Vance Pelino launched a two run homer and AJ Smith went the distance on a six hitter to pace Central Regional to a 7-2 win over Jackson Memorial in the first round of the Ocean County Tournament.  SSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction in our US Army Baseball Game of the Week

Central Regional 7 Jackson Memorial 2

The Golden Eagles scored a pair of runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings and AJ Smith went the distance on a six-hitter to give Central a spot in the Ocean County Tournament quarterfinals.  Vance Pelino blasted a two run homer in the second to get the scoring started.  Tyler Aires delivered a two run single in the 3rd and a Mike Bickford sacrifice fly and Tom Ruscitti RBI single made it a 6-0 Central lead.  Smith was efficient on the hill especially in the final three innings and threw a complete game on just 86 pitches.  Central will face top seed Toms River South in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.  Watch all the highlights from a quality win for Central in our US Army Baseball Game of the Week:

US Army Game of the Week

Thanks to the US Army, Shore Sports Zone will bring you a Game of the Week in baseball, softball and lacrosse throughout the entire spring.  We’ll pick the big games on the schedule and bring you extended highlights and post-game reaction.  Thanks to the US Army for supporting our coverage of great Shore Conference sports here on SSZ!

Ocean County Baseball Tournament First Round Scores

(1) Toms River South 3  (16) Toms River East 0 – Saturday

(4) Toms River North 8  (13) Donovan Catholic 7 – Saturday

(9) Central Regional 7  (8) Jackson Memorial 2

(6) Jackson Liberty 7  (11) Point Pleasant Boro 3

(10) Manchester 5  (7) Pinelands 3

(2) Lacey 16  (15) Point Pleasant Beach 6 – 5 innings

(12) Barnegat 4  (5) Brick Township 2

(3) Southern Regional 6  (14) Brick Memorial 4

OCT Quarterfinals – Tuesday

(9) Central Regional at (1) Toms River South

(12) Barnegat at (4) Toms River North

(6) Jackson Liberty at (3) Southern Regional

(10) Manchester at (2) Lacey

Sponsor Shout Out

A special thanks to Andy Weinstein and State Farm for sponsoring our Jackson Memorial coverage on Shore Sports Zone.  Our sponsored teams get first priority when we choose our shooting schedule every day.