Shore shutout Class A Central rival St. John Vianney – ranked No. 7 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10 Poll – on Tuesday with an impressive pitching effort by James Kelly.
The Monmouth University-bound Kelly improved to 4-1 on the year tossing a complete game, in which he struck out nine, walked four, and allowed three hits.
A pair of errors provided Shore a one-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, before junior shortstop Michael O’Halloran delivered and RBI double in the fourth to make it 2-0 in favor of the Blue Devils (5-3, 4-2).
St. John Vianney’s (6-2, 4-2) John Michael Broderick took the loss despite throwing a complete game two-hitter, with five strikeouts to one walk.
After Tuesday’s results, St. John Vianney, Shore, Manasquan, and Monmouth are all tied atop the Class A Central with a divisional record of 4-2.
Manasquan 7, Monmouth 6: Jack Sheehan struck out three batters in two innings of relief to record his third win of the year as the Warriors (4-4, 4-2) defeated the Falcons (4-4, 4-2) in this Class A Central meeting. Tommy Sheehan’s one-out single in the bottom of the sixth plated Matt Paturzo with the eventual game-winning run. Manasquan’s Matt Edwards finished 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the third, while Adam Schreck delivered a two-run single in the fourth. Monmouth’s Christian Hoplock finished 3-for-4.
Freehold 1, Freehold Twp. 0: Tom Holdorf led off the ninth inning with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored the game-winning run on a Frank Granato sacrifice fly to earn the Coloniala an extra innings victory over the Patriots in this Class A North matchup. Steve Rullo threw eight scoreless innings for Freehold, while James Manos earned the win after one inning of relief.
Jackson Memorial 8, TR South 5: Chris Hawryluk got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh and pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win and drove in the go-ahead run with a triplein the top of the eighth as the Jaguars (5-4, 4-3) defeated the No. 5 Indians (5-3, 5-2) in a Class A South game
TR East 7, Southern 6: Chad Leonard’s single in the bottom of the fourth scored Bailey Engelhard with the tie-breaking run and Kevin Brown and Nate Burghdorfer combined to pitch 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as the Raiders (3-3, 3-3) defeated the Rams (3-7, 2-6) in a Class A South game.
Lacey 5, Brick 4: Anthony Elefante and Don Zellman each went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double and Tom Corragio struck out three over the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up the save as the Lions (4-5, 3-4) defeated the Green Dragons (5-4, 4-3) in a Class A South game.
Wall 15, Neptune 3: Dan Wondrack went 3-for-3 with five RBI including a double and his second home run of the season as the Crimson Knights (5-4, 3-3) topped the Scarlet Fliers (2-7, 1-5) in this Class B North meeting. Wall’s Regan Dombrowski finished 3-for-4 with an RBI while John Perrino earned the victory after four and one-third innings of one-hit ball, in which he allowed no runs and struck out three.
Jackson Lib. 7, Central 3: A two-run single by Howard Taylor sparked a three-run second inning for Jackson Liberty and extended his team’s lead to 4-1, as the Lions eventually took this Class B South matchup from the Golden Eagles. A suicide squeeze in the fourth inning by Ryan Van Winkle plated Kyle Tavaska (who finished 2-for-4 with three runs) and Matt Pinto (who went 2-for-3 with three runs). Jackson Liberty’s Brandon Pallante threw six innings of five-hit ball, allowing three runs, and striking out three to earn the win. Central’s Frank Rose was 2-for-3 with three stolen bases and a run scored.
Barnegat 10, Pinelands 0: Seamus Brazil earned his second victory in three starts, throwing a five-inning complete game with nine strikeouts and only one hit allowed as the Bengals (5-3, 5-1) defeated the Wildcats in this Class B South game. Barnegat’s Justin Diefenbach delivered an RBI single in the bottom of Barnegta’s four-run second inning, and drove in two more as part of a four-run third. Back-to-back doubles by Jared Kacso and Nik Fraim and a walk-off single by John Corbett led to the win.
Manchester 4, Point Boro 3: Joe Felipe threw six and one-third innings of five-hit ball, allowing two walks and striking out seven, while Ricky Bustamante notched the save on five pitches, including a game-ending strikeout as the Hawks topped the Panthers in this Class B South meeting. Jon Meany’s three-run double in the sixth inning proved to be the difference, while Pat Williams provided Manchester’s first run on with a solo home run in the third. Point Boro’s Mark Leyble was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI.
Raritan 4, Rumson-FH 2: A three-run eighth inning was highlighted by a Bo Bentley RBI double as the Rockets (6-3, 3-3) edged the Bulldogs (1-6, 1-6) in this Class A Central matchup. Raritan’s John Rodriguez threw seven innings of one-run ball, while Rumson’s Morgan Maguire struck out and allowed no runs over five innings. Maguire also finished 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
St. Rose 9, Ranney 1: Joe Volpe finished 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and two runs as the Purple Roses (6-3, 4-1) defeated the Panthers in this Class B Central matchup. St. Rose’s Kyle Missry was 1-for-2 with a double and three runs batted in, while Ryan Scharfenberg earned his first victory after striking out five and allowing one run on four hits and a walk over four innings.
Point Beach 14, Asbury Park 4: Mike Fraunheim finished 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI as the Garnet Gulls defeated the Blue Bishops in this Class B Central game.