Sophomore Dan Zellman threw a complete-game five-hitter and Paul Carluccio’s double in the top of the seventh inning scored Justin Weigand with what turned out to be the winning run as Lacey defeated Jackson Memorial, 4-3, Thursday in a Shore Conference Class A South game.
Zellman (2-0) struck out four and walked four.
He was aided in the seventh when right fielder Vinnie Dellavolla threw a batter out trying to advance to second after that batter had delivered an RBI single that pulled the Jaguars (1-3, 1-3) to within, 4-3. That was the first out of the inning.
Zellman then got a ground ball back to the pitcher and 2-3 put out on a dribbler in front of the plate to end the game.
Lacey (3-2, 2-2) broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth on an RBI double by Justin Thompson and a suicide squeeze bunt by Anthony Ruggerio that scored Thompson.
Ruggerio and Carluccio each had two hits. Both of Carluccio’s hits were doubles.
Brandon Janofsky homered in the fourth for Jackson Memorial (1-3, 1-3), ranked No. 4 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10.
Wall 5, Jackson Liberty 2: Ryan Orender struck out five and allowed two runs on five hits over five innings as the No. 3 Crimson Knights (2-1) defeated the Lions (2-2) in a nondivisional game.
Wall broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth when Joe Castellucia singled and scored on an error later in the inning.
Nick Martinez and Brendan Barcas both scored on errors in the seventh.
Donovan Catholic 11, Padeia (Ga.) 2: Sophomore Mike Marron went 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI, Russell Petranto went 3-for-5 and scored three runs, Mike Drake had a two-run double in the first and junior Kyle Malloy scattred seven hits and struck out three and walked one as the Griffins recorded the win in Florida.
Donovan Catholic 2, Jackson Liberty 1 (8 inn): Rebecca Drake (3-1) had an RBI-single in the top of the eighth inning to score the eventual winning run as the Griffins defeated Lions in a Class B South game. In the top of the sixth, Summer Abner had an RBI-single to tie the game at 1-1. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jackson Liberty’s Ashley Eckett had an RBI-single.