Oliver McCarthy had a no-hit bid end with two outs in the 7th inning on Monday but the the junior pitcher completed a strong performance to help Poly Prep earn a 6-0 victory over Hackley in an Ivy League contest held in Bay Ridge. LSU commit Nick Storz hit a home run and drove in a game-high 4 RBI’s.
The Crusaders traveled to the belly of the beast on Saturday and unleashed one of their own. Junior left-hander Chris Gerard fanned six and twirled a two-hitter and chipped in with an RBI during an impressive 3-0 shutout over Gloucester Catholic.
Hiro Mizutani surrendered four hits and struck out six over five innings while Raul Ortega, Jose Mercado and Johnny Medina had RBIs to help the Green Knights earn a split with No. 1 Bergen Catholic with a 5-2 decision. Jon Anderson scored his first win on Tuesday, limiting Morris Knolls to seven hits in a 4-1 complete-game triumph.
The Ironmen have rattled off four consecutive victories and won 10 of 11 with the lone interruption a 5-3 setback to New York power Poly Prep. John Torres (1-0), Matt Semon (3-1) and Jeremy Farraye (3-2) delivered three straight qualities starts as the rotation has gradually built into a formidable corps.
A day after absorbing a 7-5 loss to North Hunterdon, the top-seeded Spartans rebounded with a 10-0 showing against Princeton Day in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament. David Stec (5-0) yielded one hit in five innings and freshman CJ Pittaro fueled the offense with a double, grand slam and seven RBI.
It took 12 nail-biting innings to accomplish, but the second-seeded Redbirds outlasted Pennington for a 2-1 victory on Tuesday in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. Aydon Chavis had a lead-off single and hustled to score all the way from first when Matt Coiante dropped a sacrifice bunt that drew an errant throw to score the deciding run.
Senior pitcher Vin Zappulla struck out ten batters and allowed only 2 hits in a complete game shutout to lead the Lions to a 7-0 victory over Moore Catholic Tuesday at the Richmond County Youth Complex. Hayden Gumb and Chris Wagner each had two RBI’s.
Daniel Pero and Matthew Eng each drove in two runs as part of a 6-run third inning for the Hornets Tuesday in a 7-0 victory over Susan Wagner in a PSAL Class AAA league game. Alan Sorokin allowed one hit in five innings to earn the win.
The Spartans showed they are human on Monday, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Daniel Hand. It was the first lone loss of the year for the four-time state champions and it’s hardly any reason to panic. Amity rebounded with a 9-2 win over Career Magnet as Max Scheps and Adam Hurwitz each drove in three runs.
Jake Barbiere, who is riding a 15-game hitting streak, picked the ideal time to extend it. The senior third baseman led off the bottom of the eight with a single through the left side and scored the deciding run on a walk-off base hit from Shane Keane, who was 3 for 4, to lift top-seeded Randolph past 12th-seeded Morris Hills, 2-1, in the Morris County semis. Rams face Delbarton in the title game Saturday night.
The Millers have won eight straight and been getting a spark from Ben Pampush. The junior second baseman is hitting a scorching .727 (16 for 22) during the streak with 17 runs, 12 RBI, three doubles and three triples.
Lock-down pitching continues to be the theme for the Pirates during their current 12-game win streak. The staff has accumulated eight shutouts, but has also benefitted from an offense that’s produced 42 runs in the last four outings. Francis Prior has drove in a combined eight runs in the last two outings.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown. The Highlanders found that out last week. Hours after ascending to No. 1, the defending champion and top-seeded was knocked out of the Union County Tournament by Johnson and bowed to Elizabeth, 5-4, despite throwing a one-hitter. Nicky Cocchia got the winning vibe back in place, picking up a 3-1 win against Westfield to improve to 5-1.
Tom Brady went 3 for 4 with one RBI, Nick Manesis and Dean Stalzer each belted three-run home runs and Brian Morrell struck out six and allowed three earned runs in a 7-3 win over Miller Place.
Justin Renner went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Anthony Williams scattered four hits, while striking out two and walking two in a 5-0 win over St. Anthony’s.
Matt Shiffer sets an auspicious tone atop the Indians’ lineup. The senior has hit safely in six straight games, batting at a .600 clip during the streak (12 for 20) with seven runs and two doubles. St. John-bound senior Justin Fall headlines the rotation with a 5-0 mark.
Cameron Tomalko went 2 for 2 with three walks and made a run-saving diving catch in centerfield and Jared Restmeyer tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out two and walking two in a 10-1 win over Kellenberg.
The Patriots got the performance of the year on Wednesday from ace right-hander Trent Valentine, who pitched a perfect game with six strikeouts in a 2-0 win over rival Ketcham. While John Jay-EF dropped two out of three games this season to the defending champs, the Patriots are the slight favorite entering the Section 1 Class AA playoffs.
The Bears have won seven in a row and within the run, pitched four straight shutouts. Perhaps the most notable came Monday when Tyler Burnham and Ryan Flynn combined on a four-hitter to outduel Monroe ace and Rutgers pledge Eric Heatter, who went the distance, for a 1-0 decision in 11 innings.
Bernie Diaz went 2 for 3 and drove in Leo Alvarez (3 for 4) with a single in the bottom of the eighth, Austin Vlahakis went 3 for 4 and Ryan Powers tossed two perfect innings of relief in a 2-1 win over Hicksville.