NJ baseball power rankings (5/22/12)
|1||Don Bosco Prep||21-3||1||
Does the offense ever end with the Ironmen? Reserves Alex Gulati, Anthony Gallo, Carter Toth and Ryan Paradis all provided big run-producing hits during a 3-0 week as the Ramsey school outscored its three opponents, 31-9, to extend its string of victories to 19.
Senior shortstop Joe Ogren is in the midst of a super season for the Jaguars, who captured their first Ocean County Tournament since the event’s debut season in 1972. Heading to Bucknell, Ogren is hitting at a .432 clip with 32 hits, including seven doubles, two triples and four homers to go with 24 RBI and 22 runs scored.
Christian Campbell just continues to out due himself. The junior right-hander fanned six over four innings and belted a long home run to fuel the Bombers, who are on a 12-game unbeaten tear, to an 11-2 victory over Edison in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
The crowd reaction to Adam Riese’s titatanic home run in the Mercer County Tournament final is a YouTube must see just for the initial, collective gasp. The senior right fielder, who has some Herculean power, went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI to fuel an 8-2 triumph over No. 13 Notre Dame.
Hard to find a team hotter than the Raiders, who pushed their winning streak to 15 on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout against Emerson to advance to the Bergen County Tournament semifinals. Lafayette-bound Ari Kaufman improved to 3-0 with a two-hitter that featured 10 strikeouts.
|6||Seton Hall Prep||22-2||7||
The Pirates wrapped up their third consecutive Super Essex Conference, American Division title and are primed to compete in the loaded North Jersey, Non-Public A bracket, where they drew the top-seed. The pitching combination of Mike Sheppard III (7-1) and Bobby Morgenroth (6-1) should serve the Prep well.
Junior Tommy Marcinczyk couldn’t have been much more efficient than the 72-pitch, five-hit shutout he spun in a 5-0 triumph over South Plainfield on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament. Tyler Heisch sparked the offense at the top of the order, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Blue Devils haven’t experienced defeat since mid-April and take a 17-game win streak into the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 opener against J.P. Stevens. There aren’t many center fielders who can match the defensive range of James O’Rourke, who has also been an offensive catalyst for the Union County Tournament champs.
|9||Red Bank Catholic||17-5||-||
The Caseys are looking to put a rough week in the rear view mirror. Three straight losses to No. 12 Delbarton, Jackson Liberty and Toms River North brought the momentum of a seven-game winning streak to a screeching halt. It hopes to get back on track Friday against Bishop Ahr in the first round of South Jersey, Non-Public A.
|10||St. Joseph Regional||20-5||15||
Corey Lerche is not only a potent power hitter (eight homers), the 6-3 senior, who is heading to Maine, is among the premier defensive first basemen in the state. Mark Cieslak has had at least one double in four of the last five contests.
Senior second baseman Chaz Salvo is the poster boy for the depth of the Crimson Knights’ offense. The No. 9 hitter boasts a .359 average, with 14 runs scored and 16 RBI.
The reigning Morris County Tournament champion has scored a victory in seven of its last eight outings with the lone interruption being a 7-6 loss to Caravel of Delaware. It features a pair of dominating hurlers in Adam Schreck (6-0), who blanked No. 9 RBC, 6-0, and John Masella (5-0).
The Irish suffered their second lost of the season to No. 4 Steinert in the Mercer County final but have shown resiliency before under similar circumstances. Following a 12-0 setback to Steinert on April 18, Notre Dame ran off 11 straight triumphs.
There’s plenty of power to contend with in the Spartans’ lineup. Kellen Sperduto, Tyler Fox, Mike Roethke, Andrew Rava, Luke Bonfield and Wolfgang Erdel are all long-ball threats.
The Eagles are on a 14-1 tear with the only blemish being a 2-1 loss to Christian Brothers. Rutgers-bound senior Howie Brey (6-1) teams with juniors Mike Grossi (4-0), Piero Vescio (4-0) and Perry Kulaga to form a deep and talented pitching staff.