Big hits in big situations often translate into big victories, and Christine Gebhardt came through for Middletown North (3-1) on Saturday.
Gebhardt bashed a pair of three-run home runs, accounting for all the Lions’ runs in a 6-1 non-divisional victory over Red Bank Catholic, which lost the first game of its doubleheader, 11-0, against Immaculate Heart Academy earlier in the afternoon.
In the third inning, Audrie Thomas led off with a walk before Nikki Alfano, who went 3-for-4, singled with one out to bring up Gebhardt, who clubbed her first homer of the game to make it 3-0. The Caseys (3-4) pulled to within two runs in the fourth, when Tess Griswold doubled, Allie Savino singled and Maggie Rue singled in Griswold.
In the fifth, Payleigh Bahan and Alfano each singled before Gebhardt smashed her second dinger of the day. Freshman pitcher Riley Kernan closed it out from there, finishing with a four-hitter, six strikeouts and no walks for the victory.
RED BANK 6, POINT BORO 5 (9): Katie Serkus singled in Srividya Tyler in the bottom of the ninth inning, and she also registered 10 strikeouts while allowing five hits for the victory in the circle, as the Bucs (4-1) scored the non-divisional victory. Kaylee Hartman, Jess Scotti and Serkus each had two hits and Jess Stevenson added a pair of runs batter in. Melissa Alfonso had two hits for the Panthers.
BRICK MEMORIAL 4, OCEAN 3: Down by three, the Mustangs (2-3) scored four in the bottom of the sixth to edge the Spartans (2-2) in a non-divisional matchup. After Jess Bormann singled and stole second, Kristen Hanlon doubled, Allison Slobiski, Sierra Culloo and Tori Lucarelli each singled to tie the game, before Tori Boughton singled in Culloo with the go-ahead run. Bormann allowed four hits and two walks to earn the win in the circle.
SHORE 10, LONG BRANCH 0: Lauren Shirley went 2-for-3 with 5 RBI, including a two-run single during a four-run third and two-run homer during a five-run fourth, and Sam Irace went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, as the Blue Devils (2-3) cruised to their second straight victory. Jess Layton, Morgan Bohnert and winning pitcher Kasey Ronan, who allowed one hit and a walk in the circle, each went 2-for-3.
MONSIGNOR DONOVAN 10, CENTRAL 0: Rebecca Drake went 2-for-2 with two doubles and scored the first of four runs in the first inning, while winning pitcher Courtney Tylutki went 2-for-2 and Summer Abner went 3-for-3, as the Griffins (3-1, 3-1) captured the B South victory over the Golden Eagles (3-3, 3-2), who managed just two hits. Tylutki allowed one hit, fanned seven and walked one, while Drake pitched the last inning and gave up a hit.
HOLMDEL 12, TOMS RIVER SOUTH 0: Kelly Guerin went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, while Kristen Buscema went 3-for-3 and winning pitcher Ashley Wong scattered five hits and walked one, as the Hornets (4-1) cruised to the non-divisional victory. Harley Gowdy had two of the Indians’ hits, while Jackie Wong also whacked a pair.
MATAWAN 14, NEPTUNE 1: The Huskies (4-2, 3-1) scored all of their runs during the final three innings to erase a one-run deficit and surge to victory in B North. After Joyce Randolph, who had two hits, singled in Kimmie Michals to give Neptune the lead in the third, Matawan scored four times in the fifth, powered by a bases-clearing triple off the bat of Jess Norman, who also added a home run in the seventh. Lauren Conroy had three hits, including two doubles, for the Huskies.
KEANSBURG 16, ASBURY PARK 0: Erin Best went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Aimee Ascolese went 2-for-3 with a triple and 3 RBI and Cheyenne Lyons went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI, as the Titans (3-2, 3-2) rolled to the B Central victory. Bobbie Burdick got the win in the circle, allowing just one hit to Dianna Menjar.
MILLVILLE 10, PINELANDS 1: Emma Neuweiler swatted the only extra-base hit for Pinelands (7-1), but the Wildcats mustered only five other hits en route to a non-conference loss during the Overbrook Tournament. Naomi Stas struck out six but was touched for 11 hits.
WASHINGTON TWP. 18, MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 0: The Minutemaids took an 8-0 lead into the top of the sixth before exploding for another 10 runs against the Eagles (3-3) during the Rancocas Valley Elite Tournament. Middletown South managed just two hits as Maddie McMahon was handed her first loss of the season.