By Brian Deakyne
MIDDLETOWN — Playing for the final time on a high school field, stars from local high schools did not disappoint last Thursday night.
A number of athletes from the two river area helped Monmouth County take down Ocean County, 10-2, in the Shore Baseball Coaches Association senior all-star game.
Middletown South left fielder Brian Healy went 2-for-2, leading off the game with a double to left field and later singled, also to left field. He scored in the bottom of the second inning, finishing off a double steal.
Rumson-Fair Haven’s Chris Lorenz went 1-for-2 for Monmouth County, adding a run scored and an RBI to help their effort. He reached base on a fielders’ choice in the second inning, scoring on an RBI from Manalapan’s Ryan Ranieri. Later, he ripped a single to right field to score Freehold Township’s Josh Lodi.
Red Bank Catholic’s Trevor Brain went 0-for-2 in his two at-bats on the day, striking out in the bottom of the first inning, and flying out to center field in the third inning.
Red Bank Regional’s Blake Brandon entered later in the game, getting base hits in both of his at-bats. He was one of only four players to finish with two hits on the night.
Eagles’ ace Howie Brey pitched the first two innings of the game, striking out the side in the top of the first, and allowing just one hit in the top of the second. After giving up the leadoff single, Brey induced Lacey’s Ryan Reitmeyer to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, turned by Lorenz and Howell’s Brody High to avoid any type of damage.
Middletown South head coach Ryan Spillane was named the head coach for the Monmouth County team, and after the game was named A-North coach of the year.
Brey was named A-North pitcher of the year, and Christian Brother Academy’s Joe Dudek was named A-North hitter of the year.
Lorenz was named the A-Central hitter of the year, as well.