As its second meeting with Central on May 2 draws closer, Pinelands is going to have to keep pace with the Golden Eagles, and perhaps get a little help along the way, if the Wildcats are going to go after a Shore Conference Class B South title.
The Wildcats kept pace on Monday, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to win an 8-3 contest over Jackson Liberty, the squad that beat Central earlier in the season and will play the Golden Eagles on Wednesday. Naomi Stas kept Pinelands (8-3, 6-1) a half-game in the win column behind Central by slugging a grand slam and going 2-for-4.
Junior pitcher Emma Neuweiler scattered 10 hits while striking out nine and walking two. Danielle Budden drilled a solo home run in the fourth to put Liberty (5-4, 4-2) up 2-0. Pinelands’ Stephanie Healy went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
TR EAST 4, TR SOUTH 0: Jordan Weed struck out 11 and allowed one hit and a walk, and helped her own cause by swatting an RBI single in the first, as the Raiders (9-3, 9-1) scored a Class A South victory. Val Hirschfeld’s RBI double in the first made it 2-0, and Sarah Bencivenga went 3-for-3 with a double as well. South pitcher Danielle Gabriel struck out nine and walked one.
JACKSON MEM. 7, BRICK MEM. 5: The Jaguars erased a one-run deficit and grabbed the lead for good with a five-run bottom of the fourth to earn the A South win. Sara Freyre, who went 2-for-3, ripped RBI singles in the third and fourth to help lead the Jackson Memorial (6-2, 6-2) comeback. Brick Memorial’s Jessica Angersbach went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the seventh, while teammate Casey Charterina went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in the second.
FREEHOLD TWP. 4, MANALAPAN 0: Marissa Barnes, who went 2-for-3, scored on a Victoria Saporito single and Ashley Eisenstein, who went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, scored on a passed ball in the first inning, as the Patriots (7-2, 6-1) captured an A North victory. Jordyn White fired a one-hitter, allowing a single by Kristen Ruggiero in the seventh, while fanning 13 and walked two.
MIDD. SOUTH 4, JFK-ISELIN 1: Tiffany Lambert struck out five and walked one while scattering five hits to earn her first victory of the season, as the Eagles (7-3) won their second straight nonconference contest in three days. Abbey Schulz went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI, while teammate Alli Podmajersky also bashed a triple.
TR NORTH 6, LACEY 1: The Mariners (8-1, 7-1) kept it rolling in A South, as Ashley Hussey scattered five hits while fanning three and walking one and swatted a two-run double in the fourth to lead North. Brielle Cerchio went 3-for-3 for the Mariners.
RARITAN 18, MATAWAN 6: Bethany Evans went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and crushed a pair of homers – a solo shot to left-center in the third and a three-run blast to right in the fifth – and Laura Gesario went 3-for-5 with a solo homer to left in the third, as the Rockets (8-6) cruised. Lindsey Carver and Casey Bossert also had three hits for Raritan, while Sam Buchman went 4-for-4 with two RBI for the Huskies.