After being no-hit through eight innings and just getting by Central in the Shore Conference Tournament Round of 16 the day before, Middletown South came back on Thursday with the offensive arsenal running on all cylinders, pumping out 15 hits and advancing to the semifinals with a 7-5 win over 12th-seeded Red Bank Catholc.
After scoring once in the first and leaving the bases loaded, the Eagles (18-9) poured on the offense in the second inning. With one out, Phoenix Starick doubled to right-center to start things off before Grace Heller brought her in with a single to right-center, stole second and scored on Alex Corrgian’s single to left. After Hannah Milano singled to make it first and second, Alli Podmajersky singled to left to score Corrigan, making it 4-0.
Tiffani Lambert then singled to right-center to score Milano, and Abbey Schulz brought in Nicolette Curran with a sacrifice fly to center. The Caseys (17-11) later scored once in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Podmajersky went the first 61⁄3 innings, striking out 10 and allowing three walks and nine hits. Lambert came in with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, allowing two hits while recording her second save of the season.
Lambert finished 3-for-4 at the plate, while Heller and Corrigan each went 2-for-4. Brynne Bauman went 3-for-4 for RBC.
IN ANOTHER SCT GAME:
RARITAN 7, TR NORTH 6: Down 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the eighth-seeded Rockets scored six times to grab the lead for good en route to the victory over the ninth-seeded Mariners in the Round of 16. Raritan (22-8), winners of 11 straight, will face top-seeded St. John Vianney on Saturday in the quarterfinals and a date with Middletown South in the semis on the line.
In the sixth, Daniella Marino led off with a single, went to second on Brianna Rinaldi’s walk and scored on a double to right by Laura Gesario. After Casey Bossert walked to load the bases, Lindsey Carver also walked to bring in Rinaldi to make it 6-4. Bethany Budner then grounded into a fielder’s choice at the plate for the second out, but Nicole Coppolino crushed an 0-2 pitch to center for a grand slam and an 8-6 lead.
With one out in the top of the seventh, North catcher Sam Reilly slugged a solo homer to center but the Mariners (18-9) fell short. Reilly finished 2-for-3. In the third inning, Emily Schaffer belted her 12th homer of the season, a two-run blast to center.
Coppolino, Marino and Schaffer each ended up with two hits. Budner got the win in relief of Schaffer, pitching the final two innings while allowing one hit and no walks.