Lancers break it open in the seventh

Lancers break it open in the seventh


Lancers break it open in the seventh



One insurance run would have been enough, but when given opportunities to score in bunches, St. John Vianney often makes the most of them.

The Lancers took the inch given them on Wednesday and ran a mile with it, scoring four times in the top of the seventh inning to break open a close contest to that point and went on to win 5-0 over Shore Conference Class A South foe Manasquan.

“We had that one inning where everything clicked for us,” said junior second baseman Erica Krumbine, whose RBI single in the third was all the Lancers needed. “We have mental toughness but what we really have is that everybody’s there for each other. We pick each other up. It’s all about the team effort for us.”

And between a seventh in which the Lancers (4-0, 4-0) sent seven batters to the plate, junior pitcher Ashley Ventura’s one-hit, 10-strikeout performance and a defensive effort with no miscues, it all worked together for their fourth straight victory.

“We’re taking things one game at a time and just keeping our focus for that one game,” Ventura said. “So far, I’m very confident, but I have a very strong team behind me.”

It took every bit of SJV’s strengths to muster runs against Manasquan freshman pitcher Victoria Galvan, who mixed a solid arsenal of pitches very well to amass 13 strikeouts. Galvan struck out the side in the second and did so again in the third, but the Lancers did their damage with some short hitting.

With one out in the third, Marlena Bevilacqua dropped a great bunt out in front of the plate and beat the throw to first for a single, then stole second base before Krumbine hit a dribbler through the middle, just beyond the reach of a diving Meghan Gilly at second, to score Bevilacqua and put SJV up 1-0.

Meanwhile, Ventura used an equally effective arsenal of pitches to keep the Warriors (1-1, 1-1) off-balance throughout the contest, as the Lancers took the one-run lead into the seventh before striking for the final blow.

After Krumbine was grazed on the left elbow with a pitch, Jackie Gallagher put down a sacrifice bunt to send Krumbine to second. A passed ball then allowed Krumbine to advance to third, and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Helena Coppola scored Krumbine to make it 2-0.

With Coppola on second, Ventura hit a sharp single up the middle to score Coppola with the third run, before Kate Baron ripped a double into right-center field to score Ventura. After another strikeout, Jess Carlucci roped a singled into right-center to score Baron.

“We had a lot of strikeouts today, but that’s OK,” Krumbine said. “We do a lot of other things right and don’t mind playing in tough battles like this one, because we’re confident that we’ll eventually do what we have to in order to win the game.”

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