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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.
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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.