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Monday, May 01, 2006

Making his Marx for Freehold

Jason Nardi had just pitched one of his best games for Freehold and, despite giving
up a home run that was tracked by radar in Nome, Alaksa, was all smiles after the
Colonials outlasted Monmouth Regional Monday in a classic Shore Conference Class B North
struggle, 5-3.
""I hung that pitch, a slider, I shouldn't have thrown that pitch,'' Nardi told me
after the game as he described the dellivery onmouth's Pete Geronimo sent into orbit with
two outs in the bottom of seventh that tied the score, 3-3.

But John Marx' two-run double with two outs in the top of the ninth enabled Freehold
to remain in the B North hunt while just about ending the quest for Monmouth. Freehold's
Ryan Cuneo was overpowering with four strikeouts in two perfect innings in relief.

According to Nardi it was the second time this season Freehold had defeated Monmouth
on a late-game hit going back to the Freehold win earlier in the season.

Nardi belted a three-run double in the third inning off Bobby Wyrwa that gave
Freehold a 3-0 lead.

""I hit it to the deepest part of the park, 400 feet, but it got the job done,'' he
said.

Wyrwa was solid into the ninth inning for Monmouth in a game that could have gone
either way.

Other game notes: Cuneo, who twice was walked intentionally, hit a foul pop fly that
seemed to graze a cloud....Monmouth rightfielder Will Stefanski threw a strike to home
plate to cut down the potential lead run for Freehold in the eighth after a two-out hit by
Marc Hubbert...The Monmouth dugout takes a back seat to no one, even the Toms River
schools, for loudness and creativity, though it didn't seem to bother Freehold pitching.


Also...Freehold Township's loss to Middletown South means CBA has clinched at least
a tie for a seventh straight Class A North title.

In the tight Class A Central race...with RB Catholic and SJ Vianney both with three
league defeats: RBC plays Tuesday vs. Holmdel and Thursday vs. Rumson, Vianney plays
Raritan Thursday. If they end tied Manasquan could win the exalted "Public School"
division championship. I'm sure there would be a celebration on Main Street.


Holmdel's Anthony Ferraioli went 4-for-4 in a win over Long Branch; Mater Dei's Mike
Doherty hit a three-run triple in a 10-run fifth inning vs. Henry Hudson; Southern's
Andrew Finelli belted a slam (it seems to me that may be his second this season) in a
6-0 win over Lacey..Colts Neck super soph Anthony DeSclafani struck out 14 vs. Neptune
in six innings before Matt Yuhas struck out the side in a 5-0 win.


Did you know? Freehold, Wall, and St. John Vianney all won in nine innings Monday.




Coming up Tuesday night: TR East coach Bill Frank goes for win No. 400 and Casey
Gaynor for career win #28 in a 7:30 start at Toms River North.

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