Below you will find links to all of Greg Tufaro’s game coverage and features for the season, updated overall records and division standings, our latest Top 10 rankings, a complete schedule through April 25 and the daily roundups of every single game conference schools have played thus far.
GREG TUFARO’S FEATURES
2015 SEASON PREVIEW:Previews of every GMC team
GREG TUFARO’S GAME COVERAGE
St. Joseph (8-2)
Old Bridge (5-5)
East Brunswick (6-5)
J.P. Stevens (4-5)
Perth Amboy (2-7)
South Brunswick (2-7)
South Plainfield (5-4)
North Brunswick (3-4)
J.F. Kennedy (5-6)
Bishop Ahr (8-2)
South River (7-3)
New Brunswick (0-8)
East Brunswick Tech (6-0)
South Amboy (3-3)
Perth Amboy Tech (2-4)
Piscataway Tech (2-4)
Highland Park (2-5)
Cardinal McCarrick (2-5)
Timothy Christian (0-5)
GMC TOP 10 RANKINGS
1. Monroe 6-1
2. St. Joseph 8-2
3. Old Bridge 5-5
4. East Brunswick 6-5
5. Piscataway 8-3
6. South Plainfield 5-4
7. Edison 6-4
8. Sayreville 5-4
9. J.P. Stevens 4-5
10. Spotswood 5-3
GMC SCHEDULE THROUGH APRIL 25
FRIDAY APRIL 17
South Brunswick at Edison, 3:45 p.m.
Old Bridge at J.P. Stevens, 3:45 p.m.
East Brunswick at St. Joseph, 4 p.m.
Sayreville at Piscataway, 4 p.m.
Westfield at J.F. Kennedy, 4 p.m.
Perth Amboy Tech at South Amboy, 4 p.m.
East Brunswick Tech at Dunellen, 4 p.m.
Cardinal McCarrick at Timothy Christian, 4 p.m.
Monroe at Middlesex, 4 p.m.
New Brunswick at Highalnd Park, 4 p.m.
North Brunswick at Plainfield, 4 p.m.
Piscataway Tech at Wardlaw-Hartridge, 4:15 p.m.
SATURDAY APRIL 18
Carteret at Perth Amboy, 10 a.m.
North Brunswick at Hudson Catholic, 10 a.m.
Old Bridge at Wall, 10 a.m.
Bishop Ahr at Woodbridge, 11 a.m.
Fair Lawn at Colonia, 11 a.m.
South Plainfield at Paramus, 11 a.m.
Wardlaw-Hartridge at East Brunswick Tech, noon
Academy Charter at Perth Amboy Tech, noon
SUNDAY APRIL 19
St. Joseph vs. Hudson Catholic at Diamond Nation, 7 p.m.
MONDAY APRIL 20
East Brunswick at J.P. Stevens, 3:45 p.m.
South Brunswick at St. Joseph, 3:45 p.m.
Old Bridge at Piscataway, 4 p.m.
North Brunswick at Colonia, 4 p.m.
Monroe at J.F. Kennedy, 4 p.m.
Woodbridge at South Plainfield, 4 p.m.
Timothy Christian at Metuchen, 4 p.m.
East Brunswick Tech at Cardinal McCarrick, 4 p.m.
St. Benedict’s at Bishop Ahr, 4 p.m.
Dunellen at Perth Amboy Tech, 4 p.m.
Middlesex at Somerville, 4 p.m.
South Amboy at Piscataway Tech, 4 p.m.
Wardlaw-Hartridge at Highland Park, 4 p.m.
Sayreville at Perth Amboy, 6 p.m.
TUESDAY APRIL 21
Colonia at North Brunswick, 3:45 p.m.
Piscataway at Old Bridge, 3:45 p.m.
St. Joseph at South Brunswick, 4 p.m.
J.P. Stevens at East Brunswick, 4 p.m.
Carteret at Matawan, 4 p.m.
J.F. Kennedy at Monroe, 4 p.m.
South Plainfield at Woodbridge, 4 p.m.
Perth Amboy vs. Sayreville at Waterfront Park, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 22
Colonia at Edison, 3:45 p.m.
Piscataway Tech at Dunellen, 4 p.m.
Perth Amboy Tech at Cardinal McCarrick, 4 p.m.
East Brunswick Tech at Timothy Christian, 4 p.m.
Morris Tech at Perth Amboy, 4 p.m.
THURSDAY APRIL 23
Metuchen at Middlesex, 3:45 p.m.
Edison at Old Bridge, 3:45 p.m.
South Brunswick at East Brunswick, 4 p.m.
Colonia at Piscataway, 4 p.m.
St. Joseph at Sayreville, 4 p.m.
Spotswood at Bishop ahr, 4 p.m.
South Amboy at Highland Park, 4 p.m.
South River at J.F. Kennedy, 4 p.m.
Carteret at New Brunswick, 4 p.m.
South Plainfield at Westfield, 4 p.m.
Wardlaw-Hartridge at Piscataway Tech, 4 p.m.
J.P. Stevens at Perth Amboy, 6 p.m.
FRIDAY APRIL 24
Old Bridge at Edison, 3:45 p.m.
Perth Amboy at J.P. Stevens, 3:45 p.m.
Sayreville at St. Joseph, 4 p.m.
Union Catholic at Woodbridge, 4 p.m.
East Brunswick at South Brunswick, 4 p.m.
New Brunswick at Carteret, 4 p.m.
Keansburg at South River, 4 p.m.
Middlesex at Metuchen, 4 p.m.
Highland Park at Dunellen, 4 p.m.
East Brunswick Tech at Perth Amboy Tech, 4 p.m.
Piscataway Tech at Cardinal McCarrick, 4 p.m.
Bishop Ahr at Spotswood, 4 p.m.
Piscataway at Elizabeth, 4 p.m.
South Amboy at Bound Brook, 4 p.m.
Timothy Christian at Wardlaw-Hartridge, 4;15 p.m.
SATURDAY APRIL 25
AUTISM AWARENESS CHALLENGE
at Community Park, North Brunswick
Millburn vs. South Plainfield, 10 a.m.
Monroe vs. Sayreville, 10 a.m.
Holy Spirit vs. North Brunswick, 1 p.m.
Marist vs. Colonia, 1 p.m.
Robbinsville vs. Spotswood, 4 p.m.
Weehawkin vs. Middlesex, 4 p.m.
Plainfield vs. South River, 7 p.m.
Steinert at St. Joseph, 7 p.m.
East Brunswick Tech at Pennsauken Tech, 11 a.m.
South Amboy at Perth Amboy Tech, noon
J.F. Kennedy vs. Edison at Edison Baseball Complex, 7 p.m.
DAILY GMC ROUNDUPS
GMC baseball roundup for April 16
In a premier Greater Middlesex Conference pitching matchup, St. Joseph ace Justin Willis outdueled East Brunswick counterpart Victor Dudka for a 4-2 victory.
The Falcons (8-2) scored all of their runs in the fourth inning as Pat Geiger, J.T. Shorter (2-for-3) and Joe Weaver had RBI singles during the rally.
Willis (3-0), a sophomore right-hander who is a major Division I recruit, scattered three hits and allowed one run over six innings before yielding to reliever Conner Dolan, who recorded his third save.
Dudka, who has committed to NJIT, went the distance, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked two. The loss snapped Dudka’s personal 12-game winning streak.
Juan Ganzaroli clubbed his fourth homer of the season for East Brunswick (6-5), a solo blast in the seventh inning.
Tyler McNamara (2-for-4) and Nick Smutko (1-for-4) accounted for the Bears’ other hits.
The bottom two thirds of East Brunswick’s order went a combined 0-for-14.
North Hunterdon 11, South Plainfield 0: The Tigers (5-4) had their three-game winning streak snapped as they stranded nine runners.
Bryan Gillen, one of six South Plainfield batters to register a hit, doubled. The Tigers (5-4) also drew three walks.
Three of South Plainfield’s defeats are against nonconference foes.
Highland Park 13, Timothy Christian 1: Ryan O’Shea, Sam Murphy and Evan Lanaris each went 2-for-3 for the Owls (2-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Winning pitcher Matt Sussman fanned three, walked one and yielded one earned run in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
The Tigers (0-5) were outhit 12-4.
Edison 4, South Brunswick 3: Brandon Radd and Nick Clausen combined on a three-hitter and Brett Douches delivered a clutch two-run single for the Eagles (6-4).
Radd overcame six errors in the first four innings to hold the Vikings (2-7) scoreless. South Brunswick scored all its runs in the sixth inning to produce the final margin.
Reliever Nick Clausen, who Edison coach Vinnie Abene intended on using as a starter this season, has embraced his role as a reliever, closing out the game for his third save. Clausen has pitched in five games this spring.
Douches, who is not an everyday starter, highlighted a three-run rally in the second with his clutch hit. The Eagles added a much-needed insurance run in the top of the sixth.
Brandon Siroki, who is among the league’s leading hitters with a .414 batting average, went 2-for-3 with two RBI for South Brunswick. Teammate Tom Leavy also plated a run.
Bishop Ahr 13, Metuchen 3: The Trojans (8-2), who are undefeated against in-state competition, rallied for six runs in the home sixth to invoke the mercy rule.
Ten Bishop Ahr batters recorded at least one hit apiece. John Sheedy, Don Fackina, Andrew Brazicki, VJ Makris, Sean Flynn and Corey Ciszek each had two hits.
Kyle Harry went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Metuchen, while teammates Kenny Harry (2-for-4 with an RBI) and Brandon Iskandar (2-for-3) also had multiple hit games.
The Bulldogs (2-4) have dropped three in a row. They were outhit 18-8.
Carteret 5, Middlesex 1: The Ramblers (5-3) erased a 1-0 second-inning deficit with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings before tacking on three insurance runs in the seventh.
Tim Irving and James Hart each went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while teammate Alex Slawinski collected a single, RBI and a run scored.
Mike Salerno had an RBI and Nick DiNizio scored for Middlesex (2-6), which had won two of its last three.
Winning pitcher Michael App yielded five hits, fanned three and walked one.
Old Bridge 2, J.P. Stevens 0: Winning pitcher Billy Layne, a Seton Hall University commit, dealt the Hawks (4-5) their second consecutive shutout. He struck out six, allowed three hits and one walk over seven innings.
James Gabriel, who struggled a bit at the plate of late after batting a torrid .680 to start the season, went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Luis Cruz plated Old Bridge’s other run.
The Knights (5-5), who reached the .500 mark for the first time this season, scored both runs off losing pitcher Zach Marzano in the fourth inning.
Neither run off Marzano, who pitched five shutout innings in his previous outing (a win over J.F. Kennedy), was earned. He struck out three and did not walk a batter over six innings.
