Years ago, the international tiebreaker was instituted at the high school level to alleviate long, low-scoring games. On Monday, Toms River East pitcher Jordan Weed and the Raiders fell victim to the rule.
After Toms River North’s Kelly Cuthbert started the top of the 10th inning on second base, she advanced to third on a groundout, then scored on another groundout on a ball hit toward the middle as the Mariners snagged a 1-0 win in a Shore Conference Class A South battle between the division’s two top teams after the first week.
“We knew we had the pitching and the defense to keep the game close,” said North coach Mary Ellen Tutzauer, whose team went to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in A South. “Our girls felt really confident coming into the game, and they were really into it. We lucked out with the two grounders up the middle that scored the run.”
The Mariners managed just one hit against Weed, who struck out 17 and walked one, and in the meantime prevented the Raiders (3-1, 2-1) from capitalizing when they put runners in scoring position. East had the bases jammed in the bottom of the fourth and had runners at first and second with two out in the eighth, only to see North pitcher Ashley Hussey escape unscathed.
Hussey allowed three hits and walked three while fanning five.
“Ashley has been pitching really well the past three games,” Tutzauer said. “She’s been steady and consistent, and has allowed our defense to make the plays. Our defense has been really good the past few games, and we just needed an opportunity to be in the game today.”
East came up empty in the bottom of the 10th with one out and a runner on second base. Sam Lanzano, who doubled earlier in the game, smoked a line drive that was headed for right field, but North second baseman Sam Saloman leaped up and snatched the screamer, then fired to second for a double play to end the game.
“Our girls are super excited right now,” Tutzauer said. “But there’s a long way to go, and we just have to keep playing well.”
JACKSON MEM. 3, LACEY 2: Down by a run heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Jaguars scored twice to pull off the Class A South victory. After Kayla Molnar led off with a walk, moved to second on a walk by Kara Molnar, and then went to third on a fly ball to right off the bat of Sarah Freyre, she scored the tying run on a single to center by Teresa Carr.
Kayla Reale then singled to load the bases for Jill Parinello, whose hit dribbled out in front of the plate. The play at the plate to get Kara Molnar was unsuccessful and the Jaguars captured the win. Freyre went 3-for-4, while Kara Molnar struck out two and walked one.
BRICK MEMORIAL 6, BRICK 5: With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Casey Charterina singled to right-center to score Jessica Bormann with the game-winning run as the Mustangs (2-1, 2-1) edged the Green Dragons in another Class A South thriller. Bormann struck out four and walked three en route to the victory.
Brick Memorial churned out 17 hits, including three each by Charterina and Allison Slobiski. Jessica Angersbach, Kristen Hanlon, Sierra Culloo and Meghan Thorn each had two hits. For the Green Dragons, Jessica McDonaugh whacked a triple and went 2-for-4, as did Jillian Olsen, Sam Cimino and Marlee Greensburg.
CENTRAL 3, MONS. DONOVAN 2: Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth and Brittany Oldehoff on second base, pitcher Stephanie Pepper swatted a double to left-center to score Oldehoff with the eventual game-winner as the Golden Eagles (2-1, 2-1) grabbed the Class B South victory.
Pepper, who was 2-for-3 at the plate, fanned 11 and allowed four hits and four walks. Brittany Buehrer singled in Central’s two runs in the second for the initial lead. The Griffins (0-2, 0-1) scored their two runs in the top of the sixth to make it a one-run game.
TR SOUTH 2, SOUTHERN 1: Senior hurler Danielle Gabriel recorded 17 strikeouts and allowed three hits and a walk, and Taylor Lueck went 2-for-3 and scored the eventual game-winning run during a two-run fourth as the Indians (2-2, 2-1) got by the Rams in a Class A South tilt.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Patricia Gantner led off with a single before Gabriel was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After Gantner was put out on a fielder’s choice, Lueck singled in Nancy Condoluci, who was running for Gabriel, with the first run. Harley Gowdy then drilled a double into left-center to score Lueck with the Indians’ second run.
The Rams threatened in the top of the seventh with a runner in scoring position after their first run crossed the plate, but Gabriel whiffed the last batter to score the victory.
ST. ROSE 6, HENRY HUDSON 1: Senior pitcher Kaitlyn Kretzmer crushed a two-run homer in the first inning for all the runs the Purple Roses needed, and allowed a run on two hits and five walks while fanning 11, as St. Rose won the Class B Central contest. Marissa Nardelli added a two-run single in a three-run second inning that put the game out of reach. Sara Case also had two hits for St. Rose (2-1, 2-1).
KEYPORT 11, KEANSBURG 4: Danielle Piccini went 3-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI, and Taylor Sheridan and Erun Uptegrove each added three hits and an RBI, as the Red Raiders rolled in a Class B Central matchup. Pitcher Cheyenne Tango registered five strikeouts and two walks for the victory, while teammate Erin Harrigan went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Keansburg, which tallied 16 hits, received 3-for-4 efforts from Aimee Ascolese and Kim McNelis.
MATER DEI 11, POINT BEACH 1: Emilie Boman went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI, and Jackie Nash went 3-for-4 while fanning three and allowing just two hits and two walks, as the Seraphs (3-0, 3-0) scored the Class B Central victory to remain undefeated. Larisa Chiesa also went 2-for-4 for Mater Dei.
PINELANDS 11, POINT BORO 0: Corinne Huber went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and Alison Waldron also went 4-for-5 with an RBI as the Wildcats cruised in a Class B South contest. Emma Neuweiler allowed just three hits to improve to 3-1, while her teammates tallied 17 hits, scoring 10 of their 11 runs during the last three innings.
JACKSON LIB. 15, MANCHESTER 0: The Lions roared out to a 9-0, first-inning lead and never eased up, peppering the Hawks with 18 hits en route to the Class B South victory. April Szymczyk went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, while winning pitcher Danielle Budden allowed a hit, whiffed six and walked a pair to earn the victory.
MONMOUTH 16, LONG BRANCH 1: Sophomore outfield Kayla Hueston hit a pair of triples and a double and junior pitcher Megan Mego allowed a run on four hits as the Falcons romped to a nondivisional victory. Colleen Phelan also hit a triple for Monmouth, which tallied 16 hits.
BARNEGAT 24, LAKEWOOD 0: After being no-hit on Saturday, the Bengals put together a 17-hit onslaught as they rolled out to a 10-0, first-inning lead and cruised from there. Ryann Farley smacked a three-run triple and drove in five runs, while teammate Jaime DiStefano went 3-for-5 with a two-run triple.