There were 29 combined hits between Henry Hudson and Keyport in Wednesday afternoon’s Class B Central clash, however, it was the final blow delivered by senior Courtney Semkewyc that lifted the Admirals (3-1) to a 10-9 win over the Red Raiders (2-2).
Senior centerfielder Chloe Tracy sparked the Admirals offense in the final inning with a leadoff single and was followed by the fleet-footed Julia DiGiorgio who turned a sacrifice bunt into an infield single. The table was set for Semkewyc, and with runners on first and second she delivered a blistering line drive to the left field fence that plated Tracy.
The extra-base hit was Semkewyc’s second double and third hit of the game on which she drove in four runs, while Digiorgio’s 4-for-5 effort included two doubles, one triple, three RBI, and a pair of runs scored. Henry Hudson’s senior right fielder Ali Maddock also provided some pop at the plate with a third inning solo home run as part of her 2-for-3 performance.
Keyport’s senior catcher Jenna Nicholl led the Red Raiders offense going 3-for-4 with a two-RBI double that tied the game at seven in the top of the seventh inning, while teammate and junior third baseman Danielle Piccino delivered a 3-for-5 performance with an RBI and two runs scored.
JACKSON LIB. 15, BARNEGAT 9 (9 innings): Led by April Szym’s 4-for-5 day at the plate, in which she drove in two runs, the Lions (3-3, 3-1) were able to push seven runs across the plate in the top of the ninth inning to snap an 8-8 tie and roll to victory over the Bengals (2-2, 1-2), in turn keeping pace with Pinelands (3-1, 3-0) and Central (3-1, 3-1) in what should be a tight Class B South title race.
Barnegat’s Taylor Moehring also put forth an impressive offensive perofrmance with a 4-for-5 game of her own, including three runs scored.
TOMS RIVER SOUTH 5, BRICK 2: Patricia Ganter finished the day with two doubles and two RBI leading the Indians (3-2, 2-2) over the Dragons in a Class A South game. Danielle Gabriel pitched all seven innings picking up her third win of the season and finishing the day with 15 strike outs and two earned runs.
Jess McDonaugh went 1-for-2 at the plate for Brick with one RBI.
TR EAST 7, JACKSON MEM 0: Toms River East senior Sarah Bencivenga went 2-for-2 on the afternoon with a pair of home runs, including a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning, while driving in five of her team’s seven runs as the Raiders (5-1, 4-1) rolled past the Jaguars (2-2, 2-2) in a Class A South matchup.
The Raiders’ Jordan Weed struck out 12 batters, allowed only one hit, and walked none in her seven innings of work to improve her record to 5-1.
POINT BEACH 12, RANNEY 0: Shannon McConnell struck out three in three innings while teammate Catie Sherbo matched that total in two innings of her own as the pair combined to no-hit Ranney and led the Garnet Gulls (2-2, 2-2) over the Panthers in a Class B Central game.
McConnell also delivered at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.