Aggressive baserunning and timely hitting often are winning ingredients. Henry Hudson used that combination to score most of its runs in pairs and now are atop the Shore Conference Class B Central division as a result.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Admirals (8-1, 8-1) scored twice more in the third when Julia DiGiorgio singled, stole second and scored on a double by Olivia Iannace, who then stole third and scored on a throwing error, as Hudson went on to beat St. Rose, 7-3.
The Admirals took a 6-0 lead over the Purple Roses (6-2, 6-2) in the fourth, when Priscilla Dempsey walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Straneiro and to third on a passed ball, then scored on a wild pitch, before Linda Gallagher singled in Lydia Piazza, who reached on a passed-ball third strike.
St. Rose cut the lead to five when Marissa Nardelli reached on an error and scored on a double off the bat of Brianna McInerney, who was 3-for-3, in the fifth. But the Admirals tacked on their seventh run in the sixth when Piazza reached on an error on her bunt, went to third on the play and scored after the ball skipped into foul ground on the attempt to throw her out at third.
A two-run double by Nardelli in the sixth capped the scoring. Winning pitcher Kendall Keelen gave up six hits, struck out five and walked none.
POINT BEACH 1, MATER DEI 0: Kellyann Ohlinger reached on an error, went to second on Haylee Angelucci’s bunt single and scored on a single by Alexa Russell for the only run of the game, and winning pitcher Shannon McConnell fired a no-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks, as the Garnet Gulls (7-4, 7-3) edged the Seraphs (7-2, 7-2) in Class B Central. In the seventh, Mater Dei had a runner on second with one out, but McConnell incuded a pair of popups to end the game.
TR NORTH 6, TR EAST 5: After Sam Reilly doubled in a run to cut the lead to one during the top of the seventh, Kelly Cuthbert scored on a wild pitch to tie the contest, and Brielle Perrotta reached on an outfielder error to score the Mariners’ last two runs as they scored the A South victory. Ashley Hussey scattered eight hits to gain the win for North (10-1, 8-0), while the Raiders (7-5, 7-3) were paced on offense by Alyssa Raimondo, who had 2 RBI, and Jessica Platten, with two hits each.
JACKSON LIBERTY 6, MANCHESTER 5: Brianna Holder, who had two hits, singled in Kayla Connors, who had three hits, for the game-winner in the top of the seventh, and Holder scattered seven hits and fanned four for her first victory of the season, as the Lions (5-8, 3-6) captured the B South win. Kaitlyn Kettman had three hits and Julia Ott added two for the Hawks (5-7, 5-5).
RARITAN 9, MONMOUTH 6: An RBI double by Daniella Marino and succesive RBI singles from winning pitcher Nicole Coppolino, Bethany Budner and Michelle Nestor staked the Rockets (8-3, 5-2) to the initial lead en route to a Class A Central victory over the Falcons (4-7, 3-6). Emily Schaffer doubled twice and Marino, Budner, Nestor, Hallie Barone and Nicole Kirse each had two hits, as did Monmouth’s Taylor Hager and Jade Eggleston.
MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 5, WALL 1: Julia Beck went 2-for-4 and slugged a two-run homer to left in the top of the third to break a 1-1 tie, and Maddie McMahon gave up five hits and one walk to snatch the victory, as the Eagles (7-3) got by the Crimson Knights (10-2) in a nondivisional contest. Middletown South’s Phoenix Starick went 2-for-2, as did Wall’s Casey DeSarno.