The weather was a bit cool but the Toms River North bats were quite hot on Tuesday, particularly those of Brielle Perrotta and Riley Vuyovich.
Perrotta went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and drilled a three-run home run in the fifth to make it a 10-1 game as the Mariners opened up the season with an 11-1, six-inning victory over Class A South rival Lacey. Vuyovich also went 3-for-4.
The Mariners (1-0, 1-0) had a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth before Sam Reilly belted a solo home run to start a four-run at-bat, as North extended its lead to 7-1 before Perrotta’s blast in the fifth.
Pitcher Ashley Hussey, who went 2-for-3 at the plate, allowed one hit to Lions catcher Emily Dezendorf in the third and struck out five.
HOWELL 4, J.P. STEVENS 1 (10): Sabrina Rittweger and Taylor Mennie swatted back-to-back doubles in the top of the 10th to put Howell (1-0) ahead for good, and the Rebels tacked on two more runs to make it a 4-0 game heading into the bottom half of the inning and went on to win their opener on the road. Tara Mircovich and Annemarie Bartow added an RBI double and run-scoring single, respectively, to close out the offensive burst.
Senior Alex Hartman earner her first varsity win in the pitcher’s circle, allowing six hits. Rittweger, Mennie and Mircovich each finished 2-for-4.
PINELANDS 6, JACKSON LIBERTY 5: The Wildcats (1-0, 1-0) scored twice in each of the first three innings then held off a late rally by the Lions to win their opener. Junior pitcher Naomi Stas fanned six to earn the victory, striking out the final batter with a runner on second base. Stephanie Healy, Corinne Huber and Shannyn Herron each whacked doubles for Pinelands.
RB CATHOLIC 5, MONMOUTH 3: Tess Griswold went 3-for-4 with a double, and Anne Flego and Briana DelGiudice each had a pair of RBI as the Caseys (1-0, 1-0) started the season with a narrow victory over the Falcons. RBC scored four times in the second inning and once in the fifth to grab control. Gianna Mauro was 2-for-3 with a double for Monmouth.
MANCHESTER 5, BARNEGAT 2: Megan Wettengel, Julia Ott and Mallory Wettengel each had RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth as the Hawks (1-0, 1-0) broke open a one-run game. Ott, Taylor Goss and Nicolette Maloney each finished with two hits, while freshman Alyssa Hampton managed three strikeouts and scattered eight hits for her first career win in the circle. Kerry Butler and Emma Lloyd each had a pair of hits for the Bengals.