Bridgewater-Raritan 2, Hunterdon Central 1: Sophomore shortstop Samantha Ward tripled with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored on a Sarah Rebetje single as the Bridgewater-Raritan High School softball team won in walkoff fashion on opening day, 2-1 over Hunterdon Central at Diamond Nation.
The victory marked the first time in Panthers’ coach Sandy Baranowski’s 18 years at the helm that B-R has managed to defeat the Red Devils.
Winning pitcher Meghan Zinn tied the game in the bottom of the sixth for the Panthers, driving in Cat DeStefano. Zinn allowed one run on eight hits, walked two and struck out 10.
Senior Jess McGuire went 3-for-4 including an RBI single in the fifth inning to plate Tiffani Semanchik who had tripled earlier in the frame for Central. The Red Devils also got seven strong innings from Karissa Zubulake, who allowed just two runs on five hits, walked none and struck out five.
Franklin 1, Warren Hills 0: Senior Sarah Smith fired a six-hit shutout and struck out 14 to lift Franklin to an opening-day victory. Emily Riha doubled in the top of the fifth inning and scored on two passed balls to account for the Warriors’ runs. Madey Smith alloed one hit, walked three and struck out 14 for Warren Hills.
Voorhees 4, Somerville 3: Megan Shaw drove in two runs and scored another as Voorhees escaped with a win in its opener. Tara Morash and Hannah Schiavo also scored for the Vikings. Kelsey Johnson doubled in all three runs for Somerville in the bottom of the second inning, giving the Pioneers a short-lived 3-2 lead.
Montgomery 1, Ridge 0: Gillian O’Connor threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits, two walks and struck out eight as Montgomery opened with a victory. Kira Ferraiolo struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the save, allowing two hits and stranding both runners. Berna McCormick drove in Erin Ender in the bottom of the third to account for the Cougars’ run.
Pingry 2, Belvidere 1: Katie Marino allowed no earned runs on just one hit and struck out 14 to lift Pingry. Daria Fradkin and Amanda Van Orden drove in runs in the victory.
Bound Brook 4, South Hunterdon 1: Emely Cortes went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, and Megan Kranz posted two hits, including a double, scored a run and drove in another to fuel Bound Brook. Giovanna Rubino notched a double for South Hunterdon.
Westfield 5, Elizabeth 1: Sam Velez finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs, and Danielle Rinaldi doubled and drove in a pair to boost Westfield. Elena Elliot and Shannon Devitt split the victory from the circle, with Elliott allowing a run on two hits and striking out two in four innings and Davitt finishing up with three hitless frames, fanning six.
Union Catholic 4, Roselle Park 1: Kirsten Burr went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Lea Gurval posted two hits, a run and an RBI to lead Union Catholic. Kelly Grieco also picked up two hits for the Vikings.
Mount St. Mary 15, Rutgers Prep 3 (5 innings): Andrea Sanders collected three hits, three runs and an RBI, and Jacqueline McNulla singled, tripled, scored twice and drove in two more to send Mount St. Mary. Suzy Hall also tripled, scored and posted an RBI for the Mount Lions. Grace Bancone notched two hits, a run and an RBI for Rutgers Prep, while Meredith Renzullo drove in a run for the Argos.
North Plainfield 17, Manville 2 (5 innings): Lauren Lattimore went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and Nancy Bahnasy added three hits and four RBIs to spark North Plainfield. Chessie Tomari finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and Megan Mack singled and scored a run for Manville.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 14, Union 2 (5 innings): Kyra Lockhart went 4-for-4 with a double, two triples, three runs and four RBIs as Scotch Plains-Fanwood made use of the mercy rule. Julie DiGiacomo added two doubles, three runs and two RBIs for the Raiders.
Rahway 7, Brearley 1: Karolina Rosso went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and two runs to lead Rahway. Chanel Winstead went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Tiffanhy Rivera allowed a run on three hits for the Indians.
Gill St. Bernard’s 20, Princeton Day 0 (3 innings): Maddy Bedrock finished 3-for-4 with a double, four runs and four RBIs, and Claire Chestnutt added three hits, two runs and an RBI to fuel Gill St. Bernard’s. Paige Knichell contributed a single, double, two runs and two RBIs for the Knights in the three-inning mercyrule-shortened game.
North Hunterdon 14, Phillipsburg 5: Carly Severini finished 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs, and Meghan Graham added three hits, three runs and two RBIs to power North Hunterdon. Brianna Lifshitz collected two hits, a run and drove in three for the Lions who knocked out 16 hits.