Playing twice in a day is tough, but playing twice in a day, on the road, after being off for six days is a lot tougher. But it didn’t seem to affect Red Bank Catholic, which first captured a Shore Conference Tournament victory Monday morning, then went to Pingry and scored an NJSIAA Non-Public South A win in the afternoon.
“We set out today to have fun in a tough situation, and the girls did a great job,” said RBC head coach Tony Flego. “The girls came together, worked hard and played two solid games. There’s not much more I could have asked from them.”
During the Caseys’ 10-3 win over Pingry, the Big Blue scored first, getting two in the bottom of the first. But RBC (17-9) bounced back with two in the top of the second, then broke open the contest with four in the fifth.
With one out, Anne Flego walked, stole second and scored on a single to right-center by Dakota Canta. Gabby Bram then singled to center and Canta scored when the center fielder misplayed the ball for an error. Brynne Bauman then brought in Bram with a double to center, before Sara Dnistrian swatted a single to bring in Bauman, making it 6-2.
Up by three heading into the seventh, RBC scored four more in its last at-bat to seal the victory, as Tess Griswold, who went 3-for-4, whacked a two-run single to score Canta, who doubled, and Bauman, who singled, before Laura Wickham bashed a two-run home run to left to cap the scoring.
Jen Mancino (6-3) went the distance in the circle, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out five.
During their 2-0 victory over Ocean in the SCT Round of 16, the Caseys scored once in the third, when Canta doubled to left-center to bring in Flego, and again in the fifth, when Bram brought in Flego with a single to left.
Emily Simon earned the win in the circle for RBC earlier in the day, allowing two singles to Emily Butler, another single to Sabrina Batista and a double to Veronica Woehr, along with one walk while fanning six.
IN OTHER SCT GAMES:
MATER DEI 2, WALL 1: The Seraphs have won some big games during the past couple of weeks, and their current streak is now six after taking out second-seeded Wall in the Round of 16. Winning pitcher Jackie Nash allowed a first-pitch, leadoff solo homer to Sydney Canessa and only two other hits the rest of the way, as she struck out six and walked one for the victory in the circle.
Down by a run in the top of the second, 15th-seeded Mater Dei (22-2) scored its two runs to take the lead, as Jordan Donohue reached on a two-base error and scored on Nash’s double to center, before Erin Batz whacked another double to left-center two batters later to bring in Nash with the eventual game-winner. The only other hits she allowed were to Canessa, who doubled with two out in the third, and Katie Wingle, who singled with two out in the fourth.
TR EAST 3, TR SOUTH 0: Winning pitcher Jordan Weed outdueled Danielle Gabriel, allowing just two hits to Gabriel and Amanda Murray while walking one and fanning 15, and the third-seeded Raiders (22-4) scored all their runs in the fifth to advance to the SCT quarterfinals and end 14th-seeded South’s season at 15-13. Gabriel allowed five hits, walked one and whiffed five.
In the fifth, Gianna DePalma and Jodi Bruno reached on back-to-back errors, ending up on second and third, before Taylor Dziedzic singled to center to bring in DePalma with the eventual game-winner. Bruno then scored on an infield single off the bat of Cassie Varvaro, who went 2-for-3, and Sarah Bencivenga brought in Dziedzic on a fielder’s choice.