Piscataway 6, Sayreville 4: Kevin Tamsula went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI while teammate Daniel Tricarico cracked a two-run single as the Chiefs (8-3) won for the fifth time in their last six outings. Four of those victories have been by a total of eight runs.
Winning pitcher Anthony Sawicki struck out five, walked five and scattered six hits over seven innings.
Shortstop Josh Guarnera went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI for the Bombers (8-4) who have dropped two in a row after Old Bridge snapped their five-game winning streak earlier this week.
Losing pitcher Connor Johnson, making his first start of the season, did not allow an earned run in a route-going performance. He yielded six hits without striking out a batter or issuing a walk.
Columbia 6, Colonia 1: Hard-luck loser Mike Parry, who was victimized by four errors, allowed three earned runs and struck out four.
Shortstop Mike Wilson’s RBI double in the fourth inning produced Colonia’s lone run. The Patriots (1-7) have scored just nine runs this season and five of their losses were by a total of eight runs.
South River 12, New Brunswick 2: Austin French’s two-run single sparked a seven-run rally in the third inning as the Rams (7-3) extended their winning streak to four games by completing a division sweep of the Zebras (0-8).
Winning pitcher Tyler Higgins (3-0) allowed two runs in the five-inning mercy-rule win. He struck out six, scattered four hits and walked one.
Dalton Dougherty’s two-run double highlighted a three-run outburst in the first inning. South River tacked on two more runs in the second as James Hart scored on a wild pitch and Nicholas Lepore (3-for-4) plated Brandon Szerszen with a double.
New Brunswick reliever Wilson Gomez held the Rams hitless over the game’s final two and a third innings. Losing pitcher Victor Collado allowed 12 runs in two and two thirds innings.
Anthony Peralta went 2-for-3 and scored a run on Yoscar Diaz’s groundout in the first inning. The Zebras scored their other run in the fifth.
Matt Leviton had two RBI for the Rams.
GMC baseball roundup for April 15
Stewart Lester hurled a complete-game one-hitter and helped his own cause with a single and two RBI to lead the Middlesex High School baseball team to a 5-1 Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division victory over Carteret on Wednesday.
With the win, the five-time defending division champion Blue Jays (2-6) snapped a three-game division losing streak.
Nick DiNizio went 3-for-3 and scored twice for Middlesex, while teammate Matt Carovillano plated two runs.
Alex Slawinski’s fifth-inning RBI double was the lone hit for Carteret (4-5).
The Blue Jays scored two runs in the third, two more in the fourth and added an insurance tally in the sixth.
Lester struck out three and walked one.
East Brunswick Tech 3, South Amboy 1: Connor Stratton went the distance, striking out six and allowing three hits while helping the Tigers (6-0) remain atop the Gold Division.
Mason Settembre delivered the game-winning hit, doubling off the wall to score a run in the seventh.
Josh Brody went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while East Brunswick Tech teammate Michael Ramos also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Riley Rone went 1-for-3 with a double for the defending division champion Governors (3-3).
East Brunswick Tech will play at Dunellen on Friday with sole possession of first place at stake.
Bishop Ahr 13, Metuchen 2: Don Fackina pitched a five-hitter over five and a third innings to help the Trojans (7-2 overall) remain undefeated and atop the Blue Division with a 4-0 mark.
VJ Makris went 3-for-4 with two RBI for Bishop Ahr, while teammates Anthony Porchetta and Matt Spielman all had extra-base hits.
Bishop Ahr rallied for five runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead and put the contest out of reach with four runs in the sixth.
Metuchen fell to 2-3 overall and in the division.
South River 10, New Brunswick 1: Tyler Higgins went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBI for the Rams (6-3) who have won five of their last six games.
Nicholas Lepore collected two hits and an RBI for south River, while teammate Matt Leviton doubled and plated two runs.
Winning pitcher Dalton Dougherty scattered two hits, walked four and fanned six over six innings.
The Rams, who took a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning, scored seven runs over the next two frames to pull away.
Andrew Luna and Yoscar Diaz had New Brunswick’s hits.
Monroe 9, Spotswood 2: Sophomore lefthander Eric Heatter, a Rutgers University commit, struck out nine and walked one over six innings. He allowed five hits and two earned runs.
Batterymate Anthony Tagliaferro went 3-for-3 and Steve Eldridge had two RBI for the Falcons (6-1). Monroe scored six times in the fourth inning to chase starting pitcher Nick Vizzi.
Monroe drew eight walks with six of those base runners coming around to score.
Mike Perotta went 2-for-3 and plated a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Matt Krause spoiled Heatter’s shutout bid in the sixth with a two-out, two-run double.
Matt Ciaccio went 2-for-3 for the Chargers (5-3).
Dunellen 21, Cardinal McCarrick 0: Kenny Tunison went 3-for-3 with three doubles, a walk and was hit by a pitch.
David Johnson also went 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBI.
Winning pitcher Alex Dornbierer went the distance and helped his cause with a solo homer. He struck out six, scattered two hits and walked one.
Dunellen (7-1) registered 15 hits. The Eagles (2-5) committed six errors.
Wardlaw-Hartridge 14, Perth Amboy Tech 2: Rocco Haborak and John Anderson-Schmitt each went 2-for-2 and combined for five RBI to back winning pitcher Abe Golding.
Golding allowed one hit, one walk and fanned six over four innings. Brian Arocho had the lone hit for the Patriots (2-4).
TC Weber went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, while teammate Mike Jesionka collected two hits and an RBI.
The Racz twins, Garrett and Alden, combined to score three runs for the Rams (4-4).
Only four of the 11 runs losing pitcher Luis Medina allowed were earned.
GMC baseball roundup for April 14
East Brunswick 10, Perth Amboy 4: The Bears swept the division series from the Panthers.
South Plainfield 3, Colonia 1: Jake Alba (2-0) went the distance, fanning six, walking five, scattering five hits and allowing one earned run as the Tigers (5-3) won for the fifth time in their last six games.
Tommy Dunn went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and a run scored. Bryan Gillen highlighted a two-run rally in the fifth with an RBI double to help South Plainfield take a 3-0 lead.
The Patriots parlayed a leadoff walk, a wild pitch and consecutive fielder’s choice groundouts into a seventh inning run.
Colonia (1-6) has scored just nine runs this season. Six of its games have been decided by one run. The Patriots’ six losses are by a total of 12 runs.
Piscataway 3, South Brunswick 1: Winning pitcher Charles Mitchell went the distance, scattering three hits as the Chiefs (7-3) swept a regular-season series from the Vikings (2-6).
Zach Merring had an RBI single and Brian Jeziorski cracked a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning when Piscataway built a 2-0 lead. Mitchell helped his own cause with an RBI in the fifth.
South Brunswick, which was outhit 7-3, spoiled Mitchell’s shutout bid in the sixth on Brandon Siroki’s run-scoring groundout.
Anthony Sjolund (four innings) and Brendan Zircher (three frames) combined to strike out 10 Chiefs. The duo pitched to contact, throwing first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 32 batters they faced.
Kevin Tamsula went 2-for-3 for Piscataway, while five teammates had one hit apiece.
Mitchell fanned two and allowed one earned run.
South River 15, Academy Charter 1: Freshman RJ Fischer improved his personal mark to 2-0, allowing one earned run on two hits in a complete game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. Fischer also fanned six batters.
Dalton Dougherty went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored. Austin French, Steven Barberio and Brandon Szerszen each had two RBI for the Rams (5-3).
South River rallied for eight runs in the third to put the contest out of reach.
Monroe 9, Woodbridge 2: A day after 14 Barrons fanned in a lopsided loss to the Falcons, Alex Hyman struck out 11 batters in a complete-game victory. He yielded two hits and walked six. Both runs he allowed were earned.
Kyle Daly went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles for the Falcons (5-1), while teammate James Eldridge singled and doubled.
Trevor Cykowski and Anthony Gonzalez each had an RBI for the Barrons (4-4).
Monroe broke the game open with a five-run rally in the third.
Bishop Ahr 15, St. Benedict’s 0: Freshman right-hander Rich Albrecht went the distance in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. He scattered three hits, fanned six and did not walk a batter.
Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Brazicki collected two doubles and three RBI for Bishop Ahr (6-2), while teammate Don Fackina went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Andrew Tuzzo and Jimmy Mesaros had two hits apiece. Cory Ciszek and Anthony Porchetta each scored three runs.
Bishop Ahr rallied for five runs in the second and seven more in the third.
St. Joseph 6, Montgomery 0: Joe Epifano, making his first varsity start after earning two wins in relief, scattered four hits over five innings for the victory. Conner Dolan recorded his second save with two scoreless innings of one-hit relief.
Ross Maertz went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Gabe Mejias, Nick Loffredo and Travis Adams each plated a run.
Loffredo and Brandon Warick each went 2-for-4 as St. Joseph (7-2) outhit the Cougars (0-6) 10-5.
J.F. Kennedy 7, North Brunswick 3: The Mustangs, who outhit the Raiders 10-6, scored four runs in the third inning to build a 7-0 lead they would not relinquish.
Winning pitcher Josh Buchholz scattered five hits, struck out four, walked three and allowed two earned runs. Connor Aston pitched a scoreless seventh.
Leadoff batter Ariel Tejada went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for J.F. Kennedy (5-6), while teammate Ryan Kelly belted a two-run double. Buchholz also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Jesse Scher had a two-run double for the Raiders (3-4) in the third inning, when they scored all their runs. Nate Facey (2-for-3) also had an RBI during the rally.
Steve Bloyed, who allowed nine hits and six earned runs over two and a third innings, was saddled with the loss.
Edison 4, J.P. Stevens 0: Justin Hernandez pitched his second shutout, scattering three hits, fanning three and walking four.
Nick Peterson went 2-for-2 with a run scored for the Eagles (5-4), while five teammates each had a hit. Stephen Coneo delivered an RBI single.
Alex Zilli, victimized by seven errors, was the hard-luck loser. He scattered seven hits, fanned three, walked three and allowed one earned run over six innings.
Edison rallied for three runs in the fourth and added an insurance tally in the fifth.
The Hawks (4-4) stranded seven runners, while the Eagles left six on base.
GMC baseball roundup for April 13
The Sayreville High School baseball team parlayed a gutsy pitching performance from Pete Soporowski and a balanced offense into a 7-4 victory over Old Bridge at Waterfront Park in South Amboy on Monday night.
Soporowski, who went the distance, fanning 10 and allowing 10 hits, recorded the final out with the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh as the Bombers (5-2) extended their winning streak to five games.
“Any time you beat a very good program like that, it’s a big confidence booster,” Sayreville head coach Mike Novak said. “It showed that we belong in the conversation. They (the Bombers) are starting to believe a little bit.”
Chris Eveigan and Josh Guarnera each went 3-for-4 with two RBI for Sayreville, while teammate Nolan Rivera went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Rivera, who hits out of the two hole, played a key role in a pivotal four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth with a flawlessly executed sacrifice bunt that moved runners into scoring position.
