• Holmdel 8   Matawan 7   =  "Darn it's cold out here...."
    The Huskies fought all day long in the wind and rain.  Down 4-1 to take a 7-5 lead.  But a few costly walks and errors late in the game put Matawan in a tought position.  Brian Leibell got the opening day start and battled through early problems to settle in and pitch well.  Rob Marshall got the Huskies out of trouble in the 6th striking out 2 with the bases loaded. Pat Depaolo had 2 hits and scored 2 runs and Mike Denino had 2 RBI's.  But it wasn't enough as Holmdel tied it in the 6th, 7th, and won it in the eighth on a bases loaded walk.  On a positive, the Huskies laid down 6 SAC bunts.....Game Ball - Rob Marshall
    Matawan 6  SJV 2    =  "It's a great day to be a Husky"
    The doggies played a great game defeating the "cross Line Road" rival.  Alex Mirabel made a big impact at the plate with 2 hits, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI.  But the real story was Scotty Thompson who pitch an incredibly efficient game.  Scotty pitched into the 7th inning giving up 2 runs, both of which were not earned.  The real gut check was in the 6th when the bases were loaded, and Thompson got the Lancers to pop out twice, and strike out.  But the Huskies were not out of the woods yet, and the Lancers put 2 men on in the 7th, and Rob Marshall came to the rescue again.  Marshall got the first batter t, o fly out to left and then in the play of the day, Robbie got a fly out to center and Mike Denino threw out the runner who tagged at THE PLATE TO END THE GAME!!!!  GAME BALL - Scott Thompson
    Rumson 2   Matawan 1 - "Bring your bat, glove, and rain coat"
    In a cold and annoying rain, the Huskies bats looked water logged.  Kenny Brown pitched a good game going into the 6th.  The Huskies had several smashes but they were hit right at a Rumson Bulldog.  Matt Rackett had 2 hits to lead the Huskies.  But the story again was Rob Marshall who came in the 6th with 2 on and no out.  He walked the first batter and THEN STRUCK OUT THE SIDE on 9 pitches.....but the Huskies did little offensively to help the cause. GAME BALL - Kenny Brown and Rob Marshall
    Matawan 11  Red Bank 1 = "For whom the Leibell tolls...."
    Brian Leibell put on a personal baseball clinic.  As a pitcher he took a "no no" into the 6th before surrendering a bloop opposite field hit.  Brian struck out 5 and walked none, the only run given up was unearned.  At the plate, Leibell did more damage.  He was 3 for 5 with a single, double, and his first career home run (including the old Toomer days).  Brian had 4 RBI and scored a run.  Anthony Principe scored 3 runs and had 2 hits.  Joe Zirkel had a pinch hit single and Scott Thompson known for his pitching and glove had 2 hits and an RBI.  The Huskies played well in the field turning 2 double plays and Corey Nusbaum threw out his 2nd runner of the year in 2 games played.  A GREAT ALL AROUND DAY...... GAME BALL - Brian Leibell
    MATAWAN 7    Freehold Boro 6       -8 innings =
    " Get it right.... Denino does deliver!"
    Mike Denino picked the best time to come out of a slump and deliver the Huskies a victory pie (maybe a name for a new kind of delicacy).  The quiet leader of the team came up in the bottom of the 8th with 2 outs and Mike "Ziggy" Zeigler on 2nd.  Denino hit a smash to right and Ziggy, piano on his back and all, trucked around third base and slid into home for the winning run.  The Huskies, who played sloppy and looked disinterested all day, made the most of Boro errors to climb back from a 4-1 sixth inning deficit.  Anthony Principe hit a laser to rightcenter and when the relay throw cleared the fence past third (you read it right), both he and Denino scored the tying runs.  Mike Creamer, back from the IR pitched 4.1 solid innings, and "Old Reliable" Robbie Marshall held the Colonials off long enough to give the Huskies a chance to come back.  Brian Leibell, tearing the cover off the ball these days, and Matt Rackett also had RBIs.  Defensive wizardry turned in by Tim Birch and Alex Mirabel.  "Bad baseball" as I called it in a between inning speech, but A GOOD RESULT!!!   The Huskies are now 3-2 ---GAME BALL - Mike Denino.......
