When Colts Neck coach Julie Saporito-Acuna received Middletown South’s lineup card for Tuesday’s Shore Conference Class A North matchup, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that South’s regular starting pitcher, Alli Podmajersky was not getting the start in the pitcher’s circle.
Instead, the Cougars, who were winless at 0-2 heading into the game, faced off against sophomore Tiffani Lambert. The fact South coach Tom Erbig chose not to start Podmajersky fired up the Cougars, who came out and scored once in the first inning, then added another run off Podmajersky in relief during the sixth, and sprung the upset, 2-0.
“I told my girls before the game, ‘This is what they think of us,’ and they responded,” Saporito-Acuna said. “Our defense was really solid and our pitcher did a great job. We’re making progress. Our team is coming together and showing discipline at the plate, and I hope we can carry this momentum through the rest of the season.”
In the first, Taylor Terlizzi and Dana Stevens each walked with two outs, before Emily DeSimone singled to left field to score Terlizzi with the first run for Colts Neck (1-2, 1-2). After Podmajersky came on in relief in the fifth, the Cougars struck again in the sixth, as Terlizzi led off with an infield single, went to second on a passed ball advanced to third on a DeSimone groundout, and scored on a Dayna Kleinstein single to left.
Terlizzi, DeSimone and Sabrina Barsky each had two hits, while Tessa Latrenta struck out three and walked three while allowing five scattered hits, including a pair to Veronica Zega.
RB CATHOLIC 4, RARITAN 1: The Caseys scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to grab a 3-0 lead, as Dakota Canta singled to left to put runners on first and second with one out, before Brynne Bauman doubled to right-center to score both runners, and RBC went on to win the A Central clash.
Danielle Marino slugged a solo home run to left to lead off the fourth, but the Caseys answered with another run in the fifth. Bauman, who had two RBI, Canta, Sara Dnistrian and Tess Griswold each went 2-for-3, while winning pitcher Emily Simon allowed just three hits and two walks while fanning seven.
MIDD. NORTH 6, MARLBORO 5: Winning pitcher Audrie Thomas reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the seventh, before Julie Gross singled and Nikki Alfano doubled to right-center to score both runners with the tying and winning runs, as the Lions edged the Mustangs. It was Marlboro’s first loss of the season.
The Mustangs scored once in the first and four in the second to grab a 5-0 advantage, but the Lions chipped away with one in the fourth and three in the fifth before pulling off the come-from-behind victory.
Alfano ended up 3-for-4 with a double and triple and three RBI, while Amber Frick was 2-for-2 with a double, and Thomas pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and fanning two.
OCEAN 3, FREEHOLD 1: Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Spartans scored once and then added another in the sixth, as Jenna Ambrosio wennt 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Gianna Kinhofer allowed four hits and fanned seven en route to the B North victory. Kelli Shapiro also went 1-for-2 with two RBI for Ocean (3-1, 3-1), while Gabby Romanowski went 2-for-3 for Freehold (2-2, 1-2).
MATAWAN 12, NEPTUNE 10 (8 inn.): Danielle Knox made her first start of the season, allowing eight hits and whiffing seven, as the Huskies scored their first victory of the season in a B North contest. With the bases loaded, Erin Gray singled to center to score Knox and Jessie Norman in the top of the eighth for the win. Gray finished 2-for-5.
TR EAST 6, SOUTHERN 0: The Raiders rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Toms River North on Monday, scoring a run in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, as they cruised to the Class A South win over the Rams. Sara Bencivenga whacked a solo home run in the first and ended 2-for-3 with two RBI. Jordan Weed pitched five innings for the victory, allowing one hit and a walk while fanning 11.
WALL 12, RED BANK 2: The Crimson Knights handed the Bucs their first loss of the season, as freshman pitcher Jackie Howarth allowed four hits. Dani Petrone and Katie Kilgallen each hit doubles, while Emily Mowen smashed a triple to lead Wall’s nine-hit attack. The game was tied heading into the second before the Crimson Knights (2-0, 2-0) scored three in the second, four in the third and three in the fifth.
HOWELL 11, MANALAPAN 1: Alyssa Ruiz allowed four hits and no walks while fanning three, while Vivian Montgomery went 3-for-4 with four RBI and Kelly Hardiman and Taylor Mennie each had three hits, as the Rebels cruised in an A North tilt. Bridget Coulahan went 2-for-4 with a pair of double and two RBI, while sister Jacquie Coulahan went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI.
BARNEGAT 10, LONG BRANCH 0: Emily Gambuti fired her first career no-hitter, striking out 11 and walking four, while the Bengals’ offense swatted 14 hits, including two from Holly Walker, who had four RBI, during the nondivisional matchup.
MONMOUTH 14, SHORE 4: Megan Mego allowed nine hits and a walk while striking out four and went 2-for-4 with four RBI at the plate, as the Falcons tallied 17 hits, including a 3-for-5 effort from Laura Douglas, and rolled in A Central. Colleen Phelan and Alexandra Montefinese each had two hits and two RBI for Monmouth (3-2, 2-2). Michaela Curtis went 2-for-3 for Shore.
HOLMDEL 17, RUMSON-FH 0: In the Bulldogs’ first game of the season, Hornets hurler Ashley Wong fired a four-inning perfect game, striking out seven. Amy Mnich and Kelly Guerin each went 2-for-4 with an RBI during the onslaught.