“Knowing we were going to see a good arm in Hopman, we talked about doing the little things right,” said Novak, noting he and the players talked about base-running, small ball and situational hitting being a key.
The Bombers took a 2-0 lead in the first, a 3-0 lead in the third and a 7-0 lead in the fourth.
Old Bridge (4-4) chipped away at the deficit, scoring two runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth and its final run in the seventh.
“Pete was real sharp early and then they started to get to him a little bit,” Novak said, “but he gutted it out (throwing 102 pitches).”
Jordan Fetterman went 3-for-4 for Old Bridge, while teammates Jimmy Freel (2-for-4 with two RBI) and Zach Attianese (2-for-3 with a double) also had multiple-hit games.
Losing pitcher Tyler Hopman allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs over three and two thirds innings.
Attianese, the reigning Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year, is scheduled to start Tuesday in the second game of the series.
Carteret 13, Metuchen 3: Michael App went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI, while teammate Franchel Duran collected three hits and an RBI for the Ramblers. Angel Lorenzi went 3-for-4 with a triple and and two RBI, while teammate Winston Gonzalez had a double and an RBI.
Dunellen 17, Timothy Christian 8: The Tigers (1-3) scored six runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-7 lead, but Dunellen (6-1) answered with seven runs in the fifth to regain control.
During the fifth-inning rally, John Baldino (3-for-5) cracked a two-run double and Rahim Sangiray laced a two-run single.
Sangiray also had a two-run triple in the first inning.
South Amboy 14, Cardinal McCarrick 0: Tim Kales went 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Riley Rone collected two hits and two runs scored for the Governors (3-2).
Winning pitcher Jayson Olivares went the distance in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. He struck out nine, walked two and allowed one hit.
Julian Munoz went 3-for-3 with three RBI for South Amboy, which plays a significant Gold Division game against East Brunswick Tech on Wednesday.
Kyle Chaney had the lone hit for the Eagles (2-4).
East Brunswick Tech 14, Wardlaw-Hartridge 0: Sophomore right-hander Enuldy Himenez struck out seven and scattered five hits in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore, who has plenty of potential, helped his own cause with a two-run homer in the third that gave the Gold Division-leading Tigers (5-0) an 8-0 lead.
Christian Salvatore went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Alex Benigno went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
East Brunswick 18, Perth Amboy 6: Juan Ganzaroli cracked his third homer of the season and Nick Clemente also cleared the fence in the second-inning, staking the Bears to an early lead.
Tyler McNamara, Victor Dudka, Tyler Burnham, Chris Cap, Daniel Iannarone, Brandon Chaskes and Ganzaroli all had a multiple-hit games for East Brunswick (5-4).
East Brunswick’s Chris Cap earned the win, allowing three hits, fanning one, walking one and yielding one earned run over two innings.
Perth Amboy senior Omar Jimenez went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and two RBI. Freshman Chris Brito had a two-run single and a walk for the Panthers (2-6).
Monroe 16, Woodbridge 0: Junior right-hander Robbie Peto, who has committed to the University of North Carolina, struck out 14 batters in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
Anthony Tagliaferro belted a grand slam for Monroe (4-1), while Chris Hernandez went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The Falcons sent 18 batters to the plate during a 13-run rally in the fourth. Chris Savino had two hits and scored twice in the inning.
Woodbridge fell to 4-3 as Peto allowed three hits and two walks.
Bishop Ahr 8, Middlesex 4: VJ Makris went 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Don Fackina contributed a hit, a run and two RBI to the victory.
Matt Speilman went 2-for-4 with a double to support winning pitcher Jimmy Mesaros, who fanned seven, scattered seven hits, allowed four earned runs and walked one in a route-going effort.
Matt Carovillano belted a solo homer for the Blue Jays (0-6), while teammate Stewart Lester went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Losing pitcher Mike Lavenia had a two-run double and Don Lampasona had an RBI single for Middlesex.
Bishop Ahr, which split the four games it played during a spring break trip to South Carolina, improved its record to 5-2.
Piscataway 9, South Brunswick 6: Despite being outhit 11-9, the Chiefs, who jumped out to a 6-0 second-inning lead, held on for the win.
Jerrid Guerra went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple for Piscataway (6-4), while teammate Brian Jeziorski collected three runs scored and two RBI.
Eight Chiefs got at least one hit and six Piscataway batters recorded at least one RBI. South Brunswick displayed similar offensive balance with nine batters registering at least one hit each.
The Vikings (2-5), who had five extra base hits, rallied for four runs in the third to trim the deficit to 6-4. Piscataway scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to pull away.
Ryan Moran went 2-for-4 with a run scored for South Brunswick, while teammate Brandon Siroki collected two hits and two RBI.
The Vikings committed four errors which led to six unearned runs.
Spotswood 10, New Brunswick 2: Chase Fee went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI to help the Chargers (5-2) sweep the Zebras (0-6).
With the score 1-0 entering the fifth inning, Shawn O’Connor ignited a five-run rally in the top half of that inning with a solo homer.
Senior right-hander Cooper Sisco went the distance, fanning 10, scattering three hits, allowing one walk and one earned run.
Danny Newton went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and four RBI, while teammates Jake Ryan and O’Connor also had multiple-hit games.
Andrew Luna belted a two-run homer for New Brunswick.
Somerset Tech 9, Perth Amboy Tech 1: The Patriots (2-3) were outhit 12-5 and committed six errors which led to five unearned runs.
Brian Arocho and Christian Sosa each went 2-for-3 with a double for Perth Amboy Tech. Losing pitcher Edwin Collado allowed nine hits, fanned seven, walked four and yielded just four earned runs.
Piscataway Tech 2, Highland Park 0: Winning pitcher Eric Marin struck out seven, scattered four hits and walked two over seven innings.
Brandon Casiano and Nick Zandomenso had two hits apiece for the Raiders (2-4). Liam Roth went 2-for-3 and Jose Ruiz had a double for the Owls (1-5).
North Brunswick 11, J.F. Kennedy 1: Eric Reardon went the distance in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. He struck out six, allowed two hits and walked one.
Reardon helped his own cause going 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, a walk and three RBI. His two-run homer in the first inning set the offensive tone as the Raiders mustered 14 hits.
Tyler Petrillo, Anthony Lupo, Matt Maranca and Steve Bloyed had two hits apiece for North Brunswick. Maranca finished 2-for-3 with a double, homer and four RBI.
Michael Matusz’s solo homer in the third inning accounted for J.F. Kennedy’s only run.
The Raiders rallied for seven runs in the fourth inning to put the contest out of reach.
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Frank LoGuidice hurled a one-hitter while leading the J.P. Stevens High School baseball team to a 5-0 victory over Edison in one of three Greater Middlesex Conference games contested at TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset on Sunday.
Luke Jacobi scored twice for the Hawks (4-3), while teammate Zach Marzano had a two-run double in the top of the seventh. Michael Katims also drove home a run.
LoGuidice (1-2), who was five outs away from a no-hitter, struck out four and walked three. He helped his own cause with a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
Lenin Gomez, who had a string of reaching base in 13 consecutive plate appearances snapped last week, had the lone hit for Edison. He singled with one away in the home sixth.
The Eagles (4-4) committed four errors.
J.F. Kennedy 6, Colonia 2: Winning pitcher Thomas Sharfetz struck out 11 and went 2-for-4 with a run scored to help the Mustangs (4-5) snap a five-game losing streak.
J.F. Kennedy scored three times in the top of the third inning to break a 1-1 draw. Sharfetz scattered nine hits, walked one and forced the Patriots to strand 10 base runners.
Jordy Mora contributed two doubles, two RBI and a run scored to the victory. Teammate Michael Matusz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored an RBI.
Leadoff batter Ariel Tejada doubled, walked and plated a run for the Mustangs. Ryan Kelly singled and scored a run, while J.F. Kennedy teammate David Morales stole two bases.
Salvatore Segreto and Tyler Kovalewich each went 2-for-4 for Colonia. Segreto and Kyle Rajcevic accounted for the Patriots’ RBI.
Colonia (1-4) has lost its four games by a total of eight runs. The Patriots have scored just seven runs this season.
Woodbridge 7, Perth Amboy 4: Nick Bradshaw and Kyle Mortensen had two hits apiece to back winning pitcher Harry Rutkowski.
Rutkowski, who entered the game without having allowed an earned run, had his streak of consecutive scoreless innings snapped at 16 when the Panthers crossed home plate in the bottom of the third.
Woodbridge (4-2) scored five times in the top half of the frame. Zach Joe had an RBI single.
With the tying run at the plate, sophomore shortstop Trevor Cykowski aided Rutkowski, who went the distance, starting a game-ending 6-3 double play.
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Marist 2, Old Bridge 1: After Marist loaded the bases in the home seventh on a single, a free pass and an intentional walk, the Knights allowed the winning run to score on a defensive miscue. Old Bridge (3-4), which lost six games by a total of seven runs last season, has dropped three games by a total of four runs this year. Vin Donofrio accounted for two of the Knights’ three hits. He tripled and scored on Brian Hulasiya’s bunt in the fifth and also doubled. The Knights twice left the bases loaded against junior right-hander A.J. Candelario, who fanned 13 and walked six over six innings.
J.P. Stevens 4, J.F. Kennedy 0: Winning pitcher Zach Marzano, who hurled five innings, helped his own cause, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Reliever Dennis Cooper fanned four over one and two thirds innings of relief. Marzano’s first double plated Frank LoGuidice with the Hawks’ first run in the opening frame. His second double ignited a three-run rally in the sixth, which Matt Elko capped with a sacrifice fly. The loss was the fifth straight for the Mustangs (3-5). J.P. Stevens improved to 3-3.
East Brunswick 6, Hillsborough 5 (9 innings): Daniel Iannarone’s RBI single capped four-run bottom of the ninth and as the Bears rallied from a 5-2 deficit. Chris Cap got the win with two innings of relief of Victor Dudka. He went seven innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Nick Smutko, Tyler McNamara and Cap combined for six hits and four RBI.
South Plainfield 7, Montgomery 6 (9 innings): Wilredo Rivera slammed a bases-loaded clearing double to tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth, then walked with the bases loaded in the ninth to win it. South Plainfield (3-3) trailed 6-2 as the eighth inning began. Montgomery is 0-4.
The top four in the Tigers’ orders went 10-for-17 with six RBI and three runs scored. Tommy Dunn went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and solo homer. Chris Graves went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored and Bryan Gillen went 3-for-5 with a run scored and Sean Erhardt was 2-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and double. Montgomery, 0-4, had scored just three runs in its first three games, but broke out. The Cougars had 14 hits — three by Gavin Sudano who went 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a double and Jesse Gerdes, Guy DiPersia and Matt Rubayo had two hits apiece. Rubayo also scored twice.
