Junior right-hander Josie Novak tossed a one-hit shutout and drove in the game’s lone run Wednesday and the fourth-seeded Immaculata High School softball team edged No. 13 Bishop Eustace 1-0 in the opening round of the NJSIAA Non-Public A South Tournament.
Novak, who walked three, hit a batter, and struck out 14, delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the six inning to plate Melissa Wiegartner and propel the Spartans into the quarterfinals. Immaculata will play host to the winner of Thursday’s game between fifth-seeded Paul IV or 12th-seeded Monsignor Donovan on Tuesday.
Non-Public A North first round
Union Catholic 6, Kent Place 4: Emily Guarno homered, scored twice and drove in two runs and Kirsten Burr tripled and scored to lead seventh-seeded Union Catholic.
Non-Public B South first round
Gill St. Bernard’s 10, Benedictine 0 (6 innings): Eliza Brookman went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Emma Corbett added two hits and a run to power fifth-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s. Corbett and Cara Napolitano combined on the six-inning one-hitter. Napolitano earned the victory with four one-hit innings, striking out seven for the Knights, who will visit fourth-seeded Wardlaw-Hartridge in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
Wardlaw-Hartridge 15, South Amboy 0: Steph Smyczek was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with five RBI and three runs scored to pace Wardlaw-Hartridge (19-3). Ali Yamakaitis chipped in three hits and two RBI for the Rams. Andrea Garcia, Sabrina Myers and Emily Trzeciak all singled for South Amboy (11-12).
Somerset Tech 24, Piscataway Tech 4: Giannie Cintron and Anna Krisak each drove in four runs and Maggie Hlavaty scored four times to lead Somerset Tech (14-9). Piscataway Tech is 2-21.
Middlesex 4, Ridge 0: Jessica Kennick homered and drove in a pair of runs and Salina Pellios also knocked in two runs to lead Middlesex (7-11). Marissa Dean doubled for one of Ridge’s (4-22) three hits.
Perth Amboy Tech 17, Manville 6: Emily Castro went 3-for-3 with five RBI and Tyesha Price chipped in two RBI to lead Perth Amboy Tech. June Weber scattered five hits in six innings to pick up the win. Kim George picked up two hits and drove in four runs for Manville.
A.L. Johnson 15, Dunellen 0: Zhana Bilal had the only hit for Dunellen (6-19).