NJ baseball power rankings (5/15/12)
|1||Don Bosco Prep||18-3||1||
Amid all the firepower generated by some of his more high-profile teammates, Andrew Herrera has quietly gone about his role in the middle of the order. The junior catcher had two doubles and three RBI in the Ironmen’s 11-1 triumph over Dumont in the first round of the Bergen County Tournament.
|2||Red Bank Catholic||17-2||7||
The Caseys ran their winning streak to seven on Monday with a come-from-behind 6-5 decision over Christian Brothers in the semifinal of the Monmouth County Tournament. Seeded first for the upcoming Shore Conference Tournament, RBC continues to get terrific production throughout its lineup but draws its spark from leadoff man and East Carolina recruit Andrew LaMura.
Quietly, the Jaguars have extended their pitching depth just in time for the tournament season. Beyond the job turned in by ace Brandon Holup and Alex Daniele, Jackson has received quality outings from Anthony Rocco, Keith Jennings, Taylor Reynolds and Jake Harlinski.
The Bombers were awarded the top seed for the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, a most worthy choice. Junior right-hander Christian Campbell (6-0) can be overpowering both on the mound and at the plate while Vinnie Gambardella has wielded a hot bat during a current nine-game unbeaten streak.
The Spartans were slated to tangle with No. 8 Notre Dame on Tuesday night for the Mercer County Tournament championship. They got a timely addition last week with the return of Penn-bound Marshall Harden, who returned from injury and picked a save in a 5-2 semifinal triumph over Allentown.
Strapping 6-1 senior catcher Cory Sala is adroitly handling one of the state’s premier pitching staffs and lending his share of offensive support to their cause. He’s supplied two homers and six RBI over the last six outings for the Raiders, who have won 12 straight.
|7||Seton Hall Prep||19-2||2||
An offense that was generating over nine runs a game was limited to just one during a 9-1 upset sprung by Nutley in the semifinals of the Greater Newark Tournament on Saturday.
A string of 11 consecutive wins was snapped on Monday with a 9-6 setback to Hamilton, but the Fighting Irish hoped to start a new streak on Tuesday night versus No. 5 Steinert in the Mercer County Tournament final.
The power produced by Chris Petiya has the senior designated hitter among the state leaders in home runs with 10. One reason for the power surge is opposing pitchers usually have no choice but to pitch to him considering the jobs Tyler Heisch and Tommy Marcinczyk are doing in front of him.
George Daly crafted a five-inning no-hitter that included four strikeouts against a walk in a 10-0 victory over Phillipsburg on a week ago. It will be curious to see if the junior southpaw gets the ball again in the rematch on Saturday in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex final.
Mike Mondon improved to 6-0 by firing a five-hitter that featured six strikeouts and nary a walk as Westfield claimed its 13th Union County Tournament title with a 13-3 decision over Union in five innings on Saturday. The Blue Devils have won 13 in a row.
Scott Duncan expressed during the course of the season a desire to lead the Shore Conference in hitting. The senior right fielder is a man of word, leading all hitters in the conference with a gaudy .541 average powered by 33 hits, including four doubles, five triples and a homer.
|13||Toms River South||17-4||4||
The Indians ran into two buzzsaws last week. On Friday, Bryan Dobzanski spun a one-hitter for Delsea in a 1-0 victory and red-hot Brick Memorial made Toms River South its seventh straight victim with a 5-2 triumph in the semifinals of the Ocean County Tournament.
The Spartans are seeking to rediscover the consistency that powered their 13-0 start. They’ve been outscored 35-24 over the last five outings, a stark contrast to the 124-31 advantage over the first 13 contests.
|15||St. Joseph Regional||19-5||3||
The victim of the biggest upset in the opening round of the Bergen County Tournament, the Montvale school bowed to 15th-seeded Ridgefield Park, 1-0, behind a no-hitter from Derek Hyland. Junior lefty Rob Kaminsky (6-1) countered with a two-hitter, one walk and 13 strikeouts in absorbing his first defeat.