Softball’s a seven-inning game for a reason, and even when behind early, some teams have a knack for coming away victorious.
Holmdel was that team Thursday, scoring 11 runs during the last three innings to score a 12-11 win over Class A Central opponent Shore.
After Shore took a 9-0 lead in the bottom of the second, fueled by Cara Zimmerman’s two-run double, Michaela Curtis’ bases-clearing double, Jessica Layton’s RBI double and Kasey Ronan’s two-run double, the Hornets (5-5, 4-5) bounced back.
Trailing by eight through four innings, Holmdel scored five in the fifth when Kelly Guerin, who was 3-for-5, Aimee Mnich and Nicole Ponisi each swatted RBI singles, April Licato reached on an error which allowed a run to score, and Ali Bartow made it 9-6 with a sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, the Hornets took advantage of four errors, scoring four times to take a one-run lead into the seventh, then scored twice more in the last inning on an error on a ball hit by Kristen Buscema.
Lauren Shirley and Curtis, who was 3-for-4, brought in runs with singles in the bottom of the seventh, and had runners on second and third with two outs.
But winning pitcher Ashley Wong got a flyout to deep center field to end the contest. Halah Davis ended up 3-for-5 as well.
MONSIGNOR DONOVAN 5, JACKSON LIBERTY 4: Leading by three in the top of the fifth, the Griffins (8-1, 7-1) scored twice when Summer Abner dropped a bunt that went for a two-base throwing error, allowing Sam Broo and Rebecca Drake to cross the plate with the eventual winning runs. The Lions (4-8, 2-7) rebounded with a run in the fifth and sixth, and then two more in the seventh when Ashley Eckett hit a two-run homer, before falling short. Kayla Conners was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run for Liberty.
MIDDLETOWN NORTH 8, FREEHOLD TWP. 6: The Patriots’ Amanda Freyre slugged a pair of two-run homers and Katie Tirabassi added a solo blast, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Lions (7-2, 5-1) from grabbing the A North victory. Nikki Alfano went 3-for-3 while Lizzie Dorza, who drove in the game-winner with a two-run single in the sixth, went 3-for-4 for North. Jill Wallrabe swatted a two-run single in the fifth to give the Lions a temporary lead, before Freyre tied it with her second homer.
SJ VIANNEY 5, RB CATHOLIC 0: Ashley Ventura allowed just one single to Anne Flego in the sixth, fanned five and walked one, and Helena Coppola was 3-for-4 with a double, as the Lancers (8-0, 8-0) scored the win in A Central over the Caseys (6-6, 6-4). In the third inning, Ventura singled in a run, followed by a two-run double off the bat of Kate Baron, who doubled twice, to give SJV the only lead it needed.