The Wheaties must have come in handy on Tuesday, but there’s no doubt sixth-seeded Freehold Township coach Beth English was sweating things out. The Patriots waited until the bottom of the fifth to put up their first run, then scored three in the sixth to tie the contest, and won the NJSIAA Central Group IV matchup over 11th-seeded Sayreville with a run in the ninth.
After Marissa Barnes drew a one-out walk, Ashley Eisenstein dropped an apparent sacrifice bunt that went for an infield single while Barnes rounded second and went to third on the play to first. As Barnes pulled into third, Eisenstein ended up in a rundown between first and second, and Barnes broke for home. She slid in behind the tag at home, barely touching home plate with her left hand for the game-winner.
Meanwhile, Jordyn White was solid, scattering nine hits while striking out 10 and walking three en route to the victory. Katie Liberi finished 3-for-4 annd scored the tying run in the sixth.
IN OTHER CENTRAL GAMES:
HENRY HUDSON 8, PERTH AMBOY TECH 0: Courtney Semkewyc went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in the seventh and fanned 13 and walked two while tossing a four-hitter, as the Admirals (11-9) advanced to the quarterfinals in Central Group I. Rebecca Vaughan was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI, while Kate Waters finished 2-for-4.
KEYPORT 14, SOUTH RIVER 1: Taylor Sheridan hit for the cycle while going 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI, including a solo homer to left-center in the second to give the Red Raiders (9-11) a 6-0 lead, and Keyport scorched the Rams in Central Group I. Jenna Nicholl finished 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the first and four RBI, while teammate Rachel Trigg went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
WALL 11, NEPTUNE 1: Sydney Canessa belted a pair of home runs, including a leadoff shot to left-center in the first and a two-run bomb to center in the fourth, as she finished 3-for-3 with five RBI, as the Crimson Knights (21-3) rolled in Central III. Kirby Marron struck out three and walked two while allowing a hit to Christina Blue in the second to earn the victory. Emily Mowen went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
MIDD. SOUTH 7, HIGHTSTOWN 0: After scoring a run to grab the lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles (16-8) grabbed control of the Central Group III contest with five in the sixth., as Tiffani Lambert doubled in Grace Heller, winning pitcher Alli Podmajersky singled in Heller, Hannah Milano singled in Abby Schulz, and Julia Beck drove in two more with a single. Podmajersky allowed three hits for the victory in the circle.
WW-PLAINSBORO SOUTH 2, HOWELL 1: Taylor Mennie’s bunt single was the only hit for the Rebels (15-7) in the sixth, and Annemarie Bartow drove in Mennie with a sacrifice fly to center, as Howell fell short in Central Group IV. Alyssa Ruiz allowed three hits and four walks while striking out 11 during the loss.
IN SOUTH GAMES:
TR SOUTH 3, MILLVILLE 0: Kiaya Jacobs singled with one out, went to second when Patricia Gantner reached on an error, before winning pitcher Danielle Gabriel walked to load the bases and Amanda Murray singled in two of the runners for the eventual game-winning runs in the fifth, and the Indians (15-11) advanced in South Group IV. Murray ended up 2-for-3, while Gabriel allowed just one hit and two walks while fanning 15.
TR NORTH 8, EGG HARBOR 0: Sam Reilly slugged a three-run homer as part of a four-run fourth that broke open the South Group IV contest, as Ashley Hussey returned to the pitcher’s circle for the Mariners (17-7), whiffing five and walking two while allowing three hits. Hussey also went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate, while Reilly finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and Riley Vuyovich went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
TR EAST 1, CHEROKEE 0: Jordan Weed allowed two hits, and Taylor Dziedzic reached on an error and later scored on a fielder’s choice, as the Raiders (21-3) squeaked by the Chiefs in South Group IV. Sarah Bencivenga and Jenna Platten each swatted doubles for East, which tallied eight hits.