The Monmouth and Somerset County championships were on the line, and the opening round of the state playoffs continued on a busy Friday on the diamond. Check back as the highlights are posted throughout the night!

Christian Brothers Academy 13 Red Bank Catholic 12 | Monmouth County Tournament Final

After winning the Shore Conference championship 1-0 two days earlier, the Colts needed a 13 run barrage to beat their archrival for the second time this week and win the Monmouth County title for the first time since 2019.  CBA scored four runs in the second before the Caseys answered with a six run third to take a 7-5 lead.  CBA jumped back out in front 10-7 before RBC made it a 12-10 game in the top of the fourth.  In the end, two runs by CBA in the 6th on an error and wild pitch was the difference in a wild game.  Dan Tsimbinos reached base five times in the win and Dylan Iwanyk had a four RBI game to lead the Colts.

JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Brookdale Community College:

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Bridgewater-Raritan 10 Ridge 7 | Somerset County Tournament Final

B-R leaned on it’s relentless lineup and a reliable bullpen to help capture the program’s first Somerset County championship in 28 years. The Panthers racked up 13 hits and worked seven walks to create seemingly endless traffic on the basepaths – they parlayed that into a double-digit run total. Joe Spirra and Frankie Verano each drove in two runs while Matt Fattore’s RBI triple was the biggest hit of the night for top-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan (25-3). Cory Rible came out of the bullpen and threw 2.2 strong innings of relief to preserve the win.

JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights + interviews from TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater:

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Washington Twp. 7 Toms River East 4 | South Jersey Group 4 First Round

The Minutemen threw up a pair of crooked numbers late in the ball game as they knocked off the Raiders in the first round of the state playoffs. Matteo Viola and Jack Fitzpatrick each drove in runs in the victory. Connor Hafto battled all day long as he went the distance to pick up the win on the mound for ninth-seeded Washington Township (14-14). Dan Nafziger and Adrian Aleman each had a RBI in the loss for eight-seeded Toms River East (17-7). Washington Township will host 16-seed ACIT in the SJ Group 4 quarterfinals next week.

JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Toms River:

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