South River 5 Carteret 2: The Rams (4-3) bounced back from Friday’s loss to Carteret (3-4) behind Tyler Higgins, who pitched a complete-game seven hitter. He struck out six and walked two. He also hit a three-run homer in the fourth and registerd an RBI double in the fifth. Dalton Dougherty went 3-for-3 and James Hart and Matt Leviton had two hits apiece. Brandon Szerszen had an RBI single in the sixth. Lloyd Padmore had three hits and RBI and Angelo Golina scored two runs for Carteret.
Spotswood 12, New Brunswick 2 (6 innings): Matt Ciaccio went 5 1/3 scattering five hits and yielding two runs, Ciaccio struck out four and walked three for Spotswood (4-2) in Spotswood. Danny Newton was 2- for – 3 with an RBI and Chase Fee, Jake Ryan and Matt Krause all scored twice. The Chargers stole 10 bases. Andrew Luna had 2- for- 3 with two doubles for the visiting Zebras (0-6).
Wardlaw Hartridge 10, Cardinal McCarrick 0 (4 1/2): Freshman Oviedo Chavez pitched a five-inning one hitter, striking out nine and walking three. He also drove in five runs with two doubles and run scored to help Wardlaw-Hartridge even its record at 3-3.Abe Golding had three RBI. TC Weber scored three runs and Mike Jesionka and John Anderson-Schmitt scored two apiece. McCarrick is 2-2-1.
Atlantic Shores (Va.) 5, Bishop Ahr 4 (8 innings): Bishop Ahr (4-2) dropped the fourth and final game of the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic at Myrtle Beach (S.C.). Trojans starting pitcher senior Anthony Porchetta allowed two runs in six innings and got a no decision. Sophomore center fielder Andrew Brazicki, senior catcher V. J. Makris and senior right fielder Matt Spielman had two hits apiece. Bishop Ahr split its four games 2-2.
Brick Memorial 8, North Brunswick 5: The Raiders took a 4-3 lead on Anthony Lupo’s third-inning RBI single in the fourth, but Brick scored five runs in the top of the fifth to regain it. Lupo was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.
North Hunterdon 9, Piscataway 2: North lefty Shayne Fontana threw five strong innings and Thomas Schumacher went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Andrew Meiners went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Gernon was 1-for-3 with an RBI. drove in two runs for North Hunterdon (6-0). Piscataway is 4-4.
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DUNELLEN 4, SOUTH AMBOY 3: Senior David Johnson struck out 12 in a complete-game three-hitter and freshman Alex Dornbierer went 2-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Dunellen High School baseball team to a 4-3 victory over defending Greater Middlesex Conference Gold Division champion South Amboy on Friday.
“The better team won today on the back of a good performance from David Johnson,” South Amboy head coach Dan Poulsen said.
Dornbierer’s two-run single with two away fueled a three-run rally in the home third that enabled the Destroyers to erase a 1-0 deficit. John Baldino also had an RBI single during the outburst.
Dunellen tacked on a paramount insurance run in the ensuing inning as the resilient Governors (2-2) scored twice in the sixth to produce the final margin.
Freshman Kenny Tunison went 2-for-3 for the Destroyers, while teammate Paul Appleton went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Tunison greeted South Amboy pitcher Tim Kales, who no-hit Dunellen last season, with a single.
“Everybody on the bench said if this kid can hit him, so can I,” Dunellen head coach Jim Darby said, noting that Kales is an outstanding pitcher and all-around player who was part of a stellar team that won last year’s division crown.
“We were hoping that with Johnson on the mound that we would get off to a good start and it’s pretty much gone that way. He is 3-0 and the kids are seeing that when you get a horse on the mound you can have some success. All we’ve got to do is catch the ball and scratch out a few runs.”
Keith Warzecha went 2-for-3 for the Governors (2-2), while Kales had South Amboy’s other hit.
Kales walked two and allowed three earned runs in four innings of relief.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK 13, J.P. STEVENS 11: After being held scoreless for 22 consecutive innings, the South Brunswick High School baseball team exploded for six first-inning runs, but still needed a five-run rally in the seventh for a thrilling 13-11 win over J.P. Stevens on Friday.
Brandon Siroki (3-for-4 with two runs scored) set the offensive tone with a grand slam in the opening frame, while teammate Andrew Delacruz went 3-for-3.
Andrew Avots and Kevin Kessler each went 2-for-4 for South Brunswick, which outhit the Hawks 13-8.
After the Vikings built an 8-2 lead in the top of the fifth, J.P. Stevens plated six runs in the bottom half of the frame to even the score.
South Brunswick scored five much-needed runs in the top of the seventh because the Hawks rallied for three runs in the bottom of the frame.
Luke Jacobi (2-for-3 with three runs) and Collin Pastor (2-for-3) were the hitting stars for J.P. Stevens. Jacobi and teammate Alex Zilli had two RBI apiece.
The teams used nine pitchers, left a total of 16 runners on base and combined for nine errors..
CARTERET 12, SOUTH RIVER 2: The Carteret High School baseball team posted its second significant Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division victory of the week, rolling to a 12-2 mercy-rule win over South River.
South River and Spotswood, which Carteret split a regular-season series with earlier this week, were widely regarded as favorites to win the division, but the Ramblers currently sit ahead of both teams in the standings with a 3-1 division record.
Winning pitcher Josh Baez, a freshman, allowed one earned run, walked two and fanned two over five innings.
Angelo Golino (1-for-2) and Lloyd Padmore (2-for-3) each had three RBI and a double for Carteret, while teammates Angel Lorenzi and Winston Gonzalez each had two hits and scored twice.
“Today is really the first game that we played well all around,” Carteret head coach Mark Domashinski said. “We played good defense, we hit the baseball and got a gutty five innings on the mound from a freshman.”
Michael App was the winning pitcher for Carteret in its two other division victories. He has fanned 15 and allowed just one earned run over 14 innings. App is scheduled to pitch Saturday’s second game of the South River series.
“I expected App was going to be solid for us but so far he’s exceeded our expectations,” said Domashinski, noting that nine of the 11 pitchers in his program are freshmen or sophomores.
“Whatever we do this year, to me, is gravy because I’m really optimistic (about the future),” Domashinski said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t do well this year. To me, the Blue Division is wide open. I think 8-4 (record) might win the division.”
The Rams were outhit 11-2 and allowed two big rallies – a four-run outburst in the second and a five-run outburst in the fifth.
Losing pitcher Steven Barberio, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI, allowed four earned runs over four innings.
Both teams are 3-3 overall.
SAYREVILLE 12, WOODBRIDGE 0: After a sluggish start to the season, which can be attributed to having just one live outdoor batting practice during the month of March, the Sayreville High School baseball team has rebounded in impressive fashion.
The Bombers extended their winning streak to four games on Friday with a 12-0 victory over Woodbridge that was shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
Sayreville (4-2) has shutout three of its past four opponents including a regular-season sweep of South Brunswick to start the week.
Victorious hurler Jay DeMild, who scattered three hits over five innings against the Barrons, also went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Peter Soporowski went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while teammate Chris Hauber, who leads the team with a .553 batting average, singled twice and scored two runs. Brett Dzamba (1-for-4) had an RBI.
The Bombers, who East Brunswick ace Vic Dudka no-hit on Opening Day, failed to score a run in the first 10 innings of the season while being swept 11-0 and 6-4 by the Bears.
They have since rebounded to outscore the opposition 39-9 with J.F. Kennedy accounting for all of those runs in a 16-9 loss to Sayreville on Wednesday when both pitching-depleted clubs were playing for the third straight day.
With his team trailing the Mustangs 9-4 after three innings, Nolan Rivera relieved in the fourth for Sayreville and pitched a shutout the rest of the way, allowing his teammates to chip away at the deficit.
“Getting no-hit on Opening Day was tough but we knew we had our hands full with a good pitcher in Vic Dudka,” Sayreville head coach Mike Novak said, noting the Bombers broke out of their slump with a sixth-inning rally the next day.
“We got a little confidence in the end of that (second) East Brunswick game. We had a big sixth inning. Luckily, that carried over to the South Brunswick series.”
Soporowski, who was working with a rookie batterymate in the season opener, rebounded from his rocky start to fan 10 South Brunswick hitters. Ryan Shereyka three-hit the Vikings the following day. Both hurlers benefited from timely hitting.
“We had a couple of clutch hits in that series,” Novak said. “We got off to a real good start to the week with those two games.”
Sayreville returns to Red Division action with series against Old Bridge and Piscataway next week.
PISCATAWAY 6, EAST BRUNSWICK 5: The Piscataway High School baseball team scored three times in the home sixth to erase a one-run deficit and worked out of a seventh inning jam en route to a 6-5 comeback victory over East Brunswick on Friday.
With the bases loaded and two away in the sixth, No. 9 batter Zach Merring singled sharply to right-center, plating two runs. A third scored on the play when the relay throw caromed off an infielder as the Chiefs took a 6-4 lead.
East Brunswick closed within a run in the ensuing frame, but junior right-hander Jacob Vitalicio, making his first varsity start, worked out of a one-out jam as the Bears stranded runners on first and second.
Like most members of the Piscataway staff, Vitalicio has benefited from the tutelage of pitching coach J.R. Seader, a former All-Greater Middlesex Conference hurler for the Chiefs.
“Having J.R. as my pitching coach, that’s nine-tenths of the battle right there,” Piscataway head coach Scott Gleichenhaus said. “We have an approach. We have a game plan. That in itself is keeping us in ballgames.”
East Brunswick, which outhit the Chiefs 10-8, made solid contact off Vitalicio, who pitched out of trouble, stranding a total of seven runners.
“It just seemed like he had these guys off balance,” Gleichenhaus said. “They did connect on some moon shots, but he never quit. He never gave in. He was a bulldog the whole game through.”
John Nesler went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for Piscataway, while teammate Anthony Sawiki scored twice.
Victor Dudka went 3-for-4 with two triples and three RBI in a losing effort. Juan Ganzaroli and Tyler McNamara had two hits apiece for the Bears.
The top of East Brunswick’s order went 8-for-15, while the rest of the lineup combined for just two hits in 16 at-bats.
“Defensively we didn’t play as tight as we could have,” said Gleichenhaus, referring to three errors his club made, “but these guys were determined. They did not want to lose this game. They battled the entire way through.
“It’s great to see we are starting to come together. We have great chemistry. These guys are playing for one another.”
The see-saw affair featured five lead changes. Both teams are 4-3.
OLD BRIDGE 14, PERTH AMBOY 2: The Old Bridge High School baseball team, which endured three tough losses against phenomenal pitching to start the season, extended its winning streak to three games with a 14-2 mercy-rule victory over Perth Amboy on Friday.
