Martorano hit gives CBA win over Manalapan in MCT semifinal

Martorano hit gives CBA win over Manalapan in MCT semifinal

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Martorano hit gives CBA win over Manalapan in MCT semifinal

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Christian Brothers Academy junior right-hander Luca Dalatri, shown pitching against Marlboro at Marlboro on April 24, was the winning pitcher in the Colts’ 3-2 win over Manalapan Tuesday in a Monmouth County Tournament semifinal

Christian Brothers Academy junior right-hander Luca Dalatri, shown pitching against Marlboro at Marlboro on April 24, was the winning pitcher in the Colts’ 3-2 win over Manalapan Tuesday in a Monmouth County Tournament semifinal

Brandon Martorano’s single up the middle past a drawn-in infield with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Cid Porter and gave Christian Brothers Academy a 3-2 win over Manalapan on Tuesday in a Monmouth County Tournament semifinal.

CBA (17-5), the No. 2 seed and defending champion, meets No. 13 seed Wall (17-5) at 8 p.m. next Tuesday at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood, the MCT championship game.

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Martorano’s hit enabled junior right-hander Luca Dalatri to improve to 6-0 on the season and 17-0 over the last two seasons.

Dalatri struck out 12, walked one and allowed five hits while throwing 91 pitches. He also hit a solo home run to left with one out in the fourth. It was his third homer in the last five games.

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Porter walked to lead off the seventh. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on Matt D’Angelo’s bloop single behind first. Will Morgan was intentionally walked to load the bases before Martorano hit the first pitch for the game-winner.

Martorano, a junior catcher, scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth after he had led off with a double to left.

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A hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases with one out before Martorano scored on Ken Campbell’s ground ball to second that resulted in a 4-6 force out.

Manalapan (16-7) had taken the lead in the top of the sixth. Chris Rodriguez blooped a triple down the left field line with one out and scored on Stephen Hansen’s double to right center. Hansen scored on Jake Sadowitz’s two-out single to left.

Steven Falk: 732-643-4267; sfalk@app.com

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