Tues. S.J. girls' roundup: Haddon Heights comes back to win semifinal

Posted: May 30, 2012

Shayla Sweeney slapped a two-out single in the top of the eighth inning that scored Sammy Baker, and then preserved the lead for a complete-game victory, as third-seeded Haddon Heights rallied late to surprise No. 2 seed GCIT, 5-4, Tuesday in the South Jersey Group 2 softball semifinals.

Mariah Hans got the Garnets off to a fast start by opening the scoring with a suicide squeeze in the first inning. Taylor Nichols and Chelsea Thomas each scored a pair of runs for Haddon Heights, which trailed by 4-2 entering the seventh.

In the other Group 2 semifinal, top-seeded Buena took care of business as Brittany Scott blanked No. 4 seed Barnegat with a three-hitter, 6-0.

Carly Linus knocked in two runs and Jen Cimino batted 2 for 3 with two runs scored in support of Scott, who extended her school single-season record to 19 shutouts.

South Jersey Group 3. Katie Dickson launched a three-run homer for her 99th career hit and reached the 100-hit milestone with a two-run single, highlighting top-seeded Kingsway's 14-2 semifinal rout of No. 5 seed Cumberland.

Erica Pyla-Gibson singled, tripled, scored two runs, and drove in three for the Dragons, who will host second-seeded Central Regional in Friday's championship matchup.

South Jersey Group 4. Megan Parker and Jackie Buckley each had a two-run single, and Madison Tiernan filled up the stat sheet in the semifinal as third-seeded Eastern upended No. 2 seed Shawnee, 6-3.

Tiernan batted 2 for 2, walked twice, stole three bases, and scored three times for the Vikings, who advance to Friday's title game at top-seeded Toms River East.

Toms River East toppled No. 4 seed Washington Township, 7-5, in the other semifinal.

South Jersey Group 1. Katey Griese hurled a three-hit shutout and was backed by a 10-hit attack, as eighth-seeded Haddon Township silenced No. 5 seed Schalick, 10-0.

The Hawks seized control of the semifinal with four runs in the first inning. Kaitlin Stoltz (2 for 4, 2 runs), Rosie Finzio (2 for 4, 2 RBIs, 1 run), Sarah Welch (2 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 run), and Jessie Blythe (double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) excelled at the plate.

Next up for Haddon Township is a championship date with No. 3 seed Gloucester, which ended second-seeded Pennsville's postseason run, 13-5.

South Jersey Non-Public A. Susan Wycoski struck out eight and scattered two hits and two walks in pitching second-seeded Camden Catholic past No. 7 seed Monsignor Donovan, 4-1, in a quarterfinal.

Wysocki helped herself with the bat, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Phylicia Pellot singled, doubled, and scored twice for the Irish, who will play No. 3 seed Notre Dame - a 16-6 winner over Gloucester Catholic - in a semifinal Friday.

Brielle Pietrafesa scored one run and drove in one, but fifth-seeded Paul VI managed little else in a 7-3 loss at No. 4 seed Bishop Ahr.

South Jersey Non-Public B. Rosie LaGrotta came up huge for second-seeded Sacred Heart. The sophomore tossed a two-hit shutout and singled in the lone run in the fifth inning, sending the Lions to a 1-0 victory over No. 7 seed Wildwood Catholic.

St. Joseph will travel to Sacred Heart for Friday's semifinal, after the sixth-seeded Wildcats battered No. 3 seed Doane Academy, 23-0, behind Kat Bromley's grand slam.

Central Jersey Group 1. Alison Martino extended her scoreless-innings streak to 24 in pitching top-seeded New Egypt past No. 8 seed Henry Hudson, 8-0, in a semifinal.

Martino struck out nine and yielded four hits and one walk. Erica Tucker's three-run double keyed a six-run second inning.

The Warriors will go for the sectional crown Friday at home against second-seeded Metuchen.

Third-seeded Florence picked up three hits but couldn't push a run across the plate in losing its semifinal, 1-0, at Metuchen.

Central Jersey Group 3. Seventh-seeded Northern Burlington's title hopes were dashed in a 14-4 semifinal loss at No. 3 seed Manasquan.

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