Freshman Gabby Young converted a game-winning bases-loaded suicide squeeze bunt with one out in the bottom of the seventh to catapult the J.P. Stevens High School softball team past Red Bank Catholic, 6-5, in the East Brunswick Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Young’s bunt scored Danielle DeBenedetto, who led off the seventh with a single for the Hawks (13-2)
J.P. Stevens took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Amanda Lombardi’s three-run homer and extended it to 4-0 in the second when Kayla Smith hit an RBI double.
Red Bank Catholic (10-6) put a run across in the fourth before taking a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth as they scored four unearned runs in the inning.
The Haws tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth when Stephanie Garrison’s bunt single plated DeBenedetto (3-for-4, double).
Rebecca Coleman allowed one earned run on eight hits for the win.
Bishop Ahr 5, J.P. Stevens 1: Christine LaRochelle scattered nine hits, allowing an earned run, to earn the win for Bishop Ahr (11-4). The Trojans struck for four runs in the first inning, as Samantha Misurell doubled, Ragen Reddick walked, Gaby Elvina doubled, and Megan Ryan single as the four all scored. Rebecca DiSerio and Stephanie Zhang each collected two hits for J.P. Stevens (13-3).
Red Bank Catholic 12, East Brunswick 7: Tori Zaccaria went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and a fourth-inning solo home run as East Brunswick (14-3) fell behind 8-1 early. Sam Smalley hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Bears deficit to 11-7.
Monroe 10, Colonia 1: Kendra Barlotta finished 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and five RBI while Casey Schieda went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI to power Monroe (13-3). Winning pitcher Kelly Widener (13-3) surrendered one run on six hits while walking one and striking out eight for the Falcons. Marissa Tennaro slapped an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning for Colonia (8-9).
Spotswood 12, South Amboy 0 (5 inn.): Micaela McSpadden threw a no-hitter, striking out nine and walking one to lead Spotswood (13-1). Emma Curci went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Alexa Raba went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored for the Chargers. South Amboy is 10-6.
Marlboro 15, New Brunswick 0 (4 inn): The Zebras were felled by nine errors and managed only one hit as they fell to 0-16.
Warren Tech 20, East Brunswick Tech 1 (5 inn): Sophomore Vikki Cenegy belted a triple for East Brunswick Tech (3-14) and was driven in by Junior Katt Hatt.
Watchung Hills 4, Franklin 2: Junior shortstop Meghan Kovac went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored, and classmate Deanna Gonella added two hits and an RBI to lead the third-seeded Watchung Hills High School softball team to victory over 11th-seeded Franklin on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Somerset County Tournament. Senior Abby Cline allowed just one earned run on four hits and struck out seven for the Warriors (13-4), who will face the winner of Saturday night’s game between second-seeded Immaculata and No. 7 Mount St. Mary in next weekend’s semifinals. Senior Salonika Muhammod drove in both runs for Franklin (7-9) with a third-inning double.