With Toms River South already waiting on the bottom of the bracket, Toms River North squared off against Jackson Memorial for a second time in a week, and the Mariners scored twice in the fourth and sixth innings to come away with a 4-0 victory in the Ocean County Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Sarah Culp, Brielle Cerchio and Chrissy Ribaudo each singled to load the bases for leadoff batter Sam Reilly, who drilled a double down the left-field line to bring in Culp and Cerchio and give the Mariners (12-2) a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, again with the bases loaded after Sam Salomon and Culp bunted their way on and Reilly was given an intentional pass, Riley Vuyovich grounded a single through the middle to bring in one run, before winning pitcher Ashley Hussey was hit by a pitch to bring in North’s fourth run.
Vuyovich and Culp each had two hits, while Kayla Molnar was 2-for-4 for the Jaguars (8-5).
RB CATHOLIC 1, SHORE 0: After Gabby Bram led off with a single in the bottom of the second, Tess Griswold reached on an error and Jackie Strully was hit by a pitch, Lauren Wickham scored Bram with a sacrifice fly to left, and the Caseys made the one-run lead hold up in a Class A Central contest.
Bram was 2-for-2 for RBC (9-4, 9-3), while Sami Irace also went 2-for-2 for the Blue Devils. Winning pitcher Emily Simon finished with nine strikeouts and a walk, and Shore’s Lauren Shirley fanned five and walked two, while each team mustered four hits.
WALL 19, LONG BRANCH 9: Julissa Curry hit a grand slam for the Green Wave as part of a five-run fourth, but it wasn’t enough as the Crimson Knights belted 17 hits, includiing three triples and a pair of homers, and Wall came away with the B North win.
Katie Kilgallen slugged a two-run homer to left in the first and Chickie Clayton added a two-run dinger to right-center in the third, while Dani Petrone went 3-for-4 with two triples and three RBI and Jen Guerriero went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
MIDD. NORTH 8, MANALAPAN 3: The Lions (9-3, 8-2) erased a three-run deficit with a four-run bottom of the fifth, then scored four more runs in the sixth to score the A North victory to remain in a first-place tie with Freehold Township.
Quinn Thornton, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI, drove in North’s first run with an RBI double, before a sacrifice fly and throwing error helped tie the game and Kate Quinn brought in the game-winner with a two-out single. For the Braves (4-11, 1-10), Cara Settanni and Chandler Matcovich each swatted two hits.
OCEAN 3, BRICK MEM. 0: Gianna Kinhofer fired a no-hitter while whiffing 13 and walking two from the pitcher’s circle, while going 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, as the Spartans grabbed the nondivisional victory. Ocean (13-3) scored once each in the first, second and fifth to win it.
NEPTUNE 10, FREEHOLD 4: Kimmie Michals went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run double during an eight-run second inning, and Jasmine Hawkins went 2-for-4 with an RBI, as the Scarlet Fliers pulled off the B North victory. In the pitcher’s circle, Michals scattered 10 hits while striking out nine. Freehold’s Gabby Romanowski was 2-for-3 with a first-inning homer.
MIDD. SOUTH 7, MARLBORO 0: Alli Podmajersky fired four innings of no-hit ball, striking out six and walking three, for the victory before Tiffany Lambert closed out the contest with three innings of four-hit ball for the save, as the Eagles (11-4, 7-4) grabbed the A North win. Lambert also went 2-for-3 with a two-out, bases-clearing triple in the first to make it a 4-0 game. Abbey Schulz was 2-for-3 with a walk as well.