North Hunterdon avenged its loss to High Point in last season’s Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament final Friday with a memorable 4-2, 11-inning victory in Sussex County as junior Mason Spichiger outdueled High Point’s Allyson Frei.
The game was scoreless until the tenth inning when each team scored a run as the international tiebreaker rule was used before North Hunterdon rallied for three runs in the top of the 11th inning while High Point managed only one.
Carly Severini, Spichiger, Taylor Knoble and Jen Inamoto had RBI hits to lift the Lions (15-8) into the tournament final a week from Saturday night at Diamond Nation in Raritan Township against the winner of today’s Pope John vs. Sparta game. The final is scheduled to start about 7 p.m. with the Lions out to win their first title since 2006. North is the No. 2 seed behind High Point in the lower bracket.
Spichiger (12-7) pitched an 11-inning complete game, striking out nine, allowing four hits. She didn’t allow an earned run.
“It was a great, great game, and hopefully we can get a title next week,” said North Hunterdon coach Jeff Steele.
Union County Tournament Quarterfinals
Governor Livingston 4, Roselle Park 0: Jordan Robbins fired a three-hit shutout, striking out 12 and walking none, to lift second-seeded Governor Livingston past seventh-seeded Roselle Park (12-8). Alex Foley, Kacie Worswick, and Caroline Hewitt all drove in runs for the Highlanders, who will face third-seeded New Providence in today’s semifinal.
New Providence 3, Elizabeth 2: Elizabeth Mohan, Alexandra Esposito, and Suzie Gargiulo all drove in runs to lead third-seeded New Providence (11-3) over sixth-seeded Elizabeth (7-10). The Highlanders scratched out a run in the second and two in the fifth. Cassandra Squeri allowed two earned runs on six hits to get the win for the Pioneers.
Westfield 4, Cranford 0: Elena Scarano tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking two, to propel top-seeded Westfield (15-4) past ninth-seeded Cranford (6-10-1). Chrissy Ferraro and Shannon Schaefer (two RBI) each collected three hits for the Blue Devils, who will face fourth-seeded A.L. Johnson in today’s semifinal.
Immaculata 4, Bridgewater-Raritan 3: Leigh Ann Greenwald hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning that proved to be the difference for Immaculata. Greenwald and Megan Colline each collected two hits for the Spartans (12-4) while Josie Novak pitched the final 1-and-2/3 innings in relief for the win.
Jordan Stephenson went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored for the Panthers (7-12), who tied the game in the bottom of the sixth before Greenwald’s heroics.
Pingry 8, Ridge 2: Katie Marino allowed no earned runs, one hit, struck out 15, and walked four to lift Pingry. Jamie Ferns went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Big Blue while Marino (two RBI, three runs) and Alyssa Baum (RBI) each went 2-for-3. Allison Haddad had the only Ridge hit.
Voorhees 7, South Brunswick 0: Haley Fedak tossed a two-hit shutout to lift Voorhees (11-5). Ashley Robbins and Victoria Furka (two RBI, two runs) each collected three hits for Voorhees while Stephanie Martino went 2-for-2 with a double, triple, run and RBI. South Brunswick is 11-9.
Gill St. Bernards 11, Bernards 1: Amanda Greenberg went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Cara Napolitano added a doubles and two runs for Gill St Bernard’s.
Union Catholic 10, Union 0 (5 inn.): Colleen Dow pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking one for the win. Amanda Szyszkiewicz went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead Union Catholic (8-8) while Courtney McGovern and Dow both also collected two hits each.
Piscataway 8, Franklin 1: Julia Seader went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored to lead Piscataway (9-9). Meaghan Wells went 2-for-4 and scored two runs for the Chiefs while Sarah Olgilvie allowed an earned run on four hits, striking out 11 and walking three to get the win for the Chiefs. Amanda Jordan hit a fourth inning solo home run for Franklin (7-11).
Wardlaw-Hartridge 20, East Brunswick Tech 0 (4 inn.): Ali Yamakaitis went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored while tossing a two-hit shutout to lead Wardlaw-Hartridge (17-1). Steph Smyczek, Rachel Voeltzel, and Julia Linger all colelcted two hits for the Rams. Morgan Montgomery and Miranda Dolman each singled for East Brunswick Tech (4-15).
Benedictine 2, Somerset Tech 1: Courtney Kahlsdorf allowed only an earned run on one hit as she took the loss for Somerset Tech (9-7), which managed four singles in the first game of a doubleheader.
Somerset Tech 10, Benedictine 7: Giannie Cintron and Anna Krisak each collected three hits and scored two runs to lift Somerset Tech (10-7) in game two.
Oak Knoll 16, Plainfield 2 (5 inn.): Shannon Sanchez and Faith Clark collected the only two Plainfield (3-8) hits.
Perth Amboy 7, Dunellen 3: The Panthers (1-14) earned their first win, registering 12 hits and playing error-less ball. Dunellen is 4-16.
Montclair Kimberley 11, Rutgers Prep 0 (5 inn.): Rutgers Prep (1-10) got no-hit, falling in the Prep-B Quarterfinals.