used some gutsy baserunning to wrap up the inaugural Tri-County Conference Diamond Division softball championship.
Kristen Collins scored on a Shauna Vennell pop-up to deep second base for the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Gloucester Catholic defeated Overbrook, 4-3, yesterday.
Gloucester Catholic had won both the large-school Royal and small-school Classic titles in its history. Now, it can add the medium-school Diamond championship on its resume.
Overbrook's Jenn Metzger was the hard-luck loser as she struck out 15.
In other Tri-Co action:
Briana Molino launched a grand slam to back the strong pitching of Rachael Matreale as Williamstown continued its push for the Royal Division title with a 4-0 home win over Highland. Matreale scattered seven singles and struck out six. Molino accounted for all of the game's runs with one swing in the fifth inning.
Nichole Terreri drove in two runs to spark Deptford's 4-3 win at Salem.
Burlington County. Four runs in the bottom of the seven inning provided Northern Burlington with its 10th win and, more important, punched its ticket to the postseason. Kylie Walton roped a two-run triple, Michelle Reed followed with a RBI single and Sam Garofalo delivered a RBI single as the Greyhounds pulled out a 5-4 win over Burlington Township.
Palmyra kept its playoff hopes alive with an 11-0 victory at Trenton Catholic. Lindy Iannacone went 2 for 2 with five stolen bases and three stolen bases while Kristin Furter tossed a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts for the Panthers. Palmyra, which improved to 7-7, needs a win today at Maple Shade to qualify for the postseason.
Shireese Borden, Alex Nixon, Jasmine James and Amanda Coxen each scored three times during Westampton Tech's 20-6 victory at Pemberton.
Lindsay Rajeski's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted New Egypt to a 2-1 win at Delran.
Colonial. Lauren Easterday roped a two-run triple to cap Sterling's 3-2 comeback victory at West Deptford.
Meredith Griese stroked a two-out RBI single, scoring Rachel Manning with the decisive run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Haddon Township survived a scare with a 5-4 win over Woodbury.
Claire Kelley slapped a two-run single as Haddonfield pushed across four runs in the fifth inning en route to a 4-0 win over visiting Audubon.
Jen Doud had two hits and two RBIs, powering Collingswood's 7-4 home win over Paulsboro.
Olympic. Monica Bonitatis had two hits and two runs scored and Marissa Johnson twirled a four-hitter as Cherry Hill East pinned a 3-1 loss on visiting Timber Creek. Bianca Robinson accounted for two of the Chargers' four hits with a double and home run.
Lauren Wasco roped a homer and drove in three runs as Cherokee posted a 7-4 home victory against Bishop Eustace.
Amber Scott and Chrissy Ordile combined for five hits and three runs scored to highlight Triton's 4-2 victory at Paul VI.
Cape-Atlantic. Lisa Sansalone led off the game with a home run and Jess Goeller and Stephanie Mendini also homered as Buena rolled over visiting Bridgeton, 21-1, clinching the National I title for the Chiefs.
Devon Barber went 4 for 4 with five RBIs to highlight Absegami's 13-1 win at Oakcrest.
Rachel Dix and Stephanie Widell combined for four hits and four RBIs during Egg Harbor Township's 10-0 home win over Ocean City.
Megan Magee fanned 13 en route during Holy Spirit's 15-0 win at Our Lady of Mercy.
Kara Weiner had a pair of hits and four RBIs to spark Mainland's 7-0 win over visiting Atlantic City.
Nonleague. Despite three thrilling comebacks, top-ranked St. Joseph couldn't pull out a victory, falling to visiting St. John Vianney, 8-5, in 13 innings.
After the Wildcats tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the seven, they fell behind 4-2 in the ninth. Kirsten Maser tied the game with a two-run homer. The Wildcats forced even more innings when they tied the game at 5-5 in the 10th.
Washington Township's Alyssa Maiese homered, but she also gave up a decisive home run in the seventh innings as the host Minutemaids bowed to Steinert, 2-1, under the lights at Washington Lake Park.