New Egypt wins tourney on Bauscher's no-hitter

Posted: May 02, 2010

Emily Bauscher put on a dazzling pitching performance Saturday at the Hammonton Invitational Softball tournament.

The New Egypt junior struck out 10 batters and no-hit Kingsway as the Warriors (13-2) rolled to a 2-0 victory in the championship game.

Bauscher, regarded as one of the best pitchers in South Jersey, allowed only one hit to Hammonton in a semifinal, which New Egypt won, 5-0.

In previous seasons, teams that have won the tournament have been considered the unofficial softball champions of South Jersey.

Bauscher was awarded the invitational's most-valuable-player trophy, which she held tenderly after the game.

"This feels really good," Bauscher said. "Kingsway is a great team. And we lost to Hammonton [1-0] in the Rancocas Valley tournament. We needed revenge."

Kingsway needed better fielding.

The Dragons (14-3) committed five errors, two of which led to both New Egypt runs.

Still, Kingsway is a good-hitting team. Just ask Mavreen Hering, coach of Camden Catholic, which lost to the Dragons, 6-3, in the other semifinal.

"That's the best-hitting team we've seen," Hering said after her pitcher, Laura Messina, also one of the best in South Jersey, yielded nine hits to Kingsway, including four doubles.

The Warriors scored their first unearned run in the top of the third inning. Power hitter Kayla Soles slammed a double that scored Bauscher, who had reached first on an infield throwing error.

They scored again in the fifth when Soles, who had reached first on a fielder's choice, scored on another infield throwing error.

"Some of our key players are making those errors," Dragons coach Tony Barchuk said. "That's something that we have to iron out, because in the long run, it's going to come back to haunt us."

Jess Minix smashed three doubles off Messina in the first game. She led off the first inning against New Egypt by hitting a ball that the leftfielder misplayed for an error.

One of Kingsway's most reliable hitters, Minix walked and grounded out to short in her next two at-bats.

"She threw the ball real hard, but it had a lot of movement and she hit her spots and got it by us," Minix said about Bauscher.

"It is disappointing [to lose], but we have to bounce back. If we would have had a few hits and made a few plays, it would have made a big difference."

Dominique Ficara, Kingsway's No. 1 pitcher, gave up only three hits to the Warriors.

"We seem to mess up easy plays, but I know that they have my back and this is a team loss," Ficara said.

"The game depended on who made the most errors."

Ficara, Minix, and Barchuk all noted that Bauscher went to her screwball to get batters out. Bauscher acknowledged that, and added that in the first game, she went to a rise ball that was effective in key situations.

"She's a heckuva pitcher, this girl," Barchuk said. "That screwball was working, low and away."

Contact staff writer Bill Iezzi at 856-779-3826 or biezzi@phillynews.com.

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