A win is sometimes all that’s needed to help a struggling team.
The North Brunswick High School softball team was coming off a couple of tough losses when it faced Colonia on Saturday, but the Raiders got a great pitching performance from Molly Kuchler and some much-needed offense on the way to an 8-4 victory.
The win was a bit of revenge after Colonia beat North Brunswick 6-2 last weekend at the Colonia Classic.
“They needed this win very, very badly,” North Brunswick coach Sarah Diller said, “to make everything that they’ve been working on come to life.”
Kuchler pitched a complete game, striking out 10. She allowed four runs on four hits, including a two-run home run to Danielle Sica (2-for-4) in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“I think that she stayed in control very well,” Diller said. “She had great focus and I just think that she was in control.”
Kuchler was also 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI.
A Dorie Porwich triple sent two runs home in the top of the seventh to help seal it for the Raiders.
Teammate Marylynn Muldowney also had a good day at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 and scoring twice.
Colonia was only down two runs until the top of the seventh when North Brunswick exploded for four runs, putting the game away.
The Patriots left seven runners on base. Kuchler got out of a huge bases-loaded jam in the second inning, only allowing one run.
“Today, they showed a lot of heart and a lot of desire,” said Diller. “They improved as a team. They got together amongst themselves and decided that they needed to turn the corner.”