The Sacred Heart High School softball team lost its first game but won three more in the Triton Coaches vs. Cancer Softball Tournament on Saturday at Triton Regional. The Lions are ranked seventh in The Press Elite 11.
Sacred Heart lost 3-0 to Camden Catholic, No. 11 in the Elite 11, in the double-elimination tournament. But the Lions rebounded to beat Maple Shade 12-0 in five innings, topped Camden Catholic 12-4 in a rematch, and defeated Eastern 13-5 in a game shortened to six innings by a time limit. Eastern is ranked fourth in the Elite 11.
The rest of the 10-team tournament is today. Sacred Heart (16-2) will play Paul VI in a losers bracket game at 10 a.m. at Triton. GCIT and Clearview are in the winners bracket. A Sacred Heart win would put the Lions against the GCIT-Clearview loser in a tournament semifinal. The winner of that contest advances to the championship game.
Sacred Heart's Gabby Castellini had a double and a two-run homer in the win over Maple Shade, and Danielle Lugo hit two doubles. Alyssa Waddington pitched a two-hitter in five innings, with three strikeouts and no walks.
Castellini had a double and a triple in the win over Camden Catholic, and Kaila Smith tripled. Lions pitcher Rosie LaGrotta gave up nine hits, struck out one and walked none.
Samantha Caterina, Smith and Lauren Dwyer each doubled against Eastern. Waddington was the winning pitcher, with two strikeouts and one walk.
Camden Catholic scored three runs in the final two innings to beat the Lions in the first game. LaGrotta struck out seven and walked two.
Camden Catholic 000 001 2-3 5 0
Sacred Heart 000 000 0-0 1 1
WP-Wysocki 10k 1w. LP-LaGrotta 7k 2w.
Sacred Heart 425 01-12 11 0
Maple Shade 000 00-0 2 4
2B-Granahan MS. 3B-Lugo (2), Castellini SH. HR-Castellini SH.
WP-Waddington 3k. LP-Granahan 3k.
Sacred Heart 410 000 7-12 16 5
Camden Catholic 103 000 0-4 9 2
2B-Castellini, Lindsay Dwyer, Makos, LaGrotta SH. Surgner, Summers CC. 3B-Castellini, Smith SH. Kerchenski CC.
WP-LaGrotta 1k (11-2). LP-Hayes 2k.
Sacred Heart 003 037-13 11 1
Eastern 004 100-5 7 6
2B-Caterina, Smith, Lauren Dwyer SH. 3B-Serata, Buckley E. HR-Tiernan E.
WP-Waddington 2k 1w (5-0). LP-Gaynor 3k.
Records-Sacred Heart 16-2; Eastern 18-6.
Egg Harbor Township 0,
Cherokee's Troy Domenick went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and three RBIs. The game ended in five innings on the 10-run rule.
EHT's Troy Dixon went 2-for-2.
Cherokee 713 05-16 19 0
Egg Harbor Township 000 00-0 5 2
2B-Curry, Domenick, Baglivo C. 3B-Follet C.
WP-Frank Rosetti 1k. LP-Strickland 0k (1-2).
Records-Cherokee 9-9, EHT 7-7.
Toms River North 7,
Pinelands Regional 0
Toms River North's Karl Blum threw a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and one walk. He also went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Pinelands dropped to 3-12. Further details were unavailable.
Southern Regional 12,
Brick Memorial 1
AnnMarie Stango, Arielle Galgano and Marina Felmly scored three goals apiece for Southern, which jumped to an 8-1 halftime lead.
Brick Memorial 1 0-1
Southern Regional 8 4-12
Goals-Anderson BM; Stango (3), Galgano (3), Felmly (3), Vincent, Martin, Vonschmidt SR.
Goalies-Neumann (10) BM; Martorano (8) SR.
No. 6 Vineland 5, Millville 0
Singles-Rahi Patel d. Javaris Martin, 6-1, 6-0; Dhruv Patel d. Charles Reynolds, 6-0, 6-0; Andrew Massaro d. Alex Rusted, 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles-Darren Tomasso-Nick Mayo d. Ryan Jarvis -Bryan Alcox, 6-0, 6-0; Frank Conroy-Nhyko Todd d. Arturo Rivera-Mike Castro, 6-0, 6-0.
Records - Vineland 14-2.