When it’s tournament time, big innings usually lead to victories. Such was the case for Jackson Memorial on Thursday during its Shore Conference Tournament first-round contest against Monmouth Regional.
Tied 2-2 after the fourth inning, the 17th-seeded Jaguars (11-6) posted four runs in the top of the fifth to grab the lead for good en route to an 8-2 victory over the 16th-seeded Falcons (13-8). The victory propelled the Jags into the Round of 16, where they will meet top-seeded St. John Vianney.
With one out in the fifth, Sara Marques singled and scored on Kayla Molnar’s triple to left-center with the eventual game-winner. But the Jaguars added three more when Sarah Freyre singled in Kayla Molnar, before Sydney Calderon and winning pitcher Kara Molnar both reached on errors, jamming the bases for Kayla Reale, who singled to score Freyre and Calderon, making it 6-2.
Kayla Molnar ended up 4-for-5, while Novak went 3-for-4, and Kara Molnar and Teresa Carr each added two hits.
IN ANOTHER SCT FIRST-ROUND GAME
RB CATHOLIC 12, MON. DONOVAN 3: Tess Griswold went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI, while Brynne Bauman went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Gabby Bram and Jackie Strully each whacked a pair of hits, and Jennifer Mancino pitched the first four innings en route to the victory, as the Caseys (15-8) romped past the Griffins (12-8).
RBC jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, then added four runs in the second and two in third to take command, and the Caseys cruised from there as Mancino allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five. Emily Simon allowed one hit through the final three innings for the save.
Samantha Broo swatted two of Donovan’s six hits. Courtney Tylutki drilled a double as well.
IN REGULAR-SEASON SOFTBALL
TR EAST 2, MIDD. SOUTH 1 (10 inn.): After Tiffani Lambert tripled to right and scored when the throw to third went into dead-ball territory in the third inning, the Raiders (20-3) scored in the bottom of the seventh to tie the contest and later scored in the bottom of the 10th to edge the Eagles (15-8).
With one out in the seventh, Val Hirschfeld singled to right and Alyssa Cenci, running for Hirschfeld, went to second on Sam Lanzano’s infield hit, then scored on a single to right off the bat of Cassondra Anderson.
In the 10th, Cenci started on second base, went to third when Anderson reached on an error, before a bunt single by Jodi Bruno loaded the bases for leadoff batter Taylor Dziedzic, who hit a ball to shortstop. Cenci managed to beat the throw to the plate for the game-winner and head coach Debbie Schwartz’s 496th career win.
Winning pitcher Jordan Weed allowed only Lambert’s triple, struck out 17 and walked none. Lanzano finished 2-for-4.
MATER DEI 5, RED BANK 2: Katelyn Nash went 3-for-4 while Jordan Donohue went 2-for-4, and winning pitcher Jackie Nash scattered seven hits while fanning nine and walking none, as the Seraphs (18-2) captured the nondivisional victory over the Bucs (12-8). Red Bank was led by Darby Olex-Memoli, who went 2-for-3.
WALL 5, MIDD. NORTH 1: Jackie Howarth scattered six hits en route to the victory in the pitcher’s circle, while Katie Wingle slugged a home run and Dani Petrone and Emily Mowen each added doubles, as the Crimson Knights (20-2) scored the nondivisional victory over the Lions (10-7). Quinn Thornton provided the run for North with a solo homer in the fourth.
POINT BORO 6, ST. ROSE 5: Melissa Alfonso went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Ali Blisnuk went 2-for-3 with a double, and Nicole Dayton scattered seven hits and walked three on the way to her first victory of the season in the circle, as the Panthers (3-18) upended the Purple Roses (10-11) in a nondivisional matchup.
CENTRAL 4, SOUTHERN 1: Kayla Heline, Kylie Smolock and Lindsey Mahnken each swatted doubles, and winning pitcher Stephanie Pepper fired a two-hitter, as the Golden Eagles (13-5) got by the Rams (2-18) in a nondivisional contest.