Softball Tournament Roundup

Southern Regional Softball Squad’s State Tourney Road Ends in Quarterfinals

By DAVID BIGGY | May 22, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Emily Thompson and the Southern Regional softball team had their state tournament road cut off by Shawnee in a 7-3 loss in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV sectional on May 20.

Manahawkin — If the Southern Regional softball team had planned on contending for a state sectional championship, it most likely was going to have to be done by playing all road games, since the Rams were the 10th-seeded team in NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV. On May 16, the Rams (20-7) traveled west to meet up with seventh-seeded Lenape for a first-round contest and returned home as quarterfinalists after ousting the Indians, 4-2.

Lenape opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, before Southern tallied its initial run in the top of the next inning to tie the contest. However, the Indians (12-5) recorded their second run in the bottom of the third, and their lead remained 2-1 heading into the sixth. Southern again tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth, then added two more in the seventh for the win.

Colleen Camburn, Jackie Herrera and Keeley Himmelreich each swatted a pair of hits, while Kendall Adams went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Sarah Lally also had a hit and an RBI. Emily Thompson and Elizabeth Gosse each whacked a hit in three at-bats. Tatiyana Ford went the distance in the pitcher’s circle, scattering five hits and giving up a walk while striking out five.

Unfortunately, the state tournament road ended for the Rams in the quarters, when they lost an 8-3 decision against second-seeded Shawnee (13-5). Adams went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run, while Herrera also went 2-for-3. Thompson, Gosse and Victoria Cona each had a hit. Ford allowed 10 hits, walked two and fanned three.

Barnegat Ousted
In State Tourney First Round

A day after scoring an impressive 13-0 win over Shore Conference Class B South rival Lacey to advance through the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, the Barnegat softball team traveled to Sterling to take on the sixth-seeded Knights in the opening round of the South Jersey Group II tourney. Unfortunately, the 11th-seeded Bengals couldn’t come up with another big game, instead losing 10-2 on May 16.

Sterling mustered three runs in the second inning and never looked back, adding a run in the third and six more in the fourth to seal the victory. Offensively, the Bengals (10-11) were led by Molly McEneaney, Adrianna Romano and Ashley Sojak, who each smashed a pair of hits. Julianna Cannizzaro, Alaina DeSanti, Destiny Fratianni and Priscilla Pitiak each whacked one hit. Romano took the loss in the circle, scattering nine hits and striking out five while giving up just three earned runs.

The next day, Barnegat scored four runs without a hit in the top of the first inning of its second-round SCT matchup against second-seeded Donovan Catholic, but the Griffins rebounded with four in the bottom of the first and went on to win, 7-4.

State Tourney a Short Endeavor
For Pinelands Regional

It took Mainland a few at-bats to get its bats in gear, but the Mustangs tacked on runs in bunches during the third and fifth innings, as they went on to bounce Pinelands Regional (6-13) from the South Jersey Group III tournament in an 11-2, first-round contest on May 16.

Jesse Cheney, who recorded the Wildcats’ only RBI of the game, swatted a double and scored one of her team’s runs, as did Adrianna Dancisin. Beyond that, Pinelands’ bats were silent, while Mainland scored one in the first, four in the third, one in the fourth and put the game away with five more runs in the fifth.

— David Biggy

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