Lions hold off Golden Eagles

Lions hold off Golden Eagles

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Lions hold off Golden Eagles

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Prior to the season, Central Regional coach Steve Stout said he expected the Shore Conference Class B South race to be tight. Apparently, Jackson Liberty is going to do its best to make it so.

Leading by two heading into the bottom of the fifth inning on Thursday, the Lions scored three times in the fifth and held off the Golden Eagles (1-1, 1-1) later in the game to grab a 5-3 victory. The Lions tallied nine hits off Central sophomore pitcher Stephanie Pepper.

Liberty (1-1, 1-1) scored once each in the second and third innings to jump out to a 2-0 advantage before putting the game out of reach in the fifth. Central scored three runs in the sixth to cut the lead to two, but only managed three hits for the contest.

Winning pitcher Danielle Budden went 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in three runs. Amy Hickman was 2-for-3.

KEYPORT 10, POINT BEACH 9: The Red Raiders utilized seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, to keep their Class B Central contest with the Garnet Gulls close, then pulled off the victory with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

After Erin Harrington, who went 4-for-5, tripled to left-center field to lead off the at-bat, Rachel Trigg and Cheyenne Tango each worked out walks to jam the bases for Jill Trigg, who scored Harrigan with a single to left field for the game-winner.

Beach’s Eva Motto, who was 4-for-5, whacked a two-run homer to right-center field in the third inning to give the Garnet Gulls a 3-2 lead, but Keyport’s Danielle Piccini swatted a solo blast to left-center in the bottom of the inning to tie it up. Beach scored five times to regain the lead in the fourth, but Piccini, who went 4-for-5, cut the deficit to 8-5 with a two-run shot to right-center.

The Red Raiders’ Angie Tornetto smacked a solo shot in the sixth as part of a three-run at-bat which again tied the contest at 8. In the pitcher’s circle, Tango fanned five and walked three for the victory.

LACEY 1, TR SOUTH 0: After dropping a one-run loss to Toms River North on Tuesday, the Lions rebounded with a one-run victory over the Indians, managing just one hit and scoring their only run in the bottom of the eighth in a Class A South contest.

Lacey’s Jenna Geisinger led off the eighth with a walk and went to second base on a passed ball, before a bunt by Amanda Santoro led to a throwing error on the play to first base and Geisinger raced home with the game-winner.

Winning pitcher Morgan Walizer earned her first victory of the season, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out six. South senior hurler Danielle Gabriel gave up four walks and fanned seven.

TR NORTH 7, JACKSON MEMORIAL 4: The Mariners (2-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, then scored three more times in the sixth for the divisional win over the Jaguars.

Sam Reilly, who was 3-for-4 with two RBI, belted a solo homer in the first inning to put North up from the start. The Mariners then added three runs in the second and maintained the lead the rest of the way. The Jaguars scored three times in the top of the third and once in the seventh.

North’s Brielle Perotta went 2-for-4, as did the Jaguars’ Kayla Reale.

PINELANDS 7, MANCHESTER 0: Junior pitcher Emma Neuweiler followed a 15-strikeout effort from Tuesday with a 16-strikeout, no-walk performance to lead the Wildcats to the B South victory. Pinelands (2-0, 2-0) went up 2-0 in the first and never looked back, as Breanna Wilson and Stephanie Healy each swatted two hits and scored twice.

TR EAST 8, BRICK 0: Senior pitcher Jordan Weed fired 16 strikeouts for her second straight shutout and allowed no walks as the Raiders rolled in A South. East scored twice in the second to grab the initial lead, then added three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh, as Lauren Coppinger and Jodi Bruno each went 2-for-4.

BRICK MEMORIAL 10, SOUTHERN 1: The Mustangs scored at least once in all but the sixth inning as they cruised to the nine-run, divisional win. Jessica Angersbach went 4-for-5 with two RBI for Memorial, while Southern’s Katelyn Arthur went 2-for-3 with a two-bagger. The victory was sophomore Jessica Bormann’s first at the varsity level.

KEANSBURG 12, RANNEY 0: Senior hurler Caroline Castro allowed five hits and five walks while striking out seven in five innings, as the Titans scored the victory in their opener against their B Central opponent. Keansburg scored five times in the first and tallied nine hits along the way.

HENRY HUDSON 18, ASBURY PARK 0: Sophomore shortstop Julia DiGiogio continued her torrid hitting in the Admirals’ second B Central contest of the season, going 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, her second and third triples of the spring. Courtney Semkewyc was 2-for-2 with three-run dinger in the second and drove in four runs.

POINT BORO 21, LAKEWOOD 0: The Panthers scored four times in the first, then eight in the second, and romped past the Piners for the B South victory. Sophomore pitcher Amanda Caputo allowed three hits in picking up the victory, while junior Emily Liakakos whacked a homer and double to lead a 19-hit barrage.

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