S. Jersey Girls: Wed. S.J. girls: Gilligan powers Shawnee into semifinals

Posted: May 31, 2013

With one swing, Connor Gilligan helped launch Shawnee's softball team into the sectional final.

Gilligan hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the Renegades' 3-2 victory over Eastern in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals on Wednesday.

The sixth-seeded Renegades trailed the second seeds before Gilligan's shot gave them a 2-1 advantage. Shawnee tacked on an insurance run later in the inning, and that was vital because Eastern battled back with a run in the bottom half of the inning.

Shawnee's Jackie Pezzato pitched a six-hitter, with no walks, and struck out four.

Madison Tiernan went 2 for 3 and scored Eastern's lone run in the fourth.

In another Group 4 semifinal, top-seeded Washington Township poured its runs on early, burying No. 4 Toms River North, 11-1.

Taylor Coroneos pitched a one-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts. Coroneos also went 3 for 3 and scored three times.

Kylie Mulholland went 2 for 2 with a home run and five RBIs. Alyssa Cudeyro was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in three runs.

Washington Township scored all 11 of its runs in the first three innings. The Minutemaids will host Shawnee in the final on Friday.

S.J. Group 2. A four-run fifth inning propelled No. 1 Buena to a 6-0 triumph over fourth-seeded Woodstown in the semifinals. Becca Collins had a 2-for-3 performance with a triple, a run scored, and three RBIs. Sophomore Sam Fiocchi pitched all seven innings, gave up three hits, and struck out five.

Marissa Linquist dominated No. 7 Middle Township's lineup in a 5-0 victory for third-seeded West Deptford. The senior allowed three hits and two walks and struck out 10. The Eagles will travel to Buena for the final Friday.

S.J. Non-Public A. Breck Urban's infield single proved to be the difference in No. 5 Paul VI's 1-0 decision over No. 4 Immaculata in a quarterfinal.

Rachel Robb led off the top of the fourth inning with a single and advanced to third on a single by Steph Heresniak. The freshman scored on Robb's infield hit. Sophomore Alexa Toner went the distance, giving up two hits and striking out two.

C.J. Group 1. New Egypt struck for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to an 11-1 victory over third-seeded Metuchen in a semifinal. The second-seeded Warriors received a healthy dose of offense from Danelle Lewis, who went 2 for 3 with a double, three runs, and two RBIs.

Jenna Rodriguez picked up the win with a six-inning, three-hit performance. The junior also fanned five. The Warriors will face No. 1 Florence on Friday.


Top-seeded Moorestown cruised to a 19-2 win over No. 2 Notre Dame in the South Jersey Group 3 final. Marie McCool led Moorestown with four goals. Gabby Frank netted three goals and assisted on two.

Contact Doug Gausepohl at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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