Frontera Brothers Lead Lions Explosive NJSIAA Offensive Day


Lion's Roar Staff, Writer

The Middletown High School North Lions baseball team headed into the Central Jersey Group 3 NJSIAA State Tournament on Wednesday looking to get off to a strong start versus the Ocean Township Spartans.  That quick start happened in the third inning when brothers Ryan and Danny Frontera blasted back-to-back home runs to give the Lions a 3-0 lead. This would be the jump-start to the Lions explosive offensive day in their first-round 11-8 win over the Spartans.

Sophomore Ryan Frontera launched a two-run home run over the left-centerfield fence followed by his senior brother Danny Frontera smashing a solo home run that has still has not landed. The Frontera brothers combined for seven hits in which Ryan went 3 for 5 with a double, home run, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI.  Danny went 4 for 5 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI. The Lions offense also saw key contributions from Colin Dowlen (2 for 5), Tyler Sharkey (3 for 5), Andrew Lombardi (2 for 4), Tony Sansone (3-5) and Matt Adamson (1 for 3).  

The Lions offense put starting pitcher Danny Frontera in a comfortable position with a 7-0 lead.  However, the Spartans chipped away and made things interesting by adding two home runs off Danny Frontera, with Ocean senior Dillon Downs hitting an opposite-field two-run home run making the score 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Ocean’s George Krenkel put two more runs on the board against Middletown North with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to make the Lions lead 7-4.

The Lions struck back in the top of the sixth and seventh innings with  RBI singles by Colin Dowlen, Andrew Lombardi, Danny Frontera and Tyler Sharkey making the score 11-4. The Lions felt comfortable with the seven run lead, but Ocean’s Nick Vaughn hit a two-run double and Krenkel and Downs added RBI singles during a four-run bottom of the seventh that added some tension to the slug-fest.  The Lions were able to finish off the game and earn the victory and will look to keep momentum going into Saturday’s NJSIAA quarterfinal game vs No. 1 seeded Colts Neck High School. 

Great Job Lions and Good Luck on Saturday!

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