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Friday, May 12, 2006

No Top 10 this week!@#@!

Just kidding. But after CBA (19-1), most teams in the Press Top 10 suffered defeats this week, most of the time to each other. Maybe there should be a number one and eight or so blank spaces. It's a real jumble after #1 or #2.

The gainers this week will be Wall, St. Rose, and Ocean while others slide or hold on by their batting gloves.

Some late Thursday night results..Ocean downs Toms River East 6-2. Greg Spatz and Tony DeSantis 2-run singles and Keith Weinkofsky an RBI double. and RBC was upset in eight innings by Red Bank, which rallied from a 4-1 deficit to eventually snap 5-5 tie with four in the eighth as key hits were supplied by Kyle Grant and Ryan Mauhn (hope we got that spelling right!).

GAME of the DAY..remember what happened last week with Point Boro when it came from 10 down to beat Lacey?. Guess what happened to Point Thursday? Had leads of 9-0 and 10-1 and lost to Freehold 14-13, Ryan Cuneo a three-run game tying bomb for Freehold and later Rich Pultar a two-run shot. Point blaster Tom Heuer who hit a slam vs. Lacey to win that game hit another slam and a solo shot. And how did the winning run score..why on a passed ball of course.

Some highlights from Thursday we couldn't get in the paper Friday..Shore's Rich Yelton blanks Long Branch, 10-0; Adam Helfgott's RBI single for Marlboro in the seventh downs Colts Neck 5-4.

Thursday was a rewarding day for Toms River North, Rumson, and Middletown North which clinched NJSIAA berths. Rumson, two games below the required .500 mark and realizing Friday may be a wash out, arranged with Henry Hudson to play two games. Got to credit Henry Hudson for going along with this. Rumson won two, 11-9, and 4-0 behind a productive effort by Steve Giordano, 5-for-6, a bunch of RBI. North (10-10) downed Holmdel 7-0 behind Al Rodriguez to complete a recovery from a so-so start to the season, and TR Noth defeated Brick.

Bowing out of the states were Matawan which fell to 8-10 after a tough eight-inning home loss to Monmouth Regional and Keyport (8-10) which tumbled to Barnegat. Teams who miss out on the states may still gain berths in the Shore Conference Tournament where the .500 cut off is Monday. However, a wet weekend may dampen the schedule.

A Keansburg loss to Mater Dei Thursday assures Shore gets sole posession of the the "public'' championship of Class B Central. It appears Manasquan is in the running for that same dubious title in Class A Central. These are championships because the Shore Conference says so. But it's ridiculous.


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