Morgan DiVello's sixth inning grand slam helped the Hammonton High School softball team defeat Kingsway Regional 7-6 in a South Jersey Group III semifinal game Tuesday.
The No. 2 seed Blue Devils trailed 5-2 before DiVello hit a two-out pitch to center field with the bases loaded. She also tripled, scored twice and had five RBIs.
Also for Hammonton, Heather Visco was 2-for-4, scored three runs and had a stolen base.
For Kingsway, the third seed, Tori Danner was 2-for-3, including a two-run home run, and had three RBIs.
Hammonton will play at top-seeded GCIT for the S.J. championship Friday.
Kingsway Regional 200 120 1-6 11 1
Hammonton 102 004 x-7 9 0
3B-DiVello H. HR-Danner KR; DiVello H.
WP-Hellyer (13-4) 1k, 1w. LP-Hilt 4k, 1w.
(1) GCIT 2, (4) Pinelands Regional 0
Michele Civile hit a game-ending two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for Gloucester County Institute of Technology in a S.J. Group III semifinal.
Erynn Sobieski tossed a four-hitter to beat the Wildcats, who are ranked 10th in The Press Elite 11.
Pinelands Regional 000 000 0-0 4 1
GCIT 000 000 2-2 6 1
Records-Pinelands 24-7; GCIT 19-5.
S.J. Non-Public B
(3) Sacred Heart 5, (6) Cardinal McCarrick 0
Rosie LaGrotta pitched a three-hit shutout and hit a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and send the Lions to victory in the quarterfinal game.
Sam Caterina hit a two-run double in the sixth inning for Sacred Heart.
The Lions, the third seed and No. 3 in the Elite 11, advance to the sectional semifinals. Sacred Heart will face the winner of today's game between No. 2 Mater Dei and No. 7 St. Rose.
Cardinal McCarrick 000 000 0-0 3 3
Sacred Heart 000 212 x-5 6 1
2B-Caterina, Dwyer SH.
WP-LaGrotta (20-2) 8k, 3w. LP-Riley (10-8) 3k, 5w.
Records-Cardinal McCarrick 10-10; Sacred Heart 27-3.