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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.