, who doubled twice, and Rittweger each went 2-for-3 for the Rebels, while Marlboro was paced by Bonnie Picone’s 3-for-3 effort. Alex Hartman earned the victory in the circle, allowing six hits, and Alexis Ruiz fired the final two innings, giving up four hits, for the save.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats (21-2, 13-1) grabbed a two-run lead in the first inning against Central (10-8, 8-6), when Stephanie Healy clubbed a two-run homer to left-center, and they went on to knock off the Golden Eagles, 6-1.

Central pitcher Stephanie Pepper, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles at the plate, recorded her 500th strikeout in the second inning and ended up with 14 for the game, but Pinelands got a leadoff homer from Naomi Stas, who went 2-for-3, in the third for a 3-0 lead, then scored three times in the sixth to seal the B South victory, giving it a share of the division title Monsignor Donovan.

OCEAN 9, MIDDLETOWN NORTH 8: Veronica Woehr’s three-run home run, her eighth of the season, in the bottom of the fourth and Giovanna Russomanno’s two-run double in the sixth sent the Spartans (14-7) to a four-run lead and they held on to knock off the Lions (13-7) in a nondivisional clash. Riley Kernan, who was 3-for-4, smashed a three-run homer in the first to give North the initial lead, but Ocean rebounded with three in the bottom of the first, when Russomanno hit an RBI single, Morgan Walsh whacked an RBI double and Katherine Maggs scored a run with a groundout. Kayla Gallo made it close when she bashed a three-run homer in the seventh. Woehr finished 3-for-4.

BRICK MEMORIAL 3, TR NORTH 2: Already up by a run through one, the Mustangs (10-9, 7-6) scored twice in the second when Sierra Culloo scored Jordan Rochinski on a sacrifice fly to left and winning pitcher Jess Bormann singled to score Allison Slobiski, who had singled, as Memorial bumped off the Mariners (14-3, 12-2). Bormann ended up 3-for-4, while Hannah Kowalski, Slobiski and Culloo each had two hits. Bormann allowed five hits, including two doubles to Amanda Joyce.

RB CATHOLIC 5, MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 4: Tess Griswold hit a bloop single to right field with the bases loaded, scoring Amanda Savino with the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh, as the Caseys (13-9) captured the nondivisional victory over the Eagles (11-8). South took a 4-0 lead in the second when Phoenix Starick drilled a two-run homer, before Grace Heller added another two-run blast later in the at-bat. In the fifth, RBC tied the game when Lauren Szulc, Amanda Savino and Gabby Bram each hit RBI singles. Jenn Mancino earned the victory, allowing six hits and two walks.


The Pinelands Regional High School baseball team is having a subpar .500 season.

However, the Wildcats have had a large say in the Shore Conference Class B South race.

PINELANDS 5, CENTRAL REGIONAL 3: Vincent Bondinello hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, the Wildcats added three more in the seventh and then held off a Central Regional rally in the bottom of the seventh as they recorded a 5-3 win in a Shore Conference Class B South game.

The result enabled Pinelands (8-10, 7-7) to sweep the season series from Central (12-6, 7-5). It also ended the Golden Eagles’ hopes of sharing the Class B South championship with Jackson Liberty, which wins the divisional title outright for the second consecutive year. Central’s seven-game winning streak was also snapped.

Dave Lunn had a sacrifice fly and two Central errors contributed to the Pinelands’ seventh inning rally that gave it a 5-1 lead.

Central pulled within 5-3 on a two-run bloop double by Javon Hardy, but reliever Richard Rodriguez got a line out to center to end the game.

Central will try to win its first Ocean County Tournament championship since 1986 and sixth overall when it meets Barnegat (12-7) at 7:30 tonight at Toms River East in the OCT championship game. Barnegat is appearing in its first tournament championship game of any kind.

ST. ROSE 12, SJ VIANNEY 9: Junior Kyle Missry hit two of the Purple Roses’ s five home runs and St. Rose (13-3) oses built an eight-run lead after two innings and held on for a 12-9 win over the Lncers (14-6) in a nondivisional game.

Will King, Travis Cloney and J.P. Taylor also homered for St. Rose.

King went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Traynor had three RBI and Jimmy Kussmaul went 2-for-2 with a walk and scored two runs for the Purple Roses.

Anthony LaVigne homered, Joe Rotelli ws 2-for-4 with three RBI and Anthony Santoro had three RBI for St. John Vianney.

TR SOUTH 4, BRICK 0: Anthony Carfora scattered six hits over 5 2/3 innings and Tyler Folger pitched the finl 1 1/3 innings and went 3-for-4 and scored a run as the Indians (12-6, 8-5) defeated the Green Dragons (9-10, 6-8) in a Class A South game.

TR EAST 6, MANALAPAN 1: Vince Maconi scattered seven hits over the first five innings, Nick Cottone pitched two hitless innings of relief , Jon Meola had a solo homer and Anthony DeBlasio went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Raiders (15-4) defeated the Braves (10-11) in a nondivisional game.

RB CATHOLIC 12, JACKSON LIBERTY 4: Brendan Madigan belted a grand slam in the second and went 4-for-5 with five RBI and scored two runs, Doug Facendo went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the sixth, two RBI and scored three runs and Mike Spinelli had three hits and three RBI as the Caseys (16-4) defeated the Lions (13-8) in a nondivisional game.

MARLBORO 2, HOWELL 1: Justin Santaromita and Nick Trochiano had sacrifice flies in the bottom of the third and Marshall Kramsky pitched a complete-game four-hitter as the Mustangs (5-10, 4-9) defeated the Rebels (8-9, 6-8) in a Class A North game.

KEANSBURG 2, HENRY HUDSON 1: Mike Politano drove in what turned out to the be winning run with a two-out single in the fifth and he pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the Titans (10-7, 10-4) defeated the Admirals (4-10, 4-10) in a Class B Central game.

SHORE 6, POINT BEACH 0: Dylan Vosk struck out nine and allowed one hit in five innings, two pitchers combined on a one-hitter, Nick Blaney capped a five-run third inning with a two-run homer and went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Blue Devils (12-8) defeated the Garnet Gulls (6-10) in a nondivisional game.

MANASQUAN 4, POINT BORO 1: Austin Saito struck out nine and allowed five hits over the first six innings, Tucker Caccavale pitched a hitless seventh with a strikeout and Tom Sheehan was 2-for-3 with two RBI as the Warriors (9-10) defeated the Panthers (7-10) in a nondivisional game.


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