    Shore Regional 7   Matawan 3  - "One word...... YUK...."
    The JV Huskies honestly played their worst game of the year.  Whether it was hitting, pitching, or defense, the Huskies came up short.  The Huskies gave up 5 runs in the first inning and 3 errors and left 14 RUNNERS ON BASE....  Mike Denino was the lone bright spot going 4 for 4.  Joe Zirkel pitched an effective inning in relief to keep the game within reach.  Coach Carno's 100th loss in 12 years of JV coaching could not have come in a more appropriate manner. And if I hear "hum babe" one more time...(inside joke) --GAME BALL- Scott Thompson had a single & 2 RBI in the 7th
    Matawan 15   Keyport 3 -  "Yuk....the Sequel"
    The Huskies bounced back in their usual fashion beating Keyport on a damp, cold and foggy morning in the town by the bay.  The Husky offense broke out and took advantage of the several Keyport mistakes.  George Zirkel, Girkel as he is known, broke out in a huge way with 4 hits, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Mike Creamer had 3 hits, and Anthony Principe, Alex Mirabel, adn Joe Zirkel each had 2 RBI.  Matt Rackett pitched 4 innings for the win and Robbie Marshall pitched ANOTHER shut out inning.  Brian Leibell walked four times and Mike Denino scored 3 runs. 
    GAME BALL- George Zirkel
    Matawan 10    Raritan 9 -
    "Pitching and Defense wins games.....but not this time"
    The JV Huskies pulled out a tough fought victory over a good 5-2 Raritan team.  Husky pitchers were shaky and the defense had 5 errors but the HUSKY BATS came to the rescue.  Matawan scored 4 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd and 2 in the fourth and then held on for dear life.  Scooter Thompson came in relief of started Brian Leibell and did an admirable job finishing the game and getting win.  Mike Creamer continued his hot streak with a single, double, walk, stolen base, and 2 RBI.  Brian Leibell had 2 more hits and 2 RBI keeping his batting average over .500.  Oddly enough, the winning run came on the Huskies first and third walk off play and when the Raritan pitcher balked, Joe Zirkel scored a run which at that time seemed meaningless but proved important as the Huskies booted a few balls keeping Raritan in the game until the bitter end.  The Husky bats saved the day.......  GAME BALL - Mike Creamer and Scott Thompson
    Matawan 8    Holmdel 5 - " Beam me up Scotty....we need a hit"
    Scott Thompson known for his pitching and short stop prowess put forth a hitting display in his 6th inning at bat.  With bases loaded and 2 out, Scooter as he is affectionately known, came to the plate and fouled off 5 pitches working the count to 3-2.  Then choked up and placed the ball in the out field over the SS head which plated 2 runs.  The Huskies scored 6 times with 2 outs in the 6th.  Mike Creamer remains white hot as he pitched 5 and 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs.  But Mr. Reliable, Rob Marshall, strolled to the mound again to bail out the Huskies striking out a batter in the 6th with a man on 3rd.  He also pitched the 7th and earned the win.  Creamer added 2 more hits to keep his average above .500 while Anthony Principe collected a hit and stole 2 bases.  Matt Kelleman, sore arm and all, was a vacuum at 3rd making 7 out of 7 tough plays without an error.  A hard fought game and avenging an early season loss shows the Huskies are still improving. GAME BALL - Mike Creamer and Scott Thompson
    Matawan 11  Red Bank 6 -  "There is no -I- in T-E-A-M"
    The Huskies continued their winning ways by playing good team baseball.  Effective pitching by Scott Thompson and Robbie Marshall, nearly flawless play in the field, and hitting the ball where it's pitched provided the winning formula.  The Huskies performed their 20th and 21st sacrifice fly/bunts of the season.  Three Mike Denino hits with 2 RBI and 2 Mike Creamer hits with 3 RBI fueled the Husky offense.  Alex Mirabel had a hit, walk, stolen base, RBI, and run scored.  GREAT job by ALL. 