Cleanup batter James Gabriel, who leads the team with a .680 batting average, hit safely for the sixth consecutive game.
He doubled and scored three times for the Knights (3-3), who rallied for five runs in the first and five more in the fourth while building a 14-0 lead.
Old Bridge has faced three Division I pitchers in its first three losses, losing 4-2 to Monroe, 3-2 to East Brunswick and dropping a deceptive 12-4 decision to St. Augustine which rallied for eight runs in the top of the seventh inning.
“They knew what we were up against,” Old Bridge head coach Jimmy Freel said of his team’s rugged early schedule, which includes a meeting with perennial state power Marist on Saturday.
Jordan Fetterman, who has also been hitting the ball well all season, went 2-for-3 with three RBI to help the Knights sweep Perth Amboy (2-4).
Fetterman, Vinny Donofrio and Jimmy Freel Jr. scored two runs apiece for Old Bridge, while teammate Evan Graulau went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Winning pitcher Billy Layne fanned 10 and allowed two earned runs on four hits over four and two thirds innings.
Jonathan Perez had two RBI for the Panthers, while teammate Jesus Acosta doubled.
Perth Amboy Tech 6, Highland Park 5: Omar Ruiz led off the home seventh with a double and scored the winning run on Josue Arias’ single to right.
Luis Medina earned a no-decision after fanning 14 and allowing just four hits over six innings. Jovany Contreras earned the win with an inning of scoreless relief for the Patriots (2-2).
Mike Kovalchik went 2-for-3 and scored twice for the Owls (1-4), while teammate Ryan O’Shea singled twice and scored a run.
Arias finished 2-for-3.
Wardlaw Hartridge 12, Cardinal McCarrick 1: The Rams improved to 2-3 with a mercy-rule win over the Eagles.
Calvary Christian 13, Piscataway Tech 1: The Raiders fell to 1-4 with a mercy-rule defeat.
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A young Edison High School baseball team stunned defending Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament champion St. Joseph with a doubleheader sweep of the previously undefeated Falcons on Thursday.
The Eagles received outstanding pitching and defense in both games, winning the opener 6-1 and the nightcap 5-1.
Abene credited the left side of his infield – third baseman John Zanfordino and shortstop Mike Fogarty – with making clutch routine plays.
Edison entered the twinbill with a 2-3 record and having been outscored 29-4 in its defeats. St. Joseph entered with a 5-0 mark including a 9-8 comeback win over St. Peter’s Prep, widely regarded as a Top 20 team in the state.
Hernandez went the distance in the first game, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks.
The Eagles took a 4-0 lead in the home first as Greg Toro and Nick Peterson each plated a run during the rally.
Lenin Gomez, who singled in his first two at-bats, extending his hitting streak to 10 consecutive plate appearances, was finally retired during his third trip on a fly out to right in the fourth inning.
He finished 2-for-4, while Zanfordino (1-for-3) and Fogarty (2-for-3) each drove in a run.
Santos Cruz went 4-for-4 with two runs scored for Edison. Pat Geiger accounted for St. Joseph’s lone run with a first-inning sacrifice fly.
Radd went the distance in the nightcap, fanning six, scattering six hits and allowing one earned run.
Zanfordino went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Fogarty and Gomez collected two hits apiece. Radd and Hernandez each had an RBI for Edison.
Nick Johnson, Ross Maertz and Geiger each had two hits for the Falcons, while teammate Brandon Warick plated his team’s lone run in the third inning.
Old Bridge 5, Perth Amboy 2: James Gabriel went 1-3 and knocked in two RBIs to help lead Old Bridge (2-3). Jordan Fetterman plated another and scored a run, adding a stolen base for the Knights. James Gabriel got the win, pitching five innings for Old Bridge. Omar Jimenez drove in both runs in the fifth inning for Perth Amboy (2-3) with a double. Jimenez was 3-4 in the contest.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 9, J.F. Kennedy 2: Zach Lipshitz went 2-3, scored two runs and stole a base out of the leadoff spot for Scotch Plains-Fanwood (5-1). Peter Yarem also scored twice and drove in a run for the Raiders. Jack Defouw took the win with six innings, striking out two. Jonathan Cuzzola and Connor Aston each knocked in a run for J.F. Kennedy (1-4).
J.P. Stevens 3, South Brunswick 0: Alex Zilli pitched a complete game shutout for J.P. Stevens (2-2). Zilli struck out five batters and allowed four hits for the Hawks. Frank LoGuidice went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored for J.P. Stevens. Anthony Sjolung pitched 4.2 innings with four strikeouts and an unearned run for South Brunswick (1-4).
Carolina Academy (SC) 1, Bishop Ahr 0 (10 innings): Donny Fackina pitched nine innings for Bishop Ahr (4-1), earning a no-decision. The junior righty scattered five hits, walked one and struck out four for the Trojans. John Sheedy had two of Bishop Ahr’s four hits, going 2-5 with a double. The Trojans will take on Atlantic Shores (VA) in the fourth game of the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic, in which they are 2-1.
Immaculata 5, Monroe 2: Ryan Kastner clubbed a three-run walk off home run in the 10th inning for Immaculata (2-3). Kastner took a no-decision, pitching seven innings and striking out six. Edwin Tavarez navigated all three extra innings and earned the win for the Spartans. Chris Savino went 2-5 with a run scored and Steve Cornish drove in a run for Monroe (3-1).
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East Brunswick Tech 23, Highland Park 1: The Tigers (3-0) registered 22 hits and winning pitcher Connor Stratton struck out 10 batters.
Josh Brody went 4-for-5 with three RBI for East Brunswick Tech, while teammate Christian Salvatore went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles.
Michael Ramos collected two hits and scored twice. Jose Ruiz had an RBI single for the Owls (1-3) and Marcello Herzog scored Highland Park’s lone run.
Dunellen 12, Wardlaw-Hartridge 3: The Destroyers (4-0) outhit the Rams 17-7 and benefitted from nine errors.
Paul Appleton went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI to support winning pitcher Alex Dornbierer, a freshman who earned his first varsity victory. Dornbierer pitched six innings and also went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
John Baldino went 3-for-5 with three RBI for Dunellen.
Bishop Ahr 13, Dixie (S.C.) 1: Andrew Brazicki went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and four RBI in the second round of the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
John Sheedy went 3-for-5 and scored twice, while teammate Corey Ciszek collected two hits, two runs and two RBI.
Bishop Ahr (4-0) scored four runs in the first and five in the second to support winning pitcher Rich Albrecht.
South Amboy 11, Timothy Christian 0: Jayson Olivares, making his first career start on the mound, and TJ Moskal combined on a five-inning no-hitter. Olivares fanned eight over four innings. Moskal whiffed two of the four batters he faced in an inning of relief.
Keith Warzecha and Tim Kales each went 2-for-3 for the Governors, while Riley Rone (three runs) and Max Garcia (two RBI) contributed offensively.
Eight different Governors recorded at least one hit apiece.
Spotswood 12, Carteret 3: Mason White cracked a grand slam and drove in five runs, while teammate Matt Krause had four RBI to help the Chargers (3-2) gain a series split on the road.
White’s homer in the top of the fourth extended Spotswood’s lead to 8-2, making work easier for senior Nick Vizzi, who pitched four and a third innings for the win.
The Chargers were flawless defensively for the first time in five games.
Piscataway Tech 13, Perth Amboy Tech 3: The Raiders (1-3) snapped their three-game losing streak behind senior right-hander Richard Santana’s complete game. He struck out six and helped his own cause, going 3-for-4 with three RBI including an inside-the-park homer.
Junior first baseman Tyler Soper went 2-for-3 with five RBI, while sophomore second baseman German Timentel collected three hits.
The win was the first for rookie head coach Nick McKee.
Metuchen 13, New Brunswick 1: Winning pitcher Ken Harry scattered four hits and allowed one run in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. He fanned nine and walked three.
Kyle Harry, Cory Longville and Owen Krause combined for six RBI and five hits.
Metuchen took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a passed ball and a fielder’s choice groundout. Kyle Harry’s two-run single in the third highlighted a five-run rally.
Yaurys Mendez plated New Brunswick’s lone run on a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning.
Jonathan Torres was charged with the loss. The Zebras, who were outhit 9-4, committed five errors
South River 3, Middlesex 1: Dalton Dougherty hurled a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six and walking two. He had a no-hitter through five innings.
Tony DiMaggio led off the sixth with a single but was erased on a double play. Dougherty helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth that snapped a scoreless deadlock.
South River (3-2) added insurance in the seventh on Austin French’s two-out, two-run single. His clutch hit scored Nicholas Lepore, who doubled, and Matt Leviton.
Losing pitcher Tristan O’Connor struck out six, allowed five hits, walked three and yielded just two earned runs in a route-going effort.
Stewart Lester and O’Connor each doubled for the Blue Jays (0-5), who scored their lone run in the seventh.
French (2-for-3) and Leviton (2-for-4) had multiple hit games.
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Old Bridge 6, East Brunswick 3: The Knights (1-3) rallied from an early three-run deficit to snap a three-game losing streak.
Consecutive doubles from James Gabriel and Jordan Fetterman helped Old Bridge snap a 3-3 deadlock in the fifth inning.
Gabriel’s RBI double in the previous frame ignited a three-run rally. Zach Attianese cracked an RBI triple and Tyler Hopman added an RBI single during the fourth-inning outburst.
The Bears (3-2) scored a run off winning pitcher Zach Attianese in each of the first three innings. Catcher Tyler McNamara had a solo homer in the first, Nicholas Clemente laced an RBI double in the second and Nick Smutko scored on a bases-loaded walk in the third.
Attianese rebounded from his rocky start to throw a complete-game five-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Gabriel, who has hit safely in every game this season, finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Jimmy Freel scored twice for Old Bridge, while teammates Luis Cruz and Peter Marottoli each scored a run.
Losing pitcher Chris Cap scattered five hits, allowed four runs, fanned four and walked four over four innings.
Clemente finished 2-for-3.
Monroe 3, Colonia 1: Winning pitcher Robbie Peto struck out seven, scattered three hits and walked two.
Rico Viani went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Steve Cornish’s two-run double in the second inning gave Monroe (3-0) an early lead. James Eldridge plated an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth.
Losing pitcher Chris Growney allowed six hits, walked four and yielded three earned runs.
CJ Nocciolo plated Colonia’s lone run on a fielder’s choice groundout.
The Patriots (1-3) have lost three games by a total of four runs. Monroe pitchers have allowed just four runs this season.
St. Joseph 3, Piscataway 0: A day after teammate Justin Willis no-hit the Chiefs, junior Conner Dolan hurled a complete-game one-hitter.
Piscataway (3-2) entered the Red Division series on a three-game winning streak, having averaged 11 hits and 9.3 runs over those contests.
