With the Shore Conference and state tournaments getting started during the coming weeks, this is the time of the season when many teams try to pick up a game here and there in order to prepare themselves for the tougher competition.
Wall and Toms River North took on each other in a battle of two of the top teams in the conference, and the Crimson Knights came away big winners, 18-9, in a nondivisional clash. Wall (17-1) scored nine runs in the top of the first to grab control early and amassed a 19-hit attack against the Mariners (15-3).
The Knights added a run in the top of the fourth that ultimately became the game-winner, as Dani Petrone, who went 4-for-6 with two RBI, reached on an error, went to third on a double by Katie Kilgallen, who went 4-for-5 with three RBI, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Katie Wingle.
Sydney Canessa also went 4-for-6 with an RBI, while Amanda Pringle went 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Emily Mowen ened up 2-for-5. For North, Sam Reilly slugged her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, to center in the sixth to cap the scoring, while Ashley Hussey and Sarah Culp each whacked two hits.
TR EAST 9, RB CATHOLIC 2: Jordan Weed fanned 12 and walked none while scattering six hits, and she also went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, as the Raiders (17-3) captured the nondivisional victory over the Caseys (12-7). Gianna DePalma also went 2-for-3 for East, while RBC’s Dakota Canta went 3-for-3, which included the 100th hit of her career.
OCEAN 3, HOLMDEL 0: Gianna Kinhofer struck out seven and walked one while tossing a no-hitter, and Kinhofer also drilled a solo homer in the first to stake her team to the initial lead, as the Spartans (16-4) scored the nondivisional win over the Hornets (5-14). Sabrina Batista and Katherine Maggs each hit doubles during the victory.
HOWELL 11, BRICK 2: The Rebels (12-5) tallied 16 hits, as AnneMarie Bartow and Kelly Hardiman, who drove in three runs, each went 3-for-5 to lead the charge, and they cruised to the nondivisional victory over the Green Dragons (2-14). Julia Moscato, Vivian Montgomery, Paige Eckert, Taylor Mennie and Alyssa Ruiz each whacked two hits. Ruiz also earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle, going six innings and allowing six hits and a walk while whiffing two. For Brick, Jess McDonaugh went 2-for-3.
CENTRAL 10, MANCHESTER 0: Brittany Oldehoff went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Stephanie Pepper went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Emily Bush went 2-for-3 with an RBI, as the Golden Eagles (12-4, 11-3) scored the lopsided Class B South win over the Hawks (5-10, 5-9). In the circle, Pepper fanned 10, walked one and allowed three hits, including two to Kendall Kiernan.
FREEHOLD TWP. 10, ST. ROSE 0: Jordyn White allowed one hit and two walks while striking out 10, and Amanda Freyre slugged a solo homer to right-center in the third while teammate Victoria Saporito belted a three-run shot to left in the first, as the Patriots rolled in a Monmouth County Tournament White Division quarterfinal. Marissa Barnes and Ashley Eisenstein each went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Freyre ended up 2-for-3 with an RBI.
PINELANDS 12, MANALAPAN 0: Naomi Stas allowed a hit and no walks while fanning seven, and Corinne Huber went 3-for-4 with four RBI, which included a three-run homer in the fifth to end the game, and the Wildcats (17-5) romped past the Braves (5-13) and moved to within a victory of tying the school’s record for most wins in a season. Emma Neuweiler went 2-for-3 with three RBI.