Coming off a loss against Livingston in Sunday’s IHA Invitational at Immaculate Heart Academy, St. John Vianney’s main goal while facing Shore Conference Class B North foe Manasquan was to simply get back on track with a victory.
Manasquan helped the Lancers out in that respect on Tuesday.
Starting pitcher Olivia Galinis couldn’t find a rhythm in the first inning, walking four and hitting three consecutive batters, as SJV got out to a 6-0 lead and went on to rout the Warriors, 12-0. The Lancers ultimately managed seven hits while scoring a run in the third and five more in the bottom of the fourth to score the five-inning win.
“Manasquan’s a good team and, from center field, it looked like they were hitting the ball pretty well,” said senior outfielder Amanda Durham, who went 1-for-2 with a walk to lead off the game. “Our goal was just to win the game, to stay on top of the ball offensively, play good defense and work as a team.”
Playing SJV (4-1, 3-0) for the first time this season, after moving from the Class C Central division to A Central for the next two seasons, Manasquan took some time to get its bats caught up to Vianney junior pitcher Kate Beriont. By that time, the Lancers were well on their way toward capturing their fourth win of the spring.
Beriont finished with seven strikeouts and no walks while allowing just one hit — a single to Squan catcher Quinn Saito, who lined a hit into left with one out in the top of the fourth.
“Today was big, because it was our first loss of the season (on Sunday), and you have to put behind everything that happened,” Beriont said. “You have to build off it.”
Holding the 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third, Kate Baron walked to lead off the inning before Claire Stefanelli, who went 2-for-3, stroked a single to left to put runners at first and second. Marlena Bevilacqua then dropped what should have been a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error allowed the seventh run to score.
With Megan Gilly in the pitcher’s circle for the Warriors (2-1, 2-1) in the fourth, the Lancers pumped out five of their seven hits while adding five runs to complete the shortened shutout.
Durham seemed convinced her teammates had put the loss to Livingston behind them.
“Obviously, we don’t ever want to lose, but we did and that happens to teams,” she said. “You just have to realize that it is what it is, you learn from it and move forward.”
Manasquan coach Amy Certo wasn’t pleased with her squad’s showing, saying her team is much better than the score indicated.
“We came out flat and looked scared,” she said. “This wasn’t a good display of the kind of team we have. You can’t give a team like St. John Vianney six runs, because the game’s over at that point. Our leadership has to step it up for us.”