Junior first baseman JT Shorter (two RBI) and teammate Joe Weaver (RBI) each went 1-for-3 for St. Joseph (5-0).
Jon Nesler, who doubled in the second inning, was the lone Piscataway base runner.
St. Joseph allowed just two base runners and did not commit an error in the series sweep.
North Brunswick 7, South Plainfield 1: The Raiders rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth to break the game open and make a winner out of starting pitcher Eric Reardon.
Justin Garcia (2-for-5) ignited the rally with an RBI double. Steven Bloyed (3-for-4 with a double and two RBI) fueled the outburst with an RBI single. Nate Facey (2-for-3 with a walk) capped the fifth-inning scoring with a two-out single that plated two runs.
L.J. Scarpitto and Chris Marrero each went 3-for-4 for the Tigers (2-3), while Chris Graves doubled home South Plainfield’s only run.
Reardon scattered eight hits, fanned seven, walked one and did not allow an earned run over six innings.
Carteret 7, Spotswood 3: Sophomore right-hander Mike App outdueled senior right-hander Cooper Sisco for a complete-game victory.
Carteret was outhit 7-4, but made the most of its hits, which were all singles, including two of the infield variety.
A pair of bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch plated three insurance runs in the seventh inning.
Alex Slawinski had the only run-producing hit for Carteret with his two-RBI single in the second. James Hart had what proved to be the game-winning RBI on a fielder’s choice groundout in the sixth.
Shawn O’Connor went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI for the Chargers, while teammate Nick Logatto doubled and scored a run.
App struck out six, allowed one earned run and did not walk a batter.
Both teams are 2-2.
Sayreville 3, South Brunswick 0: The Bombers blanked the Vikings for the second consecutive day behind Ryan Shereyka’s complete-game three-hitter. He struck out eight and walked three.
Sayreville (2-2) scored runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, on RBI singles from Jay DeMild and Nolan Rivera.
Senior designated hitter Kevin Kessler singled twice for South Brunswick (1-3). Brett Dzamba went 2-for-3 for Sayreville.
Losing pitcher Aidan Rogers scattered five hits, fanned four, walked three and allowed just one earned run over six innings.
South Amboy 12, Wardlaw-Hartridge 2: Riley Rone (two RBI) and Keith Warzecha each went 2-for-3 for the Governors (1-1), who outhit the Rams 8-7.
Winning pitcher Tim Kales fanned 11, allowed two earned runs and walked one. Max Garcia scored four times and teammate Jayson Olivares scored three runs. Six Governors had at least one hit apiece.
TC Weber and Oviedo Chavez each went 2-for-3 for Wardlaw-Hartridge, while teammates Garret Racz and John Anderson-Schmitt each had a hit.
East Brunswick Tech 10, Piscataway Tech 0: Vincent Pellicane went the distance in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. He fanned seven and allowed just one hit.
Pellicane helped his own cause going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Silas Stanley went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Brandon Perez singled twice and plated three runs.
Brandon Casiano had the Raiders’ lone hit.
Perth Amboy Tech 3, Timothy Christian 0: Edwin Collado hurled a complete-game one-hitter with 12 strikeouts.
Jovany Contreras went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while teammate Josue Arias went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Gabriel Veras and Luis Medina also crossed the plate for the Patriots. The Tigers (0-2) committed five errors.
Perth Amboy Tech (1-1) scored in the first, fourth and fifth innings.
Michael Thiero had Timothy Christian’s lone hit.
Woodbridge 8, J.F. Kennedy 6: Junior catcher Anthony Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with two RBI for the Barrons (3-1).
Nick Bradhaw had a homer and two RBI for Woodbridge, while teammates Harry Rutkowski and Jeudy Rodriguez each plated a run.
Losing pitcher Thomas Sharfetz allowed all eight runs, only six of which were earned, on 11 hits. He belted a solo homer.
Connor Aston went 2-for-3 for the Mustangs (3-2), while teammate Michael Matusz had two RBI. Sam Stolz and Ariel Tejada each plated a run in defeat.
Winning pitcher Kyle Mortensen scattered four hits and allowed two earned runs over four innings.
Woodbridge scored four runs in the second and three more in the fourth. J.F. Kennedy was outhit 12-7.
The Mustangs stranded the go-ahead runs on base in the home seventh.
Metuchen 4, New Brunswick 3: Winning pitcher Zach Fortuna went the distance, fanning 11 and allowing one earned run.
Alex Brooks went 2-for-3 with an RBI single for the Bulldogs (1-1), while teammate Jordan Kessler had a single and an RBI.
Kalbin Rodriguez pitched six solid innings for New Brunswick (0-3). David Rosario had an RBI single for the Zebras.
South River 9, Middlesex 2: The Rams rallied for six runs in the first inning, providing winning pitcher Tyler Higgins with all the offensive support he needed.
Nicholas Lepore, Khaliyl Everett (two RBI), Dalton Dougherty (three RBI) and Higgins had two hits apiece for South River (2-2).
Higgins, who helped his own cause with a double and three runs scored, fanned three, allowed two earned runs and walked one over six innings.
Each team recorded 11 hits, but the Blue Jays (0-4), with the exception of RBI singles from Mike Lavenia and Stewart Lester in the fifth and sixth innings, failed to make theirs’ count.
Matt Carovillano went 3-for-4 with a double for the Blue Jays, while teammates Dom Lampasona and Tristan O’Connor had two hits apiece.
Dougherty highlighted the six-run rally in the opening frame with a two-out, two-RBI single as the Rams chased starter Joe DiNizio.
Lester scattered eight hits, struck out six, walked three and allowed just three earned in five and a third innings of relief.
Bishop Ahr 5, Portsmouth Academy (Va.) 4: After Andrew Brazicki’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh knotted the contest at 3-3, Bishop Ahr scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 4-3 deficit in the opening round of the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Bishop Ahr strung together four consecutive hits with none away in the eighth. Matt Spielman’s RBI single made the score 4-4 before Sean Flynn plated pinch runner Guiseppi Capasso with an infield hit for the dramatic 5-4 comeback win.
Corey Ciszek went 3-for-5 with a run scored for Bishop Ahr (3-0) to support starting pitcher Jimmy Mesaros, who scattered four hits, fanned four, walked two and allowed two earned runs over seven innings. Anthony Porcehtta earned the victory in relief.
Bishop Ahr will face Dixie of South Carolina in the second round of pool play on Thursday.
GMC baseball roundup for April 6
St. Joseph 3, Piscataway 0: Sophomore right-hander Justin Willis, who was one pitch away from a perfect game, hurled a no-hitter and faced just one batter over the minimum.
Willis, whose fastball topped out at 87 mph, struck out seven and issued just one walk, on a borderline 3-2 pitch to No. 8 batter Dan Tricarico in the sixth inning.
“He located his fastball for strikes and threw his breaking ball and changeup for strikes,” St. Joseph head coach Steve Bucchignano said of Willis, who tamed the bats of the Chiefs (3-1), who entered the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division contest averaging 9.3 runs per game.
“He was first-pitch strike on almost every hitter and just really commanded the zone today.”
A major Division I recruit making his first start of the season, Willis threw 78 pitches, 55 for strikes. His slider was devastating.
Brandon Warick provided Willis (2-for-4) with all the runs he would need, cracking a two-run single in the top of the first inning. Warick reached base in all four of his plate appearances, getting hit by pitches in his next three trips.
Pat Geiger delivered an insurance run in the fifth, plating Nick Johnson (2-for-4), who legged out a bunt single, with a clutch hit.
Losing pitcher Kevin Tamsula went the distance, allowing nine hits and fanning five.
For the third time this season, at least six Falcons (4-0) recorded a hit in a game, with eight different batters reaching Tamsula.
Sayreville 4, South Brunswick 0: Pete Soporowski hurled a complete game, striking out 10 and scattering two hits for the Bombers (1-2) in a Red Division game at Waterfront Park on Monday night.
Dan Rodriguez snapped a scoreless deadlock with a two-run single in the fifth. Brett Dzamba and Soporowski each had an RBI.
East Brunswick 3, Old Bridge 2: Juan Ganzaroli’s three-run homer in the third inning provided senior lefthander Vic Dudka with just enough offensive support as the Bears (3-1) rallied from an early deficit and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Knights (0-3).
Dudka, who has committed to NJIT and opened the year with a mercy-rule no-hitter of Sayreville, scattered five hits, fanned seven, walked one and allowed one earned run in a complete-game effort.
Tyler Hopman was the hard-luck loser. He allowed just three hits over six and two thirds innings. He struck out six and walked four. All the runs against him were earned.
Old Bridge scored single runs in the first and fourth innings. Cleanup batter James Gabriel, who has hit safely in every game, and Brian Hulaysia each cracked an RBI single for the Knights. Zach Attianese went 2-for-3.
The Knights have faced three future Division one pitchers in their three losses.
Nick Smutko doubled and Brandon Chaskes singled for East Brunswick.
Monroe 2, Colonia 1: Freshman Nick Payero walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a wild pitch in the home seventh as the Falcons (2-0) walked off with their second dramatic comeback victory.
Sophomore lefthander Eric Heatter, a Rutgers University commit, pitched two innings of one-hit relief with four strikeouts for his second win. Monroe starting pitcher Alex Hyman did not walk a batter through five innings.
Senior Mike Perrotta went 2-for-2 for Monroe, which erased a 1-0 deficit with an unearned run in the sixth when Kyle Daly scored on an infield error.
Colonia’s lone run came on a defensive miscue.
South Plainfield 5, North Brunswick 3: The Tigers (2-2), who posted their second consecutive two-run victory, rallied for four runs over the final three innings to erase a 2-1 deficit.
Winning pitcher Vincent Pellegrino went the distance, striking out nine, scattering five hits and walking two.
He allowed just two earned runs – a pair of opposite-field solo homers to lefty-slugging first baseman Eric Reardon.
After North Brunswick plated a run in the home seventh to make the score 5-3, the Raiders put runners on first and second before Pellegrino recorded the final out with the winning run at the plate.
Bryan Gillen continued his torrid hitting, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs, while teammate Chris Graves went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Gillen’s RBI single and Graves’ run-scoring fielder’s choice groundout accounted for two paramount insurance runs that gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead in the sixth.
South Plainfield scored twice in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
Xavier Wilson and LJ Scarpitto each singled, accounting for South Plainfield’s only other hits.
The Raiders scored single runs in the second, third and seventh innings.
The defensive woes of a year ago continue to plague North Brunswick (1-2), which committed three errors, leading to one unearned run.
The Raiders, who were outhit 6-5, also received singles from Tyler Petrillo, Anthony Lupo and Dylan Martin.
North Brunswick starting pitcher Steven Bloyed fanned six, walked five and scattered three hits over four innings. Nate Facey pitched three innings of relief.