    GAME BALL - Mike Denino
    Matawan 10    Barnegat 9 - "Creamer's back must be killing him"
    Mike Creamer carried the Huskies to victory in more ways that one on this Tuesday afternoon.  Mike went 4 for 4 with a HR, double, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  Creamer also pitched innings 3 through 7 holding Barnegat at bay, giving the Huskies a chance to come back.  Matawan was down 8-0 AFTER 2 INNINGS!!!!!!!!! Sloppy Husky play in every facet doomed Matawan early.  But Matawan chipped away with 1 in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd, 4 in the 4th and 1 in the 5th and 6th.  Mike Creamer's laser HR to right in the 3rd sparked a Husky rally.  Creamer also had a game tying double in the 5th and Cory Nusbaum's clutch GO AHEAD RBI single in the 6th put the Huskies on top for good.  It was his 2nd RBI on the day.  Mike Denino had 2 hits and an RBI as did Scott Thompson.  GAME BALL - Mike Creamer and Cory Nusbaum
    Matawan 8   Shore 3 - "Kenny Brown turns it around"
    We have talked all year about playing better the 2nd time we play each team.  Kenny Brown who had a rough outing against Shore the first time, turned the tables this time around.  Brown pitched 5 effective innings earning the win holding Shore to 2 earned runs striking out one and more importantly walking only one.  On a field that makes Guisti field look like Yankee Stadium and where routine ground balls become 3 base errors or a broken nose in the blink of an eye, the Huskies were put to the test early.  Three balls that would be outs became 2 first inning runs through no fault of the Huskies.  But the Huskies were resilient and fought back.  Matawan first four- Principe, G. Zirkel, Denino, and Creamer collected 2 hits each as the Huskies broke out in the 5th and 6th with 2 runs and one in the 7th.  The Husky bench saw Zirkel get 2 hits and score 2 runs and Mike Zeigler hit a double and an RBI.  Mike Creamer hit a 2 RBI triple in the 6th to bust the game open.  Robbie Marshall pitched 2 MORE scoreless innings of relief.  GAME BALL - Kenny Brown
    Matawan 9  Rumson 7 -  "It was ugly, but we will take it"
    Allergies must be running high because the Huskies good defense has faded with the budding of the leaves and cutting of the grass, but they still continue to win.  Matawan won their 7th game in a row despite 7 errors in the field.  Scott Thompson pitched 5 strong innings giving up an unearned run while striking out 7.  Mike Denino had 2 hits, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.  The Husky offense was spread evenly as several players had a hit, an RBI, and scored 2 runs.  Rob Marshall pitched 2 more innings with only an earned run allowed as his defense behind him let up 5 unearned.  But all in all, a win is a win, is a win....................... GOOD JOB - not many teams can make 7 errors and still win.  GAME BALL  - Mike Denino and Scott Thompson
    Matawan 9    Raritan 1   -  "Make it 8"
    Matawan JV continues to roll.  The winning streak is at 8.  The Huskies offense continued to roll as Anthony Principe, Matt Rackett, Mike Creamer, and Tim Birch each had 2 hits - Creamer and Birch had 3 RBI each, and George Zirkel had a big 2 RBI double to break the game open for the Huskies.  Pitching and defense was the key here though, and Matawan made plays they had to make behind Mike Creamer pitching six effective innings striking out 6 following by Robbie Marshall who struck out 2. 
    GAME BALL - Mike Creamer and Tim Birch
    Matawan 19     SJV -  "It's a Great Day to be a Husky, Part II"
    Matawan JV's recent offensive explosion continued at SJV as the Huskies won their 9th straight game.  The Huskies hit 3 HRs, though a small park, these were no "cheapies".  George Zirkel and Mike Denino hit their first HRs and Mike Creamer hit an 0-2 Grand Slam which cleared the parents sitting behind the fence. Pat Depaolo hit one to the deepest part of the park and it hit the top of the fence for a double. EVERY Husky starter had a hit and every Husky starter scored a run and 7 Huskies had multiple hits.  Scott Thompson earned another win- his 5th and Robbie Marshall was the bullpen ace against with 2 more effective innings.  Matawan is 12-3. 
Last Modified on May 16, 2011