Third-seeded J.F. Kennedy (18-8) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 4-3 comeback win over Governor Livingston on Sunday in North 2 Group III.
After Casie Williams and Rachel Andrejcak singled, Crystal Carlucci singled up the middle to score one run. The relay throw got away from the catcher, allowing Andrejcak to also score, while Carlucci kept running and scored the tying run as the catcher was going after the ball. After a pair of singles, Brittany Paulikas’ sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead run.
Carlucci scattered nine hits, allowing one earned run for the win. Eleventh-seeded Gov. Livingston (15-9) had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth and put runners on second and third with no outs in the seventh, but Carlucci escaped both jams. The Mustangs will host either Mendham or Roxbury in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Nutley 3, South Plainfield 0: The fifth-seeded Tigers (18-9) were shut out, falling to fourth-seeded Nutley (23-6) in North 2 Group III.
J.P. Stevens 9, Columbia 4: Kayla Smith allowed no earned runs on six hits over 51⁄3 innings to pick up her first varsity win to lead top-seeded J.P. Stevens (21-4) over ninth-seeded Columbia (11-16) in a North 2 Group IV game completed on Sunday after being suspended in the top of the sixth inning. Gabby Young went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI double for the Hawks. Ruth Zimmerman capped a five-run third inning with a two-run single. J.P. Stevens will host fourth-seeded Watchung Hills in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Watchung Hills 9, Piscataway 5: Meghan Kovac went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Deanna Gonnella went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and both homered to lead fourth-seeded Watchung Hills (22-5) over fifth-seeded Piscataway (12-11) in North 2 Group IV. McKayla Brady, Kayla Schinik and Dana Mertz also had two hits for the Warriors, while Abby Cline (16-5) allowed two earned runs on five hits for the win. Watchung Hills will play at top-seeded J.P. Stevens in Tuesday’s semifinals.