J.P. Stevens 9, Carteret 4: Winning pitcher Zach Marzano, who scattered 10 hits over six innings, helped his own cause, going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.
The Hawks (1-2), who were outhit 10-9, led 5-1 entering the sixth inning, when they scored four runs to pull away. Carteret (1-2) rallied for three runs in the home sixth to produce the final margin.
Winston Gonzalez (2-for-2) and Tim Irving (2-for-4) had multiple hit games for the Ramblers. Irving had two RBI, while teammate Mike App played a run.
Losing pitcher Josh Baez allowed six hits, four earned runs, fanned one and walked one over five innings.
Marzano struck out 5ive, walked one and yielded four earned runs.
Highland Park 5, Cardinal McCarrick 4: Senior right-hander Mike Kovalchik struck out 17 batters – including the rare feat of four consecutive hitters in one inning – as the Owls won a squeaker.
Liam Roth’s bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning produced the final margin. The Eagles deadlocked the score at 4-4 in the fifth when Kovalchik was called for a balk with runners on the corners.
Kovalchik pitched seven innings for the win. He fanned eight batters over the final three frames. Four of those strikeouts came in the seventh, including one on a dropped third strike that extended the inning.
“Michael really stepped up today as a captain,” said Highland Park head coach Mark Blevins, noting Kovalchik helped his own cause with two hits and a run scored.
“With him being one of only two seniors on the team, I was proud with how much leadership he showed.”
Matt Sussman pitched a scoreless eighth for the save.
Dunellen 5 New Egypt 2: Winning pitcher David Johnson went the distance, scattering four hits and fanning seven.
He allowed a two-run homer in the top of the third, but the Destroyers (3-0) got both runs back and more, scoring four times in the home half of the inning. Three errors aided the rally, which Johnson and Paul Appleton each fueled with RBI singles.
John Baldino’s sacrifice fly in the sixth produced the final margin.
Perth Amboy 12, Edison 1: Sergio Ramos went 2-for-4 with a run scored to support senior captain Steve Ramos, who went the distance on the mound in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. Ramos scattered six hits, fanned two and walked two.
Each Perth Amboy starter scored at least one run. The Panthers (2-1) scored seven in the second and invoked the mercy-rule with a five-run rally in the fifth.
Brandon Radd singled twice for the Eagles (1-3), while teammate Lenin Gomez went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored.
Losing pitcher Luis Sanchez lasted one and two thirds innings.
Edison 5, Perth Amboy 4: Lenin Gomez went 3-for-3 with a double as the Eagles (2-3) won the second game of a doubleheader. Since starting the season 0-for-5, Gomez has gone 8-for-8.
Brandon Radd and Santos Cruz each collected a single, a double, and two runs scored for Edison.
Winning pitcher Nick Peterson allowed 13 hits, fanned five, yielded three runs and walked one over six innings.
Sophomore Devin Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a walk for the Panthers (2-2), while teammate Omar Jimenez, a senior captain, went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
Senior Ismael Alejandro and freshman Chris Brito recorded two hits apiece for Perth Amboy.
Losing pitcher Kyle Arias allowed 10 hits, fanned three and did not walk a batter over six innings. Only four of the runs he yielded were earned.
GMC baseball roundup for April 4
The St. Joseph High School baseball team rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a dramatic 9-8 comeback victory over St. Peter’s Prep at Diamond Nation on Saturday night.St. Peter’s Prep, which is widely regarded as a Top 20 team in the state, used a four-run rally in the fourth inning to help build an 8-3 lead.
Nick Johnson, who finished 3-for-4 with four RBI, highlighted the sixth-inning outburst with a three-run homer.
Jon Sot and Rob Ghiano scored the tying and winning runs, respectively, off an error to cap St. Joseph’s rally.
Joe Epifano (2-0) earned the victory out of the bullpen for the second consecutive game. He scattered two hits, fanned two and allowed one earned run over two innings.
Justin Willis went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Falcons (3-0), while teammate Gabe Mejias had two hits and two runs scored.
Mejias, Ross Maertz and Pat Geiger each doubled for St. Joseph. JT Shorter contributed a sacrifice fly to the victory.
The Falcons begin a two-game series with vastly improved Piscataway (3-0) on Monday.
St. Augustine 12, Old Bridge 4: The Hermits rallied for eight runs in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 deadlock.
Jordan Fetterman’s RBI single in the home fifth enabled the Knights (0-2) to even the score at 4-4.
Tyler Hopman (2-for-4) and Brian Hulaysia each had an RBI for Old Bridge, while teammate James Gabriel went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored.
Billy Layne pitched six innings for the Knights. He scattered seven hits, fanned seven, allowed three earned runs and walked four.
Colonia 2 East Brunswick 1: Mike Parry lifted the Patriots (1-1) to a GMC crossover win with his arm and bat.
Parry led off the first inning with a homer and pitched three and two thirds innings of no-hit baseball, walking two and striking out four.
Junior Kyle Rajcevic pitched three and a third innings for Colonia, fanning two and allowing one run.
Rajcevic helped his cause with an RBI triple that scored senior CJ Nocciolo, who doubled, in the second inning.
The hot-hitting Bears (2-1) had averaged eight runs per game in a season-opening sweep of Sayreville.
Piscataway 10, A.L. Johnson 3: The Chiefs parlayed a couple of errors and a Mike Campbell RBI single into a 5-0 second-inning lead. Piscataway scored four more runs in the fifth inning to put the contest out of reach.
George Carson doubled and reached base four times for the Chiefs (3-0), who are averaging 9.3 runs per game. Andrew Sawiki hurled four innings for the win, striking out one, yielding two hits and walking five.
South Plainfield 9, Middlesex 7: Chris Graves and Bryan Gillen each went 3-for-4 as the Tigers (1-2) hung on for a GMC crossover win.
Graves collected three RBI, while Gillen scored twice as South Plainfield outhit Middlesex 14-12. Matt Carovillano (4-for-4 with two RBI) and Joe DiNizio (3-for-3 with a run) were perfect at the plate for the Blue Jays (0-3).
Nick Polizzano and LJ Scarpitto each went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, respectively, for South Plainfield. Stewart Lester singled twice and scored a run for the Blue Jays.
Winning pitcher Jake Alba, victimized by four errors, scattered 10 hits and allowed two earned runs over five and two thirds innings. Jean Sapini pitched the rest of the way for a save.
Losing pitcher Mike Lavenia allowed 11 hits and eight earned runs over five innings.
J.F. Kennedy 15, Carteret 2: Tom Sharfetz belted a two-run homer in the first inning when the vastly improved Mustangs batted around to build a 7-0 lead. Teammate Josh Buchholz cracked a two-run homer in the ensuing frame.
Connor Aston and Sam Stolz had two hits apiece for J.F. Kennedy (3-0), which outhit the Ramblers 12-5.
Winning pitcher Jordy Mora did not allow a run over four innings. He struck out five and walked four.
Mike App had both of Carteret’s RBI, while teammate Tim Irving singled and scored a run. Sharfetz finished with three RBI.
Middletown North 6, Woodbridge 3: The Barrons scored three times in the home fourth, trimming a 5-0 deficit to two runs, but could get no closer.
Nick Diaz cracked a two-run single and Gerry Pena had an RBI single during the rally. Diaz and Harry Rutkowski each scored a run.
Pena, who allowed just two earned runs over five innings, was the hard-luck loser. He fanned six, scattered four hits and walked one.
Kyle Mortensen and Justin Silva each threw an inning of scoreless relief for the Barrons (1-1), who host township rival J.F. Kennedy on Monday.
Delaware Valley 7, South River 2: Khaliyl Everett went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Rams, while teammate Tyler Higgins singled home a run.
South River (1-2) trimmed a 6-0 fifth-inning deficit to four runs when it scored twice. Steven Barberio and James Hart each scored for the Rams.
Barberio, who scattered seven hits and fanned five over four innings, took the loss.
Matt Leviton and Kyle French each had a hit for South River.
Spotswood 15, Piscataway Tech 1: Matt Krause, Nicky Logatto, Dan Newton and Matt Ciaccio all had multiple hit games. Krause and Ciaccio drove in three runs each, while Logatto scored four times.
The offensive support went to sophomore righty Nick Mohr, who took home the win in his first career start. Mohr gave up one unearned run, fanned five and walked two.
The Raiders (0-2) were outhit 13-2.
Dunellen 4, North Plainfield 3: Dunellen (2-0) erased a 2-0 first-inning deficit in the fourth on Antonio Brito’s solo homer and David Johnson’s three-run blast. Winning pitcher Rahim Sangiray went the distance, scattering eight hits and fanning eight.
GMC baseball roundup for April 2
Perth Amboy 8, South Brunswick 7: After the previous batter was intentionally walked to load the bases, freshman shortstop Chris Brito lined the first pitch he saw over the left fielder’s head, capping a two-run rally in the home seventh with an RBI single as the Panthers won in dramatic fashion.
South Brunswick squandered a 5-0 fifth-inning lead and a 7-3 sixth-inning lead. Perth Amboy benefitted from 11 walks and two hit batsmen.
Trailing 7-6 in the seventh, Perth Amboy’s first two batters made outs. After the next two hitters walked, senior second baseman Omar Jimenez cracked an RBI single to made the score 6-6.
Kevin Kessler went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI for the Vikings, while teammate Garret Byrne doubled twice and plated a run.
J.F. Kennedy 3, Middlesex 1: Winning pitcher Tom Sharfetz went the distance, striking out six and allowing two hits. He helped his cause with two hits, the game-winning RBI and a run scored.
Stewart Lester led off the first inning with a single, advanced to third on an infield error and scored on a passed ball to give the Blue Jays (0-2) a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Jordy Mora’s RBI in the home first knotted the score. Sharfetz plated what proved to be the game-winner in the third inning. Mike Matusz plated an insurance run in the sixth.
Lester was the tough-luck loser, scattering five hits, walking two and fanning one in a route-going performance.
Bishop Ahr 13, New Brunswick 6: Junior Second Baseman Corey Ciszek collected three hits for Bishop Ahr (2-0), while teammate V.J. Makris doubled twice and plated three runs.
Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Brazicki and senior designated hitter Jimmy Mesaros had two RBI apiece for Bishop Ahr to support starting pitcher Donny Fackina, who earned the win.
Left fielder Wilson Gomez cracked a two-run homer in the first inning for New Brunswick. Norberto Estrella had three hits for the Zebras (0-2).
Watchung Hills 2, Colonia 1: Senior Chris Growney, who allowed one earned run over seven innings, was the hard-luck loser. He fanned seven, scattered six hits and walked two.
Mike Parry plated Colonia’s lone run. Senior Sal Segreto singled in the bottom of the sixth. Pinch runner Mike Welch stole second, took third on Justin Desordi’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Parry’s RBI.
