CN softball: Franklin topples Pingry in SCT

CN softball: Franklin topples Pingry in SCT

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CN softball: Franklin topples Pingry in SCT

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Shannon Fillmore drove in a run and scored another in the second inning and Ashley Rupp added a two-run homer in the fourth inning Saturday and the 11th-seeded Franklin High School softball team upset No. 6 Pingry, 4-2 in the second round of the Somerset County Tournament.

Fillmore drove in courtesy runner Jasmine Cruz with the first run and crossed the plate on an illegal pitch to make it 2-0 in the second inning, before Rupp’s blast made it 2-0 in the fourth.

Pingry got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Becca Hoyt doubled, stole third and scored on a passed ball, and added another in sixth when Katie Marino walked, swiped second and third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jaime Ferns.

Sarah Smith earned the victory, as the Warriors improved to 6-6, as the sophomore allowed one earned run on three hits, two walks and struck out seven. Marino and the Big Blue fell to 9-2, with the freshman allowing just two earned runs on seven hits, no walks and striking out 11.

“Offensively, we’ve just been solid, our bats are alive and everyone is hitting extremely well,” said Warriors coach Melissa Vaccaro, whose team will face third-seeded Watchung Hills in next Saturday’s quarterfinals. “But we’ve been making a high number of errors, and today we put it all together. The offense and defense has come together and we’re looking forward to the quarterfinals.”

Somerville
7, Bound Brook 0: Junior Amanda Carisone fired a two-hit shutout, walked two and struck out 12, and Carisone and Lexi D’Amico each drove in two runs to lift fifth-seeded Somerville. Jenna Schwartz finished 3-for-3 with a run for the Pioneers (7-5), who will face fourth-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan in next Saturday’s quarterfinals. Megan Esposito picked up both hits for 12th-seeded Bound Brook (7-7).

Montgomery
6, Gill St. Bernard’s 2: Amanda Bolt went 3-for-4 with a double and a run, and Berna McCormack added two hits and two runs as ninth-seeded Montgomery (3-10) moved into the quarterfinals. The Cougars will face top-seeded Hillsborough next Saturday. Cara Napolitano tripled in a run for eighth-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s (9-5).

Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament second round

North Hunterdon 5, Kittatinny 0: Junior Jen Inamoto fired a two-hit shutout, walked one and struck out 12 to lead 2A-seeded North Hunterdon into the quarterfinals. Carly Severini went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBI for the Lions (10-6), who will play host to 6A-seeded North Warren at 3 p.m. Saturday. Isabella Many added a single, triple and RBI in the victory, which was the 179th of coach Jeff Steele’s career, moving him into first place on the North Hunterdon softball program’s all-time wins list.

Hunterdon Central 8, Sussex Tech 6: Ally Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBI, and Olivia Zengel finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored as 3A-seeded Hunterdon Central advanced. Sarah Merlo added two hits and an RBI for the Red Devils (7-5), will face 2B-seeded Sparta in next Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Voorhees 10, Hopatcong 0 (5 innings): Ashley Robbins doubled twice and drove in three runs as 4A-seeded Voorhees advanced. Nicole Kozak finished 3-for-3 with a double and homer for the Vikings (8-2), while Haley Fedak singled, doubled, drove in a run and tossed a five-inning, one-hit shutout, walked four and struck out two. Voorhees will visit 1B-seeded High Point at 4 pm Saturday in the quarterfinals.

High Point
1, Delaware Valley 0: Emily Kolonia posted two hits for Delaware Valley and Megan Mount allowed just four hits, but 1B-seeded High Point scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock off 8A-seeded Delaware Valley (4-11). Ally Frei struck out 19 while walking none and giving up just two hits for the Wildcats.

Regular season

Hillsborough 9, Governor Livingston 0: Senior Alexis Schengrund improved to 7-0 with a two-hit shutout, walking none and striking out 10 for Hillsborough (12-1). Junior Alyssa VanDerveer went 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in the fifth inning, while Donna Conrad finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the fifth and a grand slam homer in the sixth. Alex Foley and Steph Bade posted singles for Govenor Livingston (8-5).

Wardlaw-Hartridge 20, Rutgers Prep 0 (4 innings): Ali Yamakaits drove in four runs and pitched four perfect innings with six strikeouts as Wardlaw-Hartridge remained undefeated. Lacey Gress finished 2-for-2 with four runs and three RBI for the Rams (11-0). Rutgers Prep fell to 1-7.

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