Weed leads Raiders to win

Weed leads Raiders to win


Weed leads Raiders to win


After Toms River South handed Toms River East one of its four losses last spring, the last thing the Raiders wanted to do was have any sort of lapse coming out of the gate this season.

The Raiders took care of business right from the start against the Indians in both teams’ openers on Tuesday, scoring twice in the first inning and again in the third, while senior pitcher Jordan Weed allowed just two hits and struck out 16, giving East a 3-0 victory in a Shore Conference Class A South battle of last season’s top two teams in the division.

Sophomore Taylor Dziedzic started the season with a leadoff single, stole second base and scored on two consecutive passed balls, as the Raiders jumped out to an early lead. Senior Sarah Bencivenga then whacked a solo home run to left-center field to make it 2-0.

In the top of the third, Bencivenga singled to score Dziedzic after she again singled and stole second. Sophomore Lauren Coppinger also has two hits for the Raiders.

Meanwhile, Weed kept the Indians at bay for her first shutout of the season, despite a 14-strikeout, no-walk effort from South senior pitcher Danielle Gabriel.

TR NORTH 13, LACEY 12: In a wild seventh inning, during which each team scored seven runs, the Mariners managed to hang on for the Class A South victory.

Junior Sam Reilly, sophomore Chrissy Ribaudo and freshman Sam Salomon each hit doubles during North’s seven-run top of the seventh, before the Lions rebounded with seven runs of their own, including a two-run double by freshman catcher Emily Dezendorf, who went 4-for-5 in her varsity debut.

Junior third baseman Sara Wright slugged a home run for the Lions as well.

CENTRAL 10, POINT BORO 2: With the Golden Eagles holding a two-run lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, Central junior Lindsey Mahnken smashed a grand slam during a six-run at-bat in a Class B South contest.

Sophomore pitcher Stephanie Pepper went the distance, allowing a walk and two runs on four hits while fanning 13. Pepper also went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate, as did sophomore Samantha Farreau. Junior Kylie Smolock was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.

PINELANDS 3, JACKSON LIBERTY 1: Junior pitcher Emma Neuweiler fanned 15, walked none and allowed just three hits as the Wildcats opened with a Class B South victory over the Lions.

After Shannon Herron singled to drive in Alison Waldron with Pinelands’ first run in the top of the second, the Wildcats struck again in the fourth, as Waldron led off with a triple and scored on an Emily Dancisin single, before Dancisin scored the Wildcats’ third run on a single by Lyndsay McClellan.

Waldron and Herron each went 2-for-3, as did senior Breanna Wilson. Senior Amy Hickman also went 2-for-3 for the Lions.

JACKSON MEMORIAL 6, BRICK MEMORIAL 1: Senior Sarah Freyre smashed a two-run homer to left-center in the third inning to give the Jaguars all they needed, but they added a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to score the A South win. While sister Kayla Molnar went 2-for-4 at the plate, pitcher Kara Molnar fanned four and walked one to earn the victory in the pitcher’s circle.

The Mustangs’ Jessica Angersbach was 2-for-3, while Hannah Kowalsku went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. Mariah Schiessl drove in Brick Memorial’s only run in the fourth.

CK 4: After the Green Dragons tied the A South contest at 4-4 with three runs in the top of the sixth, the Rams scored in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead and go on to win.

With one out, senior Tianna Santiago, who went 2-for-3, singled to center, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on a passed ball to giev Southern the victory. Freshman hurler Jessica Hewitt struck out two and walked one in her varsity debut, while junior Katelyn Arthur went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Rams.

RED BANK CATHOLIC 9, MONMOUTH 1: The Caseys started off the season with a six-run first inning and cruised past the Falcons in a Class A Central contest. Junior Briana DelGiudice went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI to lead RBC at the plate, while teammates Brynne Bauman swatted two doubles and Anne Flego went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

RBC senior pitcher Emily Simon fanned 12 batters and allowed five hits and a walk for the victory. Monmouth’s Karly Garibaldi had two of her team’s hits.

MATER DEI 12, KEYPORT 4: In the first inning, Emily Boman blasted a two-run homer, while Jordan Donohue hit a grand slam and Erin Batz added a solo homer in the second to send Mater Dei out to 10-0 lead, and the Serpahs never looked back in their first Class B Central win of the season. Senior hurler Jackie Nash struck out 10 and allowed two walks. Keyport senior catcher Jenna Nicholl went 3-for-4.

EEHOLD 1: Junior first baseman Jess Stevenson went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer to left-center and a double, while Kaylee Hartman, Briana Calabrese and Jess Scotti each swatted three hits, as the Bucs cruised to a B North victory. Sophomore pitcher Katie Serkus struck out seven and walked just two for the victory.

POINT BEACH 15, ASBURY PARK 0: Catie Sherbo was 3-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI at the plate, and struck out seven while allowing no walks in a shortened, three-inning contest, as the Garnet Gulls rolled. Beach’s Haylee Angelucci swatted a home run.

ANNEY 0: Sophomore shortstop Julia DiGiorgio went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and 4 RBI, while senior pitcher Courtney Semkewyc fanned nine and walked five as the Admirals won big in B Central. Henry Hudson’s Ali Maddock, Rebecca Vaughn and Linda Gallagher each added two hits to the Admirals’ onslaught

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