The Patriots (1-0) were limited to four hits.
Piscataway 10, Edison 0: The Chiefs scored six runs over the first three innings to provide plenty of offensive support for winning pitcher Charles Mitchell, who went the distance in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. Mitchell scattered two hits and fanned seven.
Zach Merring went 3-for-3 for Piscataway (2-0), singling in the second and third innings and doubling in the fifth.
Dan Tricarico had an RBI single, while Jon Nesler and Mitchell each had an RBI double. Mike Campbell cracked a two-run double.
Losing pitcher Justin Hernandez lasted just an inning and a third. He walked none, fanned two and allowed four runs.
Piscataway scored two runs in the third, fourth and fifth to put the game away.
The Eagles were outscored 18-3 in the division series.
East Brunswick 6, Sayreville 4: The Bombers, who were no-hit in a season-opening loss shortened to five innings via the mercy rule, snapped a scoreless streak of 10 innings when they erupted for four runs in the home sixth, closing a 6-0 deficit to two runs. However, reliever Nick Clemente recorded a strikeout with two away and the bases loaded to limit further damage.
Winning pitcher Chris Cap scattered six hits and fanned five over five and two thirds innings. Clemente pitched the final inning and a third for a save, fanning three and walking three without allowing a hit.
Clemente and Tyler Burnham had two hits apiece for East Brunswick (2-0), which scored single runs in the first and fifth innings before scoring four times in the sixth.
Burnham had two RBI, while teammates Tyler McNamara, Brandon Chaskes and Clemente each plated a run.
Chris Hauber went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI for the Bombers (0-2), while teammates Nolan Rivera, Chris Eveigan, Josh Guarnera and Pete Soporwoski each singled.
Losing pitcher Ryan Shereyka struck out six, allowed five hits and walked four over five innings.
Somerville 9, South Plainfield 4: Bryan Gillen and Chris Graves had two hits apiece for the Tigers, while Chris Graves, Chris Marrero and Nick Polizzano each plated a run. Losing pitcher Brandon Rickert lasted three and two thirds innings. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and three walks. Somerville head coach Chris Banos, who previously served as the head coach at Dunellen and as an assistant at J.F. Kennedy, has the Pioneers off to a 2-0 start. Somerville scored four times in the fourth to build an 8-2 lead.
Spotswood 6, South River 2: Unlike its season opener, when the Chargers twice squandered four-run leads, they held on to gain a split with their Blue Division rival.
Consecutive doubles in the home sixth from Nick Mohr and Shawn O’Connor, who scored on an infield error, produced the final margin. O’Connor legged out a hustle double and scored on Jake Ryan’s single to center earlier in the game.
The Chargers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Matt Krause’s opposite-field home run, which scored Chase Fee who singled and stole two bases, and Danny Newton’s RBI single to center, which plated Nick LoGatto, who doubled.
Tyler Higgins’ solo homer helped the Rams close the deficit to 4-1 in the fourth. South River chased starting pitcher Nick Vizzi in the sixth. After Vizzi allowed an infield single and a walk, Jake Bacchetti came on in relief. He allowed a sacrifice fly to losing pitcher Dalton Dougherty that scored Khaliyl Everett before recording a strikeout and a pop out to escape the jam.
Both teams are 1-1.
East Brunswick Tech 6, Perth Amboy Tech 0: John DiNoia pitched a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 17 and walking one. Vincent Pellicane went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, two walks and three stolen bases. Robert Santana doubled for the Patriots.
Bound Brook 8, Highland Park 6: Evan lanaris and Sawyer Conrad each had two hits with two RBI for the Owls (0-2). Matt Sussman had an effective outing in relief for Highland Park, striking out two and allowing no earned runs in two and two thirds innings.
GMC baseball roundup for April 1
South Brunswick 4, Perth Amboy 3: Andrew Avots went 3-for-4 for the Vikings, while teammate Sean Nally had three RBI. Anthony Sjolund recorded his first varsity win with two scoreless innings of relief. Starting pitcher Aidan Roger went five strong innings, allowing one earned run. Sergio Ramos went 3-for-4 with two triples for Perth Amboy. The Panthers led 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth. South Brunswick scored twice in the fifth on a Nally line-drive single to tie the game. The Vikings plated the game-winner in the sixth.
South River 11, Spotswood 10: The Rams rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh for a dramatic comeback win.
Matt Leviton cracked a two-run single to fuel the rally and Khaliyl Everett scored Steven Barberio with the winning run on a two-out bloop single.
Leviton finished 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI. James Hart also had two hits for South River, which took advantage of six Spotswood errors.
RJ Fischer earned the win with two thirds innings of relief.
Matt Krause had a three-run triple for Spotswood, while teammate Mason White collected two hits and an RBI.
East Brunswick 11, Sayreville 0: Senior lefthander Vic Dudka hurled a five-inning no-hitter, striking out 10 and allowing one walk, which prevented him from throwing a perfect game in the mercy-rule win.
The Bears rallied for five runs in the second inning. Juan Ganzaroli’s RBI single capped the outburst. Catcher Tyler McNamara had a two-run double, while Dudka and Brandon Chaskes each singled in the inning.
After two errors and a single loaded the bases in the fourth, Tyler Burnham drew a bases-loaded walk and Dudka cracked a three-run double to give the Bears their 11-0 lead.
Kyle Richard took the loss for Sayreville, allowing seven runs on seven hits and four walks. He also had five strikeouts. Chris Hauber pitched in the bottom of the fifth for the Bombers, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks.
Piscataway 8, Edison 3: Kevin Tamsula hurled a complete-game four-hitter with nine strikeouts to make a winner out of rookie head coach Scott Gleichenhaus.
Mike Campbell, Charles Mitchell, John Nesler, George Carson and Zach Merring all had multiple hit games for Piscataway.
Mitchell staked the Chiefs to a 5-0 lead with his two-run single in the third inning. Campbell, who finished with three hits, had an RBI double during the rally.
Mike Fogarty went 2-for-4 for Edison, which was outhit 13-4. Greg Toro had an RBI single for the Eagles.
Tamsula allowed one earned run, six hits and a walk over seven innings. Losing pitcher Luis Sanchez allowed five runs over two innings.
North Brunswick 6, Middlesex 4: After back-to-back home runs from Mike Lavenia and Matt Carovillano made the score 4-4 in the top of the sixth, the Raiders responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to produce the final margin.
Starting pitcher Steven Bloyed, who worked five and a third innings and was tagged with all four of Middlesex’s runs, including those solo blasts, redeemed himself with an RBI single in the sixth that gave North Brunswick a 5-4 lead.
Eric Reardon, who earned the win with one and two thirds innings of scoreless relief, provided an insurance run with a two-out RBI double in the sixth. Reardon faced the minimum five batters during his appearance as a closer.
The Raiders rallied for four runs in the second. Anthony Lupo’s bases-loaded walk opened the scoring. Justin Garcia followed with a three-run triple.
Middlesex cut the lead in half in the fourth on losing pitcher Tristan O’Connor’s two-out RBI double and Mike Salerno’s ensuing RBI single.
Reardon (2-for-4) was the only Raider with multiple hits.
St. Joseph 3, J.P. Stevens 1: Junior right-hander Conner Dolan, making his first varsity start, hurled a complete-game three-hitter, leading the fifth-ranked Falcons past the seventh-ranked Hawks in a battle of Home News Tribune Top 10 teams.
St. Joseph scored single runs in the first, second and third innings off losing pitcher Frank Loguidice. Ross Maertz, Pat Geiger and George Favetta each contributed a single and an RBI to the victory.
Zach Marzano plated J.P. Stevens’ lone run in the sixth inning. Teammates Collin Pastor, Matt Elko and Joe Pecararo each had a hit for the Hawks.
Dolan struck out two and walked three.
J.F. Kennedy 11, Franklin 6: Winning pitcher Mike Matusz, who took a no-hitter into the fifth, allowed one earned run in five and a third innings of work.
Josh Bucholz collected two hits and four RBI for the Mustangs, while teammate Connor Aston homered. Bucholz’ three-run doubled staked J.F. Kennedy to a 5-0 lead.
The Mustangs christened their new state-of-the art turf field with a pre-game ceremony of which MyCentralJersey.com will have a brief with pictures online sometime Thursday morning.
Dunellen 12, Highland Park 1: Senior right-hander David Johnson went the distance in a six-inning mercy-rule victory to make a winner out of rookie head coach Jim Darby. Johnson struck out nine, walked none and scattered five hits.
Aided by four infield errors, the Destroyers scored five unearned runs in the top of the first. Rahim Sangiray broke the game open with a three-run double in the fourth inning.
Highland Park committed nine errors. Losing pitcher Mike Kavalchik pitched well, fanning eight over four innings. He also had a single, double and an RBI.
Woodbridge 2, South Amboy 0: Sophomore lefthander Harry Rutkowski struck out 16 batters and scattered two hits. He allowed an infield single and a seventh-inning double.
Justin Silva doubled twice, had an RBI and scored a run for the Barrons, while teammate Nick Bradshaw scored Jeudy Rodriguez with an RBI single.
Tim Kales was the hard-luck loser for South Amboy. He allowed four hits and fanned three.
Nick Reagan and TJ Moskal each had a hit for the Governors.
Bishop Ahr 6, New Brunswick 0: Senior right-hander Jimmy Mesaros hurled a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 12 and walking two. Batterymate V.J. Makris went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Sophomore center fielder Andrew Brazicki singled twice, while Bishop Ahr teammate Donny Fackina scored two runs.
New Brunswick, which was outhit 10-2, allowed two runs in the first and four more in the second.
Freehold Township 6, South Plainfield 3: Tommy Dunn went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Tigers, while teammates LJ Scarpitto and Xavier Wilson each had a hit and a plated a run.
Losing pitcher Vincent Pellgerino scattered six hits and walked two over four and a third innings. He allowed four runs, three of which were earned.
South Plainfield scored single runs in the first, second and seventh innings.
Carteret 1, Metuchen 0: Mike App struck out nine in a complete-game shutout. He worked out of a second-and-third jam with none away in the second, recording a pop out and two strikeouts to escape.
Metuchen ace Zach Fortuna pitched five shutout innings. Reliever Ken Harry allowed the game’s lone run on Lloyd Padmore’s RBI groundout in the top of the sixth.
Wardlaw-Hartridge 20, Timothy Christian 1: Winning pitcher John Schmitt struck out 12, scattered two hits, walked none and allowed one earned run. Mike Jesionka went 3-for-5 with two triples for the Rams, while teammate TC Weber singled and doubled.
Jason Jakobs had a single and the Tigers’ lone RBI.
Cardinal McCarrick 13, Piscataway Tech 11: The Eagles secured a win for rookie head coach Greg Baker.