The Sayreville High School softball team benefited greatly from Spotswood’s misfortunes on Super Saturday in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament game between the teams.
The sixth-seeded Bombers scored eight unearned runs on their way to an 8-3 victory as five Spotswood errors proved costly in defeat.
The Bombers have come a long way since an 8-1 loss to Middlesex on April 22 that saw them sitting at 3-7. They’ve since gone 8-2, with both losses coming at a 3-2 score, including one to the top seed in the tournament — East Brunswick — as Sayreville (11-9) has incorporated a lineup with no seniors and three to four freshmen on a daily basis.
“We’re a young team and in the beginning of the season we were hitting the ball hard, but just couldn’t get it to drop,” Sayreville coach Christa DeLucia said. “After the Middlesex game we had a sitdown and worked really hard on some of the batting, and since then we’re still hitting the ball hard, but it’s finding holes now.”
Trailing 3-1 after two innings, Sayreville scored three runs in the fourth inning to go ahead 4-3 before scoring four runs in the fifth to break the game open as Spotswood (18-2) committed two errors in each inning.
“I think first-time Super Saturday nerves got us big time today,” Spotswood coach Danielle Matlack said. “I’ve never seen them so quiet. We haven’t played like that all year. We’ve definitely had errors (before), but we were missing the confidence and aggressiveness today.”
Sophomore Erin Fitzsimmons scattered nine hits and allowed three earned runs to pick up the win for the Bombers.
“Erin pitched a solid game,” DeLucia said. “I thought she was consistently around the plate and threw strikes when she needed to throw strikes.”
Spotswood jumped ahead to take a 3-1 lead in the middle of the third as Emma Curci drew a bases loaded walk and Kayla VanWageinge hit a one-out RBI single in the second, while in the third Sam Mohr drew a bases loaded walk.
Both innings though the Chargers left the bases loaded.
“Too many left on base today,” said Matlack, as the Chargers stranded nine runners.
Jill Reed went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Spotswood while VanWageinge went 2-for-3. Micaela McSpadden took the loss as she gave up eight unearned runs on seven hits.
Christina Misiur went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored while and Raelyn Jensen went 2-for-4 with a triple, run, and RBI to lead the Sayreville effort.