SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Pinelands rallies in sixth inning for victory

SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Pinelands rallies in sixth inning for victory


SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Pinelands rallies in sixth inning for victory


Scoring runs when hits are limited is something good teams do in order to win games. Pinelands made the most of their baserunning opportunities Friday.

Squaring off against Central and Stephanie Pepper, the Wildcats managed only five hits but still scored five times, including four in the bottom of the sixth, to earn a 5-2 victory, remain undefeated and stay atop the Class B South division by itself.

Pinelands (7-0, 5-0) scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth when Emily Dancisin walked with one out and later crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Carman walked to lead off, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Dancisin that went for a two-base error, and both runners scored on another bunt off the bat of Madison Dancisin that was thrown off the mark at the plate and got away from catcher Kylie Smolock. Winning pitcher Naomi Stas then doubled in the next two runners to make it 5-0.

In the seventh, Central (3-2, 3-1) received singles by Smolock and Pepper to start the at-bat and both scored on a walk to Emily Bush and an error, respectively. Stas allowed three hits, struck out 12 and walked three, while Pepper fanned seven and walked three.

LACEY 1, SOUTHERN 0: Chelsea Howard gave up five hits, struck out five and walked none to earn her first career shutout, and the Lions (4-2, 3-2) scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, as they edged the Rams (2-2, 2-2) in A South. After Kristen Santoro led off with a double to left-center, Kayla Kohout followed with an infield single, before Morgan Walizer sacrifice bunted the runners to second and third, and Emily Dezendorf brought in Santoro with a sacrifice fly. Gabriella D’Amodio and Francesca Aimone each had two hits for Southern.

SHORE 10, FREEHOLD 9: After the Colonials took a two-run lead with four runs in the top of the seventh, the Blue Devils scored three times in the bottom of the inning to snatch the nondivisional victory. With two outs, Sam Irace and winning pitcher Kasey Ronin reached on consecutive errors and Cara Zimmerman walked to load the bases, before Morgan Bohnert also reached on an error to bring in one run and Halah Davis, who was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, singled to center to bring in the tying and winning runs. Bohnert ended up 3-for-5 with 4 RBI.

TR NORTH 6, TR SOUTH 3: The Mariners (6-0, 5-0) gave up three in the first but rebounded with two runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to grab the A South victory. Tied at 3-3, Taylor Ward walked to lead off the fifth, before Amanda Joyce doubled to put runners on second and third, and Sam Salomon doubled to bring in both runners. Ribaudo then singled in Salomon to cap the scoring. Ashley Albers was 3-for-4 for the Indians.

RED BANK 7, MONMOUTH 5: Tied at 5-5 and with two out in the bottom of the seventh, the Bucs (3-1, 3-1) captured the B North victory when Jess Stevenson slugged a two-run home run. Winning pitcher Katie Serkus allowed just three hits, which included a solo homer by Megan Mego in the fifth to give the Falcons a temporary 3-2 lead. Red Bank scored three in the fifth to go ahead by two, but Monmouth scored twice to tie it up in the sixth.

TR EAST 9, BRICK MEMORIAL 5: With the Mustangs holding a 5-1 lead through four, the Raiders (3-3, 3-2) scored five in the top of the fifth to grab the lead for good to snare the A South win. For Toms River East, Val Hirschfeld, Kyleigh Norris and Alyssa Raimondo each had two hits, as did Jessica Bormann and Sierra Culloo for Brick Memorial.

BARNEGAT 8, POINT BORO 3: The Bengals notched their first victory of the season by scoring three runs each in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, Roxy Urso singled and scored on an error to tie the game, before Emma Lloyd brought in Kerry Butler, who had singled, on a fielder’s choice with the game-winner and Lauryn Geduldick tripled in another run.


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