Sports Roundup

Southern Volleyballers Score Trio of Victories to Start Season

Apr 03, 2019

The Southern Regional boys volleyball wasted little time erasing the memory of last year’s loss in the NJSIAA championship match against Old Bridge. In an opening quad at St. Joseph-Metuchen on April 1, the Rams scored a trio of victories to start the season, including a 25-22, 25-21 triumph against the defending champs.

Justin Kean delivered 12 kills and five digs, while Matt Maxwell gave out 18 assists and scored on a pair of aces to help lead the Rams. Anthony LeBlanc added four kills, three blocks and two digs, and Drew Wilgus contributed three kills.

In their 25-20, 25-17 victory over St. Joseph, the Rams received 20 assists from Maxwell, along with two more aces, while Kean banged down seven kills and Tommy Deakyne added five kills. Jack Healy also had three blocks, and Logan Lipositz and Derek Medenilla each managed nine digs.

Against Atlantic Tech, Southern cruised to a 25-15, 25-16 win, as Kean smashed nine kills, Maxwell handed out 17 assists and came up with six digs, and LeBlanc added four kills and a pair of digs.

Southern Softball Squad

Gets Offensive in Opener

For the first four innings of the Southern Regional softball team’s opener against Brick on April 1, the Rams’ offense was puttering along and trailed 2-1 heading into the top of the fifth inning. Then a switch was flipped.

Southern scored eight times in the fifth and added a run in each of the next two innings to record an 11-7 victory over the Green Dragons. The Rams ended up swatting 18 hits, as senior Tatiyana Ford went 4-for-5 and classmates Jackie Herrera and Colleen Camburn each delivered three hits.

Brick started the game with a run in the bottom of the first, then added another run in the third before the Rams finally put together enough offense to muster a run in the fourth. On a cool and windy day, Ford was the pitcher of record for the Rams, tossing the complete game and allowing six earned runs on 13 hits and a pair of walks while striking out three.

Senior Emily Thompson went 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI, while freshman Sarah Lally also went 2-for-4 with a double. Senior catcher Taylor Bass drove in a pair of runs as well.

Ventresca Leads

Pinelands Baseball Crew

Behind what may be one of the best pitching staffs in the Shore Conference Class B South division, the Pinelands Regional baseball team received a great first outing from starter Joey Ventresca on April 1. The senior right-hander fired a complete-game one-hitter with 16 strikeouts to lead the Wildcats to a 4-1 win over Lacey.

Ventresca, who threw just 97 pitches for the victory on the hill, also helped himself in the third inning, kick-starting the offense with a one-out, two-run single. The Wildcats added another run fourth and scored again in the sixth to seal the victory.

As a team, Pinelands whacked 13 hits. Bobby LeFevre went 3-for-3, while Rian O’Rourke swatted a trio of hits in three trips to the plate, and Anthony Diaz added a pair of hits.

Rams’ Tennis Team

Makes Easy Work of Brick

With a new guy at the top of the lineup, the Southern Regional boys tennis team kicked off its season with an easy, 5-0 win over Shore Conference Class A South foe Brick on April 1. After playing last season in the second position, Eloin Dunwoody started the new season as the Rams’ first singles player and promptly dispatched Jared Lowerre, 6-0, 6-0.

In the second singles position, Logan Van Liew won his opener against Hao Tang, 6-0, 6-2, while Joseph Dunwoody made his varsity singles debut in the third position and scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Christian Decape. At first doubles, Jake Henderson and Dan Sullivan cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory, as did the second-doubles crew of Chris Marinelli and Matt Terhune.

David Biggy

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