After the top of the fifth inning of Tuesday’s second meeting with Colts Neck, Middletown South head coach Tom Erbig may have been having flashbacks to April 9, when the Cougars stunned the Eagles in a Shore Conference Class A North contest.
Tied 5-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles (10-4, 6-3) scored once in the fifth and two more in the sixth, and it managed to be enough, as South held on to win, 8-7. Dayna Kleinstein, who went 2-for-4, staked the Cougars (4-8, 2-7) to a 3-0 lead when she slugged a three-run home run to center off South starter Alli Podmajersky in the first.
The Eagles chipped away and took the lead, 5-3, in the fourth, but Colts Neck scored two more in the fifth to regain a one-run margin. After South tied it in the fifth, Abbey Schulz, who was 3-for-3 with a walk, singled to lead off the sixth, before Hannah Milano reached on an error with two outs. Veronica Zega then doubled to left-center to score both runners.
Colts Neck scored twice more in the top of the seventh before falling short. Podmajersky pitcher four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six, before she was lifted for Tiffany Lambert, who earned the victory by allowing no earned runs or walks and four hits during the last three innings.
HENRY HUDSON 4, KEYPORT 3 (8 INN.): Back-to-back singles by Sierra Esparra and Chloe Tracy led to Ali Maddock reaching on an error, allowing Esparra to score from second, in the top of the eighth, and the Admirals held on for the B Central victory. Courtney Semkewyc got the win in the pitcher’s circle, as she fanned 12 while scattering six hits and four walks.
All the scoring occurred after the fifth, kicked off by a leadoff solo homer to left-center by Julia DiGiorgio in the sixth. Henry Hudson (7-6, 7-4) added another run in the sixth before the Red Raiders (5-6, 5-6) scored three in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead. The Admirals then scored a run to tie the game in the top of the seventh.
Kendall Keelan went 2-for-3 for Hudson, while Keyport was led by Jenna Nicholl, who went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the sixth.
MANASQUAN 5, RARITAN 4: After Megan Gilly walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Shakyra Moore drilled a walk-off, two-run homer to give the Warriors their sixth straight win and second over Raritan this season in an A Central clash. Moore finished 3-for-4, and it was her third homer of the season.
With Manasquan (9-3, 6-3) leading 3-0 after five and Olivia Galinis firing a perfect game to that point, the Rockets scored twice in the sixth when Bethany Budner walked with one out and Emily Schaffer followed with a two-run blast to trim the deficit to a run. Raritan (10-7, 7-4) took the lead in the top of the seventh with two more runs.
JACKSON LIB. 5, BARNEGAT 4: After the Bengals scored all their runs in the top of the first, the Lions (9-5, 7-3) chipped away at the lead and tied the B South contest with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth, the Lions scored the game-winner when Laura Tefler singled with one out, advanced to second on Amy Hickman’s groundout, then scored on Chelsea Czapkowski’s single up the middle.
Czapkowski, who also doubled in a run during the fifth, went 2-for-4, while Danielle Budden slugged a solo home run for Liberty. For Barnegat (6-9, 3-5), Kerry Butler went 2-for-4 and Amber Leary hit a two-run single in the first.
MIDD. NORTH 2, MARLBORO 0: Audrie Thomas struck out three, scattered five hits and walked one, and Julie Gross singled and scored on back-to-back errors in the second to give the Lions (8-3, 7-2) the only run they needed to pull back into a first-place tie with Freehold Township in A North. Bonnie Picone and Danielle Triola each went 2-for-3 for the Mustangs (7-9, 4-6).