It is expected Marlboro will have to forfeit its dramatic come-from-behind 8-7 win over Wall Saturday in a Monmouth County Tournament round of 16 game because of the use of an ineligible pitcher under NJSIAA rules, Marlboro athletic director Dave Ryden said.
Marlboro has self-reported the violation to both the NJSIAA and the Shore Conference, Ryden said.
Mustangs’ senior Steve Epstein pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief two days after he pitched five innings-plus two batters, or into the sixth inning, in a loss to Freehold on Thursday, Marlboro coach Jim Ferraro said.
The NJSIAA pitching rule states that a pitcher who pitches more than five innings in a game can not pitch the following three days. Epstein was not eligible to pitch until Monday under the rule. One pitch in an inning counts as an inning pitched under the rule.
If the expected forfeit ruling is issued, Wall, the No. 13 seed, will play the winner of the game between No. 12 seed Freehold Township and No. 5 seed Ocean in a MCT quarterfinal.
The No. 4 seed Mustangs, who trailed 6-0 after 1 1/2 innings, won the game on the scoreboard on a two-run home run by Steve Santigate in the bottom of the seventh.
Epstein struck out two and allowed one hit during his stint, which took place in the sixth and seventh innings.
Ryden said, once he was notified by Ferraro, of the mistake, he immediately sent an e-mail to NJSIAA assistant director Larry White, who oversees baseball for the NJSIAA, Shore Conference president Rusty Todd, the Ocean athletic director, Shore Conference recording secretary Joe Montano, the Red Bank Catholic athletic director, and Marlboro prinicipal Shaun Boylan.
Ryden said the NJSIAA usually sends cases like this back to the conference of the participating schools, which means the Shore Conference will likely wind up making the ruling.
Todd said he has received Ryden’s e-mail and expects the Shore Conference to issue the forfeit ruling.
“I’m happy Jim self-reported it once he discovered it,” Ryden said.
Ferraro said he originally thought it was Wednesday Epstein pitched. He said the confusion came over the rainouts the Mustangs have had this week. They had games rained out Monday-Wednesday and played Thursday and Friday.
Ferraro said he discovered the error after the game when Wall coach Todd Schmitt asked him what day Epstein had pitched.
“That’s a bad job on my part,” Ferraro said. “I need to do a better job at preparing. When I told the kids about it afterward, I felt terrible. Once I break a rule, I’m wrong. It obviously wasn’t intentional.”
Even if Epstein had pitched Wednesday and not Thursday, he still would have been ineligible to pitch Saturday because he had pitched into the sixth inning.
SJ Vianney 2, Midd. North 1: A sacrifice fly to right in the top of the eighth scored Nick Gugliara with the tie-breaking run as the No. 9 seed Lancers defeated the No. 8 seed Lions in a MCT round of 16 game.
Gugliaro had singled, been awared second on interference while he was rounding first on the single and stolen third.
John Michael Broderick pitched the final two innings to pick up the win.
St. John Vianney will host No. 16 seed Middletown South in a MCT quarterfinal.
Freehold Twp. 3, Holmdel 0: Kyle Fenton pitched a complete-game six-hitter, Matt Gorman was 2-for-3 with an RBI, John Carroll was 2-for-3 with a double and Joe Silvestrone was 1-for-1 with two walks as the Patriots downed the No. 21 seed Hornets in a MCT first-round game.
Manalapan 10, Howell 4: The No. 11 seed Braves scored six runs in the top of the second, Ryan McGrane belted a three-run home run, in the fifth Matt Rosenberg went 2-for-2 with two RBI and scored two runs and Tyler Stafflinger pitched six innings to pick up the win as Manalapan defeated the No. 6 seed Rebels in a MCT round of 16 game.
Manalapan, which defeated Howell for the second time in three days, will play the survivor of a bracket involving No. 19 seed St. Rose, No. 14 seed Raritan and No. 3 seed Red Bank Catholic in a MCT quarterfinal.
CBA 11, Mater Dei Prep 5: Shane Turk had a two-run single and Brendan Galvin a run-scoring double in a six-run third and Luca Dalatri had a three-run double in the sixth as the No. 2 seed Colts defeated the No. 15 seed Seraphs in a MCT round of 16 game.
CBA will host No. 7 seed Monmouth Regional in a MCT quarterfinal
Mater Dei Prep 5, Shore 2: Vincent Stanziale scattered eight hits over the first six innings and Nick Roditis had two-run single to cap a three-run third as the No. 15 seed Seraphs defeated the No. 18 seed Blue Devils in a MCT first-round game.
Raritan 12, Monmouth 11: Tom Pulcine went 3-for-5 with six RBI, including a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth, Ryan Ruziecki singled in what turned out to be the winning run in the ninth, had a two-run single to cap a six-run top of the seventh and was the middle man in a game-ending 4-6-3 double play as the Rockets rallied from a 9-2 deficit after five innings to record the wild win in a Class A Central game.
Monmouth scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to pull within 12-11 and had runners on first and third when Sean Ennis, who had moved to second after starting the game at first, Ruziecki and first baseman Bo Bentley turned the DP that ended the game.
Ruziecki’s hit in the seventh put Raritan ahead 10-9, but Monmouth tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Kenny Friend was 3-for-4 and scored three runs and Michael Lind was 3-for-4 for Raritan.
Monmouth’s Matt Vincenti went 6-for-6, hit for the cycle, had four RBI and scored four runs.
Pinelands 10, Lakewood 9: Sage Sysol’s RBI single in the bottom of the 13th drove in the winning run and capped a two-run rally and he also pitched three innings of relief to record his first varsity win as the Wildcats defeated the Piners in a Class B South game that had been suspended Thursday after seven innings.
Mitch Merrill, who went 3-for-6 with three RBI, a double and scored two runs, tied the game earlier in the 13th with a run-scoring single.
Sysol was 3-for-5 with two RBI.
RB Catholic 5, Matawan 4: Anthony DeRosa’s single drove in Aaron Ahn with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the Caseys defeated the Huskies in a Class B North game.
Ahn had led off the eighth with a single
Matawan had tied the game in the seventh on a two-run triple by Nick Smith.
Ocean 2, Red Bank 0: Sam Maxwell went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the fourth and scored the insurance run in the sixth on a passed ball and Jake Talarico pitched a complete-game three-hitter as the Spartans defeated the Bucs in a Class B North game.
Pinelands 12, Donovan Catholic 6: Jared Strang hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth and Mitch Merrill had a three-run double in the sixth as the Wildcats knocked the Griffins out of sole possession of first place in Class B South and into a tie with the Barnegat in a game that saw a combined 17 walks.
TR North 8, Central 4: Ryan Larsen hit a game-tying three-run double to center in the bottom of the second and Mike Nyisztor and Joey Rose added run-scoring singles later in the inning as the Mariners scored five times in the second to wipe out a 3-0 deficit and defeat the Golden Eagles in a nondivisional game.
Ocean 9, Long Branch 1: Frank Henry had two hits and four RBI, Sam Maxwell had two hits and two RBI and Travils Lille pitched five innings of three-hit ball with four strikeouts for his first varsity win as the Spartans defeated the Green Wave in a Class B North game.
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